RB Melvin Gordon III - Denver Broncos

6-1, 215Born: 4-13-1993College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 1, pick 15 (2015)

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Summary

Melvin Gordon stays in the AFC West by signing with the Denver Broncos in free agency. He began his career with the Chargers as a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft but had a bit of an up-and-down career there. Gordon struggled to stay healthy with the Chargers, only playing a full 16-game season once in his pro career. In that season (2017), Gordon ran for over 1,000 yards and it's the only time he's been able to hit the number. Last year, Gordon was holding out for a new contract (that he obviously didn't get from the Chargers) and only appeared in 12 contests. The Broncos felt good enough about Gordon that they paid him a contract that pays him $8 million per year, a mark that's good enough to make him the sixth-highest paid running back in the league. The team clearly has the intent to make Gordon the starter and the lead back under new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Looking back through Shurmur's history, he regularly uses only one running back as the bell-cow back while the second-string running back barely touches the ball. That means Gordon is in for a workload where he could get over 300 touches in 2020. It is going to be interesting to see how Phillip Lindsay works into the mix here. A back-to-back 1,000 yard rusher to begin his career, Lindsay now sees himself looking up the depth chart with Gordon at the top. Shurmur has never really used a running-back-by-committee as an OC or head coach, but Lindsay is too good to just put on the shelf. Gordon is a better pass-catcher than Lindsay, he's better in the red zone and he's better on third down. In 2019, Lindsay converted around 25 percent of his carries on third down while Gordon converted about 50 percent of such carries. Gordon is the clear lead back and could be in for a big workload, but Lindsay's presence does cloud the projection for his fantasy value. We see Gordon as a RB2 with upside for Fantasy GMs in 2020. (May 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Dynasty - 23, 21, 24, 27, 30, 32
Overall Dynasty - 61, 52, 53, 70

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2017 LAC 16 284 1105 8 83 58 476 4
2018 LAC 12 175 885 10 66 50 490 4
2019 LAC 12 162 612 8 55 42 296 1 3
2020 DEN 10 134 * * 29 20 * * *
2020 PROJ-Dodds 14.9 190.0 * * 45.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 15.0 176.0 * * 44.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 14.0 190.0 * * 45.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 191.0 * * 55.3 * * *
2020 PROJ-Consensus 15.0 185.3 * * 46.2 * * *

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Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Melvin Gordon III's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 39
RB: 21
Overall-PPR: 41
RB-PPR: 22

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Latest News

Broncos | Melvin Gordon mostly bottled up (Sun Nov 29, 10:48 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon rushed 12 times for 31 yards in Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints and he did not have any catches or targets.

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Chargers | Wednesday practice report for LAC (Wed Nov 25, 06:56 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers CB Casey Hayward (groin), DE Melvin Gordon (knee) and DE Uchenna Nwosu (chest, shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 25. OT Bryan Bulaga (knee) fully participated in practice.

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Broncos | Melvin Gordon finds end zone twice (Sun Nov 22, 08:24 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon rushed 15 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins and he did not have any catches or targets in the pass game. Gordon also lost one fumble.

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Broncos | No explosion for Melvin Gordon (Sun Nov 22, 12:11 AM) - Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon has not recorded more than 11 yards on a touch since Week 4, and he is averaging 4.1 yards per carry and 4.3 yards per reception this season.

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2020 Schedule

1vs Tennessee Titans
2@ Pittsburgh Steelers
3vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4@ New York Jets
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6@ New England Patriots
7vs Kansas City Chiefs
8vs Los Angeles Chargers
9@ Atlanta Falcons
10@ Las Vegas Raiders
11vs Miami Dolphins
12vs New Orleans Saints
13@ Kansas City Chiefs
14@ Carolina Panthers
15vs Buffalo Bills
16@ Los Angeles Chargers
17vs Las Vegas Raiders