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Melvin Gordon 'struggling a little bit' with Denver altitude

by Alex Burns | Broncos Correspondent | Sun, Aug 16th 8:53pm EDT

Broncos starting running back Melvin Gordon told reporters, "I’m struggling a little bit, I’m struggling up here a little bit with the altitude. Right now it’s tough, trying to finish downfield, and things like that. It’s real dry, I’m trying to drink water every second, lips is dry. That’s the biggest adjustment, working all offseason and coming here and still feeling like you’re not in shape because of the altitude.” (Pro Football Talk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact:

Although Gordon is expected to lead the Denver backfield in touches this season, it's worth noting that he is having a tough time adapting to the altitude. If Gordon is still struggling come week one, it wouldn't be all that surprising to see him lose some touches to dynamic backup Philip Lindsay early on in the season. There is no reason to panic, however, as Gordon has exactly four weeks to get adjusted to the altitude before the Broncos kick off their season on September 14th but fantasy owners will want to keep this in mind heading into their drafts. The 27-year-old running back signed a two-year, $16 million contract with Denver in free agency and expert consensus rankings currently have him at RB19 in Half PPR formats.

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