RB Chris Gronkowski - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-2, 235||Born: 12-26-1986||College: Arizona||Drafted: ---|
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Week 7: vs Denver Broncos
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FBG says: Tough matchup. He's the unquestioned lead back, soaking up 76% of running back carries thus far, so volume will never be a concern. Gordon simply doesn't find consistent efficiency behind the Chargers' poor front line; his career yards-per-carry now sits at an ugly 3.71. He's a talented runner with plenty of breakaway ability - since the start of 2016 he's sixth league-wide in runs of 15+ yards despite missing 4 games, and he frequently boasts strong missed-tackle numbers. But behind such a shaky blocking front, his weekly rushing upside will always be capped. That gives him a high-floor, solid-ceiling outlook that's consistent and very valuable.
You have to feel bad for Melvin Gordon, who toils behind such a poor line and will face the league's most dominant run defense in Week 7. The Broncos have allowed the NFL's fewest yards per rush (3.03) and second-fewest per game (65.7). They were surprisingly gashed by Orleans Darkwa last Sunday, but have faced three top-level runners thus far - a sample we should be more willing to pay attention to - and absolutely dominated all three. Gordon, Ezekiel Elliott, and LeSean McCoy combined to produce just 84 yards (2.05 per rush), and not one of the touchdown-happy trio found the end zone.
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