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Experts' Pick
 
  Melvin Gordon IIIM. Gordon
RB - DEN
Melvin Gordon III
vs. TB, Sun 4pm EDT
Jordan HowardJ. Howard
RB - MIA
Jordan Howard
at JAC, Thu 8pm EDT
 
 
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Updated: Sep 25th, 2020
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 20# 45-
Best Rank# 18# 25-
Worst Rank# 33# 59-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. TB at JAC-
Matchup RatingThis is a 1 star matchup. RBs perform worse than their average vs TBThis is a 5 star matchup. RBs perform better than their average vs JAC-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rush Att19.330.7
Rush Yds56.3116.3
Rush TD11
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total27.019.2-
Avg Game13.56.4-
Avg Projection12.04.3-
Week 214.46.4-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
Weather59 F, Partly Cloudy82 F, Humid and Partly Cloudy-
    
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Fantasy Football Lord
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The Fantasy Fix
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FantasyData
1 d
#23#46-
    
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Going For 2
1 d
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Matt SchaufM. Schauf
Draft Sharks
1 d
#23#45-
    
Mike RigzM. Rigz
Gridiron Experts
1 d
#22#42-
    
Elisha TwerskiE. Twerski
numberFire
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Jamey EisenbergJ. Eise...
CBS Sports
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FTN
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Pro Football Focus
1 d
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Tim JablonskiT. Jabl...
The Hateful 8
1 d
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Isaiah SiroisI. Sirois
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1 d
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Jonathan HaysJ. Hays
Fantasy Foresight
1 d
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Colts.com
1 d
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Jordan RainsJ. Rains
Expand The Boxscore
1 d
#25#35-
    
Eric MoodyE. Moody
FantasyData
1 d
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Chris KennedyC. Kennedy
The Fantasy Headliners
1 d
#22#51-
    
Jeff PaurJ. Paur
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1 d
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Staff RankingsS. Rank...
Important Nonsense
1 d
#21#42-
    
Nick HumphreysN. Hump...
Fantasy Victors
1 d
#22#47-
    
Mike RandleM. Randle
BettingPros
1 d
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Justin SablichJ. Sablich
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1 d
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Brian StraitB. Strait
FTLS Fantasy Football
1 d
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Matthew BoweM. Bowe
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1 d
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Jonathan StoneJ. Stone
The Hateful 8
1 d
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Michael TomlinM. Tomlin
Fantasy Six Pack
1 d
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Joe BondJ. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
1 d
#23#43-
    
Marc CavigliaM. Cavi...
Bruno Boys
1 d
#20#47-
    
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
1 d
#22#43-
    
Christopher DellC. Dell
Betting Predators
1 d
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Scott SmithS. Smith
RotoViz
1 d
#23#51-
    
Adam PfeiferA. Pfeifer
FTN
1 d
#18#42-
    
Mike MacGregorM. MacG...
Draft Buddy
1 d
#18#45-
    
Rich PiazzaR. Piazza
Fantasy Shed
1 d
#20#45-
    
Chris MeaneyC. Meaney
FTN
1 d
#22#43-
    
Ryan Hodge R. Hodge
FantasyLabs
1 d
#21#43-
    
Kate MagdziukK. Magd...
BallBlast
1 d
#12-
    
Kyle RichardsonK. Rich...
The Fantasy Headliners
1 d
#22#43-
    
David ZachD. Zach
FantasyPros
1 d
#25#38-
    
Richard SavillR. Savill
Fantasy Six Pack
1 d
#25#51-
    
Ryan SkolrudR. Skolrud
SkullKing Sports
1 d
#22#43-
    
Seth MillerS. Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
1 d
#18#45-
    
Doug NorrieD. Norrie
Daily Fantasy Sports Rankings
1 d
#20#46-
    
Kevin ScottK. Scott
The Intersecting
1 d
#19#51-
    
Dan YanotchkoD. Yano...
EDSFootball
1 d
#23#35-
    
Muntradamus M.
Beast Dome
1 d
#20#46-
    
Tim PetropoulosT. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
1 d
#22#37-
    
Neema HodjatN. Hodjat
Real GM
1 d
#22#45-
    
Dave RichardD. Richard
CBS Sports
1 d
#19#42-
    
1 d
#22#44-
    
Michael PetropoulosM. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
1 d
#19#45-
    
Davis MattekD. Mattek
RotoExperts
1 d
#21#43-
    
Nick ZylakN. Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
1 d
#18#49-
    
Michelle MagdziukM. Magd...
BallBlast
1 d
#17#47-
    
Kevin RobertsK. Roberts
Breaking Football
1 d
#19#43-
    
Scott WhitfieldS. Whit...
Roto Rankings
2 d
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Mike KruegerM. Krueger
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2 d
#20#43-
    
Geoff LambertG. Lambert
Going For 2
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Matt BrandonM. Brandon
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Kyle EnglishK. English
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Player Game Logs Comparison
  Melvin Gordon IIIM. Gordon
RB - DEN
Melvin Gordon III
Jordan HowardJ. Howard
RB - MIA
Jordan Howard
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. TEN
15 rush, 78 yds, 1 td
3 tar, 3 rec, 8 yds, 0 td
at NE
8 rush, 7 yds, 1 td
Week 2 at PIT
19 rush, 70 yds, 0 td
3 tar, 2 rec, 14 yds, 1 td
vs. BUF
Week 3 vs. TB at JAC
Week 4 at NYJ vs. SEA
Week 5 at NE at SF
Week 6 vs. MIA at DEN
Week 7 vs. KC vs. LAC
Week 8BYE WEEK vs. LAR
Week 9 at ATL at ARI
Week 10 at LV vs. NYJ
Week 11 vs. LACBYE WEEK
Week 12 vs. NO at NYJ
Week 13 at KC vs. CIN
Week 14 at CAR vs. KC
Week 15 vs. BUF vs. NE
Week 16 at LAC at LV
Week 17 vs. LV at BUF
Player Projections Comparison
  Melvin Gordon IIIM. Gordon
RB - DEN
Melvin Gordon III
vs. TB, Sun 4pm EDT
Jordan HowardJ. Howard
RB - MIA
Jordan Howard
at JAC, Thu 8pm EDT
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts15.97.2
Rush Yards60.427.1
Rush TDs0.50.2
   
Receiving
   
Receptions2.90.7
Rec Yards22.55.0
Rec TDs0.10.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points12.04.3
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  Melvin Gordon IIIM. Gordon
RB - DEN
Melvin Gordon III
Jordan HowardJ. Howard
RB - MIA
Jordan Howard
2020 Points 
Week 112.66.7
Week 214.46.4
Week 36.1
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
Total27.019.2
Average13.56.4
Player Targets Comparison
  Melvin Gordon IIIM. Gordon
RB - DEN
Melvin Gordon III
Jordan HowardJ. Howard
RB - MIA
Jordan Howard
2020 Targets 
Week 130
Week 230
Week 30
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
Jordan HowardJ. Howard
RB - MIA
Jordan Howard
at JAC, Thu 8pm EDT
Expert 
Isaiah Sirois
FantasyPros
 Jordan Howard has 13 carries for 11 yards this year. However, those are mostly goal-line look, and Howard has two touchdowns to go with them. It seems that Miami plans to use him almost exclusively in the red zone, and while that's not good or his overall volume, his touches are more valuable than most other players' because of where they come on the field. He's nothing more than a touchdown-dependent flex play, but against Jacksonville, I don't hate his chances of scoring.
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.This backfield didn't get any clearer in Week 2, as Gaskin led the way with 13 touches, Breida got eight, while Howard brought up the caboose with five. The issue, of course, is that Howard is getting the goal-line opportunities, stealing any sort of ceiling for someone like Gaskin. The Jaguars have surprised early in the season, allowing Derrick Henry and Jonathan Taylor to combine for just 106 yards on 34 carries (3.12 yards per carry) and no touchdowns. They did allow the Colts running backs to combine for a ridiculous 17 catches for 142 yards and a touchdown in the Week 1 meeting, which clearly benefits someone like Gaskin, who has the passing-down role locked up with 11 targets through two weeks, while Breida has just two. The 7.40 yards per target the Jaguars allowed to running backs was the third-highest mark in the league, too. If you play in a PPR format, Gaskin can be considered a back-end RB3 for those dealing with injuries; just understand he doesn't come with a massive ceiling. The Jaguars have allowed at least 20 points to their opponents in nine of their last 10 games, so there should be a chance at Howard stealing a touchdown, but even then, what do you get? He's nothing more than a touchdown-hopeful RB4/5. Breida is the forgotten man whose role falls in between those of Gaskin and Howard.
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.Howard's been incredibly inefficient and it's nearly laughable at his stat lines for the first two games of the season. He can't be trusted anywhere near your starting lineup and should be worth considering dropping in your league if you're still holding onto 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.