Royce Freeman

Royce Freeman

RB - DEN
Height: 6' Weight: 229 lbsAge: 22College: Oregon

Week 7 Outlook

DEN @ ARI
Thu 8:20pm ET
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Week Rank (ECR) RB #27
Projection 7.8 pts

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Nine running backs have scored 8 or more standard points against Arizona this season. Freeman is a decent bye week fill-in.

Freeman has failed to reach double digit touches for three straight weeks, cementing his status as a touchdown-dependent RB3/flex option. That said, Arizona allows more fantasy points to RBs than any other team, so the possibility certainly exists that flexing Freeman could pay off this week.

Freeman isn't always startable, but tonight he can be used in the flex because of Denver's matchup against the Cardinals' abysmal run defense. He is by no means a must-start, but if you need to replace a running back who has a bye this week, Freeman will do the trick.

It's fair to say that nobody knows what's going on in this backfield, as we went from just five to nine carries for Freeman in Weeks 5 and 6, while Lindsay saw his numbers dip from 12 carries to just four last week. For whatever reason, they've averaged just 23.3 carries per game as a team, which ranks 21st in the NFL. These two running backs should be getting more touches, especially this week against a Cardinals defense that's allowed the most fantasy points per game to running backs. Their opponents have averaged a massive 34.3 rushing attempts per game, which leads the NFL, as no other team allows more than 29.7 carries per game. They've now allowed a combined 10 touchdowns to running backs, so it's possible we see both Lindsay and Freeman find the end zone this week. There's just one issue, however. Their Pro Bowl left guard Ron Leary went down with a torn Achilles last week, which is a massive blow to their offensive line. The Vikings have had plenty of offensive line problems but were able to push through that against the Cardinals last week for 172 yards on 27 carries, so you should still feel semi-confident using Freeman as a low-end RB2.

Freeman should have flex value, as he is likely to score a touchdown against the awful Cardinals run defense.