RB Melvin Gordon III - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-1, 215||Born: 4-13-1993||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
Week 14: at Jacksonville Jaguars
FBG says: Good matchup. Melvin Gordon continues to perform well with a heavy workload in this Chargers backfield, averaging 19 carries and 76 rushing yards per game with three rushing touchdowns over his last four games. Austin Ekeler remains involved, but primarily in the passing game as he is seeing limited carries and doing very little with those rushing attempts. What has been big for Gordon is his per carry productivity, which has been a question mark for most of his career. Gordon has averaged nearly five yards per rush attempt in three straight games after mightily struggling to start his 2019 campaign. He is showing some great speed and tackle-breaking ability while running behind what has been a very shaky offensive line that is rarely making space for him. The Chargers did get both starting tackles back last week though, which should be a big boost for this unit that was otherwise ranking near the bottom of the league. The Jaguars may have allowed just 2.4 rushing yards per carry to Tampa Bay last week, but they still gave up a pair of rushing touchdowns in what was a blowout loss to the Buccaneers. This defense has really struggled against running backs in the past four weeks, giving up the most fantasy points per game to the position since Week 9. While these past few weeks have certainly been hard to watch, this defense actually did show the ability to shut down opposing backfields a few times earlier in the year--as they held opposing running backs to 75 or fewer rushing yards in five of their first eight games. However, they are still allowing the second-most rushing yards per attempt (5.1), the second-most rushing touchdowns (17), and more runs of 40 or more yards (6) than any other team in football. With inconsistent play from their talented defensive line and flat out terrible play from the linebacker position, regardless of who has been playing, this defense will offer a good opportunity for Melvin Gordon to continue his success in Week 14.
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 13 vs DEN (20 / 99 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Gordon's first six carries of the game went for just 12 yards. There wasn't much room to roam, and the team continued feeding him the ball right up the middle with very little space. But his final 14 carries went for 87 yards, as he chewed up chunks of yardage against Denver's defense. He continuously finished strong, falling forward at the end of nearly all of his rushing attempts. He showed nice elusiveness, weaving his way in and out of tacklers when he needed to avoid contact, but also showed excellent strength in moving the pile many times. With the running game softening up the defense, it opened up the deep passing game to enable the Chargers to benefit with a couple of long scores. Gordon, however, wasn't really featured in the passing game, acting only as a checkdown option on a couple of occasions. Still, he out-touched Austin Ekeler overall on the day by a count of 22-13.
2019 Week 11 vs KC (14 / 69 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Gordon's evening started off strong, with big chunk gains throughout most of the first half. The Kansas City defense was getting carved up by Gordon, who was running over, around, and through them almost at will. After scuffling a bit in his first few games back, Gordon definitely looks fully back to his old self. The offensive line opened up some nice holes for him, including excellent downfield blocking. But even without that, his own athleticism enabled him to slash through the defense and continuously power ahead for extra yardage after contact. But after halftime, the Chargers took to the air a lot more with very little success for the most part. About the biggest contribution Gordon made in the offense after halftime was an easy drop in the flat that could have gone for nice yardage. But he tried turning upfield before fully securing the ball, as it went for a drop.
2019 Week 10 vs OAK (22 / 108 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)
Gordon had arguably his best game of the season. The line created some decent holes, but a lot of the yardage was simply a result of work being done by him. He ran somewhat "angry", which is something that has seemed to be missing from his game until now. He turned multi-yard losses into gains with outstanding spin moves, jump cuts, and just outright persistence. At times in the first half, Gordon was picking up chunks of yards at a time. At one point, he took a swing pass in the flat, took off up the left sideline through an arm tackled, and then broke another tackle by jumping over the defender (for the second consecutive game) for more yardage. Late in the first half, an interception was negated by a penalty which gave the Chargers new life from just outside the goal line. Gordon got a handoff from inside the 5-yard line and was actually met by multiple defenders at around the 4-yard line, but he just kept pushing the pile and churning his legs until he toppled into the end zone for the score. In the second half, Gordon followed up a long completion to Mike Williams with a 24-yard gain of his own. Gordon actually played a key role on the Williams completion by making a nice block in pass protection to give Philip Rivers enough time to complete the pass. Later in the second half, Gordon took an inside handoff towards the end zone but was met with a violent collision right to the helmet that dropped him in a heap at the 5-yard line. He left the game for one play, a play that saw Austin Ekeler get swallowed up by the defense. Gordon returned to the field one play later, but didn't factor in much the rest of the way.
2019 Week 9 vs GB (20 / 80 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
The rushing attack started off better than it has in weeks, with Gordon taking a strong run on second down to pick up the first down on the team's opening possession. He continued finding seams that quite literally weren't there in past weeks. But just as importantly as the holes the line was opening, is how good Gordon looked with the ball in his hands. He showed excellent footwork on a dumpoff pass during a crossing route, stopping on a dime to let the defender go flying past him. And he also darted ahead on a short dumpoff later in the half, getting to top speed very quickly. Gordon really got into a rhythm after the half. One of the early second half runs featured a nice hole up the middle, and not only did Gordon hit it but he also leapt over the defender's head for an incredible highlight-worthy play. Later in the half, he took an inside handoff from the 6-yard line, lunging at the last moment to try and get into the end zone but was taken down just short of the goal line. He got the call on the next play and followed the fullback's lead block up the left side untouched for the score. Late in the fourth quarter, the Chargers kicked a field goal from the 2-yard line to go up by 19 points. Green Bay had gone offsides on the play, so Anthony Lynn surprisingly chose to take the points off the board and go for it on fourth down and goal from the 1-yard line instead. Gordon took the handoff up the middle, crashing ahead for the score. The announcers speculated that the team was making a statement by going for it on fourth down; Gordon owners were simply happy with their good fortune. With the Chargers trying to run out the clock, it was both Gordon and Austin Ekeler who got a significant amount of fourth quarter work (Gordon out-touched Ekeler 23-16 overall, which is still a lower overall percentage of touches than Gordon has been seeing lately even though he had more overall success than he's been having).
2019 Week 8 vs CHI (8 / 31 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Outside of one spectacular run, Gordon had another highly nondescript game. He out-touched Austin Ekeler 10-5, but couldn't really get much going either on the ground or through the air for most of the game. The one big run was a 19-yard touchdown where he showed excellent vision and balance by bouncing an inside handoff back to the left, taking off towards the end zone, and then dragging defenders in over the last five yards (with a helpful push from his offensive linemen). That being said, his other nine touches went for a total of just 15 yards from scrimmage. There was simply no consistency to the Charger run game, a disturbing trend that has continued since Gordon's return from a holdout several weeks ago.
2019 Week 7 vs TEN (16 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / -3 / 1 rec)
The stats look bad enough, but the end results for Gordon were even worse than the numbers make it appear. He turned in one of his worst games of his career, getting almost nothing going on the ground or through the air, culminating in coughing up a fumble at the goal line to lose the game with the Chargers literally inches away from winning it if he could have gotten across the goal line. Early on, the Chargers fed Gordon with multiple delayed handoff attempts up the middle, which is largely what they tried doing last week (also with no success). On one play when Gordon did get to the outside, the defender stripped the ball away as Gordon was switching the ball to his other hands. It was very nearly recovered by Tennessee, but fortunately for the Chargers the ball bounced right back to Gordon who fell on it. There was another sloppy play where Gordon was the target of a sideline pass and just sat back waiting for the ball. The defender jumped the route and nearly picked it off, as Gordon failed to come back to the football. Late in the first half, the Chargers got near the Tennessee goal line. Gordon was not only stuffed at the goal line, but actually appeared to lose the ball as he was trying to leap over the pile. Officials, however, ruled that the play was dead since his progress had been stopped. Finally, Rivers dropped back and flipped one over the top of the defense to a wide open Gordon after the Tennessee defense had crashed the middle leaving Gordon wide open. Gordon wasn't heard from much the rest of the way until late in the fourth quarter. With the team trailing by three points, Austin Ekeler appeared to score a game-winning touchdown. Replays showed Ekeler was short of the goal line, so Gordon was given a handoff on the next play. The play was initially ruled a touchdown, but after review this one was overturned as well (replays showed Gordon was not only short of the goal line, but may have fumbled as well). Following a Chargers false start penalty (where Gordon was going to get the ball), the Chargers threw a jump ball to Mike Williams. A pass interference penalty against Tennessee put the ball back on the 1-yard line. With 22 seconds left to play and no timeouts, the Chargers ran Gordon up the middle again to try and win the game. Once again, he was stopped short of the goal line and once again he fumbled the ball away. This time, however, there was no question about the fumble or that it was recovered by Tennessee to end the game. On the bright side, the Chargers trusted Gordon repeatedly on the goal line all game long. On the negative side, he failed on every single opportunity he got and could barely hold onto the football when he did.
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.
Latest NewsChargers | Melvin Gordon finds the end zone (Sun Dec 8, 09:52 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed 12 times for 55 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 29 yards in a 45-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14. link to story Chargers | Melvin Gordon tops 100 total yards (Mon Dec 2, 12:36 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon carried the ball 20 times for 99 yards against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Dec. 1. Gordon added a pair of receptions for 11 yards. link to story
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