Phillip Lindsay
Phillip Lindsay
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Denver Broncos
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Lindsay wasn't quite the dynamic weapon last season that he was as a rookie, but the undersized back still provided the Broncos with solid production as their No. 1 option. At 5-8, 190, his 4.39 speed remains his biggest asset, and Lindsay's burst and low center of gravity can make him tough to bring down even if he doesn't have a lot of wiggle to his running style. His limitations have become more apparent in his two NFL seasons, however. His lack of size makes him a liability as a pass blocker, and he doesn't have reliable hands as a receiver, piling up 12 drops on only 95 career targets - perhaps in part due to ongoing wrist issues that he hopes will be corrected with a second surgery this offseason. Denver brought in Melvin Gordon to supplant Lindsay atop the depth chart, but it's more likely to be a 1A/1B situation rather than starter and backup. New offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has had some success with backfield tandems and committees, notably in 2017 when the Vikings juggled Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon after Dalvin Cook suffered an ACL tear. With a healthier offensive line in front of him as well, Lindsay could return to his rookie levels of efficiency, even if he doesn't see a comparable workload. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $1.73 million contract with the Broncos in April of 2018.
Tops century mark as lead back
RBDenver Broncos
October 18, 2020
Lindsay rushed 23 times for 101 yards but wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 18-12 win over New England.
Lindsay worked as the lead back in his return from a toe injury with Melvin Gordon sidelined by strep throat, and he responded with the sixth 100-yard rushing performance of his three-year NFL career. Royce Freeman mixed in with 30 scrimmage yards on eight carries and one reception, and Lindsay's lack of involvement in the passing game was disappointing. Still, Lindsay's rushing prowess should earn him a sizable share of Denver's backfield snaps moving forward, even if Gordon's able to return in Week 7 against the Chiefs.
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How do Phillip Lindsay's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Despite a productive college career at Colorado and a sub-4.4 40 at his pro day, Lindsay went undrafted last year thanks to his 5-8, 190-pound frame. He stayed close to home with an offer from the Broncos, and after thoroughly outplaying Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker in preseason, Lindsay seized the lead role and put together the best campaign by a rookie back in Denver since Clinton Portis in 2002. Lindsay's speed, burst, toughness and receiving skill make him a strong fit for any NFL offense, and while his lack of top-shelf elusiveness makes him a bit of a magnet for contact, his compact frame left defenders taking the worst of it until he suffered a broken wrist Week 16. The fact that he was productive behind an injury-riddled offensive line bodes well for 2019 if the unit stays healthy, but the biggest reason to think Lindsay could improve in his second season is the addition of offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, a product of Kyle Shanahan's coaching tree. Shanahan's system is tailor-made for versatile RBs, so that likely spells more snaps in the passing game for Lindsay, without any loss of touches on the ground.
Lindsay collected 4,859 total yards and 39 touchdowns at Colorado and ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at his pro day. He still didn't get an invite to the Combine or hear his name called on draft weekend. Early on, he seems like a good bet to add to Denver's legacy of undrafted free agents. He should get his first taste of action as a kick returner, but his speed and receiving ability adds a unique element to Denver's backfield.
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Starting on Sunday
RBDenver Broncos
October 17, 2020
Lindsay will act as the primary back with Melvin Gordon (illness) ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Patriots, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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May lead backfield Sunday
RBDenver Broncos
October 16, 2020
Lindsay may be the Broncos' primary running back Sunday in New England due to uncertainty surrounding Melvin Gordon's (illness) health, Zac Stevens of reports.
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Could start Week 6
RBDenver Broncos
October 14, 2020
Lindsay could lead Denver's backfield Sunday against the Patriots if Melvin Gordon (personal) receives a suspension, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
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Denver-New England postponed again
RBDenver Broncos
October 11, 2020
Lindsay and the Broncos won't play the Patriots on Monday after the game was postponed until Week 6 due to a third positive COVID-19 test in the New England organization within the past eight days, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Will return to action Sunday
RBDenver Broncos
October 7, 2020
Lindsay (toe) practiced fully Wednesday and is slated to play Sunday versus the Patriots, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
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