Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Date of Birth:  07/24/1994
Age:  26
Height  5'8"
Weight:   190
College:  Colorado
Drafted:  2018 | Undrafted
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay (toe) has been ruled out for Week 2.

Lindsay is week-to-week after suffering the injury in the opener, so fantasy owners have to look elsewhere for now. Royce Freeman will see extended action as a change-of-pace option to Melvin Gordon this week in a tough matchup against the Steelers.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay (toe) officially did not practice today.

There hasn't been a specific timetable given yet for Lindsay's toe injury suffered in Monday night's loss to the Titans, but consider the dynamic running back week-to-week for now. Melvin Gordon will carry the load for Denver, with Royce Freeman stepping up into a bigger role behind him.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay (foot) has been ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Whatever the extent of the injury, it’s enough to knock Lindsay out for the rest of the night, so there is obviously concern about a prolonged absence being a foot issue. Before leaving, Lindsay rushed seven times for 24 yards and caught one pass. The young Denver offense will face a tough Pittsburgh defense in Week 2.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay is questionable to return with a foot injury.

Lindsay didn’t come out for the second half in Denver, and fantasy owners can only hope that it’s minor. If it ends up being a long-term issue, Royce Freeman would fill in as a change-of-pace option behind Melvin Gordon.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay sees just seven touches in Week 15 loss.

Lindsay turned seven carries into 32 scoreless yards and failed to catch either of his targets. The Broncos trailed all game at snowy Arrowhead Stadium, so Royce Freeman ended up playing more snaps and seeing more touches (nine) for Denver in the 23-3 loss. Lindsay has a solid 220 touches through 14 games, but his efficiency not being at the same elite marks from 2018 has led to low-end RB2/FLEX value. Next week will be a better matchup when the Broncos return home to take on the Lions.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay scores twice in Broncos' Week 3 loss.

Lindsay recorded 21 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns while adding four receptions for 49 yards versus Green Bay. While Royce Freeman also recorded 19 touches, Lindsay received the ball 25 times and received goal line touches, which is a promising sign for his outlook on a team that wants to run the ball. Freeman is arguably playing better (if not just as well) than Lindsay, but it looks like Lindsay is squarely on the better end of a timeshare through three games. Next week against the Jaguars can theoretically be a difficult matchup, but it's tough to predict which Jacksonville team will show up in a given week.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay (wrist) received the first team rep of training camp, according to NFL Network's James Palmer.

It was unclear how healthy Lindsay would be coming off wrist surgery, so this is an excellent sign, especially considering Royce Freeman soaked up first-team reps in OTAs and seemed to be gaining an upper hand in what could be an open competition. This could mean nothing at all by the regular season, though, as the Broncos should have a relatively even backfield split between the two second-year runners. Right now, both Lindsay and Freeman should probably be drafted as very good FLEX options.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay (wrist) declares himself healthy ahead of training camp.

The second-year back, who underwent wrist surgery after missing the final game of the 2018 season, said of his progress, "in my mind I'm ready," but the coaches and trainers will determine his reps. Lindsay bursted onto the scene as an undrafted rookie last year with 192 carries for 1,037 yards (5.4 YPC) and nine touchdowns, so it will be interesting to see how the new coaching staff divides the backfield work between he and Royce Freeman—a more powerful runner that could fit more of what Vic Fangio wants to do. For now, Lindsay is probably better viewed as a high-upside FLEX than RB2.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

The Broncos expect Phillip Lindsay (wrist) to be ready for the start of training camp.

This is according to Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. Earlier this offseason, Linsday didn't want to put a timetable on his return from a bad wrist injury suffered at the end of last season, but training camp seems like the ideal target date for a return. It'd be a surprise if Lindsay isn't at least ready to practice on a limited basis on Day 1 of camp this summer, and his Week 1 status doesn't appear to be in much doubt at the moment.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

NFL Network's James Palmer believes the Broncos want to scale back Phillip Lindsay's workload.

On NFL Network, Palmer said that he believes Denver wants to scale back Lindsay's workload to about the 150-carry range this season, hinting that it'd be in an effort to keep him healthy. Lindsay had 192 carries as an undrafted rookie, bursting onto the scene with 1,037 yards and a eye-popping 5.4 yards per carry, but he might be the second member of a backfield committee in 2019. The Broncos have 2018 third-round pick Royce Freeman ready to become a bigger contributor after he dealt with a high-ankle sprain as a rookie, and Palmer expects Freeman to lead the backfield with Lindsay's role decreases. Right now, Lindsay is seen as a top 50 fantasy player for 2019, but that might change throughout the summer if it's clear Freeman will be the top option in Denver's backfield. However, keep in mind that Lindsay could simply outplay Freeman to the point where it's difficult to keep him off the field no matter their potential plans as we sit in April.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay won't put a timetable on his return from his wrist injury.

Lindsay says he's doing everything the trainers allow him to do during offseason training, but that he's not able to participate in every drill. The 2018 undrafted star said that he doesn't want to put a time limit on his return to full strength, which is the right approach to take to avoid any setbacks; the wrist injury Lindsay suffered at the end of last season was said to be a serious one, but him getting to 100% for the start of training camp should be a pretty good possibility. Lindsay appears to have the right mindset heading into his second season, saying that he's "just got to keep going" and cannot rest on his strong rookie season in which he earned a Pro Bowl nod. We'll track Lindsay's status leading up to camp this summer.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay (wrist) will not play in Week 17.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the wrist injury suffered in last night's Christmas Eve loss to the Raiders is believed to be serious. This isn't a surprise, but we'd think Lindsay's status for offseason training isn't in much doubt. The undrafted rookie from Colorado had an outstanding season, bursting onto the scene with 192 carries for 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns along with 35 receptions for 241 yards and one touchdown. His 5.4 yards per carry is behind only Aaron Jones (5.5) this season, and he outperformed third-round rookie Royce Freeman throughout the year. Lindsay is currently a top-ten fantasy running back in standard scoring, and he was one of the top waiver-wire pickups or late-round draft selections this year. Looking ahead to 2019, Freeman's role could increase, but Lindsay is probably the favorite to lead Denver's backfield.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay (hand) is out for the rest of tonight's game.

Lindsay had his had scrunched between some defenders and has unfortunately been ruled out for the rest of the game here in the fourth quarter. The undrafted rookie running back's Christmas Eve game agains the Raiders ends with ten carries for 46 yards and two receptions for 11 yards. Fellow rookie Royce Freeman will handle most of the carries for the rest of the game, but we could see a lot of Devontae Booker with the Broncos in comeback mode.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Browns shut down Phillip Lindsay in Week 15.

Cleveland did an excellent job of stuffing Denver's rushing attack in the 17-16 victory. Lindsay had 14 carries for 24 yards along with four receptions for 20 yards in the Broncos' Saturday night loss. There simply wasn't much room throughout the night, and there wasn't much room to run last week. The rookie running back is averaging 1.9 yards per carry his last two games. He'll look to bounce back on Christmas Eve against a Raiders team he had over 100 yards against back in Week 2, though. Lindsay will be at least a FLEX option for fantasy finals.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay scores again in Week 14.

Lindsay carried 14 times for 30 yards and a touchdown along with four receptions for 21 yards in the loss to the Niners. San Francisco did a good job of limiting Lindsay throughout the game, but the undrafted rookie was able to make it four straight weeks with a touchdown. He'll look to keep the streak going and hit 1,000 rushing yards for the season (he's currently at 967) this Saturday night against the Browns. He's a solid option in lineups for the second week of the fantasy playoffs.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay runs wild in Broncos' win.

Lindsay carried 19 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns along with one reception for two yards in the Week 13 win versus the Bengals. The first touchdown was a run deep in the red zone where he showed good vision and patience, and the second touchdown was a 65-yard run on a toss where he went untouched by a struggling Cincinnati defense. The undrafted rookie has five touchdowns the last three weeks and is averaging over 7.2 yards per carry in each game; the 19 attempts against the Bengals was a career-high, and he's just 63 yards away from 1,000 for the season. Lindsay might be in the RB1 mix against the Niners in the first week of the fantasy playoffs given how well he's playing.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay goes over 100 yards in Broncos' win.

Lindsay carried 14 times for 110 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers. The undrafted rookie broke a 32-yard run, and he scored on a goal-line run. Lindsay is on pace to easily eclipse 1,000 yards, and he's excellent for fantasy owners with point totals (standard leagues) of 15, 16, 8, 21, and 17 the last five games. Keep Lindsay, who remains clearly ahead of third-round rookie Royce Freeman on the depth chart, locked into fantasy lineups next week against the Bengals.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay goes over 100 total yards and scores twice in win over the Chargers.

Lindsay rushed 11 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns, also adding four receptions (on five targets) for 27 yards. It was another impressive performance by the undrafted rookie, which was somewhat surprising with Denver so banged up on the offensive line. Lindsay has now rushed for 60+ yards in each of the past four games, averaging a touchdown per game over that span. He remains an RB2 for next week's matchup against the stout Steelers.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay handles 19 touches in Week 9 loss.

Lindsay rushed 17 times for 60 yards, also adding two receptions for 24 yards. The undrafted rookie has taken clear control of the backfield in recent weeks, but Royce Freeman (ankle) is expected to return after the Week 10 bye. Still, Lindsay is at least a low-end RB2/FLEX option in all formats, as he's rushed for at least 60 yards in all but two games this season. The Broncos travel to take on the Chargers next time out.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay gets 21 touches against the Chiefs.

With fellow rookie running back Royce Freeman out, Lindsay basically worked as a workhorse in Denver's Week 8 loss. Lindsay carried 18 times for 95 yards and a touchdown and added three receptions for 17 yards. Devontae Booker (13 touches) also received a good amount of work and ran the ball well, but Lindsay was the clear leader in the backfield, as expected. Lindsay's score came by the goal line, as he continues to show toughness as a runner in between the tackles. If Freeman misses another game, Lindsay will be stronger than a FLEX option for Week 9 against Houston.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay scores against the Cardinals.

Lindsay again split the backfield work pretty evenly with Royce Freeman, but he outperformed the fellow rookie by breaking more chunk gains throughout the night. The undrafted rookie had 14 carries for 90 yards and one touchdown along with one reception for six yards in the Week 7 win. Lindsay next faces a Chiefs team he scored his first career rushing touchdown against in Week 4, and he'll be at least a solid FLEX option for the matchup.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay handles ten touches in loss to the Rams.

Lindsay rushed four times for 18 yards, also adding six receptions for 48 yards in a 23-20 defeat. The undrafted dual-threat out of Colorado continues to split work in the backfield with fellow rookie rookie Royce Freeman, which limits the upside and lowers the floor of both. Right now, it seems the coaching staff has a preference for Linsday, but both are FLEX options heading into a winnable TNF matchup against the Cardinals.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay gets 15 touches against the Jets.

Lindsay carried 12 times for 61 yards (leading the team in both categories) and caught three passes for 20 yards in the Week 5 loss. Despite talk of wanting to get Royce Freeman (five carries) more involved, Lindsay continues to be treated as the top running back for Denver, and he continues to play well. Lindsay is a FLEX option when he faces the Rams in Week 6.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay totals 79 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 loss.

Lindsay rushed 12 times for 69 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run in the second half. He also caught two passes for ten yards. The undrafted rookie is trusted by the coaching staff in all situations, and he looks to have every-week RB2/FLEX value in both standard and PPR leagues with 267 rushing yards and 5.9 yards per carry through four weeks. Lindsay will try to keep it going against the Jets in Week 5.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay gets ejected against the Ravens.

A little scrum broke out after a strip sack, and the officials ejected Lindsay for throwing a punch. Before leaving, Lindsay had four carries for 20 yards while again splitting backfield work with Royce Freeman (who scored). Especially because this happened in the first half, Lindsay is unlikely to be suspended for Week 4 because of the incident. This could open the door for Freeman to seize more control of Denver's backfield, though.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay sets NFL record as Broncos improve to 2-0.

Lindsay continues to run the ball very well, and he worked as the lead ball-carrier against the Raiders, gaining 107 yards on 14 attempts. He also added a four-yard reception. With the second straight 100-yard performance, Lindsay becomes the first undrafted rookie in NFL history with over 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first two games. While he’s running like this, Lindsay will remain a big part of Denver’s offense. Next week’s matchup with Baltimore is very tough, though.

Phillip Lindsay | Broncos RB

Phillip Lindsay scores in NFL debut.

The undrafted rookie from Colorado earned a roster spot with Denver this summer, and he continued his stellar play in his first regular season action, carrying 15 times for 71 rushing yards while adding two receptions for 31 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. Lindsay simply became the hot hand and worked his way into about an even backfield split with fellow rookie—and starter—Royce Freeman. Lindsay probably isn't going away, and he's worth a pickup if you're looking for someone to add to the end of your bench.

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