Phillip Lindsay Fantasy Outlook Makes Him a Potential Bust to Avoid in 2020 Drafts

Jason Schandl
Phillip Lindsay is a player to avoid in 2020 fantasy football drafts.
Phillip Lindsay is a player to avoid in 2020 fantasy football drafts. / Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Phillip Lindsay has exceeded all expectations since being an undrafted free agent in 2018, posting back-to-back 1,000-yard season. The Denver Broncos certainly don't seem to have a ton of long-term faith in Lindsay, however.

Bringing in Melvin Gordon this offseason was an obvious blow to Lindsay's fantasy football value, and that makes him tough to view as more than a handcuff RB in 2020.

Even after Lindsay broke out in his rookie season, the team appeared hesitant to use him as a true workhorse every-down back. His 224 carries and 48 targets represent solid volume, but Royce Freeman also received 132 carries and had an edge with 50 targets.

Lindsay only played more than 60 percent of the Broncos' offensive snaps in one contest last year, while Freeman actually did it three times .Lindsay also played fewer than 50 percent on nine occasions, while Freeman only did that six times.

And now the Broncos have given Melvin Gordon the ninth-most guaranteed money for any running back in the NFL. That's an obvious indicator that he is the clear No. 1 back in Denver, and he's all but a lock to dominate the early-down work.

Even if you're not sold on Gordon as a receiver, however, Lindsay getting out-targeted by Freeman is a huge red flag that the team probably also does not see Lindsay as a viable primary receiving back.

This isn't necessarily and indictment on Lindsay the player, or his potential to produce numbers when given the opportunity. Nothing about the look of the Denver backfield right now suggests that he will see enough of that opportunity to return much fantasy football value though.

Going off the board as an eighth-round pick, according to FantasyPros' average draft position (ADP) data, Lindsay is priced as though he's much more than a handcuff. That draft cost makes him an easy player to avoid in your drafts.

Lindsay checks in at just RB46 in our 2020 fantasy football rankings.

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