Melvin Gordon Fantasy Outlook Limited by Crowded Denver Backfield

Larry Rupp
A possible RB committee in Denver could limit Melvin Gordon's fantasy football value.
A possible RB committee in Denver could limit Melvin Gordon's fantasy football value. / Justin Edmonds/Getty Images
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When Melvin Gordon signed with the Denver Broncos back in March, he joined a backfield that already included former starters in Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. Many fantasy football managers believed that he would run away with No. 1 spot coming out of the backfield this upcoming season, but it seems like it might not be that simple.

Gordon has spent the entirety of his young career so far with the Los Angeles Chargers. While he was seen as a workhorse running back, Gordon has only surpassed the 1,000 yards mark once so far. Part of that has been due to injuries, as the year he topped 1,000 yards was also the only one in which he played 16 games.

With two solid starters in Denver already, it may have surprised fantasy managers to see Gordon sign with the team. In 2019, considering the Broncos had two fantasy relevant RBs in Phillip Lindsay (finished No. 19 among RBs, ahead of Gordon) and Royce Freeman (No. 40).

After being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in 2018, Phillip Lindsay has created a name for himself across the league, even making the Pro Bowl during his rookie season. In both of his two years in Denver, Lindsay has rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored at least seven total touchdowns.

Vic Fangio and the coaching staff have no reason to doubt that Lindsay can continue to produce well while running alongside Gordon. Gordon will get his touches, but the fact that he hasn't been named the definitive starter in training camp yet may suggest that this backfield will be a committee once again.

Gordon is going off the board in as the 20th running back in 2020 fantasy football drafts, according to FantasyPros' average draft position data, but he checks in at just RB23 in our 2020 fantasy football rankings. With the potential for a committee backfield in Denver, it's also looking more likely that Gordon falls short of that ranking than it is that he exceeds it by any meaningful amount.


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