Melvin Gordon, who played for the Denver Broncos last season, resigned from a one-year deal with the team for this season. The former Wisconsin running back had 203 rushes for 918 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had 28 receptions for 213 yards. He finished in the top 20 in points per reception scoring last season and had seven finished weekly inside the top 24.
The deal makes complete sense as Gordon did well pairing alongside Javonte Williams. Here is Gordon’s fantasy outlook for this season.
Gordon missed just one game due to injury last season. Entering this season, he will be 29 years old. He is still very effective in between the tackles and can catch the ball out of the backfield.
Gordon had 38 targets last season, good for a 7.4 percent target share. He should continue to be the starting running back for the team. Russell Wilson is the quarterback for the team in which Gordon should get countless looks in the red zone. He is ranged to be an RB two for next season.
Fantasy Outlook for Williams
Williams does indeed have the ceiling to be a fantasy football contributor for this upcoming season. The 2021 second-round pick showed tons of upside as he finished as the overall running back against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 13.
The 22-year-old had the 16th most carries among running backs and had 63 forced missed tackles which were second in the National Football league behind Jonathan Taylor with 66. He had a target share of at least 10 percent last season.
He was going to be a top-five running back this season if Gordon had departure, but with him back in the mix, Williams ADP is now going to take a hit. The five-foot 10-inch running back can still be a top 25 running back as he finished there last season. However, Williams does not have as much upside due to Gordon returning to the team.
Projecting A Workload
The workload was even last season as both running backs had exactly 203 carries. Williams had more targets than Gordon (53 to 38). He led the way with goal-line looks and red zone looks.
45 percent of the team carries were inside the red zone for him while the former North Carolina running back had a 36 percent share. Gordon scored four times inside the five-yard line while Williams and two scores. We are most likely looking at a 50/50 split for next season.
Both running backs are very good ones as they both should finish inside the top 25 next season. Even though the workload is going to be 50/50, the running backs should get ample opportunities to score inside the red zone. If I had one running back to choose, however, I would choose Gordon as he will be starting for the team in first and second down situations, but also try to draft Williams as well.