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Jaleel McLaughlin

RB DEN

College: Youngstown State | Rookie
Height: 5'7" | Weight: 187 lbs
Birth Date: 2000-09-13
2024 Bye Week: 14

Total Pts: 106.7
Avg Pts: 6.28
Rank: 45 RB

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2024 RTSports Outlook

McLaughlin was an undrafted free agent that made the team and moved up the depth chart throughout the season. He even got a few starts because of injury. He finished with 570 total yards and three touchdowns. McLaughin averaged an impressive 5.4 yards per carry. He also caught 31 passes, showing he can be an asset in the passing game. McLaughlin could be the top backup from day one this season. He is a small back but runs with some power and has good moves in space. He also will make some plays after contact, averaging 2.2 yards per carry after contact. He catches the ball well out of the backfield. He does lack some size to be an every-down back but can do well in spot duty.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: McLaughlin could improve a little on last year but don't expect much better production. That still gives him some value as a deep reserve for fantasy teams. His floor is decent because he will get some weekly catches. Look for around 600 total yards and 30 receptions with a few scores.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

As a rookie, Jaleel McLaughlin totaled 570 yards on just 107 touches. His efficiency metrics were off the charts. Per PlayerProfiler, he ranked 4th among running backs in true yards per carry (5.1), 6th in juke rate (25.2%), and 6th in yards created per touch (4.42). His 0.95 fantasy points per opportunity ranked 9th among running backs. When the undrafted rookie out of Youngstown State touched the ball he was electric. However, even in games Javonte Williams didn't play or left early, McLaughlin averaged just 11.5 opportunities on a 33% snap share. He produced 18.7 PPR points per game in those two games though, as he found paydirt in both games. Again, he's got the ability to put up fantasy points in a hurry, but he never played more than 28% of the snaps in games Williams was a full-go. At just 5'7", 187 lbs, McLaughlin may never be more than a change-of-pace type back. That feels even more likely now that the Broncos took Notre Dame running back Audric Estime in the 5th round of the 2024 NFL Draft. At 5'11", 227 lbs, Estime is built more like Javonte Williams and could be called upon to shoulder the load should anything happen to Williams. In that case, McLaughlin would continue as that change-of-pace back in Sean Payton's offense. However, just like in 2023, he could have some spike weeks. Because of his hyper efficiency, he's one of those running backs you'll want to have stashed on your roster just in case.

As a rookie, Jaleel McLaughlin totaled 570 yards on just 107 touches. His efficiency metrics were off the charts. Per PlayerProfiler, he ranked 4th among running backs in true yards per carry (5.1), 6th in juke rate (25.2%), and 6th in yards created per touch (4.42). His 0.95 fantasy points per opportunity ranked 9th among running backs. When the undrafted rookie out of Youngstown State touched the ball he was electric. However, even in games Javonte Williams didn't play or left early, McLaughlin averaged just 11.5 opportunities on a 33% snap share. He produced 18.7 PPR points per game in those two games though, as he found paydirt in both games. Again, he's got the ability to put up fantasy points in a hurry, but he never played more than 28% of the snaps in games Williams was a full-go. At just 5'7", 187 lbs, McLaughlin may never be more than a change-of-pace type back. That feels even more likely now that the Broncos took Notre Dame running back Audric Estime in the 5th round of the 2024 NFL Draft. At 5'11", 227 lbs, Estime is built more like Javonte Williams and could be called upon to shoulder the load should anything happen to Williams. In that case, McLaughlin would continue as that change-of-pace back in Sean Payton's offense. However, just like in 2023, he could have some spike weeks. Because of his hyper efficiency, he's one of those running backs you'll want to have stashed on your roster just in case.

Fantasy WeekPts
Scoring
Week 11.00Jaleel McLaughlin 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Week 26.50Jaleel McLaughlin 5 rushing yds (0.50 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 1 rushing TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Jaleel McLaughlin 5 yd TD rush
Week 31.50Jaleel McLaughlin 15 rushing yds (1.50 pts)
Week 419.40Jaleel McLaughlin 72 rushing yds (7.20 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 32 receiving yds (3.20 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Jaleel McLaughlin 18 yd TD pass from Russell Wilson
Week 517.90Jaleel McLaughlin 68 rushing yds (6.80 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 21 receiving yds (2.10 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Jaleel McLaughlin 22 yd TD pass from Russell Wilson
Week 66.20Jaleel McLaughlin 30 rushing yds (3.00 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 12 receiving yds (1.20 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 75.60Jaleel McLaughlin 45 rushing yds (4.50 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 1 receiving yd (0.10 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Week 85.90Jaleel McLaughlin 33 rushing yds (3.30 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 6 receiving yds (0.60 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 9
Week 103.20Jaleel McLaughlin 8 rushing yds (0.80 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 4 receiving yds (0.40 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 116.50Jaleel McLaughlin 1 rushing yd (0.10 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 14 receiving yds (1.40 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Week 120.40Jaleel McLaughlin 4 rushing yds (0.40 pts)
Week 134.10Jaleel McLaughlin 15 rushing yds (1.50 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 6 receiving yds (0.60 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 144.20Jaleel McLaughlin 25 rushing yds (2.50 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 7 receiving yds (0.70 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Playoff Week 13.80Jaleel McLaughlin 2 rushing yds (0.20 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 16 receiving yds (1.60 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Playoff Week 210.70Jaleel McLaughlin 37 rushing yds (3.70 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 30 receiving yds (3.00 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
Playoff Week 39.20Jaleel McLaughlin 44 rushing yds (4.40 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 18 receiving yds (1.80 pts)
Jaleel McLaughlin 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Player Notes
May 30 2:20am ET

Denver Broncos running back Jaleel McLaughlin (head) was photographed participating in OTAs on Thursday, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. The pass-catching back came on strong late in his rookie campaign last year, but he's still expected to face firm competition in the form of Javonte Williams and Audric Estime, to name a couple. Adding extra faces to this backfield complicates the matter and drops McLaughlin to a depth role, making him a reasonable target at his ADP of 163. Fantasy managers will find extra solace in the fact that he's healthy and ready to go for the season.

From RotoBaller

May 24 12:10am ET

Denver Broncos running backs Samaje Perine and Jaleel McLaughlin "will face a challenging battle to maintain their roles this offseason," according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic. He notes that the same is true for Javonte Williams. It appears as though all three holdover running backs in Denver have reduced job security after the team drafted Audric Estime and signed Blake Watson. There will be plenty of competition throughout the offseason as the Broncos work to determine which running backs are worthy of key volume in 2024. However, as of now, it appears there's at least some favor for Estime and Watson while the three returners may need to do a little extra to prove themselves. From a fantasy perspective, Williams and Estime seem like the most intriguing names, but Perine and Watson (and even McLaughlin) benefit from their pass-catching skills.

From RotoBaller

Jan 7 11:50pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Jaleel McLaughlin (head) suffered a head injury early in the 27-14 Week 18 loss to the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday and never returned. The 23-year-old finished the final game of his rookie season with just four carries for six yards. He was not targeted at all in the passing game before his unfortunate early exit. McLaughlin's first NFL campaign ends on a sour note, but it shouldn't take anything away from what was an impressive year for the undrafted rookie out of Youngstown State. He impressed in training camp to make the roster and then surpassed Samaje Perine on the RB depth chart midway through the year. McLaughlin entered Week 18 with a 5.6 yard-per-carry average and three total touchdowns in 16 games. With both Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine heading into the final year of their deals in 2024, McLaughlin will most likely serve in a change-of-pace role yet again in Year 2.

From RotoBaller

Jan 7 7:00pm ET

Denver Broncos running back Jaleel McLaughlin (head) won't return to Sunday's matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders. The 23-year-old was in line to see more work in Week 18. However, he never had a chance to get anything going, so he'll finish with four carries for six yards. McLaughlin had bouts of promise throughout the 2023-24 campaign. However, he'll end the year with three touchdowns. It's possible he could get more work next season. But as long as Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine are on the roster, it will be tough for the rookie to stay consistently involved.

From RotoBaller

Jan 6 1:40pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Jaleel McLaughlin is expected to have a bigger workload in the Week 18 regular season finale against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday with the team already eliminated from the playoffs. Javonte Williams and Samaje Perine will likely still be involved, but it's quite possible that McLaughlin will lead Denver's backfield in touches this weekend. We wouldn't recommend the 23-year-old as anything more than an RB3/flex option in deep season-long leagues, but he could be worth a low-cost dart throw in DFS contests in a matchup against a Raiders run defense that has allowed the 10th-most half-PPR points per game to the position this season. In the last two games, McLaughlin has been much more effective than Williams on the ground, averaging 5.79 yards per carry on 14 attempts for 81 yards while also catching seven passes for 48 yards.

From RotoBaller

Jan 1 7:20pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Jaleel McLaughlin is expected to have a continued increased workload heading into the final game of the season in Week 18 versus the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders. "He continues to earn additional touches," said head coach Sean Payton. McLaughlin started over the struggling Javonte Williams, who has 38 carries for only 92 yards in the last three games combined, in the Week 17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Williams out-carried McLaughlin 15 to eight on Sunday against the Bolts, but McLaughlin was more efficient and led the team in rushing with 44 yards, adding three catches for 18 yards on three targets. It's hard to recommend anyone in Denver's offense for fantasy lineups with the team playing out the string in another lost season, but McLaughlin could certainly act as the Broncos' "starting" RB for the final game this Sunday.

From RotoBaller

Dec 31 9:50pm ET

Denver Broncos running back Jaleel McLaughlin has been stuck in three-man committee throughout this season. The fact McLaughlin has to share the carries with two other players is holding back his fantasy value. On Sunday, McLaughlin rushed eight times for 44 yards, while hauling in three receptions for 18 yards in the win over the Los Angeles Chargers. McLaughlin managed to have more yards than starter Javonte Williams with seven less carries. It seems like the Broncos are still feeling out their running back situation right now. That being said, McLaughlin will be tough to trust in fantasy leagues for Week 18 despite his success.

From RotoBaller

Dec 30 1:50pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie running back Jaleel McLaughlin could be more involved next to Javonte Williams in the team's Week 17 contest against the visiting Los Angeles Chargers. The Broncos made the move to bench quarterback Russell Wilson in favor of Jarrett Stidham the final two weeks of the season with the team's playoff hopes on life support. After seeing six carries (his most since Week 10) for 37 yards while catching four of five targets for 30 yards in the Week 16 loss to the New England Patriots, it's possible that the Broncos continue to give youngsters like McLaughlin more time on the field to close out the season. We aren't recommending McLaughlin for starting fantasy lineups with championships on the line, but he could surprise some folks against a Chargers defense that has been a top-10 matchup for opposing RBs in 2023.

From RotoBaller

NFL Week
OppPtsRush
Att
Rush
Yds
Rush
TDs
100
Yds
RecRec
Yds
Rec
TDs
Rec
Tgt
Fum
Lost
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Week 2WAS6.50151000000
Week 3@MIA1.505150000000
Week 4@CHI19.4077200332130
Week 5NYJ17.9096800321140
Week 6@KC6.2073000212020
Week 7GB5.605450011020
Week 8KC5.904330026020
Week 9bye
Week 10@BUF3.20680024020
Week 11MIN6.501100514050
Week 12CLE0.40240000000
Week 13@HOU4.104150026020
Week 14@LAC4.205250017020
Week 15@DET3.802200216030
Week 16NE10.7063700430050
Week 17LAC9.2084400318030
Week 18@LV0.60460000000