Outside of a nifty three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, Lindsay struggled to do anything on the ground against a stingy 49ers front. The rookie was coming off a pair of 100-yard efforts, so the decline in production was steep and sudden. Lindsay does have at least one rushing touchdown in four consecutive games, so he continues to reward fantasy owners even on days like Sunday when his overall yardage totals take a hit. Lindsay will look to get his numbers back up to their usual levels against the Browns in a Week 15 Saturday night matchup.
Lindsay rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and added a 2-yard catch during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Bengals.
A huge chunk of Lindsay's production came on a 65-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Lindsay turned the corner on a toss play, set up an Emmanuel Sanders crack block and then followed tackle Garett Bolles on his way to paydirt. Lindsay has been the Broncos' single best offensive weapon during their three-game winning streak following the bye. Granted, quarterback Case Keenum hasn't been lighting it up, but the Broncos have been better off running Lindsay than throwing it: Lindsay is averaging 7.9 yards per run during the three-game stretch as compared to Keenum's 6.8 yards per attempt. Meanwhile, the undrafted rookie has also accounted for five of Denver's eight offensive touchdowns since the bye. Next Sunday brings the challenge of a San Francisco run defense that has been solid this season, giving up just 4.0 yards per carry -- the eighth-best mark in the league.
Lindsay registered 110 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries during Sunday's 24-17 win against the Steelers.
The rookie running back has come close on two occasions (90-plus rushing yards in Week 7 and Week 8), but Sunday's 110-yard outing against Pittsburgh was his first time breaking the century mark on the ground since picking up 107 against Oakland on Sept. 16. Lindsay offers minimal value as a pass catcher (2.2 catches and 17 receiving yards per game), but his otherworldly 5.8 yards per carry average and six rushing touchdowns have helped establish the undrafted phenom as a mid-range RB2. Week 13 presents a magnificent matchup, going up against a Cincinnati defense that's allowed the fourth-most rushing yards (1,292) and the fifth-most rushing touchdowns (11) to opposing running backs in 2018.
Immediately after punter Colby Waldman completed a 12-yard pass on a fake punt to keep a drive alive early in the second quarter, Lindsay helped the Broncos maintain momentum with a 41-yard touchdown jaunt. The rookie scored again in the fourth quarter to give Denver a short-lived lead, though he didn't see any touches on the team's final drive of the afternoon, which culminated in Brandon McManus' game-winning field goal. In any event, it was yet another efficient outing for the undrafted rookie, who has averaged at least 4.5 yards per carry in all but one of his 10 outings this season. That incredible consistency on the ground in addition to his exploits as a pass catcher should continue to make Lindsay the top option in Denver's backfield committee. Lindsay once again led the way in offensive snap share, taking the field for 32 of 56 plays (57 percent) while Royce Freeman (13 snaps) -- who returned from a two-game absence due to an ankle injury -- and Devontae Booker (11 snaps) were both under 25 percent.
Lindsay could cede more snaps and touches to Royce Freeman and/or Devontae Booker in Sunday's game against the Chargers after coach Vance Joseph said he would take a "hot hand" approach to the Denver backfield, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports. "I said this in training camp, the hot guy will play more reps probably," Joseph said. "But we have a plan for all three of our [running backs].''
Though Joseph hinted a three-man committee remains in place, Freeman should be viewed as the more significant threat to Lindsay's workload than Booker. Lindsay handled his two largest carry counts of the season in the Broncos' last two games -- 18 in Week 8 against the Chiefs and 17 in Week 9 against the Texans -- which coincided with Freeman sitting out due to a high-ankle sprain. Now healthy coming out of the Broncos' Week 10 bye, Freeman -- who averaged 10.1 totes per game through the first seven contests -- should push for a decent-sized role in the rotation, resulting in Lindsay and Booker sacrificing some volume. Lindsay has still been the Broncos' most effective runner this season and offers more in the passing game than Freeman does, but his weekly ceiling will be lower now that his main threat to touches is back in action.
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