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Melvin Gordon
ADP: 8.12
Bye: 9
Experience: 7 Yr(s)
Age: 29.2
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215
40 Time: 4.52
SPARQx (Rank): 121.00 (80%)
Burst Score (Rank): 122.50 (72%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.11 (82%)
Three Cone Drill (Rank): 7.04

Injury PredictorMelvin Gordon's Injury Index

High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2022


% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game


1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2022




Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

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Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Aug 13, 2015 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Gordon sat out Week 2 of the preseason but was fine to handle 17 touches in his regular season debut.
Dec 20, 2015 NFL Knee Tear Gordon tore cartilage in his knee in Week 15 and was placed on IR.
Dec 11, 2016 NFL Knee PCL Sprain Grade 2 Gordon went down early in Week 14 and missed the final 3 games.
Dec 11, 2016 NFL Inguinal Hip Sprain Gordon went down early in Week 14 and missed the final 3 games.
Oct 14, 2018 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Gordon missed Week 7 with an unspecified hamstring injury. He returned after the Week 8 bye.
Nov 25, 2018 NFL Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Gordon sprained his right MCL in Week 12 and missed the following 3 games.
Aug 20, 2020 NFL Chest Rib Bruise Gordon tweaked his ribs during the training camp's practice session. He was available for the season opener.
Dec 13, 2020 NFL Shoulder Gordon injured his shoulder during the win against Carolina. He was active for the next game
Aug 14, 2021 NFL Inguinal Groin Pull Grade 1 Gordon missed the first preseason game for the Broncos due to a minor groin injury.
Sep 29, 2021 NFL Chest Rib Sprain/Pull Unspecified Gordon was limited at practice due to a rib injury. He did not miss the Week 4 game.
Sep 30, 2021 NFL Leg Shin Bruise Gordon headed into Week 4 and 5 actions listed as questionable with a lower leg issue. He suited for both games.
Oct 13, 2021 NFL Inguinal Hip Strain Gordon was bothered by a hip injury ahead of the Week 6 divisional showdown vs. the Raiders.

Basic StatsMelvin Gordon's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:
  • Gordon ran for 918 yards and 8 scores on 203 carries across 16 games last year. He added 28 catches for 213 yards and 2 TDs.
  • He finished 17th among RBs in PPR points, 15th in half-PPR points and 15th in non-PPR points.
  • Gordon missed Week 13 with a hip injury. He also played through a sprained thumb late in the season.
  • He’s made it through a full season just once in 7 tries, missing a total of 15 games for his career.
  • Gordon turned 29 in April.
  • In their 16 games together last year, Gordon out-carried Javonte Williams 203 to 180 and 11 to 10 inside the opponent’s 5-yard line. Williams led with 44 targets to Gordon’s 38.
  • Gordon beat Williams last year in yards per carry (4.5 to 4.4), Pro Football Focus rushing grade and Football Outsiders’ rushing DVOA. Williams beat Gordon in PFF’s Elusive Rating, which measures a RB’s impact beyond the blocking he receives.
    • Among 50 RBs league-wide with 100+ carries last season, Gordon ranked 9th in PFF rushing grade, 14th in Elusive Rating and 31st in Football Outsiders rushing DVOA.
  • In the passing game, Williams beat Gordon in PFF receiving grade and yards per route run.
    • Among 49 RBs league-wide with 30+ targets last year, Gordon ranked 39th in both PFF receiving grade and yards per route.
  • The Broncos let Gordon hit free agency this offseason before eventually signing him about a month-and-a-half later to a 1-year, $2.5 million contract. By comparison, Gordon previously played on a 2-year, $16 million deal.
  • Williams and Gordon will be playing under a new coaching staff this year led by HC Nathaniel Hackett.
    • It’s Hackett’s first crack at a HC gig. He has 8 years of NFL OC experience: 2013-2014 with the Bills, 2016-2018 with the Jaguars and 2019-2021 with the Packers.
      • Those 8 Hackett offenses all deployed committee backfields, with only Leonard Fournette (20.6 in 2017 and 16.6 in 2018) reaching 15.0 carries per game.
      • But, only 2 of those 8 teams had 2 RBs average double-digit carries per game.
  • The 2021 Broncos offensive line ranked 19th in PFF run-blocking grades and 18th in Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Line Yards. They’ll get RG Graham Glasgow back after he missed the 2nd half of last season with a broken leg. And they signed Billy Turner to replace Bobby Massie at RT.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Gordon played well from a real-life perspective last season – even better than backfield mate Javonte Williams by a lot of metrics. And he scored as an upper-end RB2 for fantasy squads.

Williams is an ascending 22-year-old, though. And Denver let 29-year-old Gordon toil on the open market for over a month before bringing him back on a cheap, 1-year deal.

So we’re expecting Williams to claim a bigger piece of this backfield pie this season. We’ll see exactly how big – and whether there’s enough left behind for Gordon to still be a fantasy starter.

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Javonte Williams & Melvin Gordon expected to play Week 17

Broncos RBs Javonte Williams (knee) and Melvin Gordon (thumb, hip) are expected to play vs. the Chargers today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Both guys were limited in practice all week but should be ready for their usual roles today.

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The Broncos list RBs Javonte Williams (knee) and Melvin Gordon (thumb, hip) as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Chargers. Both guys were limited in practice all week. They're not at 100% at this point of the season (who is?) but should be fine for Sunday.

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Broncos RBs Melvin Gordon (thumb, hip) and Javonte Williams (knee) are expected to play vs. the Bengals today, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Unless we hear otherwise, we're expecting the near 50/50 split in Denver's backfield to continue.

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Broncos RBs Melvin Gordon (thumb, hip) and Javonte Williams (knee) are listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Bengals. Gordon got in 3 limited practices this week; Williams was limited on Wednesday and Friday, sitting out on Thursday with some knee swelling. HC Vic Fangio said Friday that Williams is “fine.” We’re expecting the near-even 50/50 split in Denver’s backfield to continue this weekend.

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Broncos RB Melvin Gordon sprained a thumb in Sunday's win over the Lions, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gordon was able to play through the issue yesterday and it "doesn’t figure to limit his playing time going forward," per Rapoport. We'll keep an eye on Gordon this week, but it sounds like we should expect Denver's committee backfield to continue in Sunday's game vs. the Bengals.

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