Phillip Lindsay Fantasy Outlook Could Point to Bounce-Back Game Against Chargers in Week 5
By Dan Israeli
Phillip Lindsay gave fantasy football owners a lot to feel confident about in Week 3, turning 25 touches into 130 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately, his workload went south in Week 4, tallying just 10 touches for 66 yards.
The Denver Broncos' backfield split has been something of a headache for fantasy players owning either Lindsay and Royce Freeman, and the latter received 10 touches last week in the Broncos' home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Through four weeks, Lindsay has the edge in overall touches (54 carries, 13 catches) over Freeman (42 carries, 14 catches), while also scoring two to touchdowns to his backfield partner's zero. With that edge over the course of the season, we can expect a bounce-back game from Lindsay in Week 5.
It wasn't all bad for Lindsay in Week 4 despite the low touch total, as he turned in an efficient average of 5.9 yards per carry, aided by a 28-yard run. It was Lindsay's first breakaway run of the season, and could be the first of many since he tied for ninth in the NFL with eight 20-plus yard runs as a rookie.
Prior to Week 4, Lindsay had been averaging 19 touches per game through the first three weeks of the season. A single week of decreased volume shouldn't be much of a concern, and he could be in for big volume both on the ground and through the air against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 5.
The Chargers have held opposing running backs to below-average fantasy production (14th-fewest fantasy points per game to the position), but if Lindsay's volume bounces back to those early-season levels, a slightly below-average matchup isn't too much of a concern. Both Lindsay and Freeman crack the top 30 for RBs in our Week 5 fantasy football rankings, but Lindsay gets a clear edge at RB19.
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