Melvin Gordon appeared on the Broncos’ injury report this week, forcing fantasy football owners to check for injury update in the lead up to Denver’s Week 6 game.
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Gordon was specifically listed as “questionable” against his former team, the Chargers, on Monday Night Football following Denver’s final practice of the week.
Gordon (neck/ribs) has been trying to practice on a limited basis all week and is officially listed as “questionable” after having participated in Denver’s final practice of the week on Saturday.
His status puts fantasy managers in a difficult position of deciding whether to go with an alternative option or wait for Gordon to be elevated to active before MNF.
With fellow RB Javonte Williams’ season-ending injury, Gordon is worth waiting on despite his “questionable” status.
Gordon played in 56 percent of snaps and dominated red-zone and goal-line work in his first week with Williams out. Gordon also contributes to the passing game, which bodes well for a respectable fantasy point output on MNF despite the possibility of a negative game script as 4.5-point road underdogs.
He also ranks 10th among all running backs in yards per reception (8.9) and yards per route run (1.78), raising his floor in PPR formats.
If Gordon is unable to play, the most obvious replacement is RB Mike Boone (38 percent owned in Yahoo leagues), who would take on a sizable workload and rank as an RB2 in both standard and PPR formats.
Behind Boone is veteran running back Latavius Murray, who is only on the rosters of 14% of leagues.
Murray would undoubtedly reduce Boone’s workload, but he would most likely only be a flex option in deeper leagues.
Murray did score 13 fantasy points in Week 4 against the Broncos while playing for the Raiders (11 carries, 57 yards, one TD).
If you have a safer option at RB and don’t want to worry about whether Gordon will play on Monday night, we don’t blame you for leaving him out of your starting lineup.
About Melvin Gordon
|No. 25 – Denver Broncos|
|Born:||April 13, 1993|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Bradford (Kenosha, Wisconsin)|
|NFL Draft:||2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15|
|Career highlights and awards|