Player Outlook
Williams is expected to be the starting running back in Denver this season, but the return of Melvin Gordon should put a damper on Williams' ceiling. With Gordon back, the earliest Williams is worth drafting is Round 3 in the majority of leagues. We saw the upside of Williams as a rookie, especially the one game Gordon missed in Week 13 at Kansas City. In that game, Williams had 23 carries for 102 yards, along with six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown on nine targets for 29 PPR points. Williams also had eight games last season with at least 15 total touches, and he averaged 14.0 PPR points per game over that span, including three games with at least 19 PPR points. But Gordon and Williams should split work, with maybe a slight edge for Williams, and that lowers the upside for the second-year running back. The good news is the offense in Denver should be vastly improved with Russell Wilson at quarterback, and both Williams and Gordon should have plenty of success. But Williams is only worth using as a No. 2 running back in the majority of leagues as long as Gordon is healthy.

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Fantasy News

  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Listed as starter

    Williams is listed as the starting running back on the Broncos' first unofficial depth chart ahead of Saturday's preseason opener against the Cowboys, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports. Williams' placement atop the depth chart doesn't come as a major surprise, as recent reports have indicated that the second-year back has received the slight edge in snaps with the first-team offense in training camp over veteran Melvin Gordon. With Gordon playing on an expiring deal and set to turn 30 next offseason, Denver will likely prepare for the 22-year-old Williams to operate as Option 1A out of the backfield after the two had worked in a near-even timeshare in 2021. With that said, the coaching staff is committed to using multiple backs this season, which should cap the overall upside of both backs when they are healthy. Offensive coordinator Justin Outten recently said the running backs will be on a pitch count this season, further complicating matters for fantasy purposes.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Facing uncertain split with Gordon

    Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan reports that Williams has taken the first snap at six of seven practices and could get around 70 percent of the RB workload this year, while Benjamin Albright of KOA Colorado suggests the split between William and Melvin Gordon at camp has been around 55/45. There's widespread agreement about Williams being the No. 1 back, after Gordon had the slightly larger portion of a timeshare most of last year. The extent of Gordon's 2022 involvement is where disagreement begins, and while there's a good chance we don't really know until after Week 1, it nonetheless figures to remain a popular topic of discussion. Williams had late-first-round fantasy hype this offseason when Gordon was a free agent, with the second-year pro later dropping to a third-round ADP after the Broncos re-signed the 29-year-old in late April. Given Williams' talent along with Denver's offseason upgrade at QB, a 70/30 split should be enough to match or beat his draft price. A 55/45 split, on the other hand, would make it tricky, requiring superhuman efficiency and/or a glut of TDs.
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  • Raiders' Alex Leatherwood: Working at multiple spots along OL

    Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels said Leatherwood is working at multiple spots along the offensive line during voluntary OTAs, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports. McDaniels said Leatherwood isn't the only offensive lineman that's getting work at multiple positions, so it appears like the Raiders are trying everything they can to revamp a subpar group from a year ago. While the Leatherwood was being moved around, Reed did clarify that the 2021 first-round pick still spent the majority of practice at right tackle.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Set to share work with Gordon again

    Williams will be paired with Melvin Gordon in the backfield once again 2022 after the Broncos re-signed Gordon to a one-year deal Tuesday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports. Prior to Denver bringing back Gordon, Williams seemed positioned to see a big boost in his workload this coming season, but a timeshare arrangement could now be back in play. Both players logged 203 carries in 2021, and while there should be enough touches for the two to remain fantasy relevant, Williams' ceiling is nonetheless hampered by the continued presence of the capable Gordon. Of the two, Williams profiles as the upside play, but as long as his veteran counterpart is available, the 2021 second-round pick's volume figures to be capped.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Finishes rookie season strong

    Williams rushed 12 times for 46 yards and brought in both targets for 18 yards in the Broncos' 28-24 loss to the Chiefs on Saturday. Given how well and evenly Williams and Melvin Gordon worked in tandem this season, it was fitting the two split carries right down the middle for the Broncos' final contest. The rookie bounced back well from a pair of atypically inefficient outings Week 16 and 17 where he'd gained just 42 yards on 21 carries, and Saturday's production put him just over the 900-yard mark (903) to close out his first NFL season. The UNC product also generated an impressive 43-316-3 line through the air, and with Gordon slated for unrestricted free agency come the new league year, Williams could well be set to enter training camp as the clear lead back this coming summer.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Cleared for Week 18

    Williams (knee) 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. The same applies to Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip), which sets the stage for the duo to continue to share backfield duties in Denver's season finale. It's a timeshare that caps Williams' fantasy ceiling, but more often than not he's logged enough touches to help fantasy managers this season, and he'll square off this weekend against a Chiefs run defense that is allowing an average of 113.0 rushing yards per game to date.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Logs limited practice

    Williams (knee) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) was also limited, but at this stage, there's nothing to suggest that either back will miss Saturday's game against Kansas City, even if both players approach the weekend with an injury designation.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Disappointing numbers Sunday

    Williams carried the ball 14 times for 30 yards and caught his only target for two yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Chargers. The rookie had reached 80 scrimmage yards or scored a touchdown, or both, in four straight games coming into Sunday, but the knee issue that limited Williams' practice participation during the week may have been a factor in his disappointing showing against one of the league's softer run defenses. He still has an outside chance at 1,000 rushing yards on the season, but he'll need 143 yards in a Week 18 clash with Kansas City to get there.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Active for Week 17

    Williams (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. So is fellow running back Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip). As a result, the duo is in line to once again share backfield work Sunday, with a Week 17 bounce-back opportunity on tap for both players (who put up modest production 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' Javonte Williams: Expected to play Sunday

    Williams (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) is also expected to play, according to Schefter, so the duo looks set to split the workload in the backfield against the Chargers. Both players were limited participants in practice all week.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Listed questionable for Sunday

    Williams (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers after practicing in a limited fashion this past week. Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) was also a limited participant throughout the week and carries a questionable designation into Sunday, though both he and Williams appear at little risk of sitting out. Assuming both players are active, they would be in line to share carries in Week 17, with a bounce-back opportunity on tap against the Chargers' struggling run defense.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Cleared to face Raiders

    Williams (knee) has no injury designation for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Williams and Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) both have been cleared to play after upgrading from limited practice participation Thursday to full sessions Friday. Their timeshare remains close to 50/50, with both taking double-digit touches on a regular basis.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Another limited session

    Williams (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday, George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports. Meanwhile, Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) also was limited Thursday. At this stage, we expect both players to be available for Sunday's game against the Raiders, but unless they practice fully Friday, official 'questionable' Week 16 injury designations could be in store for the duo for the second straight week.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Limited session Wednesday

    Williams (knee) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports. In this past Sunday's loss to the Bengals, Williams played through a knee issue that had him listed as questionable heading into the contest. With that in mind, there's a solid chance his Wednesday limitations were maintenance-related. Meanwhile, Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) logged a 'DNP' on Wednesday, but so far there's nothing to suggest that the duo won't be available for this weekend's game against the Raiders.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Productive in split backfield

    Williams recorded 15 rushes for 72 yards in Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Bengals. He added four receptions for nine yards. Williams had another productive game as a rusher, averaging 4.8 yards per carry with big gains of 14 and 10 yards. Despite his explosiveness, the Broncos have continued to split the backfield evenly between he and Melvin Gordon. One area where Williams has gained extra usage is in the passing game, as he's now recorded at least three receptions in three of his last four games. All told, Williams has played particularly well of late, but there is little indication that the Broncos plan to turn over all -- or even a majority -- of the backfield work to him.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Suiting up Week 15

    Williams (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports. The standout rookie running back was described Saturday as likely to play, and that prognosis has proven to be correct. Backfield mate Melvin Gordon (hip/thumb) is also active Sunday, leaving the duo to likely operate in their usual highly effective timeshare against a Bengals defense allowing an NFL-low 81.3 rushing yards per game on the road.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Expected to play against Bengals

    Williams (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. He was unable to practice Thursday but was a limited participant Wednesday and Friday. Head coach Vic Fangio told reporters Friday that Williams isn't expected to have any limitations against the Bengals on Sunday. Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) is also expected to be available Week 15, so the two running backs should operate in their usual timeshare out of the backfield.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Listed as questionable, expected to play

    Williams (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals after returning to a limited practice Friday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Fellow running back Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) is also listed as questionable for the contest after practicing in a limited fashion this past week, but it's worth noting that coach Vic Fangio previously told reporters Williams was "fine" and wouldn't have any limitations this weekend. That said, it will still be worth confirming the duo's availability in advance of Sunday's 4:05 ET kickoff, but assuming both backs are active, they'll continue to work in a backfield timeshare -- one that resulted in Williams (73 rushing yards, 10 receiving yards, two touchdowns) and Gordon (111 rushing yards, two touchdowns) both posting big numbers in Denver's 38-10 win over the Lions in Week 14.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Back at practice

    Williams (knee) returned to practice Friday, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports. Though Williams was held out of practice Thursday, head coach Vic Fangio expects the running back to play Sunday against the Bengals. Friday's final injury report will reveal whether Williams and/or Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) head into the weekend with a Week 15 injury designation.
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  • Broncos' Javonte Williams: Misses practice, but likely to play

    Williams (knee) was held out of practice Thursday, but head coach Vic Fangio expects him to play Sunday against the Bengals, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. "His leg just kind of swelled up a little bit, and so we're going to give him the day off," Fangio said of Williams. Williams was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, so he'll presumably need to log a full session Friday in order to avoid a Week 15 injury designation. Though he didn't log any practice activity Thursday, he was present for the Broncos' workout, with Troy Renck of Denver 7 News noting that Williams was taking part in some conditioning work. Melvin Gordon (thumb/hip) was a limited participant in practices Wednesday and Thursday, so both of Denver's top two running backs could be at risk of carrying injury designations into Sunday's game against the Bengals.
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