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We're entering Week 7 of the NFL season and the Broncos backfield is still a fantasy mess. For weeks fantasy owners have agonized over who to rely on as Royce Freeman scores the touchdowns but Phillip Lindsay gets more touches. Now the situation has gotten even more confusing as the Broncos started to get Devontae Booker involved, making it more like a three-way running-back committee.


So on Thursday against the Arizona Cardinals, which Broncos back should you trust to get your fantasy week started off on the right foot?


First, let's break down how each player has performed through six weeks:

Freeman: 58 rushes, 272 yards, 3 touchdowns, 4 receptions, 21 yards

Lindsay: 61 rushes, 361 yards, 1 touchdown, 14 receptions, 113 yards, 1 touchdown

Booker: 13 rushes, 51 yards, 15 receptions, 127 yards


So Booker hasn't been vulturing that many carries, but he has been seeing some action in the passing game as he actually has the most receptions and receiving yards of the three. Meanwhile, Freeman's touchdown advantage isn't as pronounced as it feels watching him get the bulk of the goal-line carries. And Lindsay simply seems to be the most involved in the offense through six weeks.

Unless you're in a super-deep PPR league, Booker isn't of much worth right now. While he will continue to take touches away from the other two backs, all that really does is cause a frustrating situation for their fantasy owners.

That narrows it down to Freeman and Lindsay, and it's Lindsay's upside that gives him the ever-so-slight advantage.

Here are their past three fantasy performances:
Freeman: 12.7 points, 6.2 points, 2.2 points
Lindsay: 14.9 points, 9.6 points, 9.6 points

Lindsay has been getting more carries than Freeman over the past few weeks and he also outpaces him in the receiving game. Neither player has scored a touchdown over the past two weeks and, as you can see, Lindsay's scoring is much less touchdown dependent than Freeman's is.

Lindsay looks to be the answer for Thursday night's matchup against the Cardinals, slotting in an RB2 or FLEX play.


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