RB Phillip Lindsay - Denver Broncos

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

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Phillip Lindsay is entering the final year of his rookie contract but not as the team's starter. He was added as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and has been the first back in NFL history with back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons as a UDFA but that didn't stop the team from adding Melvin Gordon in free agency. Lindsay now becomes the backup but his role is yet undefined. Lindsay is a smaller back who can live between the tackles. He is tough and has no hesitation when running inside. Lindsay will 'get skinny' and push as much as he can to gain yards inside, but if he sees a lane to the outside at the linebacker level then he's got the burst to get there. Lindsay has good burst and can rip off big plays as a runner, although field-flipping plays (like 80-yard runs) are not on his resume. Where Lindsay struggles is where Gordon shines, and that's likely the reason why the team wanted to upgrade at the position. Lindsay had the second-highest drop rate in the league last year, dropping around 10 percent of the passes thrown his way. Only Raiders WR Tyrell Williams had a worse drop rate in 2019. In addition to struggling as a receiver, Lindsay did not convert many of his runs on third down and he hasn't been much of a force in the red zone. In addition, Lindsay has had two wrist surgeries each of the last two offseasons. His size leads to concerns about pass-protection as well. The Broncos are at least going to use a running-back-by-committee this year with Lindsay serving as the no.2 back behind Gordon. That would make him a flex option for Fantasy GMs in 2020. Lindsay does have a ton of heart and is a fan favorite in the Mile High City. However, the team has sent a clear message about what they think of him and by signing Gordon is says they think Lindsay has either peaked or at least needs to improve. Lindsay has a ton of heart and has proved doubters wrong at every point of his playing career. We'll see if can do that this season, but the odds are stacked against him. At least Lindsay is used to that being the case. (May 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Dynasty - 39, 34, 35, 35, 37, 52

Stats and Projections

2018 DEN 15 192 1037 9 47 35 241 1
2019 DEN 16 224 1011 7 48 35 196 0
2020 DEN 8 82 * * 8 2 * * *
2020 PROJ-Dodds 14.9 130.0 * * 30.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 15.0 155.0 * * 30.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 14.0 150.0 * * 30.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 145.0 * * 20.7 * * *
2020 PROJ-Consensus 15.0 144.0 * * 28.6 * * *

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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.

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 87
RB: 33
Overall-PPR: 88
RB-PPR: 35

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Latest News

Broncos | Phillip Lindsay may play in Week 13 (Mon Nov 30, 02:18 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (knee) may be able to play in Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to comments made by head coach Vic Fangio on Monday, Nov. 30.

Our View: It's a minor tweak according to rumblings around the team. That's good news for Lindsay, Fantasy GMs and the Broncos. Lindsay is the best back on their roster yet Melvin Gordon continues to get a ton of work (because they paid him). Against the high-powered Chiefs on Sunday night in Week 13, the Broncos need to run the rock as much as possible to eat up the time of possession and hide second-year QB Drew Lock. We'll know more about Lindsay's status at the end of the week.
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Broncos | Phillip Lindsay goes nowhere fast (Sun Nov 29, 10:50 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay registered nine rushes for 20 yards in Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints and he did not have any receptions or targets.

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Broncos | Phillip Lindsay injures knee (Sun Nov 29, 06:46 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (knee) suffered a knee injury during the Week 12 game and has been ruled out.

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Broncos | Phillip Lindsay rumbles for 82 yards (Sun Nov 22, 08:27 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay rushed 16 times for 82 yards in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins and he did not have any receptions or targets.

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2020 Schedule

1vs Tennessee Titans
2@ Pittsburgh Steelers
3vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4@ New York Jets
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6@ New England Patriots
7vs Kansas City Chiefs
8vs Los Angeles Chargers
9@ Atlanta Falcons
10@ Las Vegas Raiders
11vs Miami Dolphins
12vs New Orleans Saints
13@ Kansas City Chiefs
14@ Carolina Panthers
15vs Buffalo Bills
16@ Los Angeles Chargers
17vs Las Vegas Raiders