College: Wisconsin | 6 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 215 lbs
Birth Date: 4/13/1993
2020 Bye Week: 8
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB
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Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III had 6,000-plus scrimmage yards and two Pro Bowl selections in five seasons with the Chargers, but he thinks the Broncos running scheme is better suited to his strengths as an explosive, downhill runner. Gordon had 2,587 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns in his final year in college in a zone-based offense similar. He had his moments as a perimeter runner with the Bolts, but his straight-line running style is better suited in an offense with more downhill runs. Denver has a zone-based system that's expected to feature more downhill plays under offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. The Broncos plan on using Gordon as their lead back despite Phillip Lindsay's presence, and in an offense better suited to his strengths as a runner, Gordon could be more efficient and give fantasy owners RB1 upside at an RB2 cost.
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III, who had 6,113 scrimmage yards and three seasons with 12-plus touchdowns in five seasons with the Chargers, said that the LA offense was holding him back and "didn't play out to my strengths." "But I feel like Denver kinda runs my style of football, and I think it's a great fit." The Chargers want to feature more wide-zone run plays and play-action, while the Broncos use of inside-zone runs play better to Gordon's skill of reading the line and hitting the holes. However, Gordon's fantasy ceiling will be limited by the presence of Philip Lindsay. But the Broncos signed Gordon in free agency to use him as their 1A to Lindsay's 1B. Draft the former Charger as an RB2 with RB1 upside if he sees around 15 or more touches per game.
Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon says his new team's offensive system will 'help me get back to what I do best' and the Los Angeles Chargers' system 'wasn't built for me.'
Fantasy Spin: Gordon was able to total 4,240 rushing yards, 1,873 receiving yards and 47 combined touchdowns over 67 games with the Chargers while earning two Pro Bowl appearances in the last five years. An expected timeshare with RB(s) Royce Freeman and/or Phillip Lindsay will likely limit his potential slightly, but he should have little trouble returning value as a mid-tier RB2.
Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman accounted for 32.3 percent of the carries in 2019 and 33 percent in 2018, and he 'appears to be the odd man out' of the running back rotation in 2020 following the addition of RB Melvin Gordon, according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com.
Fantasy Spin: Freeman was already playing second fiddle to Phillip Lindsay, and with Gordon expected to lead the backfield, it pushes Freeman even further down the pecking order. Gordon owners should target Lindsay as an insurance policy, but Freeman can be left on waivers outside of deeper leagues.
Updating a previous report, free-agent RB Melvin Gordon (Chargers) officially signed a two-year deal with the Denver Broncos on Monday, April 27. The deal, which was agreed to last month, is reportedly worth $16 million with $13.5 million guaranteed.
Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon said recently he's relishing the opportunity to face his former team, the Los Angeles Chargers, twice a year. 'Ah man, I'm looking forward to it,' Gordon said on Sirius XM NFL Radio. 'I'm definitely looking forward to it. It's gonna be exciting. I still hang out with them, they talk trash to me. It is what it is, I'll see them boys on Sunday.'
Fantasy Spin: Gordon was a top-eight fantasy back in three of his last four seasons with the Bolts, but with another Austin Ekeler-type in Phillip Lindsay to help share the workload, Gordon is more of a RB2 option now.
Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon said during a conference call Friday, March 27, that he's carrying a chip on his shoulder entering the 2020 season. 'It's huge,' Gordon said. 'A lot of people doubt my talent as a back. ... I'm going to use that as fuel. I know the player I am, I want to show that, and I'm going to show that. I'm going to show everybody I'm better than just average.'
Fantasy Spin: After missing four games during his early-season holdout, Gordon did average 12.1 fantasy points over his final 12 contests -- good for 16th among all RBs. That was while also sharing the workload with Austin Ekeler, and the situation will be similar in Denver with Phillip Lindsay also getting his share of the touches. Still, Gordon figures to be the lead back so pencil him in as a highly motivated RB2.
Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon on Friday, March 27, said he's looking forward to joining holdover Phillip Lindsay in the Denver backfield. 'He (Lindsay) is a great back,' Gordon said. 'I watched him up close, in person, and these past few days I've been watching film on him as well. ... I think we could be a great one-two punch.'
Fantasy Spin: Gordon and Lindsay combined for 463 touches as the lead backs on their respective teams last season, and despite Lindsay's Mile High seniority as a two-time, 1,000-yard rusher, Gordon is a better pass-catcher, reeling in 110 passes over the last three seasons, and should take over the lead role in new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's one-back offense. Lean toward Gordon as a RB2 with Lindsay as a RB3/4.
The belief is that Denver Broncos recently signed running back Melvin Gordon III will be the team's bell-cow back in 2020. We have a long way to go before the start of the regular season and Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman will still get their touches in this crowded backfield, but Gordon could be the lead man in this backfield after coming over from the Chargers in free agency. On the surface, Denver's backfield looks like one to avoid in fantasy because of all the bodies in play, and Gordon's signing surely destroys Lindsay's fantasy upside as an RB2. The question now is how much upside will Gordon have and how large of a share will he command in his first season in Denver? He had a weak 3.8 yards per carry alongside Austin Ekeler in LA in 2019, and the Broncos could change up their plans if Gordon struggles out of the gates as the bell-cow.
Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon is believed to be in line for a bell-cow role in 2020, according to James Palmer of NFL Network Thursday, March 26.
Fantasy Spin: While promising for Gordon's fantasy value in 2020, it's bad news for those with shares of either Phillip Lindsay or Royce Freeman. Gordon is likely to be low-end RB1 or high-end RB2, while fantasy managers will have to choose between the other two as an RB4/5 later in drafts.
The Denver Broncos and running back Melvin Gordon III agreed to a two-year deal worth $16 million on Friday, according to a source. The deal includes $13.5 million in guarantees. Gordon will stay within the division and will form a strong one-two punch with Phillip Lindsay. The 26-year-old (27 next month) held out for a new deal with the Chargers last year and missed four games. He returned and was the second-best back in LA's backfield behind Austin Ekeler, rushing 162 times for 612 yards (3.8 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns. He's had at least eight rushing scores in the last four seasons and can also catch the ball out of the backfield. His signing is mostly bad news for Royce Freeman, but it will also put a dent in Lindsay's fantasy ceiling. This three-headed monster will now be a fantasy headache, and we'll have to see how Denver plans to split up the workload in this crowded backfield picture.
Updating a previous story, free-agent RB Melvin Gordon (Chargers) agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Denver Broncos Friday, March 20, according to a source. The deal is reportedly worth $16 million with $13.5 million guaranteed.
Fantasy Spin: Gordon will take over the bulk of the work in a backfield with Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, though at least one of those other two are likely to go on the trade block. Gordon will be a high-end RB2 depending on how many players will be involved in the timeshare.
Free-agent RB Melvin Gordon on Friday, March 20, was close to finalizing a deal with the Denver Broncos, according to sources.
Fantasy Spin: Gordon has been searching for a new home, and looks like he may have found one in Denver, where he'll share backfield touches with Phillip Lindsay and, possibly, Royce Freeman if he indeed winds up signing.
The Buffalo Bills are interested in free-agent running back Melvin Gordon, according to a source. However, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported on Thursday that Gordon won't get anything close to what the Chargers offered him before the 2019 season. He was receiving offers in the $10 million range last August. It's unclear how Gordon would be used alongside Devin Singletary, who rushed for 775 yards and 5.1 yards per carry as a rookie last year. Gordon played in just 12 games for the Bolts in 2019 after holding out, and he averaged just 3.8 yards per rush while finishing with 612 yards rushing on 162 carries with eight touchdowns. He'd likely be a change-of-pace option alongside Singletary, limiting both of their fantasy ceilings.
Free-agent RB Melvin Gordon (Chargers) is drawing interest from the Buffalo Bills, according to a source Thursday, March 19.
Fantasy Spin: Sophomore RB Devin Singletary is expected to lead the Bills' backfield in 2020, but Gordon would likely handle the lion's share of a potential committee. This would be a disastrous move for the fantasy appeal of both running backs and would keep Gordon as a low-end RB2 while likely dropping Singletary into the RB3 tier.
Free-agent RB Melvin Gordon (Chargers) is drawing interest from the Buffalo Bills, who have spoken with Gordon's representatives, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: With Frank Gore gone, the Bills appear to be looking for a back to pair with second-year RB Devin Singletary, and if they turn to Gordon, it could be quite similar to the Gordon-Austin Ekeler Chargers pairing. In that scenario, we'd see Singletary's fantasy value take the biggest hit. Let's see if this becomes reality.
Free-agent RB Melvin Gordon (Chargers) hasn't received a contract offer 'remotely close' to the deal $10 million annual deal offered by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019.
Fantasy Spin: Gordon has continued to underestimate his value and finished with a career-low 612 rushing yards last season while averaging 3.8 yards per carry after ending his early-season holdout. Look for him to have to settle for a less-than-big $$$ offer as a platoon back in the depressed running-back market.
The Miami Dolphins, who will have roughly $95 million in salary cap space (the most in the NFL), are expected to look at running back Melvin Gordon in free agency. Gordon would have some interest in the Dolphins at the right price, according to sources, as it would probably be his best chance at a near three-down role after disappointing in his final season in Los Angeles. If Miami doesn't want to pay Gordon, they could go a less expensive route in Carlos Hyde, Lamar Miller or Jordan Howard. Veteran Frank Gore could also be a candidate to return in a part-time role. Gordon's 2020 fantasy value will depend on where he winds up, but he'd be more of a high-end RB2 with RB1 upside if he signs with Miami.
Los Angeles Chargers impending free-agent RB Melvin Gordon is expected to receive interest from the Miami Dolphins, according to sources, and Gordon would have interest in joining Miami 'at the right price.'
Fantasy Spin: While Miami doesn't exactly project to be an offensive juggernaut, Gordon would likely be the unquestioned workhorse if he joined the Dolphins. He'd likely be a volume-based, low-end RB1 in Miami.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, a pending free agent, is planning to test the market, per source, according to a report Thursday, March 5.
Fantasy Spin: Gordon held out for a big contract he never received last season, and wound up averaging 12.1 fantasy points per game (tied for 15th among RBs) in 12 contests after reporting while sharing touches with Austin Ekeler. He could challenge for RB1 status if he finds a team willing to commit to him as more of a bellcow back.