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RB Melvin Gordon - Los Angeles Chargers

6-1, 215Born: 4-13-1993College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 1, pick 15

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Summary

Facing high expectations entering 2015 rookie season, Gordon didn't come close to meeting them. He averaged less than 3.5 yards per carry and failed to score a touchdown on 217 touches. Even so, Gordon ran hard despite lacking the quickness and speed evident on his college game tapes. It was hard to thoroughly evaluate his ability to find the hole because many of his runs were to assigned gaps that didn't open. Once fully recovered from offseason microfracture surgery, Gordon was substantially better in 2016 despite a 3.9 yards-per-carry average. He earned 1,316 total yards and 12 touchdowns, including 41 receptions--good enough for the No. 8 RB spot in fantasy football. Gordon wasn't known for his receiving ability at Wisconsin because the Badgers don't throw the ball a lot to its backs, but he showed good hands in limited targets as a collegiate star. The fact that he performed well as a receiver soothed some of the sting of losing Danny Woodhead. He'll be the feature back again this year. The only concern is that it's his second year in a row that he didn't start all 16 games (PCL tear in Week 13). (May 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 9, 10, 10
Overall Redraft - 9, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 29
RB Redraft PPR - 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 10, 10
Overall Redraft PPR - 10, 4, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 12, 12, 13, 14, 14, 16, 16, 20, 20, 25
RB Dynasty - 5, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 8
Overall Dynasty - 15, 12, 12, 13, 14, 18, 25, 29

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2015 SD 14 184 641 0 37 33 192 0 4
2016 SD 13 254 997 10 57 41 419 2 2
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 280 * * 49 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 260 * * 48 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 288 * * 45 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 322 * * 61 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 10
RB: 5
Overall-PPR: 9
RB-PPR: 4

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2017 Schedule

1@ Denver Broncos
2vs Miami Dolphins
3vs Kansas City Chiefs
4vs Philadelphia Eagles
5@ New York Giants
6@ Oakland Raiders
7vs Denver Broncos
8@ New England Patriots
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Jacksonville Jaguars
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12@ Dallas Cowboys
13vs Cleveland Browns
14vs Washington Redskins
15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16@ New York Jets
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