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McLaughlin ranked as one of the NFL's most explosive running backs in 2023, so there's some potential for him to be helpful in Fantasy if he can earn more playing time in Denver this preseason. He finished inside the top 20 among qualifying RBs in yards per carry (5.4), avoided tackle rate (26.3%) and explosive play rate (10.5%). That sounds amazing but it comes with some sad context: McLaughlin had just 76 rushes in 17 games and never had more than nine runs in any game. If there's a positive, it's that McLaughlin is surrounded by slower talent in Denver's backfield, giving him a trait that could earn him more playing time if he excels this preseason. It's that potential that makes him a good late-round flier

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Year yds
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Fumbles Lost
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2023 410 5.39 1 31 160 2 643.8
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Vying for larger role Year 2

    McLaughlin is working to earn an increased workload entering Year 2 while competing with backfield mates Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine, Ryan McFadden of The Denver Post reports. McLaughlin has been one of the earliest to arrive throughout Denver's voluntary offseason workouts, and at mandatory minicamp he reportedly looked more explosive than in his rookie season, when he averaged an impressive 5.4 yards per carry. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi praised McLaughlin's "speed, acceleration (and) explosiveness," saying "I don't know if there's anyone who works harder than him." Still, the Broncos' backfield is crowded, with Javonte Williams presumably still the No. 1 option and another year removed from his ACL injury, plus rookie fifth-rounder Audric Estime (knee) and undrafted free agent Blake Watson having been added to the mix.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Returns healthy for OTAs

    McLaughlin (head) has been participating in OTAs, Isaiah J. Downing of the Marietta Daily Journal reports. McLaughlin played all 17 games for the Broncos in 2023 after going undrafted out of Youngstown State last spring, averaging 5.4 yards on 76 carries and 5.2 yards on 31 receptions. He seems to be healthy after suffering a head injury Week 18, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll have a role in Denver's crowded backfield in 2024. The team still has Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine under contract and recently brought in fifth-round pick Audric Estime and undrafted free agent Blake Watson. Listed at 5-foot-7 and 187 pounds, McLaughlin is the smallest of the bunch, though perhaps the quickest.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Averages 5.4 YPC in rookie year

    McLaughlin (head) had 76 carries for 410 yards and one touchdown to go with 31 catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns while appearing in all 17 of the Broncos' games during his rookie season. Carving out playing time wasn't easy in a backfield that also included Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine, but the undrafted McLaughlin racked up at least six touches in 11 of his last 14 games and was on his way to reaching that benchmark again in Week 18 before a head injury knocked him out of the season-ending loss to the Raiders. McLaughlin led the team in yards per carry (5.4), and his strong rookie season could earn him a larger role in 2024 after he recovers from the head injury.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Exits Sunday's game

    McLaughlin is being evaluated for a head injury during Sunday's game against the Raiders, Ryan McFadden of The Denver Post reports. Prior to his exit, McLaughlin carried four times for six yards. While he's sidelined, Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine are available to handle the Broncos' Week 18 backfield duties.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Set for increased workload

    McLaughlin is expected to have an increased workload Week 18 against Las Vegas, Chris Tomasson of The Denver Gazette reports. McLaughlin actually started at running back over Javonte Williams against the Chargers in Week 17, though Williams ended up with 31 offensive snaps to McLaughlin's 19. Nonetheless, McLaughlin put together the better performance, outrushing Williams, 44-41 yards, despite getting seven fewer carries. The running backs had an almost identical receiving line (3-18-0 for McLaughlin, and 3-17-0 for Williams), and both should play roles in Denver's season finale against the Raiders on Sunday. The Broncos have been eliminated from playoff contention, and with McLaughlin outperforming Williams of late, there appears to be a chance that the former gets more of the workload this weekend.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Leading rusher on eight carries

    McLaughlin took eight carries for 44 yards while corralling all three of his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 16-9 win over the Chargers. McLaughlin finished as Denver's leading rusher despite seeing seven fewer carries than starter Javonte Williams, who finished Sunday's win with 41 rushing yards on 15 attempts. That's two consecutive weeks in which the backup has outproduced the starter both in terms of volume and efficiency. McLaughlin has shown good burst in his limited opportunities this season, posting a per-carry average of 5.7 yards through 15 games. The undrafted free agent has yet to receive double-digit carries in any game this year, but there is a chance McLaughlin reaches that mark against the Raiders in Week 18 given his strong play of late.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Nets 67 yards on 10 touches

    McLaughlin had six carries for 37 yards and caught four of five targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Patriots. McLaughlin maximized his time on the field Sunday, converting 10 combined touches into 67 yards from scrimmage. The opposite could be said for starter Javonte Williams, who netted just 19 yards on 14 touches in the loss to New England. McLaughlin has been Denver's most efficient rusher this season, but he has spent most of the year operating as the team's third option behind Williams and veteran backup Samaje Perine. Perhaps the undrafted rookie will get more looks against the Chargers on Dec. 31 after Sunday's loss all but sealed the Broncos' fate in regards to making the playoffs this year.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Handles two carries

    McLaughlin rushed twice for four yards in Sunday's 29-12 win over the Browns. McLaughlin played just two of the Broncos' 67 offensive snaps, his lowest snap total of the season. Additionally, the rookie failed to see a single target for the first time since Week 3. As Javonte Williams continues to dominate backfield snaps and Samaje Perine has carved out a more significant backup role, McLaughlin isn't earning enough opportunities to be a consistent contributor. The 23-year-old's fantasy potential remains limited as the Broncos enter a Week 13 matchup with the Texans.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Five grabs against Vikes

    McLaughlin had one carry for one yard and caught all five of his targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 21-20 win over the Vikings. McLaughlin was largely an afterthought in the Broncos' ground attack, handling only one carry for the first time since Week 2. Instead, the rookie running back was involved more in the passing game as his five catches were a season high. With Samaje Perine regaining a bigger role behind starting RB Javonte Williams, McLaughlin's path to significant value has gotten that much narrower, and Sunday marked the second straight week in which he played just 15 percent of the offensive snaps. McLaughlin's utility remains limited to deep fantasy formats heading into a Week 12 matchup against the Browns.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Eight touches in win

    McLaughlin rushed six times for eight yards and caught both of his targets for four yards in Monday's 24-22 win over the Bills. McLaughlin failed to get much going Monday, as the rookie struggled to find running room while playing just 11 of the Broncos' 75 offensive snaps. Meanwhile, starter Javonte Williams continued to see his role grow as the featured back, handling 21 rushing attempts and seeing four targets. With Williams operating as a workhorse, McLaughlin is unlikely to earn enough opportunities to maintain fantasy relevance. The 23-year-old does, however, hold value as a solid insurance policy if Williams were to miss time due to injury. McLaughlin and the Broncos are set to host the Vikings in Week 11.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Sleeper RBs

    I'm going to start Javonte Williams ahead of Jaleel McLaughlin if I had to pick one of the Denver running backs, but I still like McLaughlin as at least a flex option against Green Bay. It's a great matchup against the Packers, who are No. 4 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. So far this season, Green Bay has already allowed four running backs in five games to score at least 17.5 PPR points (Roschon Johnson, Bijan Robinson, David Montgomery and Josh Jacobs). In Week 6 at Kansas City, McLaughlin led the Broncos in snaps with 21 (Williams had 18) but finished with just seven carries for 30 yards and two catches for 12 yards on two targets. Prior to that, with Williams dealing with a quad injury, McLaughlin had at least 17.9 PPR points in each of his previous two games. We'll see if Williams and McLaughlin can both produce at a high level -- and Sameje Perine is also in the mix -- but I'm hopeful the Broncos can get enough touches for Williams and McLaughlin to perform at a high level in Week 7.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Stuck in crowded backfield

    McLaughlin is expected to face more competition for reps out of the backfield Thursday against the Chiefs with Javonte Williams (hip) set to enter the Week 6 contest without an injury designation, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. McLaughlin thrived with Williams out for the Week 5 loss to the Jets and for much of the Week 4 win over Chicago, piling up 193 yards and two touchdowns on 22 touches in the past two contests while sharing backfield snaps with Samaje Perine. As impressive as the undrafted rookie has been, he won't be guaranteed to garner more than a handful of touches with both Williams and Perine back in the fold Thursday. McLaughlin at least seemed to move ahead of Perine in the pecking order for carries even before Williams' hip injury, with Perine largely resigned to playing in passing situations.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Sit Him (Lineup Decisions)

    There isn't a Broncos running back you'll have much confidence in starting because they'll all split the proverbial pie too much. I'd start McLaughlin over Williams, but I would rather start Brian Robinson, Alexander Mattison, Rachaad White, Jerome Ford and Rhamondre Stevenson.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Leading rusher Sunday

    McLaughlin had nine carries for 68 yards and caught three of four targets for 21 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Jets. McLaughlin wound up receiving 12 combined touches to Samaje Perine's 10, as the pair of backups combined to fill in for injured starter Javonte Williams (hamstring) on Sunday. McLaughlin finished with the stronger fantasy day after catching one of Russell Wilson's two touchdown throws, giving the undrafted free agent two receiving touchdowns in as many weeks. Perine gained 95 total yards on his 10 touches, so the veteran figures to remain in the backfield mix if Williams isn't ready for Thursday's tilt against the Chiefs. In that scenario, McLaughlin would become the preferred fantasy option in Denver's backfield after averaging 7.3 yards per carry so far as a rookie.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Sleepers (Start/Sit)

    We'll be watching the injury report for the rest of the week to see if Javonte Williams (hip) is out, and if that's the case then McLaughlin has the chance to be a No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues. He looked good in Week 4 at Chicago after Williams got hurt with seven carries for 72 yards and three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown on three targets, and Sean Payton indicated McLaughlin has earned more playing time moving forward. We'll see what that means if everyone is healthy, but this could be a breakout game for McLaughlin if he starts against the Jets in Week 5. In their past three games, the Jets have allowed Tony Pollard to go over 100 total yards with seven catches, the combination of Rhamondre Stevenson and Ezekiel Elliott to rush for 139 yards and Isiah Pacheco to gain 158 total yards and a touchdown. Samaje Perine has sleeper appeal as well if Williams is out, but I like the upside of McLaughlin more in this matchup.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Week 5 Adds (RB Preview)

    The Broncos' rookie has the team's only rushing touchdown and he's averaged 6.9 yards per touch compared to 5.6 for Samaje Perine and 3.9 for Javonte Williams. Assuming Williams is out, I expect a near even split between McLaughlin and Perine, making them both useful as borderline No. 2 running backs.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Handles five carries in loss

    McLaughlin rushed five times for 15 yards in Sunday's 70-20 loss to the Dolphins McLaughlin's 13 offensive snaps and five rushes Sunday were both high-water marks for the rookie in his young career. The 23-year-old running back was unable to get much going with his limited touches, as the entire offense tried to dig itself out of a blowout throughout the contest. Despite McLaughlin's talent, he remains off the fantasy radar with such few opportunities in Denver's offense. Barring an injury to Javonte Williams or Samaje Perine, the Youngstown State product can be ignored for fantasy purposes when the Broncos visit the Bears in Week 4.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Hits pay dirt in loss

    McLaughlin carried once for five yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-33 loss to the Commanders. Despite playing just three offensive snaps in Week 2, McLaughlin made the most of his one carry by finding the end zone for the first time in a regular-season contest. The rookie running back has now seen the field for eight offensive snaps through two weeks, but he is continuing to prove that he can be a playmaker for Denver's offense. Unfortunately, McLaughlin remains difficult to trust for fantasy purposes, as his minimal usage likely won't afford him enough opportunities for consistent production. If either Javonte Williams or Samaje Perine were to miss time due to injury, the 23-year-old would likely carve out a solid role in the Broncos' backfield. McLaughlin and the Broncos will head to Miami for a matchup with the Dolphins in Week 3.
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  • Broncos' Jaleel McLaughlin: Plays five offensive snaps in debut

    McLaughlin caught his only target for minus-7 yards and failed to record a single carry in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Raiders. Following an impressive preseason, McLaughlin's regular season debut left much to be desired. The rookie operated as the Broncos' No. 3 running back behind Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine. McLaughlin's five offensive snaps came in far behind the veterans, with Williams and Perine each seeing 29 snaps. With Williams healthy and Perine factoring in frequently, there weren't many opportunities left for the 22-year-old. Despite his talent, McLaughlin will likely find it difficult to see consistent usage in Denver's offense barring an injury to one of the top two backs. The Youngstown State product remains off the fantasy radar for a Week 2 matchup with the Commanders.
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