Melvin Gordon III & Javonte Williams Fantasy Football Rankings & Advice for Week 17 vs. Chargers

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The timeshare at running back between Melvin Gordon III and Javonte Williams has been one of the more frustrating situations for fantasy football managers this season.

Both players have been effective in fantasy terms, but projecting either one is difficult not knowing who will carry the load.

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It’s been three weeks since Gordon III went off with 111 yards and two touchdowns. He’s been limited since, rushing for 53 yards and then negative-4 yards last week on seven carries.

Williams struggled last week as well with just 12 yards, but a touchdown made for a serviceable fantasy day. His ceiling has been higher throughout the year on the team, but overall it has been limited by the presence of his veteran teammate taking carries away from the rookie.

On the year, Williams has outscored Gordon III 193 to 168 in ESPN standard scoring leagues. Williams averages 12.8 fantasy points per game compared to Gordon III’s 12.0.

What should managers do with the Denver backfield against a porous Los Angeles Chargers defense? We turn to The Action Network fantasy football rankings for more.

Melvin Gordon III & Javonte Williams Fantasy Football Analysis 

Williams is the higher-ranked running back of the two according to our consensus rankings. For standard scoring leagues, Williams comes in at RB21.

Gordon III isn’t far behind at RB27, but there’s notable disagreement between our experts Chris Raybon and Sean Koerner. Koerner has Gordon III ranked RB31 while Raybon has him as RB23.

Williams’ ranking is ahead of running backs Michael Carter and Jordan Howard, while Gordon III is projected for more points than Chase Edmunds and Tony Pollard, among others.

Our experts update their rankings throughout the day as news is released across the NFL. Be sure to check them before you make your final decisions on any start/sit questions ahead of kick-off.

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