Phillip Lindsay wasn’t thought of as a running back that would make much of a difference at the beginning of the season, in both fantasy, and the Broncos organization.
Lindsay ran all over defenses in the PAC-12 in his time with Colorado. He amassed 3,476 total yards on offense during his junior and senior seasons. For whatever reason, he was looked over and went un-drafted in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Look at him now. Lindsay is now atop the depth chart for the Broncos and, pending his arm injury, seems to be locked in and ready to have an even better sophomore campaign. With Joe Flacco now under center, it may give him a few more opportunities to produce in the passing-game as well.
The Broncos should focus on their offensive line during the offseason, which will help elevate Lindsay’s stock. One thing we may need to be cautious about is the fact that Royce Freeman is still waiting patiently and ready to go if he needs to. I feel like Denver may try to use the duo to attack defenses in different ways, which may hurt Lindsay and his fantasy value this season. I do think that they’ll ride the hot hand if they need to. Phillip should be the first in the backfield to eat, and if he can maintain a hot hand for the most part throughout the season, I don’t see why he wouldn’t be a mid-to-back-tier RB1, or a high-end RB2.
According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Lindsay has a current ADP of 3.11, or the 11th pick in the third round. I would take Lindsay in the late third round or ,if he’s available, the early-to-mid fourth round. He has shown too much potential to not draft him as your RB2 confidently.
2019 Stat Projection: 255/1,225/7 rushing and 32/220/2 receiving