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Running Back, Denver Broncos

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College: Colorado
Ht: 5’8”  Wt: 190 DOB: 1994-07-24 Age: 25
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#22 4 4.11

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2018 DEN 15 192 1,037 5.4 9 47 35 241 6.9 1 187.8 12.5
2019 (Projected) DEN   185 888 4.8 6   38 265 7.0 1 157.3  

2019 Outlook
Depth Chart
Undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay turned in one of, if not the most surprising fantasy performance of the entire 2018 season as he finished as a borderline RB1 despite the Broncos drafting another running back, Royce Freeman, in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Freeman displayed marvelous big play ability and an ability to produce regardless of the game situation, which has him being touted by many experts as an early-round potential league-winner here in 2019.

While it's easy to look at Lindsay's breakout rookie season and project another big season in what should be an at least slightly improved offense, it's also important to look at the situation as a whole and weigh the risks involved in taking him in the first four rounds of fantasy drafts, which is where he's currently being selected.

The Broncos have a new offensive coordinator this season, Rich Scangarello, who comes to the Broncos from the 49ers where he was a quarterbacks coach. This likely means a fresh look at the entire offense, including the running backs. A look at the tape will tell you that Lindsay faced lighter defensive units with extra defensive backs on the field as opposed to linebackers much more often than Freeman did in 2018. This is partially due to Lindsay's pass catching ability, but it was also simply due to how the Broncos deployed him on offense.

In addition, Lindsay's 5'7", 184-pound frame is typically not a recipe for a heavy workload in the NFL. Projecting injury isn't something that's easy to do, but it's still something that we need to be aware of. Smaller, more explosive players like Lindsay are often more affected by minor lower body injuries than their larger-bodied counterparts, and it seems likely that the Broncos are aware of this and will look to rotate their backs again in 2019. Devontae Booker will still see some work, which would likely come out of Lindsay's share given that his skills are more comparable to Lindsay than to Freeman.

Lindsay was extremely efficient as a rookie and while he displayed some serious skills, the truth is that it's just very difficult to maintain that type of rushing efficiency from season to season. While a Jamaal Charles-like career is certainly in the cards for Lindsay on the high end, we've also seen quite a few smaller backs like him flame out after suffering an unfortunate string of minor injuries.

The bottom line is that Lindsay is a risk-vs-reward type of player who could be a league winner, but could also end up not leading his team in carries even if he is healthy. That's a major concern given his current average draft position, so tread lightly in this second-year back.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Phillip Lindsay
RB2RB2 Royce Freeman
RB3RB3 Devontae Booker
RB4RB4 Theo Riddick
RB5FB1 Andy Janovich
RB6RB5 David Williams
Broncos Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Theo Riddick out 6-8 weeks, shoulder fracture
Likely to miss first 2-4 games
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Aug 11, 10:00 am

Denver Broncos
Tests revealed Riddick, who the Broncos signed as a free agent the week before, suffered a slight shoulder fracture against the Seahawks on Thursday night and will be sidelined six to eight weeks, league sources told 9News. The good news is that Riddick’s injury will not require surgery to repair. And while it does mean Riddick will miss the first two to four games of the regular season, the Broncos already have an experience third-down back in place in Devontae Booker. (9 News in Denver)

FFToday's Take: Booker resumes his role as the Broncos No.3 running back and should see some work on third downs but Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman continue to be the backs to target in Denver. Given the injury, Riddick can be avoided in redraft leagues.

Royce Freeman earning major role?
Team eyeing split backfield with Freeman and Phillip Lindsay
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 1, 7:10 pm

Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman is performing well enough in camp that coaches appear ready to "finally establish the true split-touch situation they envisioned between Freeman and Phillip Lindsay last season," according to Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson. (Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson)

FFToday's Take: Freeman flashed big-time during the preseason, only to watch Lindsay steal the job shortly thereafter. Still, only one qualified NFL back faced more stacked fronts than Freeman, indicating former OC Bill Musgrave was incredibly predictable (a definite possiblity) and/or defenses feared Freeman. At any rate, new OC Rich Scangarello has already compared Freeman-Lindsay to Devonta Freeman-Tevin Coleman. Needless to say, Royce Freeman is undervalued in drafts right now.

Broncos sign RB Theo Riddick
Riddick here to muddy up the Broncos backfield
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Aug 1, 1:05 pm

Denver Broncos
Veteran RB Theo Riddick, released by the Lions, is signing with the Broncos, a source said. (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With this signing you have to wonder if Devontae Booker will get released during camp. Riddick has primarily played on third down during his career and puts a dent in whatever receiving upside Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman had.

2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 SEA W 27-24 15 71 4.7 0 3 2 31 15.5 1 16.2
2 OAK W 20-19 14 107 7.6 0 1 1 4 4.0 0 11.1
3 at BAL L 14-27 4 20 5.0 0 2 0 0 - 0 2.0
4 KC L 23-27 12 69 5.8 1 2 2 10 5.0 0 13.9
5 at NYJ L 16-34 12 61 5.1 0 4 3 20 6.7 0 8.1
6 LAR L 20-23 4 18 4.5 0 7 6 48 8.0 0 6.6
7 at ARI W 45-10 14 90 6.4 1 1 1 6 6.0 0 15.6
8 at KC L 23-30 18 95 5.3 1 3 3 17 5.7 0 17.2
9 HOU L 17-19 17 60 3.5 0 3 2 24 12.0 0 8.4
11 at LAC W 23-22 11 79 7.2 2 5 4 27 6.8 0 22.6
12 PIT W 24-17 14 110 7.9 1 0 0 0 - 0 17.0
13 at CIN W 24-10 19 157 8.3 2 1 1 2 2.0 0 27.9
14 at SF L 14-20 14 30 2.1 1 7 4 21 5.3 0 11.1
15 CLE L 16-17 14 24 1.7 0 6 4 20 5.0 0 4.4
16 at OAK L 14-27 10 46 4.6 0 2 2 11 5.5 0 5.7

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