RB Melvin Gordon III - Los Angeles Chargers

6-1, 215Born: 4-13-1993College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 1, pick 15 (2015)

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Summary

Over his first three seasons, Gordon was much-maligned for his less-than-efficient running totals. He managed just 3.8 yards per carry from 2015-17, never reaching the 4.0 mark in a season. But he always showcased big-play ability, all while buried behind a bottom-tier offensive line. And in 2018, Gordon blew those concerns away, racking up 5.1 yards per rush and 6.1 per touch, good for 115 scrimmage yards per game. He remained a touchdown machine, finding the end zone 14 times over 12 games - that makes 38 over his last 39 - and continued to produce as one of the league's premier receiving backs. A fine runner in his own right, Gordon's success was made even easier by the Chargers' revamped line, which finished eighth in our Matt Bitonti's rankings (and returns all five starters). The lone remaining concerns are his health - Gordon limped to the finish line last year and has only topped 14 games once as a pro - and a deep Chargers backfield that could keep cutting into his workload. He took on a stout 63% of team touches last season, but that was a marked decrease from his 72% mark of 2017. Gordon remains a runaway fantasy RB1, and worthy of a top-10 pick in virtually any format. With question marks all over the top tier of fantasy backs, he's great from both a ceiling and a floor perspective. (May 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 6, 2, 5, 5, 5, 6, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9
Overall Redraft - 7, 2, 5, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 18
RB Redraft PPR - 6, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 11
Overall Redraft PPR - 9, 5, 5, 8, 11, 12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20
RB Dynasty - 7, 5, 6, 6, 7, 11, 13
Overall Dynasty - 12, 10, 11, 12, 22

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2016 SD 13 254 997 10 57 41 419 2 2
2017 LAC 16 284 1105 8 83 58 476 4
2018 LAC 12 175 885 10 66 50 490 4
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 235.0 * * 53.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 14.0 215.0 * * 54.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 16.0 260.0 * * 55.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 181.0 * * 49.3 * * *

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

Percentile ranks

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

Average Draft Position

Overall: 6
RB: 5
Overall-PPR: 6
RB-PPR: 5

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