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. 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 - he's scored 38 over his last 39 games - and continued to produce as one of the league's premier receiving backs. His health is always a side concern - 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. It's not an ideal time for Gordon to hold out, but he's threatening to sit and wait for a big contract extension. Over 16 games, Gordon is a clear-cut RB1, but that uncertainty makes for a pressing draft-day question. Unless he and/or the front office blinks before the season, he's a nerve-wracking pick in that range. (July 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 15, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 13, 16, 19, 19, 23, 24, 25
Overall Redraft - 27, 8, 12, 18, 18, 23, 23, 34, 36, 37, 45, 52
RB Redraft PPR - 16, 7, 10, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 18, 19, 21, 21, 22, 23, 23, 26, 26
Overall Redraft PPR - 33, 12, 18, 23, 26, 26, 27, 27, 29, 32, 38, 39, 41, 45, 45, 48, 53
RB Dynasty - 12, 5, 7, 10, 10, 14, 22
Overall Dynasty - 24, 10, 20, 20, 22, 57

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 12.0 150.0 * * 34.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 12.0 180.0 * * 40.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 14.0 215.0 * * 52.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 10.0 122.0 * * 31.9 * * *

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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: 23
RB: 12
Overall-PPR: 27
RB-PPR: 13

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Latest News

Chargers | Melvin Gordon working out (Mon Aug 19, 08:36 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon said he has been working out in California and wants to remain in football shape while waiting for a resolution to his contract situation.

Our View: The two sides have not made any progress and there's really no end in sight to this holdout. Gordon is prepared to miss regular season games if he has to. That means we could see Austin Ekeler get to start for the Chargers while Gordon is gone. We'll see if this situation clears up as the regular season is fast approaching.
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Chargers | No progress in Melvin Gordon talks (Thu Aug 15, 07:40 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has not make any progress in contract extension talks with the Chargers, according to sources.

Our View: Nothing new here as training camp and the preseason rolls on. The Chargers seem content to wait this thing out, and they could go with guys like Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson if Gordon misses time. Gordon wants to return to the team before the start of the regular season but is prepared to sit out games if he does not receive a new deal.
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2019 Schedule

1vs Indianapolis Colts
2@ Detroit Lions
3vs Houston Texans
4@ Miami Dolphins
5vs Denver Broncos
6vs Pittsburgh Steelers
7@ Tennessee Titans
8@ Chicago Bears
9vs Green Bay Packers
10@ Oakland Raiders
11vs Kansas City Chiefs
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13@ Denver Broncos
14@ Jacksonville Jaguars
15vs Minnesota Vikings
16vs Oakland Raiders
17@ Kansas City Chiefs