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Player Summaries Comparison
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Melvin Gordon IIIM. Gordon
RB - DEN
Melvin Gordon III
vs. TB, Sun 4pm EDT
Diontae JohnsonD. Johnson
WR - PIT
Diontae Johnson
vs. HOU, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
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Updated: Sep 24th, 2020
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 36# 48-
Best Rank# 27# 42-
Worst Rank# 56# 74-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. TB vs. HOU-
Matchup RatingThis is a 1 star matchup. RBs perform worse than their average vs TBThis is a 4 star matchup. WRs perform better than their average vs HOU-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total27.018.9-
Avg Game13.59.5-
Week 214.415.2-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
Weather74 F, Clear throughout the day.78 F, Partly cloudy throughout the day.-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
  Melvin Gordon IIIM. Gordon
RB - DEN
Melvin Gordon III
Diontae JohnsonD. Johnson
WR - PIT
Diontae Johnson
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. TEN
15 rush, 78 yds, 1 td
3 tar, 3 rec, 8 yds, 0 td
at NYG
10 tar, 6 rec, 57 yds, 0 td
Week 2 at PIT
19 rush, 70 yds, 0 td
3 tar, 2 rec, 14 yds, 1 td
vs. DEN
Week 3 vs. TB vs. HOU
Week 4 at NYJ at TEN
Week 5 at NE vs. PHI
Week 6 vs. MIA vs. CLE
Week 7 vs. KC at BAL
Week 8BYE WEEKBYE WEEK
Week 9 at ATL at DAL
Week 10 at LV vs. CIN
Week 11 vs. LAC at JAC
Week 12 vs. NO vs. BAL
Week 13 at KC vs. WAS
Week 14 at CAR at BUF
Week 15 vs. BUF at CIN
Week 16 at LAC vs. IND
Week 17 vs. LV at CLE
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  Melvin Gordon IIIM. Gordon
RB - DEN
Melvin Gordon III
Diontae JohnsonD. Johnson
WR - PIT
Diontae Johnson
2020 Points 
Week 112.63.7
Week 214.415.2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total27.018.9
Average13.59.5
Player Targets Comparison
  Melvin Gordon IIIM. Gordon
RB - DEN
Melvin Gordon III
Diontae JohnsonD. Johnson
WR - PIT
Diontae Johnson
2020 Targets 
Week 1310
Week 2313
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Notes for Player Combination
  Melvin Gordon IIIM. Gordon
RB - DEN
Melvin Gordon III
vs. TB, Sun 4pm EDT
Diontae JohnsonD. Johnson
WR - PIT
Diontae Johnson
vs. HOU, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
Considering the matchups he had over the first two weeks, Gordon has played well and currently sits as the RB12 in PPR formats. With Phillip Lindsay out for a few weeks, he should continue to get the 18-21 touches he has over the first two games. Unfortunately, he has a meeting with the Bucs on deck. The stats will tell you that they've allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs on the year, but that doesn't even begin to tell the whole story. Since Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles took over in Tampa, they've allowed just 1,027 yards on 347 carries. I'll save you the math - that's 2.96 yards per carry, easily the lowest mark in the NFL. They have, however, allowed the most fantasy points through the air to running backs in 2020, as the Saints and Panthers backfields have turned in 40.8 PPR points through the air alone. Rewind that for a minute and think... that's Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey. Meanwhile Gordon has seen three targets in each of his two games, so he's not on that level. Still, he's a three-down back who's getting 80 percent of the touches, so even in a tough matchup, he should be considered a low-end RB2/high-end RB3. It certainly doesn't help that oddsmakers have set the Broncos team total to just 18.8 points.He's now seen 31.5 percent of Ben Roethlisberger's targets, a number that ranks second in the NFL among wide receivers. He's made them count, too, racking up 14 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown through two games. By comparison, in Antonio Brown's final season with the Steelers, he saw a 24.8 percent target share. It's possible that Johnson's the wide receiver to own in Pittsburgh, though there's obviously room for both of them to be fantasy starters. The Texans secondary is nothing to be worried about, though they've surprisingly held every receiver on the Chiefs and Ravens to less than 85 yards. With that being said, the only player who saw more than six targets was Sammy Watkins, who turned in a 21.2 PPR-point performance. The mix of Vernon Hargreaves and Lonnie Johnson will be asked to slow down Johnson, and I'm not sure they're capable, as that duo has allowed 246-of-351 passing for 3,152 yards and 20 touchdowns in their coverage. That's a 70.1 percent completion rate, 12.8 yards per reception, and a touchdown every 17.6 targets. Start Johnson as a WR2 as long as he's getting the targets.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Gordon's got this backfield locked up with Phillip Lindsay still out, but this is an extremely tough matchup for the veteran RB. The Buccaneers are a stout defense and Gordon is going to have to find the end zone in this one in order to return RB2 value. With a backup QB stepping in against a tough defense, this offense is most likely going to struggle to put points up on the board, which limits Gordon's ceiling. He lands just inside the RB2 cutoff in my weekly rankings.Is there a real possibility that Johnson has emerged as the Steelers' WR1? The target totals would suggest that the answer to that question is yes. Through two games, Johnson has seen 23 targets to Juju's 14. Johnson is now solidifying himself as a weekly must-start option and Big Ben should be looking his way often in this matchup. Johnson has top-15 upside this week and should be played everywhere that you've got him.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Bucs are 28th against fantasy running backs on the season. Gordon will have a hard time without Drew Lock and Courtland Sutton to take pressure off the line of scrimmage, but he should see enough touches to warrant RB2 status.Johnson leads the Steelers with 23 targets on the season, he did not practice on Wednesday, but he should play and be a WR2 against a struggling Texans offense.