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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 6 91 466 5.1 6 42 30 279 9.3 3 128.5 21.4
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
RB2RB2 Austin Ekeler
RB3RB3 Justin Jackson
RB4FB1 Derek Watt
Chargers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
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.


Melvin Gordon primed for more work as receiver
HC regrets not using him more in passing game
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 9, 6:00 pm

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn told me that one of his regrets in his first year was not getting Gordon more work in the passing game. He believes Melvin Gordon can help more as a receiver out of the backfield. That's after a season in which Gordon had 58 catches (tied for eighth among running backs and 47th in the league), so if you're playing PPR leagues and wondering about Gordon, that should perk up your ears. Lynn thinks backup Austin Ekeler showed enough last season that he feels OK about spelling Gordon in the running game if the Chargers need to do that to get Gordon more involved in the passing game. (ESPN - Dan Graziano)

FFToday's Take: Gordon was already plenty busy last year, as Graziano points out, but there are empty targets to fill with Hunter Henry's season-ending injury. While anything short of 70-plus receptions probably isn't going to allow him to move into the top five of fantasy drafts, this news suggests owners should feel pretty good about him at No. 6 or later.



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

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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