RB - DEN
Week 5 Outlook
Samaje Perine gained 12 yards on six carries while catching both of his targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Bears.
Perine figured to get significantly more action after fellow Denver RB Javonte Williams was knocked out Sunday's game early with a hip injury. Instead, Perine was utilized in a similar fashion as weeks prior while rookie Jaleel McLaughlin overshadowed him. Perine has now rushed for just 66 yards through four games, adding in 95 yards on 11 receptions.
Samaje Perine turned three targets into two catches for 15 receiving yards against teh Dolphins on Sunday afternoon. He also rushed for nine yards. Denver ultimately fell to Miami by a score of 70-20.
Perine's occasional contributions in the passing game have been relatively unappealing from a fantasy football perspective. He should not be started in Week 4 despite a favorable matchup against the Bears.
Despite the Denver Broncos' nail-biting 35-33 loss to the Washington Commanders, 28-year-old running back Samaje Perine's performance was less than stellar.
With only one carry for a meager 4 yards, Perine's ground game was virtually non-existent. However, he did manage to make a slight impact in the passing game, hauling in 3 of his 4 targets for a total of 20 yards. His lack of touchdowns, both on the ground and through the air, left fantasy managers wanting more. Currently ranked as RB40 for the week and RB32 for the season, Perine's fantasy value is dwindling. His performance in Week 2 did little to boost his stock, and with the Miami Dolphins on the horizon, Perine will need to step up his game if he wants to climb the fantasy rankings.
Samaje Perine hauled in all four of his targets for a team-most 37 receiving yards against the Raiders on Sunday. He also added 41 rushing yards. Denver ultimately fell to Las Vegas by a score of 17-16.
Perine played so well with the Bengals last season that he vultured some of Joe Mixon's snaps, and now it looks like he's doing the same to Javonte Williams in Denver. The 27-year-old is a reliable pass-catcher who ranks in the RB3/FLEX range going forward.
Samaje Perine, who the Broncos signed in the offseason, has a real chance to be the lead-back for a large part of the 2023 season.
Perine has shown an elite ability as a pass-catcher out of the backfield in Cincinnati, as he finished in the top 15 of yards per route run among all RBs in 2022. Now in Denver, with the uncertainty surrounding Javonte Williams' health, Perine may be the go-to back for a big chunk of the season. With Sean Payton in town, Russell Wilson may check it down more, especially given the lack of depth at WR on the roster. This gives Perine an elite upside to begin the season. Perine is currently going as the RB39 in half-PPR leagues and is a prime candidate to outperform that ADP early. Perine is an excellent buy-low, sell-high candidate to add to your team in the later rounds, especially to offset the risk of drafting someone like Alvin Kamara.