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
In running back Samaje Perine's debut with the Denver Broncos in Week 1 of the regular season on Sunday against the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders, he was extremely efficient on the ground in a 17-16 loss. Perine had eight carries for 41 yards (5.1 yards per tote) while catching all four of his targets for a team-high 37 receiving yards. The 27-year-old had five fewer carries than teammate Javonte Williams, but if he can continue to stay involved in the passing attack, he should have standalone fantasy value as a flex consideration as the Broncos ease Williams back from a torn ACL and LCL that he suffered in Week 4 in 2022. Note: Top wideout Jerry Jeudy (hamstring) was inactive on Sunday and tight end Greg Dulcich injured his leg and didn't return.
Sep 10, 2023 11:42 PM EST
Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton said that running back Javonte Williams (knee) is "going to play a big role" in Week 1 against the Las Vegas Raiders, so where does that leave Samaje Perine? Williams has had an impressive recovery after tearing his ACL and LCL in Week 4 in 2022, but all signs point to the Broncos easing him back into the offense. Williams is going to be active, but at best, this might be a 50-50 split in Week 1, and Perine could easily have flex appeal all year long. It's no secret Payton has liked to rotate his RBs over the years. If Perine out-snaps Williams in Week 1 against a Raiders defense that allowed the fifth-most half-PPR points per game to RBs last year, he'll have RB2 upside on Sunday. Perine's fantasy value is going to be the highest early in the year, so start him if you drafted him.
Sep 7, 2023 1:10 AM EST
ESPN's Dan Graziano thinks that Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine could be the team's lead running back for a good chunk of the 2023 season. Javonte Williams (knee) has been practicing and even saw some action in the preseason after suffering a torn ACL in Week 4 of 2022. However, people close to the situation are saying that Williams needs to be eased in. Denver signed Perine as a complement to Williams once Williams got healthy. But if Perine shows he can handle early down work, it could allow the Broncos to take their time with Williams and bring him along slowly until he's fully healed. On 95 carries with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2022, Perine ran for 394 yards and two touchdowns. The 27-year-old is a nice RB3/flex to target in fantasy drafts this weekend.
Sep 1, 2023 11:25 AM EST
Perine was diagnosed with a bruised thumb after his early exit from practice Wednesday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Jun 15, 2023 8:41 AM EST
Coach Sean Payton said Wednesday that Perine made an early exit from practice to have his thumb evaluated, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Jun 14, 2023 12:57 PM EST
Perine could see his most substantial workload of his career this season, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
May 20, 2023 7:37 AM EST
Perine had four carries for three yards and three catches for 19 yards on four targets in Sunday's win over the Patriots.
Dec 24, 2022 10:39 PM EST
Perine had seven carries for 24 yards and one reception for no gain in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Buccaneers.
Dec 20, 2022 12:15 PM EST
Perine had four carries for 22 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Browns. He also had one catch for two yards on five targets.
Dec 11, 2022 2:31 PM EST
Perine will cede starting running back duties to Joe Mixon in Sunday's game against the Browns after the latter practiced fully Wednesday and cleared the NFL's concussion protocol, but Perine may have earned a larger role than he previously held after excelling as a replacement for Mixon over the past two games, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Dec 8, 2022 11:36 AM EST
Perine had 21 carries for 106 yards, along with six catches for another 49 yards in the Bengals' win over the Chiefs.
Dec 4, 2022 5:37 PM EST
With Joe Mixon (concussion) inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Perine is in line to see an expanded role in the Bengals' Week 13 backfield.
Dec 4, 2022 12:11 PM EST
Perine is tentatively on track to serve as Cincinnati's lead back for Sunday's game against the Chiefs with Joe Mixon listed as questionable but not expected to clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol in advance of the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Dec 4, 2022 5:45 AM EST
Perine had 17 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown, along with four catches for 35 yards in Sunday's win over the Titans.
Nov 27, 2022 2:18 PM EST
With Joe Mixon (concussion) ruled out, per Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site, Perine is in line to see an expanded workload Sunday against the Titans.
Nov 25, 2022 10:13 AM EST