RB Melvin Gordon III - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-1, 215||Born: 4-13-1993||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): The Chargers offensive line can't get anything going and Hunter Henry's return has reduced the role of running backs in the passing game. Gordon is just a low ceiling flex heading into a matchup with Tennessee.
Week 7: at Tennessee Titans
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Chargers rushing offense was held to just 32 yards from 14 carries last week against the Steelers. This makes for two poor showings from Melvin Gordon since his return in Week 5. In two games playing around half the snaps, Gordon has rushed 20 times for just 49 yards--an average of around 2.5 yards per rush attempt. Austin Ekeler finally saw his snap count drop below 50 percent for the first time this season as he saw only 45 percent of the snaps compared to 60 percent for Gordon. Ekeler was also limited on the ground in each of the last two weeks, amassing just 21 yards from eight rushing attempts. Part of the struggle for these running backs is the below-average offensive line the Chargers are rolling out. Already without left tackle Russell Okung, the Chargers missed center Mike Pouncey last week as well (out for the season). They moved Dan Feeny from left guard to center while Forrest Lamp took over for Feeny, and it was not pretty at all as this group really struggled against the Steelers. This line dropped to 25th in Matt Bitonti's rankings leading into last week and may settle even lower before kickoff in this one as both Gordon and Ekeler will be in for another challenging week. Despite the forgettable play of their offense, this Titans defense continues to impress. Beyond a 30-yard run allowed to Phillip Lindsay in last week's game, this group did a decent job at limiting the Broncos rushing offense and has looked very impressive all season long. They are limiting opposing running backs to just the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game (non-PPR scoring). It continues to be chunk runs that have somewhat burned this group, but they have done well at limiting the production of lead running backs as opposing RB1's have scored just one touchdown while failing to exceed 75 rushing yards in a single game this season. Jurrell Casey continues to anchor their defensive line while linebacker Rashaan Evans is developing into their top run-stopper on the second level. With the Chargers offensive line in shambles, Ingram and Ekeler will likely struggle against this top-notch Titans defense.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Melvin Gordon III's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 6 vs PIT (8 / 18 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Gordon got two carries on the first drive and ran into a brick wall. He did have one nice cutback and gain in the first half but overall the holes either closed quickly or were non-existent. Gordon wasn't heavily involved in the passing game, but did get a dumpoff in the late first half to set up a missed field goal attempt. He was a bit player in the second half as the team attempted to make up a 24 point deficit.
2019 Week 5 vs DEN (12 / 31 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 7 / 0 rec)
In his first game action of the 2019 season, it was hardly a dynamic afternoon for Gordon. He looked to be in shape and healthy, and ran hard. But the Denver defense was just stifling, particularly up the middle. Gordon got nearly all of the early-game touches for the Chargers, and his rushing usage was encouraging for his owners. He had 12 rushing attempts to just 3 for Austin Ekeler. But Ekeler registered a team record 15 receptions to just 4 for Gordon. Normally an owner wouldn't complain about their running back getting 16 touches, with four of them being receptions. But when he gets out-touched by the supposed "backup", it muddies the waters a bit more. It also didn't help that Gordon averaged just 2.6 yards per carry and less than 2.0 yards per reception. Suffice it to say, he didn't look explosive. It was also curious that it was Ekeler and not Gordon who got two close range attempts near the end zone late in the first half. Ekeler took a reception down to the 1-yard line, and on the following play Gordon was a decoy as the handoff actually went to Ekeler up the left side. That said, Gordon came close to scoring on a strong run up the middle following an interception. It looked like he was going to get in, but he was dragged down at the 1-yard line.
2019 Week 4 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gordon's holdout ended this week when he reported to the team and was activated for this game, but with the Chargers building a big lead early on he never got any game action. His role is a bit unclear, but he should be in line to get work starting next week.
Latest NewsChargers | Melvin Gordon held down (Mon Oct 14, 12:59 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed eight times for 18 yards during the team's Week 6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gordon also caught three passes for 30 yards. link to story Chargers | Melvin Gordon set for more work (Fri Oct 11, 09:17 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is expected to see more snaps in Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Our View: Gordon played 32 snaps against the Broncos last week. He touched the ball 16 times but only gained 38 yards. We'll see if he has more work and better success against the Steelers on Sunday night.
link to story Chargers | Melvin Gordon stifled in loss (Sun Oct 6, 10:58 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed 12 times for 31 yards and caught four passes for seven yards in a 20-13 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 5. link to story Chargers | Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler to split work (Fri Oct 4, 07:45 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler will split carries during the Week 5 game because Gordon is not ready for a full workload, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. link to story
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