Who Should I Start? - Week 3

Duke Johnson or Phillip Lindsay

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Phillip Lindsay
RB - DEN
Phillip Lindsay
at GB, Sun 1pm EDT
Duke Johnson
RB - HOU
Duke Johnson
at LAC, Sun 4pm EDT
 
 
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ECR# 25# 34-
Best Rank# 23# 29-
Worst Rank# 33# 44-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent at GB at LAC-
Matchup Rank126-
Matchup Rating-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rush Att1420.3
Rush Yds81.399
Rush TD0.30.3
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total13.212.1-
Avg Game6.66.1-
Avg Projection9.26.8-
Week 26.63.1-
    
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Weather73 F, Possible Drizzle84 F, Partly Cloudy-
    
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  Phillip Lindsay
RB - DEN
Phillip Lindsay
Duke Johnson
RB - HOU
Duke Johnson
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 at OAK
11 rush, 43 yds, 0 td
6 tar, 4 rec, 23 yds, 0 td
at NO
9 rush, 57 yds, 0 td
5 tar, 4 rec, 33 yds, 0 td
Week 2 vs. CHI
13 rush, 36 yds, 0 td
7 tar, 4 rec, 30 yds, 0 td
vs. JAC
6 rush, 31 yds, 0 td
1 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 3 at GB at LAC
Week 4 vs. JAC vs. CAR
Week 5 at LAC vs. ATL
Week 6 vs. TEN at KC
Week 7 vs. KC at IND
Week 8 at IND vs. OAK
Week 9 vs. CLE at JAC
Week 10BYE WEEKBYE WEEK
Week 11 at MIN at BAL
Week 12 at BUF vs. IND
Week 13 vs. LAC vs. NE
Week 14 at HOU vs. DEN
Week 15 at KC at TEN
Week 16 vs. DET at TB
Week 17 vs. OAK vs. TEN
  Phillip Lindsay
RB - DEN
Phillip Lindsay
at GB, Sun 1pm EDT
Duke Johnson
RB - HOU
Duke Johnson
at LAC, Sun 4pm EDT
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts12.17.4
Rush Yards55.833.9
Rush TDs0.30.1
   
Receiving
   
Receptions2.82.8
Rec Yards20.724.5
Rec TDs0.10.1
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points9.26.8
   
  Phillip Lindsay
RB - DEN
Phillip Lindsay
Duke Johnson
RB - HOU
Duke Johnson
2019 Points 
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  Phillip Lindsay
RB - DEN
Phillip Lindsay
Duke Johnson
RB - HOU
Duke Johnson
2019 Targets 
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  Phillip Lindsay
RB - DEN
Phillip Lindsay
at GB, Sun 1pm EDT
Duke Johnson
RB - HOU
Duke Johnson
at LAC, Sun 4pm EDT
Expert 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Packers are 25th against fantasy running backs, thanks to a bad game against RB Dalvin Cook. That isn't enough of a concern to elevate Lindsay to much more than a low-upside flex play. 
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
It took a full year, but Royce Freeman finally overtook Lindsay in the Broncos RB pecking order last week, out-snapping and easily outproducing the 2018 undrafted free agent. Going forward, this backfield should be approached as a near-even 50-50 split, with Denver perhaps leaning on Freeman more for between-the-tackles and short yardage work and both backs heavily involved in the passing game. Both backs are RB3/flex options against a Packers D that was just gashed by Dalvin Cook.Johnson continued to lose snaps and touches to Carlos Hyde in Week 2, and at this point Duke is on the short side of the committee. He is going to be more involved when the Texans throw the ball more, but that may not be the case this week against the Chargers' run-funnel defense. There's always upside in this offense, but Johnson is just a boom-or-bust RB3/flex option.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
This is officially a full-blown timeshare and one that's difficult to dissect. Through two weeks, Lindsay has 32 touches while Freeman has 27 of them. Lindsay has played 72 snaps while Freeman has played 71 snaps. Lindsay has run 41 routes while Freeman has run 37 of them (the odd part is that both rank top-18 in routes run among running backs). As you can see, it's a 50/50 split right now. While Dalvin Cook went bananas against the Packers last week (20/154/1), the Packers shut down the Bears run-game the prior week, allowing just 37 yards on 11 carries. The Packers said after the game that they knew if they made Mitch Trubisky beat them, they'd win, which allowed them to key-in on the run. You must wonder if they treat the Broncos and Flacco the same way. Whatever the case, the Broncos are eight-point underdogs while on the road and projected to score just 17 points. When there's a 50/50 timeshare mixed-in, it's hard to say anyone is more than an iffy RB3. A touchdown would likely be the deciding factor, and it's not any clearer there, as Lindsay has four red zone carries, while Freeman has three of them. Consider both of them just low-end RB3s in this game.After trading away a third-round pick for Johnson, most assumed he'd be the leader in this timeshare, but after two weeks, it's a lot different than most imagined. Johnson has played 66 snaps and totaled 19 touches (15 carries, four receptions) while Hyde has played 62 snaps and totaled 31 touches (30 carries, one reception). While most want that to change, it won't if Hyde continues to average a robust 5.8 yards per carry behind a makeshift offensive line. Johnson is going to have more value in games they fall behind, which oddsmakers expect this week. The Chargers struggled against running backs last year (allowed seventh-most points to them) but particularly in the passing game, as they allowed the second-most PPR points through the air to running backs. They allowed an average of 14.7 PPR points per game through the air alone. Think about that for a second. That amounts to five catches for 67 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game, on average. While the Colts didn't exploit that in Week 1 (they didn't really need to while rushing for 187 yards), the Lions running backs totaled four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown through the air last week. The timeshare all comes down to gamescript and this one should be a bit different than last week. Johnson is the safer play who's somewhat gamescript-proof, so consider him a decent RB3, especially in PPR formats.