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RB Dexter McCluster - Los Angeles Chargers

5-9, 172Born: 8-25-1988College: MississippiDrafted: Round 2

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Week 11: vs Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Good matchup. Melvin Gordon's hit-or-miss NFL career has continued unabated into his third season. To be sure: Gordon hasn't been hit-or-miss as an overall fantasy producer. He's a three-down bell cow and a goal-line dynamo, and with 14 touchdowns over 21 full games as a starter, he's a studly RB1 choice on any given week. What's fluctuating is his game-by-game efficiency; Gordon has averaged just 3.75 yards over his 585 career rushes, finishing under 4.00 in a whopping 20 of those 35 full games. Much of the blame for that can be placed on his line, which was atrocious last year and improving marginally in 2017. Gordon consistently breaks away for chunk runs, so we know he's capable of true excellence when the blocking is there. He's just not a strong weekly stab at an efficient, 25-for-125 type of line. Here in 2017, Gordon has produced 4 games of 79+ yards and 4 more under 40. You absolutely want Gordon, just not for his pure rushing production. The Bills run defense, a dominant unit and a primary team strength to open the season, has been flat-out eviscerated in its last two games. After allowing just 80.1 yards per game over the first 7 games, the Bills have since given up 194 to the Jets and a staggering 298 to the Saints. New Orleans actually compiled 300 yards, thanks to 100-yard days from both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, before a pair of game-ending kneel-downs. It's hard to pinpoint the root cause of these two blowups; Marcell Dareus' trade has had some impact, though he was only seeing 29% of Buffalo snaps before he was dealt. It's more likely a byproduct of the team's talent-deprived linebacker corps being so frequently washed out of plays. Middle man Preston Brown in particular has often been invisible on interior runs and in pursuit. We can still believe somewhat in this unit, which had been truly dominant early on, albeit against weaker competition. But at the moment they look completely out of sorts, so Melvin Gordon boasts arguably Week 11's best Xs-and-Os matchup.

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Schedule

11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Dallas Cowboys
13vs Cleveland Browns
14vs Washington Redskins
15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16@ New York Jets
17vs Oakland Raiders