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RB Melvin Gordon - Los Angeles Chargers

6-1, 215Born: 4-13-1993College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 1, pick 2015

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): Gordon was a red zone force against the Bills and showed that he doesn't need a huge workload to have a huge fantasy game. The Rams are up next week and should test the Chargers, but Gordon will be the centerpiece of the offense and get his one way or the other.

Week 3: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Melvin Gordon left last weeks game with an upper-body injury in the fourth quarter, but by most accounts, he appears to be alright and should play this week. This is great news for the Chargers as Gordon has really developed into a dual-threat back as he has 15 receptions in his first two games and while he does not and has not provided a consistent yards per carry number throughout his career is a player that paired with Austin Ekeler provides a unique running threat for opposing defenses to have to deal with. The Rams continue to be one of the more improved units in the NFL statistically against the run, but they have largely been untested as they have had big leads in both of their first two games forcing opponents to abandon the run. However, the defensive line paired with the secondary allows the linebackers to focus more on stopping the run than they have in the past. This was a unit that allowed 4.7 yards per carry last season and the Rams should be significantly better than this in 2017 and are already showing dividends with Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald on the defensive line.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs KC 62 15 64 0 13 9 102 0 0 16.6
2 at BUF 36 9 28 1 7 6 38 2 0 24.6
3 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 5 * * * *
3 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 14 * * 7 * * * *
3 at LAR PROJ-Bloom * 13 * * 5 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Melvin Gordon's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs BUF (9 / 28 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 38 / 2 rec)

Gordon thoroughly dominated the first half, even though there wasn't really a ton of room for him to actually run the football. He did most of his damage through the short passing game, hauling in two receiving touchdowns in the first half (and added another one on the ground for good measure). After being bottled up on his first few carries, he took one off the left tackled and absolutely waltzed into the end zone untouched. The announcer made a comment that the entire defense had been fooled and had run the wrong way, but replays showed that wasn't the case. At least two defenders weren't fooled at all, but two terrific clear-out blocks were the catalyst to spring Gordon for the end zone. His first receiving touchdown was nearly as easy as the rushing score; he hid in the backfield momentarily before leaking out into the flat, where Rivers fired a pass in stride and he walked in for the score without a defender in sight. Late in the half, he briefly left the game and apparently had a little bit of an issue with his right knee. But he soon returned to snag an emergency shovel pass and take it down to the goal line. Then with a defender all over him, RIvers fired a perfect pass at the back shoulder to a spot where the defender couldn't make a play on the ball. Gordon showed excellent concentration in bringing the pass in for his third score of the half. In the second half, Gordon didn't get much work as the Charger offense couldn't get out of its own way. When he did finally see a handoff, the defense swarmed him and he appeared to take a hard hit to the back of his head and neck area. He was helped up to his feet and walked off under his own power, later being shown holding his neck while talking to the staff about the injury. He did return to the game at around the 9-minute mark for one play, and soon exited again for good. The fact that he was able to return suggests it won't be a serious lingering injury this week.

2018 Week 1 vs KC (15 / 64 / 0 rush, 13 / 9 / 102 / 0 rec)

The Kansas City defense was bottling up Gordon consistently in the very early going. But once he hit the hold for his first big gain, it really softened them up and he started running wild. Gordon used the full bag of tricks in this game, showing nice moves in the open field, power up the middle, and his trademark excellent vision. He also dominated in the passing game, leading all players with nine receptions (though he did drop a pass in the flat in the red zone). He picked up chunks of yardage late in the game as the Chargers furiously tried to come back with multiple dumpoff passes over the middle. Gordon didn't find the end zone for a touchdown, but he did get a handoff on a two point conversion attempt. The Kansas City defense appeared close to bottling him up, but he found just enough of a hole to maneuver through and get in for the conversion.

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Latest News

Chargers | Melvin Gordon fully practices Wednesday (Wed Sep 19, 07:07 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (neck) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 19.

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Chargers | Melvin Gordon accounts for three TDs (Sun Sep 16, 05:20 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed for 28 yards and one touchdown on nine carries against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2. He also caught six passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns during the game.

Our View: Gordon wasn't a prolific runner, but the game got out of hand quickly. He was clutch in goal to go situations and is a solid RB1 going into a tough matchup against the Rams next week.
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Chargers | Melvin Gordon held out of end zone (Sun Sep 9, 10:42 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon posted 15 rushes for 64 yards in the Week 1 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs and he added nine receptions for 102 yards on a game-high 13 targets.

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Schedule

3@ Los Angeles Rams
4vs San Francisco 49ers
5vs Oakland Raiders
6@ Cleveland Browns
7vs Tennessee Titans
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ Seattle Seahawks
10@ Oakland Raiders
11vs Denver Broncos
12vs Arizona Cardinals
13@ Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Cincinnati Bengals
15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16vs Baltimore Ravens
17@ Denver Broncos