Melvin Gordon signed with the Broncos this offseason as a free agent, and he's expected to share touches with Phillip Lindsay. But even with his new team, Gordon remains a quality No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues. He's worth drafting no later than Round 4. Gordon should be the lead back in Denver, even with Lindsay there. The commitment to Gordon isn't steep with a two-year deal worth $16 million, including $13.5 million guaranteed. But Gordon is expected to handle the lead role over Lindsay for the Broncos, especially at the goal line and in passing situations. Gordon had a down year in 2019 with the Chargers. After holding out for four games, he averaged just 14.2 PPR points per game, which was his lowest average since 2015. But in his two previous seasons, Gordon had consecutive years of at least 1,300 total yards, 50 receptions and 12 touchdowns. He's capable of that again with the Broncos, and he could rebound as a top 10 Fantasy running back again in 2020.
Gordon anticipates working in a "one-two punch" with Phillip Lindsay (wrist) in the Denver backfield, ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold reports. Broncos GM John Elway used the same terminology earlier this week, suggesting both Gordon and Lindsay will have key roles in the offense. Gordon's two-year, $16 million contract suggests he'll be the "one" in that one-two punch, though it's Lindsay who owns the impressive career average of 4.9 yards per carry. Gordon's mark of 4.0 YPC has been oft-cited as a criticism, and while there is some merit to the argument against him, it's also true that he's spent most of his career running behind subpar offensive lines. The breakdown of snaps and carries appears uncertain, but Gordon should at least have the advantage when it comes to pass-catching and goal-line work.
The Broncos have signed Gordon to a two-year deal worth $16 million that includes $13.5 million guaranteed, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Gordon will be joining a Denver backfield that also includes Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, with Rapoport adding that the "lure of playing in the same division as the Chargers" appealed to the 2015 first-rounder, who reportedly had a better offer from another team.
Gordon plans to test the market as a free agent, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. This doesn't necessarily mean he'll leave Los Angeles, but it does suggest Gordon won't re-sign with the Chargers before free agency opens. He struggled when he first returned from his contract holdout in October, eventually picking up some momentum down the stretch with 411 rushing yards and four TDs in a five-week stretch from early November to early December. Gordon will turn 27 in April and should attract interest from multiple teams, though he's unlikely to be paid as one of the top players at his position.
Gordon ran for 46 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and caught six of seven targets for 76 yards during Sunday's 31-21 loss to Kansas City. Gordon briefly put the Chargers back on top early in the second half, dashing through the Chiefs' defense for a five-yard touchdown, his third in his last two games. The Wisconsin product finished 2019 on a high note as his 122 total yards were his second-most on the year. Gordon's season started with a holdout, and he was never really able to regain his form. His 75.7 total yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry were both his lowest totals since his rookie season while his three fumbles were his most since his rookie year.
Gordon carried the ball nine times for 15 yards and two touchdowns while catching six of his seven targets for 32 yards in the 24-17 loss to the Raiders on Sunday. A miserable fantasy day was salvaged thanks to two one-yard touchdowns, with Gordon capitalizing on excellent ball movement by the Chargers' passing attack. Austin Ekeler continues to be the more efficient running back on a per-touch basis, recording five passes for 58 yards and also adding 11 yards on the ground Sunday, but Gordon has essentially operated as the team's primary goal-line threat, scoring at least one touchdown in all but three games since Week 7. With the Chargers well out of the playoff hunt, Gordon will have one more chance to audition for a new contract when the team takes on the Chiefs next week.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|4||10/02||@New York Jets||9||14.50|
|5||10/11||@New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|7||10/25||Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|10||11/15||@Las Vegas Raiders||15||17.38|
|11||11/22||Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|12||11/29||New Orleans Saints||4||13.24|
|13||12/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|16||12/27||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|17||01/03||Las Vegas Raiders||15||17.38|
|3 Year Avg||207||867||9||50||421||3||198|