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Running Back, Los Angeles Chargers

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Draft: 2015 Round 1 (15)
College: Wisconsin
Ht: 6’1”  Wt: 215 DOB: 1993-04-13 Age: 25
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#5 2 1.08

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2015 SD 14 184 641 3.5 0 37 33 192 5.8 0 83.3 6.0
2016 SD 13 254 997 3.9 10 57 41 419 10.2 2 213.6 16.4
2017 LAC 16 284 1,105 3.9 8 79 57 470 8.2 4 229.5 14.3
2018 LAC 10 153 802 5.2 9 60 44 453 10.3 4 203.5 20.4
2018 (Projected) LAC   267 1,042 3.9 7   62 502 8.1 3 214.4  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
Few players have a higher upside for total touches in 2018 than Melvin Gordon. Although Austin Ekeler saw significant playing time in 2017, the Chargers still opted to give Gordon the ball, either as a runner or receiver, an average of 21.4 times per game in 2017, and that was on a team that missed the playoffs. With the NFL the way it is now, it simply isn't easy to come by a player with this type of workload and it's an amount that that a few of backs being selected ahead of him in drafts simply are not likely to see. The aforementioned Ekeler and rookie Justin Jackson both have the capability to take some touches from Gordon, but neither is a serious threat to take over the role as the team's primary ball carrier.

Gordon's workload makes him a very safe option at the end of the first or early second round, but his inefficiency is a bit concerning when it comes to upside to finish as a truly elite option at the position. Despite finishing with a dozen total touches in each of his past two seasons, Gordon is yet to reach even 4.0 yards per carry in a season. His career average sits at a paltry 3.8 yds per carry. The bright side is that the Chargers don't seem to be worried as they continue to feed him a heavy workload, especially near the goal line, but there is still some reason to be concerned.

Most analysts project the Chargers to be at least a bit better from a defensive standpoint than they were in 2017, which should also help create some positive game scripts and potentially more touches for Gordon. A presumably improved offensive line that now includes Mike Pouncey and 2017 second-round pick Forrest Lamp should lead the way to Gordon being a solid RB1 in all formats this season.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Melvin Gordon
RB2RB3 Justin Jackson
RB3RB2 Austin Ekeler
RB4FB1 Derek Watt
RB5RB4 Troymaine Pope
RBRB Detrez Newsome
Chargers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Melvin Gordon will not play Week 15
Will miss third straight game with knee injury.
By: Doug Orth | Thu Dec 13, 7:15 pm

RB Melvin Gordon is officially inactive tonight. He won’t play for a third-straight week. (BJ Kissel on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: According to various reports, the decision came down to pre-game warmups, but either Gordon or the coaching staff didn't feel quite right about playing him. With Austin Ekeler already ruled out, seventh-round rookie Justin Jackson is setting up for a potential surprise top-10 play at running back this week against one of the worst defenses against running backs in the Chiefs. Detrez Newsome should mix in, but Jackson is in line for 20-plus touches if he starts out hot Thursday.


Injury Ekeler out, Melvin Gordon questionable
Gordon a gametime decision
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Dec 12, 2:45 pm

Melvin Gordon (knee) questionable for Thursday and likely a game-time decision. Austin Ekeler (concussion, neck) has been ruled out. (Eric Williams on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Melvin Gordon has been described as a gametime decision with a knee injury. Gordon did travel with the team. Justin Jackson would likely see significant snaps if Gordon is ruled out and would be an RB2 against a leaky Chiefs run defense.


Injury Chargers "not optimistic" Melvin Gordon will play
Backfield also likely to be without Austin Ekeler (concussion) Week 15
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Dec 11, 12:58 pm

Steve Wyche (@wyche89) on Twitter: "The Chargers are not optimistic that running backs Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck, concussion) will be ready for Thursday's huge AFC West matchup at Kansas City, HC Anthony Lynn told me. Rookie RBs Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome likely to be the spot" (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Oh boy. Fantasy owners hoping to have Gordon (or at least Ekeler) available for Week 15 will have to look elsewhere. Jackson remains a solid RB2/3 fantasy option with plenty of upside in the Chargers offense.


Injury Austin Ekeler unlikely to play Week 15
Shoulder/neck stinger
By: Doug Orth | Mon Dec 10, 9:35 pm

RB Austin Ekeler extremely doubtful for Thursday due to bruised nerve in neck. (Joe Reedy on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Ekeler is officially day-to-day, but his history of stingers and a short turnaround (Thursday in Kansas City) are probably the main reasons why he is being deemed "extremely doubtful." The hope is Melvin Gordon will be able to go this week after missing the last two games, but Justin Jackson would appear to be in line for a heavy workload against the Chiefs if that ends up not being the case.


Injury Melvin Gordon to miss a few weeks
Grade 2 MCL sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Nov 26, 7:00 am

#Chargers star RB Melvin Gordon was diagnosed with a grade 2 MCL sprain suffered in yesterday’s blowout win, sources say. He had his MRI last night. Gordon is out the next few weeks, but should be back before the end of the regular season if all goes well. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Gordon came into Week 12 dealing with knee and hamstring injuries and left with an MCL sprain. In his absence Austin Ekeler and rookie Justin Jackson will handle the running back duties with Ekeler being a weekly RB2 option. The Chargers upcoming schedule includes: @PIT, CIN, @KC, BAL.


Eagles to feature RB Josh Adams?
Adams in the RB2 conversation
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 25, 9:40 am

Philadelphia Eagles
From @NFLGameDay: The #Eagles are planning to feature RB Josh Adams as their starter going forward, an impressive rise for the former UDFA from Notre Dame... and #Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, listed as questioanable, is set to play today. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Sounds like the Eagles coaching staff has realized that Adams is their best back and should see the bulk of the work in their backfield. We'll see how the snap counts and usage counts look today between Adams, Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement. Adams is in the RB2 conversation.


Injury Melvin Gordon expected to play
Hamstring and knee injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Nov 25, 7:00 am

Chargers’ RB Melvin Gordon, listed as questionable for Sunday due to knee and hamstring injuries, plans to play vs. Cardinals, per source. Gordon convinced coaches this weekend to give him a chance, despite some organizational interest in resting him for maintenance. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Gordon is going to give it a go in a prime matchup against the Cardinals. He's worth starting but does carry some risk of being limited if he gets a little nicked up. The Cardinals are giving up the 3rd most fantasy points to running backs.


Injury Melvin Gordon, Tyrell Williams questionable
Gametime decisions
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Nov 24, 8:45 am

RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring, knee), WR Tyrell Williams (quad) and DT Brandon Mebane (not injury related) all were listed as questionable by the Chargers as they host the Cardinals on Sunday. Williams and Gordon likely will be game-time decisions. Both were limited participants on Friday, while Mebane did not practice for a second straight day due to a personal matter. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Gordon is dealing with a sore knee. “Most starting runners this time of year are sore or something’s wrong,” Lynn said. “So we’ll have to decide if it’s worth holding him back or just letting him go.” (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Gordon was limited on Thursday and Friday raising questions about his workload on Sunday even if he does play. The Chargers may decide they can beat the lowly Cardinals without their star running back. If Gordon sits, Austin Ekeler would move into the RB2 conversation.


Injury Melvin Gordon expected to play
Practiced in full on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Nov 3, 11:15 pm

The Los Angeles Chargers will welcome back Melvin Gordon on Sunday after the star running back missed the team's previous game with a hamstring injury. Asked then if Gordon would play Sunday, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said: "We'll see. I don't want to speak for Melvin, but if he's feeling well I know he wants to play." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Gordon's matchup against the Seahawks isn't ideal but the volume he receives makes him a viable RB1. Seattle has given up one 100-yard rushing day (Ezekiel Elliott) on the season.


Injury Melvin Gordon inactive
Austin Ekeler to start
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Oct 21, 8:20 am

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is inactive for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans. Gordon did not appear on the injury report until the team's practice on Friday in London, when he was listed as limited because of a hamstring injury. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: With Gordon out, expect Austin Ekeler to start with Justin Jackson playing a backup role. Detrez Newsome has been promoted from the practice squad. Ekeler holds RB2 value today against the Titans in London.


Injury Melvin Gordon downgraded to questionable
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Oct 20, 2:45 pm

Chargers downgraded Melvin Gordon to questionable with a hamstring injury for Sunday’s game vs. Titans. Gordon was a limited participant Friday, but not listed in the injury report. Gordon likely is a game-time decision for Sunday. (Eric Williams on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Gordon owners should be up bright and early tomorrow to check the inactives as the Chargers play at 9:30 AM Eastern. Austin Ekeler would vault into RB2 territory if Gordon sits. The Chargers have a bye in Week 8.


Injury Keenan Allen misses second straight practice
Knee injury
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 27, 8:10 pm

WR Keenan Allen (knee) was not on the field today for the part of practice open to the media. (LA Times - Jeff Miller)

FFToday's Take: Although HC Anthony Lynn said the team is just being cautious with Allen, back-to-back missed practices are not a good sign, although Friday's participation should give owners some clue as to whether or not they need to consider other options. Mike Williams and Tyrell Williams would see their value increase in a big way if Allen has to sit, while Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler would probably see even more work out of the backfield.



2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 KC L 28-38 15 64 4.3 0 13 9 102 11.3 0 16.6
2 at BUF W 31-20 9 28 3.1 1 7 6 38 6.3 2 24.6
3 at LAR L 23-35 15 80 5.3 1 4 2 4 2.0 0 14.4
4 SF W 29-27 15 104 6.9 0 10 7 55 7.9 1 21.9
5 OAK W 26-10 19 58 3.1 1 4 4 62 15.5 0 18.0
6 at CLE W 38-14 18 132 7.3 3 4 2 18 9.0 0 33.0
9 at SEA W 25-17 16 113 7.1 1 4 1 10 10.0 0 18.3
10 at OAK W 20-6 18 93 5.2 0 6 5 72 14.4 1 22.5
11 DEN L 22-23 18 69 3.8 0 6 6 87 14.5 0 15.6
12 ARI W 45-10 10 61 6.1 2 2 2 5 2.5 0 18.6

2017 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at DEN L 21-24 18 54 3.0 0 6 5 25 5.0 1 13.9
2 MIA L 17-19 9 13 1.4 1 8 7 65 9.3 0 13.8
3 KC L 10-24 17 79 4.6 1 2 0 0 - 0 13.9
4 PHI L 24-26 10 22 2.2 0 3 1 7 7.0 0 2.9
5 at NYG W 27-22 20 105 5.3 0 8 6 58 9.7 2 28.3
6 at OAK W 17-16 25 83 3.3 1 12 9 67 7.4 1 27.0
7 DEN W 21-0 18 38 2.1 0 0 0 0 - 0 3.8
8 at NE L 13-21 14 132 9.4 1 2 1 7 7.0 0 19.9
10 at JAC L 17-20 16 27 1.7 0 8 5 15 3.0 0 4.2
11 BUF W 54-24 20 80 4.0 1 2 0 0 - 0 14.0
12 at DAL W 28-6 21 65 3.1 0 3 3 23 7.7 0 8.8
13 CLE W 19-10 19 77 4.1 0 4 4 29 7.3 0 10.6
14 WAS W 30-13 22 78 3.5 1 3 1 5 5.0 0 14.3
15 at KC L 13-30 19 78 4.1 1 8 6 91 15.2 0 22.9
16 at NYJ W 14-7 19 81 4.3 1 3 3 47 15.7 0 18.8
17 OAK W 30-10 17 93 5.5 0 7 6 31 5.2 0 12.4

2016 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at KC L 27-33 14 57 4.1 2 0 0 0 - 0 17.7
2 JAC W 38-14 24 102 4.3 1 3 3 18 6.0 0 18.0
3 at IND L 22-26 16 35 2.2 1 7 4 43 10.8 0 13.8
4 NO L 34-35 19 36 1.9 2 7 6 43 7.2 0 19.9
5 at OAK L 31-34 16 69 4.3 0 1 1 18 18.0 1 14.7
6 DEN W 21-13 27 94 3.5 0 2 0 0 - 0 9.4
7 at ATL W 33-30 22 68 3.1 2 7 6 53 8.8 1 30.1
8 at DEN L 19-27 23 111 4.8 0 7 4 44 11.0 0 15.5
9 TEN W 43-35 32 196 6.1 1 4 4 65 16.3 0 32.1
10 MIA L 24-31 24 70 2.9 0 8 5 62 12.4 0 13.2
12 at HOU W 21-13 17 70 4.1 0 4 4 19 4.8 0 8.9
13 TB L 21-28 17 84 4.9 1 6 4 54 13.5 0 19.8
14 at CAR L 16-28 3 5 1.7 0 1 0 0 - 0 0.5

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