Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine came into the Week 14 contest versus the Los Angeles Chargers as questionable with a knee injury, but he managed to suit up and had a team-high five receptions on five targets for 36 yards as a pass-catcher in the 24-7 victory. Perine was far less involved on the ground, seeing just two carries for eight yards. But after getting more involved in Weeks 11 and 12, Perine was back at it again on Sunday. His five targets were second on the team behind Jerry Jeudy's six, and his 36 receiving yards were second to Courtland Sutton's 62. However, the 28-year-old isn't going to have much flex appeal outside of extremely deep PPR leagues as long as lead back Javonte Williams sees 20-plus touches per game, which has been the case in four of the team's last six contests.
Dec 11, 2023 12:09 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (knee) is officially active for Week 14 versus the Los Angeles Chargers. Despite missing practice Friday and being listed as questionable, the expectation as that Perine would play. Indeed, the veteran will suit up, using his pass-catching skills to rank as a high-end RB4 in PPR leagues.
Dec 10, 2023 3:24 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (knee) is expected to suit up versus the Chargers in Week 14. The former Bengal practiced fully on Wednesday and Thursday. However, he missed Friday's session because of a knee injury, resulting in a questionable designation. At any rate, Perine hasn't been a consistent part of the Broncos' offensive plans for most of the season, meaning his fantasy outlook isn't favorable by any means.
Dec 10, 2023 1:54 AM EST
The Denver Broncos listed running back Samaje Perine (knee) as questionable to play this Sunday against the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers. Perine was a full participant on Wednesday and Thursday before he was held out of practice on Friday. It sounds as though Perine suffered a setback, which usually is a bad sign heading into Sunday's action. The 28-year-old suddenly resurfaced for 16 touches, 133 yards and a touchdown in Weeks 11 and 12 before being granted only three touches for six yards in last week's loss to the Houston Texans. Even if his injury isn't all that serious and he's able to play in Week 14, Perine will most likely handle a small role alongside rookie Jaleel McLaughlin behind lead back Javonte Williams against the Bolts. If Perine is out, McLaughlin will be afforded a larger change-of-pace role behind Williams.
Dec 8, 2023 6:51 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine began the year as Denver's "lead back" with Javonte Williams being eased in due to a knee injury he suffered the year prior. Perine then lost the No. 2 role to rookie Jaleel McLaughlin midway through the year. However, in the last two games, Perine has re-emerged, catching seven passes for 60 yards in Week 11 and carrying the ball seven times for 55 yards and a touchdown in last week's win over the Cleveland Browns. The 28-year-old's TD plunge last Sunday came when Williams was being evaluated for an injury, though, so fantasy managers probably shouldn't put too much stock in it. Against the Houston Texans in Week 13, Perine will be battling for touches with McLaughlin behind Williams, making him more of an RB4/flex in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Dec 2, 2023 1:41 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine surprisingly worked as the No. 2 RB behind Javonte Williams over rookie Jaleel McLaughlin in the 29-12 win on Sunday over the visiting Cleveland Browns in Week 12 and even found the end zone for the first time this season. Perine had seven carries (his most since the season opener) for 55 yards (7.9 yards per tote) and a rushing touchdown (his first of the year) while adding one catch on his only target for a gain of 11 yards. The 28-year-old took advantage of Williams leaving the game early on with a neck injury to score the Broncos' first touchdown of the game. Perine has now gone over 60 total yards in each of the last two games and is suddenly challenging McLaughlin (two carries for four yards) for a bigger role behind Williams. However, the role isn't going to lead to much (if any) standalone fantasy value as long as the Broncos continue to feed Williams 20-plus touches a game.
Nov 27, 2023 12:44 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (knee) has been removed from the team's final injury report after getting in a full practice on Friday. The veteran running back has now logged back-to-back full practices so he is ready to go for Sunday's Week 12 game against the Cleveland Browns. Perine has been a solid receiving back throughout the season, totaling 32 receptions on 36 targets for 326 yards through the air. However, he's yet to find the end zone this season and has a tough matchup in Week 12 against the Browns' stout defense. He's a low-end RB4.
Nov 24, 2023 6:21 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (back) upgraded to a full participant in practice on Thursday. This was a step in the right direction for the veteran after he was limited Wednesday. Denver's crowded backfield also features Javonte Williams and Jaleel McLaughlin, making it tough to trust Perine in fantasy leagues. With that said, he does have some appeal in deep PPR formats after catches seven passes for 60 yards last weekend.
Nov 23, 2023 5:14 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (knee) was limited in practice on Wednesday as his team gears up to face off against the Cleveland Browns in Week 12. Perine appeared to emerge from his team's Week 11 win over the Minnesota Vikings without any issues but he popped up on Wednesday's injury report with a knee. It is possible that Denver is just maintaining the veteran's reps early in the week, so his status in Thursday and Friday's practices will be worth monitoring. If Perine doesn't end up playing in Week 12, look for rookie Jaleel McLaughlin to see more run against Cleveland this weekend.
Nov 22, 2023 9:12 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine has been off the fantasy radar since early in 2023 with rookie Jaleel McLaughlin essentially passing him on the depth chart behind Javonte Williams. However, Perine was involved heavily in the passing attack in the Week 11 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night and finished with a team-high seven catches on seven targets for 60 yards while carrying the ball once for a seven-yard gain. The receptions and targets were both season-highs for the 28-year-old in a game in which the Broncos trailed for the majority of the action. It was a nice showing for Perine, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect to continue as long as Williams and McLaughlin are healthy, especially in a tough Week 12 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. Perine hasn't seen more than two carries since Week 5, when Williams was out due to injury.
Nov 20, 2023 12:12 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine hasn't had the year most thought he would. The former Bengal has just 98 yards off 26 carries and 20 catches for 215 yards through the first seven weeks. More alarming, he hasn't scored a touchdown as a runner or pass-catcher. Most had assumed Perine at least had a shot at surpassing Javonte Williams in production, even if the former technically didn't leap past the latter on the depth chart. Instead, Jaleel McLaughlin has arguably been the best back in Denver, and he doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. As a result, fantasy managers should leave Perine out of the starting lineup in Week 8 against the Chiefs and not consider starting him again this season until he turns it around.
Oct 28, 2023 1:37 PM EST
Not only did Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (leg, knee) have a terrible game in the 19-8 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, but he also apparently suffered a leg/knee injury late in the fourth quarter. Perine didn't see a single carry in this one with Javonte Williams returning from his quadriceps injury. The 28-year-old caught both of his targets for 16 yards, but he lost a fumble on the team's final offensive play of the night. Perine was apparently hurt on that play, but it's unclear right now how serious it is or if it will require him to miss time moving forward. The Broncos do have extra time before their Week 7 game against the Green Bay Packers. If Perine misses any time, it will allow Denver to get more of a look at impressive undrafted rookie Jaleel McLaughlin in their backfield.
Oct 13, 2023 1:06 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine was expected to have an elevated role in the offense in Week 5 against the New York Jets with Javonte Williams (quadriceps) sidelined, and that came to fruition in the 31-21 loss. Perine didn't have much of an impact on the ground with six carries for just 22 yards -- he also lost a fumble -- but he saved his fantasy day with four receptions on five targets for a team-high 73 receiving yards on Sunday in Denver. It was a decent showing as an RB3/flex option in PPR leagues. However, it's clear that impressive undrafted rookie Jaleel McLaughlin, who scored in Week 5, has surpassed Perine on the Broncos' RB depth chart. Once Williams returns from his injury -- possibly next Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs -- Perine is going to be hard to trust in starting fantasy lineups.
Oct 8, 2023 10:26 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine was expected to have a much bigger workload early on in his first season in Denver. He has carried the ball 18 times for 66 yards (3.67 yards per carry) and has 11 catches for 95 yards. Undrafted rookie Jaleel McLaughlin has so far outshined the 28-year-old. Perine could have a bigger role in Denver's backfield in Week 5 against the New York Jets if Javonte Williams (quadriceps) is unable to play, but the bad news is McLaughlin had one more carry than Perine last week when Williams was hurt despite playing fewer snaps. McLaughlin has been much more efficient with his touches and has found the end zone twice. At best, Perine will be worth a look as an RB3/flex this Sunday if Williams is inactive while going up against a Jets D that has been vulnerable on the ground.
Oct 6, 2023 12:40 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine didn't take advantage of an opportunity for a bigger role in the 31-28 comeback win over the Chicago Bears in Week 4 on Sunday when Javonte Williams (hip) left the game for good in the first half. Perine handled six carries, one less than undrafted rookie Jaleel McLaughlin, and picked up only 12 yards (2.0 yards per tote) on the ground. He added 23 receiving yards while hauling in both of his targets through the air. The 28-year-old could have a bigger role moving forward if Williams is forced to miss any time with his injury, but Perine has so far been a disappointment through his first four weeks with the Broncos and could be behind McLaughlin in the pecking order. Even if Williams is unavailable for a tough Week 5 matchup against the New York Jets, Perine will be hard to recommend as an RB3/flex.
Oct 1, 2023 10:45 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine was expected to have a significant role in the backfield early on in his first year in Denver with Javonte Williams being eased in following a major knee injury in 2022. Perine looked pretty explosive on 12 touches in the season opener and played the same number of offensive snaps as Williams. But in the last two weeks, he's disappeared, combining for four carries for 13 yards and five catches for 35 yards. The Broncos understandably abandoned the run game in a 50-point loss to the Dolphins in Week 3, but his drop in involvement the last two weeks has been concerning. Rookie Jaleel McLaughlin has seen more carries and has even scored. The Chicago Bears are an extremely inviting matchup for RBs, but will Perine even see enough touches to be worth considering as an RB4/flex in fantasy? We have our doubts.
Sep 29, 2023 12:11 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine's fantasy value has taken a nosedive in the last two weeks. The Broncos running game never really had a chance in the 70-20 shellacking at the hands of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Week 3, but Perine was out-carried by rookie Jaleel McLaughlin. McLaughlin saw five carries for 15 yards, while Perine ran the ball only three times for nine yards. Perine also caught two of his three targets for an additional 15 yards. The 28-year-old looked pretty explosive in the season opener, but he's now had just four carries in the last two weeks. The Broncos backfield just hasn't been able to get going so far this year, and Javonte Williams should continue to be the clear lead back as the season progresses. A Week 4 meeting with the Chicago Bears is intriguing, but both Perine and McLaughlin cannot be counted on in starting fantasy lineups.
Sep 24, 2023 8:44 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine played half of the offensive snaps in the Week 2 loss to the Washington Commanders, but he had only four touches for seven yards to show for it. Fantasy managers envisioned Perine having a much bigger role in Denver's backfield with the team easing Javonte Williams in after his ACL and LCL tears last year. The 28-year-old isn't going to just go away, but it's fair to wonder if he's a worthwhile RB3/flex play moving forward, even in a great matchup in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins, who have been a top-five matchup for opposing RBs through two weeks. Perine should have a better game this Sunday on the road, but you also might have better upside flex options.
Sep 21, 2023 11:31 PM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine was supposed to be sharing a bigger part of the backfield workload early in his first season in Denver as the team eased backfield mate Javonte Williams in after his ACL and LCL tears in Week 4 of 2022. But in the Week 2 loss to the Washington Commanders, Perine had just one carry for four yards and caught three of his four targets for 20 yards in the 35-33 loss at home. Rookie Jaleel McLaughlin had as many carries as Perine and took his handoff five yards to paydirt. In the season opener last week, Perine saw 12 touches for 78 yards, so this was a big-time disappointment. The full expectation is that Williams will eventually gain even more work in the Broncos' backfield, so Perine will enter the Week 3 matchup in Miami as tough to trust as an RB3/flex in deeper leagues.
Sep 18, 2023 12:26 AM EST
Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine had the exact same snap share (45 percent) as backfield mate Javonte Williams in the Week 1 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. This was expected with the Broncos wanting to ease Williams in after he tore both his ACL and LCL in Week 4 of last year. Perine had 12 touches to Williams' 17, although Perine was more efficient with eight carries for 41 yards and four receptions for 37 yards. As the season wears on, Perine is expected to become less valuable to fantasy managers as Williams gains a bigger share of the backfield touches. However, he looked pretty explosive in the season opener and should still have a significant role as a runner and pass-catcher in Week 2 against the Washington Commanders this Sunday. Perine is still in play as an RB3/flex this weekend in fantasy, albeit in a less-than-stellar matchup.
Sep 15, 2023 1:44 PM EST