Player Outlook
Gordon returned to Denver this season, and he should compete with Javonte Williams for touches. We like Williams better, but Gordon can still be used as a low-end starter or flex in the majority of leagues. Gordon is worth drafting with a mid-round pick. In 2021, Gordon and Williams split work evenly, and Gordon averaged 12.1 PPR points per game. He had six games with at least 15 PPR points, and he still has plenty of potential with the Broncos, even if he takes a slightly secondary role this year behind Williams. And if Williams were to miss any time due to injury, Gordon would be a weekly starter in all formats. Gordon is a great running back to stash on your bench this season or use as a low-end starter in deeper formats.

Fantasy Stats

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Year yds
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Fumbles Lost
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2021 918 4.52 8 3 28 213 2 16610.4
2020 986 4.59 9 4 32 158 1 16511
3y Avg. 839 4.35 8 3 34 222 1 15310.9
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Suited up for practice

    Gordon (foot) is participating in Monday's padded practice, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. The running back has been considered day-to-day and was expected to return to practice this week. It's possible he's somewhat limited, but this confirms his foot contusion is nothing serious and no major threat to his Week 1 availability. It's unclear if Gordon (and other key veterans) will play in Saturday's preseason matchup with Buffalo.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Day-to-day with foot injury

    Gordon is day-to-day with a foot issue, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Per Zac Stevens of, Gordon, who is dealing with a foot contusion, likely will practice this week, but it's unclear if the running back is a candidate to see any work in Saturday's preseason contest against the Bills.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Injury confirmed to be minor

    Gordon's foot injury is a mere contusion, Zac Stevens of reports. Coach Nathaniel Hackett has pressed pause on any concern multiple times now, suggesting the team isn't concerned about Gordon. The veteran running back presumably will be held out of Saturday's preseason opener against Dallas, though that might've been the case even without any injury.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Misses another practice

    Gordon (foot) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Gordon also sat out Wednesday's session, but coach Nathaniel Hackett downplayed the running back's absence. "We're just taking care of his foot, and we're just making sure he's good," Hackett noted, while adding, "We want to make sure he's primed and ready for the season." Following back-to-back missed practices, Gordon is unlikely to appear in Saturday's preseason opener against the Cowboys.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Out with foot injury

    Gordon missed Wednesday's practice with a foot injury, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Head coach Nathaniel Hackett doesn't sound too worried, noting that Gordons' injury is something that needs to be managed during training camp. With Gordon missing some practice time, Mike Boone could rotate in with the first-team offense behind Javonte Williams. The real question, of course, is how the Broncos divide work between Gordon and Williams when both are healthy. Reports from Denver beat writers have been varied, though all seem to agree that Williams has at least been getting a slightly larger share of the first-team work during training camp.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Expected to be impact player

    Coach Nathaniel Hackett believes Gordon will have an impact on the Broncos' offense in 2022, Jeff Legwold of reports. Gordon enters the 2022 campaign on a one-year deal he signed in April after the Broncos traded for quarterback Russell Wilson this offseason. The veteran running back agreed to rejoin Denver, and he believes that the team is committed to a system that can support multiple backs. According to Zac Stevens of, the team's offensive coordinator, Justin Outten, said the running backs will be on a pitch count this season. With that said, Gordon asserts Hackett "is drawing enough stuff up that everybody can have the chance to get the ball." In fact, the coaching staff is making it a priority to get the running backs more involved in the passing game. In Hackett's three years as the Packers' offensive coordinator, running back Aaron Jones played a significant role in the team's passing attack, finishing second or third in receptions each year. If Gordon can carve out this role with the Broncos, he could hold quite a bit of value in fantasy this season for a back that figures to be part of a committee. The 29-year-old stands to benefit from what projects to be a drastically improved offense this season with Wilson at the helm.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Officially signs with Denver

    Gordon signed a one-year, $2.5 million base deal with the Broncos on Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. The veteran running back has a chance to make up to $4 million with incentives, though it was previously reported that the contract could be worth up to $5 million. As the figures were clarified Thursday, it appears that the duo of Gordon and Javonte Williams are likely headed toward some sort of split in workload out of the backfield once again in 2022. Both backs found success in what was an inconsistent offense last season. The addition of Russell Wilson at quarterback could be the spark that both Gordon and Williams need to take their fantasy potential to the next level, even if they continue to share duties at a near-even split again.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Rejoins Denver on one-year deal

    Gordon agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $5 million with the Broncos on Tuesday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. The 29-year-old will return to Denver for another year after rushing for 918 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games last season. He also caught 28 passes for 213 yards and two more scores. Gordon should still be fairly involved in 2022 but figures to have a reduced role after splitting work with Javonte Williams last year -- Williams also received 203 carries during his rookie campaign. However, it remains to be seen exactly how their workloads shake out in 2022 with Russell Wilson now helming the offense.
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  • Melvin Gordon: Talking to Ravens

    Gordon and Baltimore are in discussions on a potential contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Gordon is coming off back-to-back efficient seasons in Denver, having exceeded 900 rushing yards with at least 4.5 YPC in both years. The soon-to-be 29-year-old could provide Baltimore with some reliability in the backfield, which stands out as a legitimate need. J.K. Dobbins (knee) and Gus Edwards (knee) are recovering from ACL tears, and coach John Harbaugh recently acknowledged the possibility that both could begin training camp on the PUP list. Adding Gordon to the roster would allow the Ravens not only to ease both Dobbins and Edwards along without much pressure, but it would also free up the team to focus on other positions of need in the 2022 NFL Draft.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Could be re-signed

    GM George Paton is open to re-signing Gordon, who is poised to become an unrestricted free agent, Field Yates of ESPN reports. "I've had really good discussions with Melvin," Paton noted. "I'd like to have him back." Gordon, who signed a two-year deal with Denver back in March of 2020, worked in a time-share this past season with 2021 second-rounder Javonte Williams, an arrangement that resulted in both backs logging 203 carries. It remains to be seen if Gordon is amenable to splitting work again in 2022, but if the 2015 first-rounder ends up departing for a chance at a more clear-cut starting assignment, Williams' fantasy stock would get a boost in the process.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Finishes season on strong note

    Gordon rushed 12 times for 110 yards and a touchdown, brought in one of two targets for six yards and lost a fumble in the Broncos' 28-24 loss to the Chiefs on Saturday. Gordon impressively played through his nagging hip and thumb issues and generated his second-highest rushing yardage total of the campaign. The veteran's production was significantly boosted by an impressive 47-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter, his eighth score on the ground in 2021. Gordon's Week 18 production left him 68 yards short of the 986 he compiled during his first Broncos season in 2020 over a 15-game span, but as he demonstrated Saturday, he still seems to have plenty left in the tank in terms of serving in a complementary role. Whether that unfolds next season in Denver in conjunction with Javonte Williams remains to be seen, however, as the latter arguably made a convincing case for full-time lead-back duties during his rookie campaign and Gordon is slated to become an unrestricted free agent come the new league year.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Cleared for Saturday's game

    Gordon (thumb/hip) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's game against Kansas City after practicing fully Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. That's also the case for Javonte Williams (knee), which sets the stage for the two backs to share carries in Denver's final contest of the season. While the timeshare somewhat caps Gordon's fantasy ceiling, he normally sees enough touches to help fantasy managers, and he'll take aim Saturday at a Chiefs run defense that is yielding an average of 113.0 rushing yards per game heading into Week 18 action.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Limited session Wednesday

    Gordon (thumb/hip) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Fellow running back Javonte Williams (knee) also remained limited in practice, though neither looks at major risk of sitting out Saturday's game against Kansas City. That said, either or both of the two backs are candidates to carry injury designations into the weekend.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Limited to kick off Week 18 prep

    Denver listed Gordon (thumb/hip) as a limited participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Gordon has appeared on Denver practice reports with at least one of two injuries dating back to Week 13, but he's suited up in each of the past four games while seeing no notable reduction in his snap or touch counts. If he doesn't upgrade beyond limited participation in practice by Thursday, Gordon may carry a questionable designation into Saturday's game against the Chiefs, but he should still play in the season finale.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Leading rusher in loss

    Gordon carried the ball 10 times for 43 yards and caught three of four targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Chargers. He was the more productive of the Broncos' two backs on the afternoon, with Javonte Williams managing only 32 total yards on 15 touches, but neither was able to take advantage of a seemingly soft matchup against one of the league's worst run defenses. Gordon eclipsed 1,000 scrimmage yards on the season with Sunday's effort, and he'll get one more chance to pad his numbers in Week 18 against Kansas City.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Active for Sunday's contest

    Gordon (thumb/hip) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. The same applies to fellow RB Javonte Williams (knee), with the two players once again in line to share backfield work. A Week 17 bounce-back opportunity could be on tap for both backs (who each carried just seven times last weekend versus the Raiders) against a Chargers defense that's allowing an average of 140.3 rushing yards per game to date.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Expected to play Sunday

    Gordon (thumb/hip), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Both Gordon and Javonte Williams (knee) are listed as questionable, though neither player looks in danger of missing Sunday's contest. Assuming both are active, the two would be in line to share carries in Week 17.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Questionable for Week 17

    Gordon (thumb/hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers after practicing in a limited fashion this past week. Along with Gordon, Javonte Williams (knee) is listed as questionable, though neither player looks in danger of missing Sunday's contest. Assuming both are active, the two would be in line to share carries in Week 17, with a bounce-back showing possibly in the forecast as Denver takes on a vulnerable Chargers run defense.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Estimated as limited participant

    Gordon (thumb/hip) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's estimated practice. Denver didn't actually hold a workout Thursday after the team elected to cancel the session out of an abundance of caution due to increasing COVID-19-related concerns within the organization. Like backfield mate Javonte Williams (knee), Gordon went down as a limited participant on the official report for the second straight day, but clarity on the status of either player likely won't arrive until Denver reconvenes for practice Friday.
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  • Broncos' Melvin Gordon: Limited to start week

    Gordon (thumb/hip) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Gordon's limited participation is likely just routine maintenance, though it's possible his injuries played a part in his disastrous showing last week against the Raiders, in which Gordon rushed for minus-4 yards on seven carries. Assuming both Gordon and Javonte Williams (knee) dress Sunday against the Chargers, they'll likely split carries in near-even fashion as usual.
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