RB Phillip Lindsay - Denver Broncos

5-8, 190Born: 7-24-1994College: ColoradoDrafted: ---

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Week 14: at Houston Texans

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Broncos rushing offense struggled to put up points and yards as their running backs have been kept out of the end zone and failed to exceed 80 rushing yards for the second straight week. This rushing offense does rank around the league average with 108.3 rushing yards per game (16th), but there hasn't been much of a ceiling with anyone in this rushing offense as a runner has crossed the 100 rushing yard mark just once this season. Phillip Lindsay has led the backfield pretty much all year, but he has been the decisive leader on the ground over the past three weeks with 46 carries to just 15 from Royce Freeman. With that said, Lindsay still has averaged a meager 3.9 yards per rush attempt with no touchdowns in those three games in which he has been given the reigns. Poor play from this offensive line continues to plague Lindsay and Freeman, to the point where left tackle Garrett Bolles may be in danger of losing his starting job if Ja'Wuan James can make it back into the lineup this week. An addition of James back from injury would be an upgrade, but this offensive line would remain a below-average unit that fuels a very mediocre rushing offense. The Texans run defense has been dreadful since their Week 10 bye. This team has given up an average of 192 rushing yards per game in the past three weeks. To caveat, that does include a 256-yard performance from the league's top rushing offense (Baltimore). However, quarterbacks aside, the Texans have given up at least 130 rushing yards to running backs in all three games while couching up the most fantasy points per game to the position over that span. In contrast, this defense had allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points per game to running backs through Week 9. There were no notable personnel changes or injuries that sparked the change, just lackluster play from an otherwise talented defense. D.J. Reader is a top-notch run-stopper while both linebackers Zach Cunninnnngham and Bernardrick McKinney are team leaders in tackles with range and ability to make big plays against the run. The Texans also got starting safety Justin Reid back from injury last week, which helps out a secondary that was otherwise weak (and still relatively weak) at tackling opposing runners. It is tough to ignore the past few weeks, but this Texans defense does have the talent to turn things around and stop a mediocre Broncos ground game.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at MIN 52 16 67 0 2 2.0 8 0 0 7.5
12 at BUF 27 13 57 0 3 1.0 11 0 0 6.8
13 vs LAC 25 17 58 0 3 3.0 4 0 0 6.2
14 at HOU PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 2.7 * * * *
14 at HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 16 * * 2.8 * * * *
14 at HOU PROJ-Bloom * 14 * * 2.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Phillip Lindsay's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs LAC (17 / 58 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)

Lindsay led the backfield with 17 carries to Freeman's 5, but the stats just weren't there on a day that saw the Broncos often working with a short field after taking advantage of costly turnovers by the Chargers. Lindsay's longest run of the day was an impressive 15 yard scamper that saw him break away from a sure tackle right at the line of scrimmage in the 3rd. Neither Lindsay(3 targets) or Freeman(4 targets) could do anything in the passing game. Lindsay caught a screen pass for a 9 yard gain in the 1st quarter, but lost yards on his other two receptions.

2019 Week 12 vs BUF (13 / 57 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Lindsay was the clear-cut leader of the backfield, but there just wasn't much to be had as Buffalo's defense clamped down on the ground and passing game. Lindsay broke a long run of 16 yards off right tackle in the 3rd quarter. He hauled in an out route and turned it up the sideline for an 11 yard gain in the 2nd quarter, his only reception of the day.

2019 Week 11 vs MIN (16 / 67 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Even with the game script going his way as the Broncos jumped out to an early lead, Lindsay did not rack up a big statistical day. He averaged a solid 4.2 YPC while out-touching Freeman 18-9. Freeman got first shot at a 1 yard touchdown plunge after Lindsay ran the ball down to the goal line late in the 1st, and fullback Janovich vultured the score after Freeman's first attempt failed. Lindsay couldn't break anything big, with a long run of 11 yards. He had a 16 yard run on the final drive of the game that was called back for a holding penalty on rookie tight end Fumagalli. Lindsay managed just a couple of short catches out of the backfield in the 2nd and 3rd quarter.

2019 Week 9 vs CLE (9 / 92 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Lindsay got limited work with just 9 carries as Denver ran very few offensive plays. Fortunately, he was able to pick up big chunks of yards on two long runs. He made a nice cutback in the backfield to break his longest run of the day off right tackle for a 40 yard gain in the 2nd quarter. Lindsay scored on a beautiful 30 yard run off right tackle in the 3rd quarter, following great downfield blocking by his offensive line and receiver Diontae Spencer. Fellow back Royce Freeman was barely an afterthought with 5 carries and one target.

2019 Week 8 vs IND (14 / 59 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 17 / 0 rec)

Lindsay led the rushing attack but wasn't able to break any big plays against a strong effort from the Colts defense. He out-carried Freeman 14-12 with a better rushing average, but he saw Freeman convert a goal line carry for the second week in a row. Lindsay's longest run of the day was an explosive 11 yard burst right up the middle in the 3rd quarter. Lindsay also drew more passing looks than Freeman, securing all five of his targets from the backfield on wheel routes and halfback screens.

2019 Week 7 vs KC (11 / 36 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -4 / 0 rec)

Lindsay and Freeman were nearly dead even in the rushing department, but it was Freeman who got the 1 yard goal line carry this week, converting it early in the 1st quarter. Lindsay got stuffed on a two point conversion attempt from the one yard line after the touchdown. He converted 4th and 1 with a strong effort to turn the corner in the 4th quarter. Lindsay's longest run of the day was a meager 9 yard carry off left tackle in the 4th quarter. Lindsay was lucky to collect his one passing target with his jaw intact, as Flacco hung him out to dry on a swing route and a linebacker cleaned him out behind the line of scrimmage. Freeman saw five targets to Lindsay's one look, and moved around more in the formation as a receiver.

2019 Week 6 vs TEN (15 / 70 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Lindsay led the backfield with 17 touches and got the only goal line work as he scored the Broncos lone touchdown of the game in the 3rd quarter. He caught an out route from the backfield and was pushed out of bounds at the 2 yard line, then ran it in on the next play with a nice spin move off of his first tackler. Lindsay picked up the biggest rushing play of the day in the 4th quarter as he bounced off a tackler at the line of scrimmage and broke the play up the right sideline for 30 yards. Freeman worked more extensively in the passing game, moving around the formation as a receiver and drawing 5 targets to Lindsay's 3.

2019 Week 5 vs LAC (15 / 114 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)

Lindsay ripped a 21 yard run right up the middle on his first carry of the game, then followed it up with a carry off left tackle for 21 yards. He capped the drive off with a 4 yard touchdown run. Lindsay started the second half out strong with a 16 yard carry off right tackle to start Denver's first drive of the 3rd quarter. Lindsay's longest run of the game was a 32 yard pickup off right tackle in the 4th quarter. Lindsay got more of the work in the passing game than Freeman, catching all 4 targets out of the backfield(he did not line up as a WR this week) for 33 yards. He converted 3rd down with a swing pass out of the backfield that he turned up the sideline for a 13 yard gain at the end of the first quarter.

2019 Week 4 vs JAX (9 / 53 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Lindsay had the better day of the two backs in the ground game, but was particularly slow in the passing game where he was out-targeted six to one by Royce Feeman. Lindsay burst through the line untouched off right tackle and wove his way through the secondary for a 28 yard gain in the 1st quarter, which was the longest run by either back for the day. His only target was a nice catch and run on a halfback screen in the 2nd quarter. Neither of the two backs are being assigned a role as an early down or passing back, rather the Broncos appear to feature them from drive to drive in whatever role the situation dictates. Freeman moved around the formation as a receiver this week while Lindsay got a couple of short yardage attempts on 3rd and 4th downs.

2019 Week 3 vs GB (21 / 81 / 2 rush, 5 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

Denver seemed committed to getting Freeman rolling early, featuring him early in the 1st quarter, but Lindsay quickly asserted himself as the hot hand in the backfield. Freeman missed some time in the first half with a shoulder injury, which gave Lindsay some opportunities in the red zone. Lindsay got rolling with a couple of strong first-down runs near the end of the first quarter. He punched his first touchdown in early in the 2nd quarter, carrying straight up the middle from Green Bay's four yard line. Lindsay displayed some serious strength between the tackles on his second touchdown run, as he broke at least two defensive lineman's tackles on his way to a three yard touchdown carry off left tackle. Lindsay also pulled in four receptions for 49 yards. His biggest gain of the day was a swing pass out of the backfield that he turned up the left sideline for a 36 yard gain in the 3rd quarter.

2019 Week 2 vs CHI (13 / 36 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

Lindsay split backfield duties with Freeman, who actually outgained him on the ground and in the passing game this week. Lindsay and the rest of the offense struggled to break any big plays. He had his longest run of the day called back for a holding penalty in the 2nd quarter. Lindsay converted 3rd down with a nice gain on an out route that he turned up the sideline in the 1st quarter. His most impressive play of the day was a 19 yard catch-and-run on a checkdown pass from Flacco that converted 3rd and 15 in the 2nd quarter. Lindsay got smacked hard behind the line of scrimmage by Leonard Floyd on a swing route out of the backfield in the 3rd. Lindsay got a carry from the Chicago 4 yard line late in the 4th, but didn't have room to do anything with it. Flacco hit Lindsay on a swing route to convert 4th and 2 in the 4th quarter. Lindsay had a slight edge in carries(13) over Freeman, but both had 7 targets in the passing game and Freeman was more efficient with his touches. It looks like this backfield timeshare isn't changing any time soon.

2019 Week 1 vs OAK (11 / 43 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

Lindsay was featured for the first couple of offensive drives, but the backfield quickly devolved into a timeshare with Freeman. Lindsay caught his first target for a minimal gain on a halfback screen in the 1st quarter, then snagged a swing route out of the backfield on the next play, crashing through a couple of defenders for hard fought yardage. Lindsay lined up wide right and wide left as a receiver at the end of the 1st half of play, but didn't record any catches while flexed out. Flacco checked it down to him a couple more times in the second half of the game, but Lindsay couldn't get much going via ground(long run of 9 yards) or air in this one.


Latest News

Broncos | Phillip Lindsay could run wild (Fri Dec 6, 10:01 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay faces the Houston Texans in Week 14, and the Texans have allowed at least 145 rushing yards in three of the four games since DE J.J. Watt (pectoral) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Broncos | Sixty-two total yards for Phillip Lindsay (Mon Dec 2, 01:37 AM) - Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay carried the ball 17 times for 58 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Dec. 1. He added three receptions for four yards.

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Broncos | Phillip Lindsay posts 57 yards (Sun Nov 24, 04:21 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries against the Buffalo Bills in Week 12. He also caught one pass for 11 yards during the game.

Our View: Lindsay was the clear #1 in good news for his fantasy stock, but his team had maybe their worst performance of the year and he was squandered against a weak run defense. He'll be a flex play with upside against the Chargers next week.
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