Melvin Gordon mustered just 70 yards on 19 carries against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2, but considering the opponent, that’s a fairly commendable line. Plus, Gordon saved his fantasy day with a fourth-quarter receiving touchdown. He will likely see an increased amount of work in Week 3 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Fantasy Football analysis: Broncos RB Melvin Gordon
The Denver Broncos may not have entered this season thinking that Gordon would carry their offense, but they may have no other choice now. Starting quarterback Drew Lock is gone for at least a few weeks because of a shoulder injury. Jeff Driskel is in his stead for now. The Broncos’ top wideout, Courtland Sutton, is out for the season due to a torn ACL. Their No. 2 running back, Phillip Lindsay, is battling a toe ailment and looks likely to miss his second consecutive game. That is going to put a lot on Gordon’s shoulders for as long as the Broncos can keep games close. And make no mistake: This backfield wholly belongs to Gordon while Lindsay is sidelined. Royce Freeman had just three carries last week in Pittsburgh.
Of course, the Buccaneers might load up the box to stop Gordon this Sunday, and they have actually done a pretty good job in run defense. Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara combined for just 75 yards on the ground against Tampa Bay across the first two weeks. But the Bucs did allow each of those players to score twice.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
With 20 carries and a few catches all but guaranteed this week, Gordon is a high-end RB2. He’s also worthwhile in daily contests at $5,800.