Broncos rookie running back Royce Freeman has been pegged as this year's best sleeper candidate among the rookie running backs.
These types of players are always a risk, particularly when they're over-drafted, but there's good news for anyone who took a flier on Freeman:
Royce Freeman will become the Broncos' first rookie running back to start the season opener since? Knowshon Moreno in 2009? Nope. Clinton Portis in 2002? No. Mike Anderson in 2000? No. Freeman will be the first since Terrell Davis in 1995. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 3, 2018
Just because he's been named the starter doesn't mean Freeman will run all over the Seahawks in Week 1. However, knowing that Freeman is atop the depth chart and likely getting the lion's share of the carries is the best you can ask for from a rookie sleeper.
Freeman is coming off a spectacular four-year career at Oregon, where he rushed for 5,621 yards and 60 touchdowns and put together 1,475 yards and 16 touchdowns in his senior season. He was drafted 71st overall by the Broncos in the 2018 NFL Draft and impressed right away in camp.
His fantasy outlook was already quite solid, but now he's a surefire RB2 with a chance at ascending to RB1 territory by the end of the season.
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