Melvin Gordon
  • Melvin Gordon

  • RB
  • , Baltimore Ravens
  • 30
  • 215 lbs
  • 6' 1"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

BAL RB Melvin Gordon - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 at Pittsburgh Steelers

Melvin Gordon saw 19% of the team’s offensive snaps last week in a complementary role to Gus Edwards. He’s vying for time with both Edwards and Justice Hill, so his fantasy value is extremely limited. It’s possible the Ravens get up early against Pittsburgh and Gordon gets additional second half work in a blowout, but that’s a lot to bank on for fantasy managers. Leave him on waivers.

by Brandon Niles

BAL RB Melvin Gordon - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 at Cleveland Browns

Melvin Gordon had 10 carries and two receptions for a total of 55 yards last week against the Colts. He stands to get some additional work this week with Gus Edwards in concussion protocol, but still, tread carefully around this Baltimore backfield. The team seems like they have a lot of names to throw in the mix, including Kenyan Drake, and that’s without even considering a return from Edwards and/or Justice Hill. The Brown rank 13th in aFPA to opposing running backs, so it’s not a great matchup anyway. Gordon should be considered a risky RB3 option at best.

by Spencer Babbitt

DEN RB Melvin Gordon - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Even as the Broncos' "lead back," Melvin Gordon only played just over 50% of Denver's offensive snaps in Week 10 and had 11 touches for 70 scoreless yards. There is not much production to go around in Denver to begin with, and now Gordon is locked into a three-way timeshare with Latavius Murray and Chase Edmonds. Even in a good matchup with the Raiders' porous defense, it is hard to trust any member of the Denver backfield as a fantasy starter. Gordon works as a desperation flex play but there's not much upside with him at this point in the season.

by Spencer Babbitt

DEN RB Melvin Gordon - Week 10 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 10 at Tennessee Titans
Melvin Gordon exits the bye week with even more usage uncertainty than expected as the Broncos traded for Chase Edmonds in the Bradley Chubb deal with Miami. The Broncos' backfield now looks like a three-way disaster split between Gordon, Latavius Murray, and whatever role the coaching staff gives to Edmonds. Now the Broncos will travel to Nashville to take on the Titans, who boast an above-average run defense according to fantasy points allowed to opposing backs. Given the tough matchup and intense uncertainty surrounding roles in the Denver backfield, it would be best to avoid starting any Broncos running back in fantasy.

by Spencer Babbitt

DEN RB Melvin Gordon - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (London)
Melvin Gordon played 54% of Denver's offensive snaps last week after being benched in Week 6. He saw 13 touches but only totaled 50 scoreless yards as the Broncos were forced to start Brett Rypien and continued their miserable offensive season in a loss to the Jets. Latavius Murray split the work with Gordon, receiving 10 touches of his own. The Broncos backfield is a mess and the fantasy implications are exacerbated by the fact that the offense just does not produce much to begin with. The Jaguars have a below-average run defense, but the timeshare and lack of touchdown opportunities for Denver make Gordon a desperation start only.

by Spencer Babbitt

DEN RB Melvin Gordon - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 vs. New York Jets
If we were concerned about Melvin Gordon not dominating snaps last week, Week 6 has plunged him into even more dire straits. Gordon only played 19% of the offensive snaps in Week 6, with those all coming early in the game as he was essentially benched in the second half. The Broncos brought Latavius Murray into the picture and immediately gave him 15 carries as the lead back on early downs with Gordon only seeing three carries of his own. Nathaniel Hackett has since said that Gordon was not injured and will still start in Week 7 against the Jets, but that simply cannot be trusted for fantasy given what we saw Monday night. The combination of Gordon being stuck in a suddenly ambiguous backfield, and that backfield belonging to one of the NFL's worst offenses so far, makes him unplayable in fantasy leagues.

by Spencer Babbitt

DEN RB Melvin Gordon - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 at Los Angeles Chargers
Even with Javonte Williams out of the picture, Melvin Gordon only saw a 45% snap share in Week 5. The Broncos and Colts were engaged in an all-time ugly game so everyone involved suffered statistically, but it is concerning that Gordon didn't dominate snaps last Thursday. Gordon did see 15 carries and three targets on those snaps and logged 103 total yards, so he is involved when he's on the field. The issue is the Broncos offense has been terrible so far, and all the skill players are suffering as a result. Gordon still has one touchdown on the season and now appears to be in a timeshare with Mike Boone for RB snaps. Gordon still looks like the best bet for touches in Denver's backfield, but he is not going to be an every-snap back and looks stuck in a bad offense. He remains a flex play against the Chargers in Week 6.

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