News: Devontae Booker to start over Royce Freeman? Lindsay?

Smitty’s Take: A few reports this week, one from 9News (in Denver), predict that Devontae Booker will start Week 1 at running back for the Broncos when they take on Seattle. Honestly, it’s a bit premature to suggest that preseason play won’t dictate who starts Week 1, but Booker clearly has a slight advantage at the moment. Rookie Royce Freeman is our favorite of this Denver running back group, and we actually have him pegged for elite potential. We predict that by mid-season, probably much earlier, Freeman will be looking strong from a dynasty perspective. I do want to mention one huge deep sleeper in this situation that no one is talking about. One of my favorite dark horse rushers from the entire 2018 NFL Draft class was Phillip Lindsay, a player who vanished from NFL scouting/rankings once he started missing NFL Draft-related workouts due to injury; he was not invited to the combine. Lindsay is a Tarik Cohen-style rusher, at 5-7/185, and he’s speedy (4.38 speed) like Cohen. He broke Colorado’s all-time record in yards from scrimmage (4,683) and was ranked top 20 in the nation in both missed tackles forced (47) and yards after contact (809) in 2017. For those investing only in Royce Freeman in 2018, which is our strategy of choice with this situation, our advice is to ensure that you at least keep an eye on Lindsay and be on the ready to scoop him up upon any signs of life. In deeper leagues, he is a must-grab/stash right now.

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