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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: 26
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#37 5 4.02

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 12 175 885 5.1 10 66 50 490 9.8 4 221.5 18.5
2019 LAC 3 36 81 2.3 0 13 9 34 3.8 1 17.5 5.8
2019 (Projected) LAC   135 649 4.8 4   27 221 8.2 2 123.0  

2019 Outlook
Depth Chart
Melvin Gordon has now played four seasons in the NFL and while he's averaged over 1,300 total yards per season, there is growing concern that his body may just not be built to withstand a large workload for a 16-game season (and, of course, on into the playoffs).

Gordon has missed at least two games in three out of his four NFL seasons and every game he's missed has taken place after week 12. That's a huge problem for fantasy gamers who have been riding his fantasy production on into their playoffs, only to be left scrambling when the money is on the line.

The Chargers have seemingly noticed this trend and there's a realistic chance that they could end up cutting back on Gordon's touches in 2019. Make no mistake - Gordon is still the primary ball carrier in this backfield, but players like Austin Ekeler and even Justin Jackson, who have typically been backups or utilized in change-of-pace roles for Gordon, have established themselves as viable options in this Chargers' offense. As the coaching staff becomes more comfortable with those players being on the field, look for Gordon's touch totals to take a bit of a dip as the team attempts to keep him healthy for the latter part of the season. That could mean a bit of a dip in touches per game for Gordon, but he should still get the lion's share of the touches near the goal line, which is what we should really be focused on. Not only that, but if he's not sustaining as much damage throughout the early and middle parts of the season, he should be ready to make a strong playoff push, which makes him even more valuable at the end of the season which is when fantasy gamers will really need him.

Gordon is the best fantasy player in this offense and though there are some concerns about his health and longevity, there's no question that he should still be a first round pick in fantasy drafts this season. After the "big four" at the top of the draft, one could make a strong case that Gordon should be the fifth player off the board in most leagues. Even if he does go down again near the end of the season, he'll almost certainly produce good enough numbers to justify his draft position.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Melvin Gordon
RB2RB2 Austin Ekeler
RB3RB3 Justin Jackson
RB4RB4 Troymaine Pope
RB5FB1 Derek Watt
RB6RB5 Detrez Newsome
Chargers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Melvin Gordon's role unclear
Only used in an emergency?
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 29, 7:15 am

Two notes on #Chargers RB Melvin Gordon: 1. The plan is for him to be active but only used in an emergency. 2. #Giants WR Golden Tate worked out with him and the word is Tate is “on a mission” as he nears a return. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Being used in "only in an emergency" doesn't sound like Gordon will be seeing a lot of touches, but earlier reports have suggested Gordon could play a complementary role to Austin Ekeler. It's hard to trust Gordon in fantasy lineups today as he could play behind Troymaine Pope.

Injury Chargers rule out Mike Williams, Justin Jackson
Back issue for Williams, calf strain for Jackson
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 27, 3:00 pm

With RB Justin Jackson ruled out due to a calf strain, Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Melvin Gordon could play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in a limited role. Gordon, currently on the NFL’s two-week exempt list, will travel with the team to Miami. (Eric Williams on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Chargers are heading into their matchup with the Dolphins lacking depth. Given the injury to Jackson, Melvin Gordon could get some run in this game although it's likely it won't be much. Troymaine Pope and Detrez Newsome could see action at running back as well. With Travis Benjamin listed as Doubftul, the Chargers will have Keenan Allen, Dontrelle Inman and Geremy Davis as their top three wide receivers.

Injury Melvin Gordon unlikely to play in Week 4
HC doesn't quite shut the door on him playing
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 26, 11:55 pm

“Never say never, but doubt he’ll play this weekend.” - Anthony Lynn on Melvin Gordon potentially playing Sunday vs the Dolphins. (NFL Network - Omar Ruiz)

FFToday's Take: Gordon playing this weekend was basically ruled out when reports of his reporting to camp surfaced Wednesday, but this report became a bit more pertinent after Justin Jackson was limited in practice Thursday and popped up one injury report. It's still highly unlikely Gordon plays, but the Chargers also aren't going to run Austin Ekeler into the ground in a game they should win handily. It's a situation to monitor the rest of the weekend.

Injury Melvin Gordon expected to report on Thursday
Not likely to play in Week 4
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 25, 7:10 pm

Running back Melvin Gordon contacted the Los Angeles Chargers and told them he plans to report on Thursday, ending his 64-day holdout, sources confirmed to ESPN. A source tells ESPN's Josina Anderson that Gordon expects 2019 will be his final year with the Chargers. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Gordon is probably tired of losing money while he watches Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson capably fill the rushing needs for the Chargers. Gordon is unlikely to play in Week 4 against Miami but could suit up in Week 5 against the Broncos. His return will obviously affect the fantasy value of Austin Ekeler who currently sits as the No.1 RB in PPR leagues.

Melvin Gordon holdout ending soon?
Had planned to return at some point in October
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 25, 9:50 am

Chargers’ RB Melvin Gordon’s holdout could soon be coming to an end, though no final decisions have made when to report, per league sources. He had planned to return at some point in October, but could soon be moving up his reporting date. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Sounds like Gordon is getting antsy to play football or to start making some money. Other reports suggest Gordon could report on Thursday but even if he did, he wouldn't play in Week 4. Either way, Austin Ekeler owners should start to make plans for Ekeler being a Flex option instead of an RB1 when Gordon does return.

Melvin Gordon likely to return Wk 6 through Wk 8
Must report by Wk10 to have season count towards free agency
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 8, 8:45 am

The Chargers are beginning the season without running back Melvin Gordon, as one of their stars is still holding out. And the plan is for that to continue for some time. Sources say that Gordon, who missed training camp because of his desire for a new contract, is expected to report this season. But the current plan is to report in the window that spans from Week 6 through Week 8. (

FFToday's Take: We got the sense this pre-season that Gordon's holdout could be a lengthy one as he and the Chargers have been dug in on their positions for some time. Gordon must report by Week 10 or he will lose a year of service time towards free agency. Gordon owners can continue to stash him on your bench but it appears he won't be seeing the field until halfway through the season.

Melvin Gordon sorting through trade options
RB has no intention to show up Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 2, 4:40 pm

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon does not plan to report for Week 1 as he sorts through potential trade options during his holdout, according to a source. My understanding is only a new development would bring him in. (ESPN - Jeremy Fowler)

FFToday's Take: As if it wasn't already obvious, the two sides remain far apart. If Gordon does miss the opener as expected, it's quite likely we may not hear from him again until around Week 10 since that is the time he has to report in order to count this season toward his free-agent clock. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson figure to see roughly a 60/40 split of the backfield work in his absence. With that kind of workload, Ekeler should be a serviceable RB2 and Jackson should be a decent flex.

Chargers allow Melvin Gordon to seek trade
Contract talks at an impasse
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Aug 31, 3:45 pm

With contract talks at an impasse, the Los Angeles Chargers granted running back Melvin Gordon's representation permission to seek a trade, according to a source. Gordon did not report to the start of training camp at the end of July, telling the Chargers through his representation that if he does not receive a new deal, he'll sit out and demand a trade. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The two sides are dug in at this point and it doesn't seem like a resolution is close. Houston would've been a logical fit for Gordon but they've recently acquired Carlos Hyde from the Chiefs.

No end in sight to Melvin Gordon holdout
Holdout expected to continue into the season
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Aug 21, 2:30 pm

At this point, #Chargers RB Melvin Gordon’s holdout is expected to continue into the season, sources say. Contract talks have not progressed as he hoped, and he’ll continue to train in Florida for the foreseeable future. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: From the beginning, this situation seemed like it might take awhile and that seems to be playing out as both sides are dug in at the moment. Gordon needs to report the team at some point during the season or he'll lose a year toward free agency. Gordon's fantasy value is on the decline and should fall over the weekend on this news.

Melvin Gordon "waiting for the call" on contract
Chargers RB still holding out for $13M annually
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 20, 10:35 am

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon, who is nearly five weeks into a holdout over his contract, told ESPN on Monday he is training rigorously in California and is ready to play football. Gordon says he wants to play but continues to wait for a resolution. "Just waiting on the call," said the Pro Bowl back, who also has spent time preparing in Florida. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Gordon wants to get paid, and the top of the running back market begins at around $13 million per year. The Chargers have been well short of that number, despite discussions about bridging the gap with incentives. This all means one thing -- that Gordon is like the risk-reward 1B to Ezekiel Elliott's 1A -- a first-round pick with legitimate holdout concerns who maintains immense upside as a Top 5 fantasy back.

Melvin Gordon could sit out the season?
Reportedly prepared to sit out if no new deal is reached
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 15, 9:40 pm

Chargers and Melvin Gordon have not made progress towards a new deal, per sources. Gordon still wants to return in time for the regular season, but he is prepared to sit out if no new deal is reached, per source. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)

FFToday's Take: While it is still too early to panic (it is possible Gordon's camp is pushing this information to Schefter), there is certainly reason for concern. Owners drafting over the next couple weeks probably need to assume Gordon isn't going to be ready for the opener at the very least and need to wrap their minds around the possibility of not having him at all if they do take the plunge. Austin Ekeler needs to be moved up boards, while Justin Jackson may now move on the flex radar.

Melvin Gordon's agent requests trade
Team remains firm at their initial offer of approximately $10M/ year
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Aug 1, 11:30 am

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's agent Damarius Bilbo tells me he requested a trade last wk for his client, after the team remained at their initial offer of aprox $10M/ year. GM Tom Telesco told Bilbo, Gordon is still family, but Bilbo was not given permission to seek trade partners. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The two sides seem dug in. We'll see who blinks first. Gordon's ADP has fallen to RB12 with him being taken somewhere around the end of Round 2 in PPR leagues. The longer the holdout continues, the more his ADP will fall. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson would handle rushing duties if Gordon's holdout extends into the season.

Melvin Gordon holdout could be lengthy
Proposals exchanged but no progress
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jul 26, 7:45 am

While the two sides have exchanged proposals in recent days, running back Melvin Gordon's holdout now is expected to be prolonged and threatens to last into the season, per sources familiar with the talks. Gordon is in the final year of a rookie contract that is scheduled to pay him $5.6 million this season, but he wants a new deal to put him among the highest-paid running backs in the league. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Sounds like this negotiation will be going down to the wire and may not be resolved by the time most fantasy drafts are complete. Expect the ADP's of Austin Ekeler (10.08) and Justin Jackson (14.08) to rise as long as Gordon is on the sidelines.

2019 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
5 DEN L 13-20 12 31 2.6 0 6 4 7 1.8 0 3.8
6 PIT L 17-24 8 18 2.3 0 4 3 30 10.0 0 4.8
7 at TEN L 20-23 16 32 2.0 0 3 2 -3 -1.5 1 8.9

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
16 BAL L 10-22 12 41 3.4 1 3 3 13 4.3 0 11.4
17 at DEN W 23-9 10 42 4.2 0 3 3 24 8.0 0 6.6
WC at BAL W 23-17 17 40 2.4 1 1 1 3 3.0 0 10.3
DP at NE L 28-41 9 15 1.7 1 2 1 11 11.0 0 8.6
WC = Wild-Card DP = Divisional Playoff

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

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