Royce Freeman, Running Back, LA Rams
Since being signed from the Rams practice squad ahead of the LA's games against the Steelers in Week 7, Royce Freeman has produced in his first season with the original LA team. The Week 9 game in Green Bay has been the only game thus far where the seven-year veteran hasn't either eclipsed sixty-five yards rushing or scored a touchdown. Adequately filling the shoes of Kyren Williams, Freeman excelled in a backup role when the Rams starting running back returned from the IR last weekend in Arizona.
Even with Williams accumulating 204 yards from scrimmage (143 rushing, 61 receiving), The former Oregon Duck was able to rush for 77 yards on thirteen carries and score a touchdown of his own in a rout of the Cardinals. Aside from being the backup to Williams, the only real downside of Freeman's game is that he is not a focal point of the passing game. In five games this season he's only been targeting once in the passing game. It's been since his 2019 season with Denver that Freeman has been remotely part of a passing game when he had 43 catches on 50 targets for 256 yards and a touchdown that year.
The Rams host the now Joe Flacco-led Cleveland Browns at SoFi Sunday as LA tries to build on a two-game win streak and find a way to wedge their way into a Wild Card spot in January. Cleveland's stout defense has shown signs of cracking under the pressure of having to carry an offense with a revolving door at quarterback most of the season.
Over the past two weeks, Cleveland has allowed 169 yards rushing to the Broncos and 172 yards rushing to the Steelers so I would be shocked if Sean McVay didn't unleash some form of two-headed monster running game to wear down the Browns defense. Freeman carries a $4,500 price tag on DraftKings and could be the early Christmas gift you're looking for.