• Melvin Gordon

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  • , Denver Broncos
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  • 215 lbs
  • 6' 1"
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by Scot Berggren

DEN RB Melvin Gordon - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Pittsburgh Steelers
In his first game as a Bronco last Monday, Melvin Gordon led the team with 15 carries for 78 yards and a TD. He also caught three passes but had a costly fumble that set up the Titans first score. With Phillip Lindsay out with a toe injury, Gordon should see the bulk of the rushing attempts on Sunday. Consider him an RB2 play against a Steelers D that completely shutdown the Giants ground attack in their opener.

by Scot Berggren

DEN RB Melvin Gordon - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 – Melvin Gordon vs. Tennessee Titans
After spending his first five professional seasons with the Chargers, Melvin Gordon will see his first action as a Bronco on Monday night. Last year he held out and then split the backfield with Austin Ekeler, resulting in career lows in both carries and yards. Gordon will again be sharing touches, this time with Phillip Lindsay. Of the two, expect Gordon to see more action, especially in short-yardage situations, but he makes for just a RB2 option in the opener.

by Scot Berggren

DEN RB Melvin Gordon - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
After sitting out the first four games of ’19 due to a contract dispute, Melvin Gordon is coming off a career-low in carries and yards, but he should be fresher and hungrier to produce with his new team. While splitting time with Austin Ekeler last year, Gordon turned 204 touches into over 900 yards and nine total TDs. He’s a great short yardage back with his leaping ability and has good hands, averaging 45 receptions per season. Gordon has scored 47 times over his career, all of them in the past four seasons after registering a goose egg during his rookie campaign. Having signed a new two-year contract with the Broncos, he’s projected to be the team’s top RB in Week 1.

Fantasy Downside
Fellow RB Phillip Lindsay is young and has amassed 1,000 yards on the ground in both of his professional seasons. While Gordon should be the starter, look for a split backfield, with each receiving around 15 touches per contest. Gordon has only held up for a 16-game season once in his five-years as a pro, the which was the only time he’s eclipsed 1,000 yards on the ground.

Bottom Line
If Gordon receives around 200 rushing attempts this season, he’ll likely be out of the top-15 RBs unless he’s able to find the end zone with consistency. With a shortened offseason, the Broncos have two proven RBs and will look to keep both fresh for the stretch run. Gordon is a dual threat back that is able to pound the rock inside and outside the tackles, with adequate receiving hands. Heading into the regular season he is just inside the top-20 for fantasy RBs.

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Melvin Gordon - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Kansas City Chiefs
In Week 16, Melvin Gordon out-snapped Austin Ekeler 37 to 33 and out-touched Ekeler 15 to 9. Gordon had nine rushing attempts for 15 yards and two touchdowns, six receptions for 32 yards, and was the half PPR RB8. Gordon only had 47 scrimmage yards but was able to finish as an RB1 thanks to two touchdowns.

The Chargers have been out of the playoff picture for quite some time. However, at the time of writing this, the Chargers are likely to play their starters because this could be Rivers’ last game as a Charger.

The blueprint to beating Kansas City is attacking them on the ground. Kansas City is the eleventh worst defense against running backs but the third-best defense against wide receivers, per our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Gordon ranked as fringe half PPR RB1.

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Melvin Gordon - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Oakland Raiders
In Week 15, Austin Ekeler out-snapped Melvin Gordon 30 to 25 but they both finished with 12 touches. Gordon lost two fumbles, had seven rushing attempts for 28 yards, five receptions for 36 yards, and was the half PPR RB44.

Oakland’s defense is third-worst against running backs, per our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Gordon ranked as fringe half PPR RB1. Gordon is a safe start in a plus matchup for fantasy championships.

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Melvin Gordon - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Minnesota Vikings
In Week 14, Austin Ekeler out-snapped Melvin Gordon 31 to 29 but Gordon out-touched Ekeler 17 to 12. Gordon finished with 12 rushing attempts for 51 yards and one touchdown, five receptions for 29 yards, and was the half PPR RB12.

The Vikings are better at defending the run than the pass. They are a good example of a pass funneling defense. They are fourth-worst against wide receivers but eighteenth best against running backs, as shown by our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Gordon ranked as a low-end half PPR RB1. The Chargers will continue to use a running back by committee approach but Gordon still has a safe floor and a reasonable ceiling for a running back in a committee.

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Melvin Gordon - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Jacksonville Jaguars
The blueprint to beating the Jaguars is through the running game. The Jaguars are the third-worst defense against running backs, as shown by our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Gordon ranked as the half PPR RB8. Gordon continues to split time with Austin Ekeler but is a good start in a great matchup against the Jaguars.

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