Melvin Gordon III
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III finished up the regular season with a strong performance in the Week 18 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday in what could end up being his final game with the team. Gordon will be a free agent in the offseason. The 28-year-old handled 12 carries for 110 yards (9.2 yards per carry) and one touchdown while adding one catch on two targets for six yards. However, Gordon's fumble near the goal line late in the game was recovered by Kansas City and returned for a touchdown, sealing the Broncos fate in the 28-24 loss. Overall, Gordon had a very solid season while splitting the workload evenly with rookie Javonte Williams. He had 203 carries for 918 yards and eight touchdowns, adding 28 receptions on 38 targets for 213 yards and two more TDs. If he sticks around in Denver, he could a smaller workload behind the rising Williams.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) practiced in full on Friday and has been cleared to play in the Week 18 regular season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday. Gordon was removed from the final injury report. Although he had four fewer carries than rookie Javonte Williams in the Week 17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Gordon was more productive with his touches. The 28-year-old is a low-end RB2, at best, in fantasy with another split backfield coming to close out the season. Gordon does have nine total touchdowns (seven rushing, two receiving), but his ceiling is capped with Williams in the fold, and Denver's offense has been even more inconsistent with quarterback Drew Lock starting.
Denver Broncos running backs Javonte Williams (knee) and Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) were both limited to begin the practice week on Tuesday. Williams and Gordon were both limited all of last week and figure to maintain the same routine heading into the Week 18 regular season finale on Saturday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Although Williams saw four more carries than Gordon in the Week 17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Gordon was the more efficient back. Both RBs have been sharing the backfield touches almost exactly down the middle all year, but it would make sense for the Broncos to give Williams more of the work with nothing left to play for in the season finale this weekend. As has been the case for most of the season, Williams will be the better upside RB2 to finish out the year.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III led the team in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers with 10 carries for 43 yards while adding three catches on four targets for 29 yards in the passing game. Gordon had four fewer carries than rookie Javonte Williams, but he was more productive on the ground and saw three more targets through the air than Williams. With backup quarterback Drew Lock under center for a second straight game, the Broncos didn't find much room to run with the Chargers devoting extra attention to stopping Denver's rushing attack. It remains to be seen if Lock will make another start for the injured Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) in the Week 18 season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs, but either way, Gordon will be a low-end RB2/high-end RB3 for fantasy purposes in what could very well be his last game with the team.
Denver Broncos running backs Javonte Williams (knee) and Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) are both active for the Week 17 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Both running backs were fully expected to play all week long and were never really in danger of sitting out this weekend. The Broncos have leaned on their strong running game all season long, and that's not expected to change on Sunday, especially with Denver missing two of their starting receivers due to COVID-19. Expect Williams and Gordon to continue splitting the workload down the middle. Williams is the more attractive RB2 upside play for fantasy managers, but Gordon also has low-end RB2 appeal because of his nose for the end zone this year.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable to play on Sunday against the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers, his old team. Rookie Javonte Williams (knee) is also questionable, but both he and Gordon are fully expected to play against a Chargers rush defense that has been one of the worst in football this year. Gordon and Williams will continue to split touches almost right down the middle, but with receivers Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick landing on the COVID-19 list, the Broncos RBs should be leaned on heavily and could even seen an increased role in the passing game. The 28-year-old had negative rushing yardage in the Week 16 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, but he should bounce back and will be in play as a low-end RB2.
Denver Broncos running backs Javonte Williams (knee) and Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) were both limited in the first practice of the week on Wednesday. Williams and Gordon continue to be limited in practices, but their injuries won't keep them from playing in Week 17 against the Los Angeles Chargers. LA's rush defense has been vulnerable all year and just let Rex Burkhead run wild in Week 16, so both Williams and Gordon have a chance to bounce back after they were both stopped dead in their tracks in last week's loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Their fantasy ceilings are capped in a near-even timeshare, but both have RB2 upside in this matchup. Williams is the better upside play with big-play and tackle-breaking abilities.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III won't want to watch the tape of his Week 16 performance against the Las Vegas Raiders. On seven carries (the same as Javonte Williams), he managed minus-four yards rushing while catching his only target in the passing game for a four-yard gain. The Raiders sold out to stop the run, and it didn't help Gordon's cause that quarterback Drew Lock could get nothing going with his arm to keep the Raiders defense honest. Fantasy managers that had Gordon in their starting lineups probably had a tough time advancing in the playoffs, but if you're still alive, the 28-year-old could bounce back in a nice way against his old team, the Los Angeles Chargers, in Week 17.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) has been cleared to play in Week 16 against the Las Vegas Raiders. Gordon has produced more fantasy points than impressive rookie Javonte Williams because he's scored more touchdowns (seven rushing, two receiving), but Williams has gained more yards on the ground on four fewer carries. Both backs saw 15 carries in last week's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but Williams was on the field for 41 snaps compared to Gordon's 30. If game script allows, the Broncos figure to lean heavily on their ground game with quarterback Drew Lock under center, and Gordon will keep his low-end RB2 value against the 25th-ranked Raiders run defense this weekend.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) was limited in Thursday's practice session after he didn't take part on Wednesday. Gordon should be available to play in Sunday's divisional clash with the Las Vegas Raiders, where he will resume a near-even timeshare with rookie Javonte Williams. Gordon has had more of a nose for the end zone in 2021 with nine total touchdowns (seven rushing, two receiving), and the Raiders defense has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to RBs this year. Williams will be the better upside play as an RB2, but Gordon should be at least in play as a low-end RB2 in this good matchup in which the Broncos figure to lean heavily on the ground game with quarterback Drew Lock getting the start.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) didn't practice to begin the practice week on Wednesday. As long as Gordon can get back on the practice field within the next few days, he should be able to play on Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders. He and rookie Javonte Williams each saw 15 carries in the Week 15 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Neither back found the end zone after they each scored two touchdowns apiece the previous week. Denver's backfield remains a near-even timeshare between the two. Gordon has had more of a nose for the end zone than Williams, but Williams has more big-play upside and a higher RB2 ceiling. Expect Denver to lean even more on the run with backup quarterback Drew Lock starting this weekend.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III and the Broncos running game just could never get going in the 15-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15. Gordon and rookie Javonte Williams both saw 15 carries apiece, but Williams out-gained Gordon 72 to 53 on the ground. Gordon caught his only target in the passing game for an eight-yard gain. Last week, both Gordon and Williams had two touchdowns apiece, but Gordon was only able to muster 3.5 yards per carry against a strong Bengals rush defense in this one. Things should get easier again on the ground in Week 16 against the Las Vegas Raiders, but the near-even split in this Broncos backfield will keep Gordon's fantasy ceiling capped. He'll be a low-end RB2 for fantasy managers in the semifinals in most fantasy formats.
Denver Broncos running backs Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) and Javonte Williams (knee) are both officially active for Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Both players came into this one with questionable tags, but there wasn't much question all week that they would both play in a huge conference matchup with plenty of playoff implications on the line. Gordon has been banged up in recent weeks and even sat out in Week 13, but he returned last week to rush for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. The Broncos are going to continue splitting the workload between Gordon and Williams to keep them both fresh. It limits their overall fantasy upside, especially against a tough Cincy run defense, but both Gordon and Williams are in play as low-end RB2 options in Denver's run-first offense.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon (thumb, hip) is expected to play in Week 15 despite being listed as questionable, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 28-year-old veteran has 716 rushing yards, 166 receiving yards, nine total touchdowns, and two fumbles this season. Despite operating in a committee alongside Javonte Williams, Gordon has fantasy relevance as a low-end RB2 thanks to his end-zone upside and the Broncos' tendency to run the football.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) was limited in practice on Friday and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Gordon sprained his thumb in the Week 14 win over the Detroit Lions, but he was able to return to the game and rushed for over 100 yards and scored twice. Both Gordon and rookie Javonte Williams (knee), who is also questionable, are both expected to play in Week 15. The 28-year-old Gordon may not look as flashy and explosive as Williams this year, but he's been getting it done as Denver's 1A backfield option for most of the campaign. Gordon will lack the upside of Williams, especially against Cincy's tough run defense, but he still has low-end RB2 appeal because of Denver's commitment to their ground attack.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (hip, thumb) put in his second straight limited practice on Thursday. Gordon sprained his thumb in the Week 14 win over the Detroit Lions, but he returned to that contest and is fully expected to play this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 28-year-old was once again Denver's 1A backfield option slightly ahead of rookie Javonte Williams, and Gordon posted his second 100-yard game of the season. Running room will probably be harder to come by this Sunday against a Bengals defense that's allowing the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game (93.1), but Gordon should at least be a low-end RB2 consideration given the Broncos commitment to the running game.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (thumb) will not practice to begin the week on Wednesday. Gordon injured his thumb in the Week 14 win over the Detroit Lions, but he returned to action and finished with 111 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. The 28-year-old was held out the previous week with hip and shoulder injuries, but he returned last Sunday to out-carry impressive rookie Javonte Williams. Gordon is expected to be fine to play in Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals as long as he returns to practice later this week. The Broncos showed their hand with Gordon and Williams splitting the backfield work yet again against Detroit, so there's no reason to think that will change if Gordon plays this weekend. He'll be an RB2 against Cincy.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (thumb) briefly exited Sunday's game before returning and finishing with 111 rushing yards. His sprained thumb won't be something that limits him or his playing time moving forward, so it seems that Denver plans to roll out the Gordon and Javonte Williams duo for the remainder of the season. Even after Williams' impressive performance in Week 13 as the workhorse, Gordon returned to the lineup and out-touched him 24-16. With the Broncos' rest of season schedule, both backs will have starting lineup appeal because of the run-heavy approach the offense has taken over the past couple of weeks. Their ceilings will be capped because of the presence of one another, but both are in the low-end RB2 range when splitting the backfield.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon had a fantastic outing during the massive win over the Lions on Sunday, finishing with 111 yards and two touchdowns off a team-high 24 carries. The veteran rode a questionable tag heading into the contest because of hip and shoulder ailments. He also exited briefly with a hand injury, so all things considered, the showing was a lot better than most had expected, especially with the recent uptick in production from rookie Javonte Williams, who had a pair of scores of his own. Nonetheless, Gordon will likely remain on the injury report heading into the Week 15 matchup against the Bengals. Yet, if he is good to go, he warrants consideration in all fantasy formats.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon (hand) returned to Sunday's matchup against Denver. The 28-year-old briefly exited because of a hand injury but was able to return. He's had a fantastic game despite the brief departure, racking up 89 yards and two touchdowns off 16 touches. Nonetheless, it's still something for fantasy managers to keep an eye on heading into the Week 15 matchup against the Bengals, especially since he may be an occupant on the injury report.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (hand) is questionable to return to Sunday's matchup versus Detroit. After riding a questionable tag during the week because of a hip injury, the veteran managed to suit up and has been productive, producing 53 yards and a touchdown off 13 touches. Nonetheless, if Gordon doesn't return, Javonte Williams, who also has a touchdown of his own, will handle most of the workload for the remainder of Week 14.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. The 28-year-old was able to practice this week and is expected to play in Week 14. It's unclear how much of a role Gordon will have this Sunday after star rookie Javonte Williams rushed for 102 yards while catching six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in his first career start against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13. The Lions' defense has been obliterated on the ground this season, and ranks 28th in rush DVOA. Despite the favorable matchup, due to the uncertainty of his role, Gordon is a high-end RB3/flex in Week 14.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (hip, shoulder) said "I feel like I'll be able to go" on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Gordon said he was close to playing last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, but the decision was made to hold him out for a week. The 28-year-old was limited on Wednesday and is scheduled for another limited session on Thursday, so he appears to be on track for a return in Week 14 against the Detroit Lions. It will be interesting to see how Denver approaches their backfield this Sunday if Gordon returns, as rookie Javonte Williams was awesome in his first career start and went for over 100 rushing yards in the loss to KC. If there's a chance that Gordon takes more of a back seat to Williams, he'll be more in the RB3/flex picture, albeit in a great matchup against the one-win Lions.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (hip, shoulder) will practice on Wednesday, according to head coach Vic Fangio. It's not what Javonte Williams' fantasy managers want to hear, as the Denver backfield could go back to an even timeshare between Gordon and the rookie this weekend against the Detroit Lions if Gordon is able to return in Week 14. Williams was extremely impressive in his first NFL start in the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, carrying a season-high 23 times for 102 yards and catching six of nine targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. If Gordon returns in a great matchup against the one-win Lions, both Gordon and Williams will have RB2 upside in a game in which the Broncos could stick to their run-first identity.
Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said that "he expects Melvin Gordon III (hip, shoulder) to practice at some point during the week." He missed practice last week and was ultimately ruled out ahead of Sunday night's contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. Broncos explosive rookie running back Javonte Williams rushed 23 times for 102 yards while adding a team-high six receptions on a team-high nine targets for 76 yards and a receiving score in Gordon's absence in the Week 13 loss. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor the situation, but if Gordon cannot suit up in Week 14, Williams becomes a surefire RB1 in a plus matchup against the Detroit Lions.
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