Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay is set to make his return from a toe injury that has sidelined him since Week 1. And it turns out Lindsay could be looking at a pretty heavy workload in his return against the New England Patriots.
Broncos star running back Melvin Gordon was charged with a DUI in Colorado on Tuesday night. While there's nothing concrete as to his status yet going forward, infractions like that often result in suspensions, and Gordon is likely facing a three-week absence. Assuming Lindsay is back to or near full health, he'd instantly become a valuable fantasy asset.
Phillip Lindsay Fantasy Outlook
Lindsay is rostered in just 52% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues. He needs to be picked up across all formats immediately, and he's looking like one of the best waiver-wire pickups of the week. That's especially true for fantasy managers in search of short-term help at RB.
Assuming Gordon is out for the next three weeks (which is still not confirmed), Lindsay should benefit from facing some pretty beatable defenses. He faces the New England Patriots (No. 18 in rush defense DVOA) in Week 6, the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7 (No. 28) and the Los Angeles Chargers (No. 13) in Week 8.
None of those three teams look like particularly daunting matchups, and some solid performances could help Lindsay secure a bigger role in the offense even once Gordon returns.
All signs point to Lindsay's toe being back to full health, and that makes him one of the best waiver-wire targets of the week.
Royce Freeman Fantasy Outlook
The other running back who figures to benefit from this news is Royce Freeman. Freeman has barely been asked to do anything this season, as Gordon was working as the team's clear-cut No. 1 RB. But Gordon profiles as much more of a bell-cow than Lindsay does, so Freeman could get some increased work while Lindsay serves as the top dog for the next few weeks.
Freeman has turned 9 carries into just 30 yards this season, but he is a pretty solid pass-catcher, catching all 5 of his targets for 49 yards in 2020. He could offer some value as a FLEX option in deeper formats for the next few weeks.
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