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Jaleel McLaughlin - Fantasy Points Outlook

Basic StatsJaleel McLaughlin's Basic Stats

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Bye: 14
Experience: 1
Age: 23.7
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 187
40 Time: 4.51
SPARQx (Rank): 101.20 (23%)
Burst Score (Rank): 110.20 (14%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.73 (19%)
Three Cone Drill (Rank): 7.43

Jaleel McLaughlin's Weekly Outlook

Week 1 Projections
Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
22.6 0.11 1.7 11.8 0.07 4.6
Weekly Writeup

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
6.6 0 0.3 2.1 0 1.1

Jaleel McLaughlin's 2024 Projections & Outlook


#50 Running Back

76 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
Not Available 81.4 382.8 1.86 0 0 28.2 195.6 1.16

3D Projections DS 3D Projections

Basic StatsJaleel McLaughlin's Preseason Player Analysis

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Bottom Line

McLaughlin flashed as an undrafted rookie last year, averaging a big 5.4 yards per carry and catching 31 balls.

The 187-pounder doesn’t have much of a chance to emerge as Denver’s lead back. But it’s possible that he carves out a big enough role in HC Sean Payton’s offense to be a low-end fantasy option, particularly in PPR leagues.

What We Learned Last Year

  • McLaughlin finished his rookie season with 410 rushing yards and one TD, plus 31 catches for 160 yards and two TDs.
  • He ranked 46th among RBs in total PPR points; 57th in PPR points per game.
  • McLaughlin was never a reliable fantasy starter, finishing as a top-24 PPR RB in just two of 17 games. He ranked outside the top-36 12 times.
  • But he was one of the most explosive runners in the league. Among 58 RBs with 70+ carries last year, McLaughlin ranked:
    • 2nd in yards per carry (5.4)
    • 4th in percentage of runs to go for 10+ yards (15.8%)
  • McLaughlin ranked 12th among those 58 RBs in Pro Football Focus rushing grade and beat backfield mates Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine.
  • McLaughlin also beat Williams and Perine in missed tackles forced per attempt and yards after contact per attempt.
  • McLaughlin trailed Williams and Perine in targets and catches. But his 31 catches ranked 29th among all RBs league-wide.
  • He ranked just 41st among 43 RBs with 30+ targets in yards per catch but ranked fifth in yards per route.
  • McLaughlin ranked third among those 43 RBs in Pro Football Focus receiving grade.
  • McLaughlin went undrafted last year, but it wasn’t for lack of college production. He set the NCAA record with 8,166 career rushing yards across his five seasons – two at Division II Notre Dame College and three at Youngstown State.

What to Expect in 2024

  • McLaughlin does not have the build to be a feature back. He’s listed at 5’8 and 187 pounds.
  • But that doesn’t mean that he can’t be a fantasy factor, especially in Denver’s Sean Payton-led offense.
  • Payton tends to deploy two- and even three-RB committees. He’s produced a pair of top-30 RBs in PPR points per game nine times in 16 seasons as an NFL HC.
  • No Broncos RB cracked the top-30 last year, but the team ranked sixth in total RB PPR points. That was largely fueled by 131 RB catches – 15 more than any other team.
  • The 2023 Broncos ranked:
    • 9th in run rate
    • 18th in carries
    • 21st in RB carries
    • 1st in RB catches
  • With rookie QB Bo Nix likely under center and an underwhelming group of WRs and TEs, the Broncos figure to remain a run-leaning offense in 2024. And the RBs should again be heavily involved in the passing game.
  • Payton said in May this his backfield is an open competition. Denver returns RBs Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine and added rookie RBs Audric Estime and Blake Watson.
  • Watson – an undrafted free agent – is most similar to McLaughlin in terms of archetype. They might be competing for the change-of-pace, pass-catching role in this backfield.

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Broncos backfield an open competition

Broncos HC Sean Payton said recently that his backfield is an open competition heading into the season. "All these guys, they're all competing for different roles, spots," Payton said. "We never put a cap on what they're competing for. I wanna see it. And then we'll go by what we see."

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The Broncos selected Notre Dame RB Audric Estime in Round 4 of the NFL Draft. A four-star prospect, Estime chose Notre Dame over others like Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia, and Nebraska. After a quiet freshman season behind Kyren Williams, the New York native split carries in 2022. The result? Team-highs in yards (920), yards per carry (5.9), and TDs (11). His production then rose across the board last fall. He flashed top-notch power with 4.27 yards after contact per attempt and tallied a strong Elusive Rating from PFF (126.5). The raw numbers turned up several career highs (209 carries, 1,341 yards, 18 TDs). While Estime caught all 26 of his college targets, we don’t forecast much of a receiving ceiling in the NFL. He also lacks the top-end speed to rip off explosives at the next level. Estime’s 4.71 forty-time at the NFL Combine was disappointing, but his Relative Athletic Score of 6.58 shows the strength of his complete profile. At 221 pounds, he tallied an 86th-percentile vertical and an 87th-percentile broad jump. Also note: Estime’s ten-yard split placed him in the 53rd percentile. The rookie joins a crowded backfield in Denver alongside Javonte Williams, Jaleel McLaughlin, and Samaje Perine – although Williams and Perine are both scheduled to be free agents next offseason.

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Broncos RB Javonte Williams didn't just let you down with his production in Saturday night's loss to the Lions. He saw his playing time and route participation tumble. It started with Denver putting Jaleel McLaughlin on the field to open the game. Williams took over for the second possession and still led the backfield in playing time and touches. But his 48% playing time for the game marked his lowest since a Week 6 return from a quad injury. That followed three straight games of 60%+. His biggest dip came in the passing game. Williams ran a route on just 25.7% of QB Russell Wilson's dropbacks. That marked a significant fall vs. three straight outings of 40.5% or more. Williams ran just nine routes vs. eight for Samaje Perine and five for Jaleel McLaughlin. Combine that with now seven straight games of averaging less than 3.9 yards per carry, and it's tough to see Williams as more than an "if you need him" starter for a Week 16 matchup with the Patriots. We'll see about his role and performance in that game before declaring his usability for a better matchup with the Chargers in Week 17. Perine drew just 1 target for the game but caught it for 11 yards and averaged 6.2 yards across his 6 carries. That followed a 5-catch Week 14 and couldn't have hurt his chances at getting playing time the rest of the way. McLaughlin garnered just 4 touches for the game. He has topped 6 touches just once in his past eight games.

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Broncos rookie RB Jaleel McLaughlin grabbed attention with some high-efficiency performances earlier this season and briefly moved ahead of Samaje Perine in playing time and usage. McLaughlin has continued to garner a lot more carries than Perine, leading the veteran 22-4 in the four games since Javonte Williams returned from injury. But Perine has played more snaps than McLaughlin each of the past three games, including Monday night in the win over Buffalo. Perine's primary role obviously lies in passing situations, where he's splitting time with Williams. That hasn't meant more than 3 targets in a game since Williams returned. But it will limit McLaughlin's opportunities. McLaughlin has remained the touch leader between them over the past three games, but neither looks usable vs. Williams' current role -- unless you're desperate for an RB.

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Broncos RB Javonte Williams racked up 25 touches in Monday night's win at Buffalo. That included his second straight game of 21+ carries and third straight game with at least 3 receptions. Williams has seen his three largest touch counts of the season -- 18, 30, 25 -- over the past three games. The receiving work has stayed in line with earlier performances, while the carries have climbed significantly. Winning three straight games has certainly helped. Denver spent a surprising amount of time leading both the Chiefs and Bills the past two games. The defense seems to have improved quite a bit, delivering its four best weekly DVOA ratings over the past four games. That included the best performance of any defense -- by a wide margin -- in Week 8 against K.C. If that continues, it'll help Williams' chances of continued higher rushing volume. The Broncos get negative RB-scoring matchups with the Vikings and Browns the next two weeks, but expect competitive games to help Williams' touch counts. He'll likely land comfortably inside RB2 range in our rankings for those two contests, with greater matchup upside over the final five fantasy weeks.

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Jaleel McLaughlin, RB DEN
Dynasty MVP 18.2
Position Rank #159 RB
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McLaughlin posted massive numbers across a five-year college career (1,250-8,166-79, plus 66 catches). While undersized, the early returns on McLaughlin show he's capable of sticking as a real-life RB2/3.
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