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Fantasy Football Draft Strategy: Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon

Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos

Which Broncos running backs will perform better in fantasy football this season? The answer might be both!

The Denver Broncos may have a new look this year with head coach Nathaniel Hackett at the helm and Russell Wilson under center, but one thing remains the same – the tandem backfield of Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams.

Gordon and Williams successfully combined for 1,821 rushing yards and 529 receiving yards in 2021.

But perhaps what is most interesting, is how evenly the workload was split.

Both running backs logged exactly 203 carries last season, with Williams playing only 27 more snaps. As far as efficiency, Gordon rushed for 4.5 yards per attempt while Williams rushed for 4.4.

For the season, Williams totaled less than nine more points than Gordon in Points Per Reception (PPR) leagues, with Gordon missing one game. On a per-game basis, Gordon averaged 12.2 points per game, while Williams averaged 12.1.

Williams, one of the most talented young backs in the league, is expected to take another step forward this year. He is currently coming off the board at the end of the first round/early second round in fantasy football drafts with an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 15.

Related: Fantasy Football Running Backs ADP

Gordon should not be dismissed, though. He signed a one-year contract after logging double-digit touchdowns in 2021 and matching Williams’ production. Plus Gordon and the newly acquired quarterback Russell Wilson played together for one season at Wisconsin.

Gordon could be very undervalued coming off the board at pick 107. Sharing the workload with Williams will likely only help his efficiency. Fantasy drafters should consider the value, and not just the youth and talent, when making their picks. 

Related: Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings

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