The Broncos traded up 5 spots in the 2nd round to take North Carolina RB Javonte Williams with the 35th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Williams shared UNC’s backfield with Michael Carter, forming a thunder and lightning duo over the past 2 seasons. 2020 was a true breakout for Williams (5’10, 212) with 1,140 yards and 19 TDs on 157 attempts. He added a strong 25-305-3 receiving line. The Wallace, North Carolina native wins with incredible contact balance and power; his 0.48 broken tackles per attempt marked the best rate ever charted by Pro Football Focus. Despite the physical playing style, Williams has never missed a college game due to injury. He joins Melvin Gordon in Denver’s backfield in what figures to be a committee attack in 2021. Gordon hits free agency next offseason.
The Broncos have ruled RB Phillip Lindsay out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. He's dealing with hip and knee injuries. That leaves Melvin Gordon as the clear lead back in an upside matchup. Gordon looks like a solid-to-strong option for Week 16 fantasy lineups. RB Royce Freeman (hip) is also questionable for the game.
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (knee) will return to a limited practice on Thursday, HC Vic Fangio said. That gives Lindsay a shot to play against the Chiefs on Sunday night. We'll see what he does in tomorrow's practice and how Denver lists him on the final injury report.
Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay missed Wednesday's practice with the knee injury that knocked him out of last weekend's loss to the Saints. He's looking iffy for Sunday night's game vs. the Chiefs. Lindsay's absence would make RB Melvin Gordon a much stronger fantasy play. Gordon has averaged 16.7 carries and 4 targets in 3 games without Lindsay this season.
Broncos RB Melvin Gordon (illness) isn’t listed on the final Week 7 injury report. He’ll play against the Chiefs on Sunday. We’re expecting Gordon to lead a committee backfield alongside Phillip Lindsay.
Broncos RB Melvin Gordon (ribs) was back at practice on Monday. He ended up missing just a few days. Consider the rib injury a non-issue going forward.
Broncos RB Melvin Gordon exited Thursday's training-camp practice with a rib injury. We'll look for updates on the severity and see when Gordon is able to get back on the field. An extended absence would be a boost for RB Phillip Lindsay.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Bears. He didn't practice on Thursday or Friday after not being on the injury report at all on Wednesday. Allen appears to be in real danger of missing Sunday's game. We'll look for updates on his availability throughout the weekend and will get his official game status by noon ET on Sunday. Allen's absence would leave Mike Williams as Los Angeles' clear #1 WR and would also likely push more targets toward TE Hunter Henry and RBs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears there's a "good chance" Chargers RB Melvin Gordon plays against the Dolphins on Sunday. This has quickly gone from "not playing" to "maybe playing" to "probably playing." Rapoport confirms that RB Justin Jackson's calf injury is the reason for the Chargers' change of plans. Gordon is "not quite ready yet to be the bell cow ... but certainly is ready physically, from what I understand, to come in and get some carries," Rapoport says. We'd be surprised if Gordon got more than 5-8 touches this weekend after just reporting to the team on Thursday. It leaves him as just a fantasy flier. RB Austin Ekeler remains a high-end RB1 for 1 more week.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Friday that RB Melvin Gordon could play a "limited role" against the Dolphins on Sunday. Lynn had previously said that Gordon wouldn't play, so this seems to be a reaction to RB Justin Jackson's calf injury. Gordon just reported on Thursday, and it wouldn't make much sense to throw him out there in a game the Chargers can win without him. We'll continue to monitor the situation, but Gordon shouldn't be in Week 4 fantasy lineups. Austin Ekeler remains an elite fantasy play.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's holdout "is now expected to be prolonged" and "threatens" to run into the regular season. The 2 sides exchanged offers this week, but "talks are not in a good spot," per Schefter. It always seemed like Gordon's holdout would last a while. We'd still bet on him reporting before Week 1, but there's certainly a chance he misses games. And even if he shows up before the start of the season, the missed time in August would make him an increased injury risk early in the season. We just dropped Gordon down the RB rankings again.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. He was never missing this weekend's game against the Patriots but won't be anywhere close to 100%. Gordon has sprained both knees and twisted an ankle over the past month and a half. He's a risky DFS play this week. We prefer the cheaper Austin Ekeler.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport describes the injury Chargers RB Melvin Gordon suffered in Sunday's win over the Ravens as "a little knee sprain." Rapoport adds that it's similar to the right knee injury he suffered in Week 12. That cost him 3 games -- but Gordon returned to Sunday's contest in Baltimore and is expected to play against the Patriots this weekend. "Just may not exactly look like his old self," Rapoport cautions. Gordon averaged just 2.4 yards per carry vs. the Ravens and was out-snapped 39 to 32 by Austin Ekeler. Don't be surprised if Ekeler plays an expanded role again this weekend.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in 3 full practices this week. He'll return for Saturday night's game against the Ravens. Both Gordon and HC Anthony Lynn have admitted that the RB isn't quite at 100%. That, plus the tough matchup, makes Gordon more of a low-end RB1 for Week 16. RB Austin Ekeler (neck) is doubtful, so Justin Jackson will serve as the #2 RB.
Chargers RB Austin Ekeler was placed in the concussion protocol after experiencing symptoms on Monday afternoon. He's also dealing with that neck injury and looks extremely unlikely to play against the Chiefs on Thursday night. The question now becomes whether RB Melvin Gordon can return from his knee injury for that one. If not, rookie Justin Jackson will operate as the Chargers' feature back.
Chargers RB Austin Ekeler aggravated a neck issue Sunday and appears in doubt for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Ekeler will need further testing on the area, which had experienced "stingers" in recent weeks. The short turnaround for Week 15 obviously makes things more difficult. The Chargers might get Melvin Gordon back from his knee injury for that game. If not, they'd have to turn to rookie Justin Jackson as the backfield starter. Jackson hit Sunday still available in 57% of ESPN leagues.
The Chargers have downgraded RB Melvin Gordon to questionable with a hamstring injury. The 9:30 a.m. ET start means we’ll have to check Gordon’s status at 8 a.m. If he’s out, Austin Ekeler would obviously get a big fantasy boost.
The Chargers listed RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) as limited in Thursday's practice. The media didn't see him doing much during the open portion of practice. But it looks like he's serious about playing through his ankle injury this weekend. We'll get another update on Gordon's progress tomorrow.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. The foot injury is new, but Gordon practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. He’ll be out there for a plus matchup vs. the Pats.
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