Phillip Lindsay's Fantasy value is on the decline heading into this season, and he's no longer a starting option in all formats after Denver added Melvin Gordon as a free agent. Now, Lindsay is only worth drafting with a mid-round pick in all leagues. Lindsay will still get plenty of touches in tandem with Gordon, but he won't be considered the lead running back for the Broncos. Over the past two seasons, Lindsay averaged 208 carries and 35 receptions a year, and that workload will take a hit with Gordon the likely starter. We still consider Lindsay a potential flex option going into the season, and his value could skyrocket if Gordon were to miss any time. But he's no longer a starting Fantasy running back on Draft day in all leagues.
Lindsay (wrist) says he is ready for training camp, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. Lindsay had wrist surgery for a second straight offseason, but his rehab from the recent procedure has been much simpler than what he dealt with last year. He also mentioned he's up to 195 pounds, which is five pounds heavier than his listed weight and eight pounds heavier than his playing weight from last season. The soon-to-be 26-year-old believes he'll be a good fit with new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, though volume may be an issue after the Broncos signed Melvin Gordon.
A Broncos executive said Lindsay (wrist) is expected to work in a "tag team" with Melvin Gordon, who agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract with the Broncos on Friday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Gordon has the higher profile as well as a better history of receiving and touchdown production, but Lindsay's career mark of 4.9 yards per carry puts him well ahead of his new teammate (4.0). To be fair, Gordon mostly ran behind lousy offensive lines throughout his five years with the Chargers, and his rushing average was perhaps dragged down a bit by the regular usage in goal-line/short-yardage situations. New offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur suggested in February that Lindsay would see a big increase in targets this upcoming season, but it's hard to imagine that happening if Gordon stays healthy. In any case, Lindsay is expected to make a smooth recovery from his January procedure to clean up his wrist, the same one that required a more serious surgery last offseason.
Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur believes Lindsay (wrist) will see more targets in 2020, Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan reports. Lindsay caught 35 passes in both 2018 and 2019, averaging 6.2 yards per catch and 4.6 per target while dropping 10 of his 95 targets. A severe wrist injury from late in his rookie campaign seemed to linger into 2019, with Lindsay dropping six balls and struggling in pass protection, though he did play all 16 games before having a second surgery on his wrist in January. The recovery process should be shorter this time around, and there's no question Lindsay has the speed and agility to thrive as a pass catcher if he can eliminate some of the drops. Former offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello preferred Royce Freeman in the backfield on obvious passing downs, but Shurmur may have a different view of things. Per usual, the snap/touch competition between Lindsay and Freeman will be a key story for fantasy managers to monitor throughout the summer.
Lindsay recently underwent a cleanup procedure on his right wrist, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Per the report, the running back's recovery time is slated to be "minimal" and "should barely impact" his offseason training. Renck notes that Lindsay, who at times was in discomfort this past season, underwent an extensive procedure on his wrist last year and his latest procedure should take much less time to bounce back from. With that in mind, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic indicates that Lindsay is expected to be fine for the Broncos' OTAs.
Lindsay will look to improve his strength and proficiency in the passing game this offseason after he was limited by injury leading up to the 2019 campaign, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. Lindsay injured his wrist late in his rookie season, and the lingering effects prevented him from doing upper-body work until right before training camp. The running back played every game in 2019 but seemed to slow down a bit, averaging a full yard per touch less in 2019 (4.7) as compared to 2018 (5.7). Improved health and an offensive line that should get high-priced right tackle Ja'Wuan James (knee) to play more than a few dozen snaps in 2020 should make a difference for Lindsay.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|4||10/02||@New York Jets||9||14.50|
|5||10/11||@New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|7||10/25||Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|10||11/15||@Las Vegas Raiders||15||17.38|
|11||11/22||Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|12||11/29||New Orleans Saints||5||13.24|
|13||12/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|16||12/27||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|17||01/03||Las Vegas Raiders||15||17.38|
|3 Year Avg||208||1024||8||35||218||0||171|