RB Melvin Gordon - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-1, 215||Born: 4-13-1993||College: Wisconsin||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
News you need to know
General News (Wed Dec 12): partially participated in Wednesday's practice and is questionable to play this week.
General News (Tue Dec 11): partially participated in Tuesday's practice. Gordon is expected to be a game-time decision.
General News (Tue Dec 11): is unlikely to play Thursday, Dec. 13, in Week 15, according to NFL Network's Stee Wyche.
Week 15: at Kansas City Chiefs
FBG says: Great matchup. The Chargers hoped to have Melvin Gordon back in action this week to lead their rushing offense, but his status remains uncertain coming into the Thursday night game and looks increasingly unlikely. Gordon has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in Week 12, which has led to the combination of Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson leading the backfield. Ekeler has been the lead running back playing over two-thirds of the snaps with 28 rushing attempts compared to just 15 from Jackson in the last two games. Jackson actually looked impressive in Week 13, but the rookie squandered his seven opportunities last week as Ekeler clearly looked to be the best running back on the field. Ekeler, however, suffered a concussion in last week's game and appears to be doubtful coming into Thursday. With Ekeler out and Gordon likely to be limited, if playing at all, look for Justin Jackson to have a significant role in the offense this week. The Chiefs continue to give up fantasy production to opposing running backs, allowing the second-most fantasy points per game in standard scoring formats. Running backs facing the Chiefs have rushed for at least 90 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs in five of their last six games. Their defensive line is dominated by pass-rushing specialists, and while nose tackle Derrick Nnadi's play has improved in recent weeks, this interior line cannot overcome the poor play behind them at linebacker and safety. The hope for this run defense lies in continued improvements by their interior linemen along with the expected return of safety Eric Berry this week. Berry could serve as that key playmaker this defense needs on the second level to prevent the chunk plays they so often have allowed, as shown by their 30th ranking with 5.1 rushing yards allowed per attempt this season. The Chargers have an offensive line that can stand toe to toe with this Chiefs front seven, and if Melvin Gordon is back to near 100 percent, Los Angeles should handily maintain the upper hand in this matchup even if Berry is on the field. A Justin Jackson led backfield yields to a less exciting matchup due to that drop in talent from Gordon.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Melvin Gordon's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 12 vs ARI (10 / 61 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Gordon injured his knee in the third quarter, absorbing a huge hit on a reverse. Gordon did not return, but was distraught on the sideline when being evaluated. Gordon was contained in the passing game, but churned out two touchdowns, one with a strong spin move at the goal line post-contact. Gordon also had a chunk touchdown with a well-blocked lane to the perimeter. Austin Ekeler was a highlight player even before Melvin Gordon was injured and Justin Jackson saw more time in Gordon's later-game absence.
2018 Week 11 vs DEN (18 / 69 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 87 / 0 rec)
Gordon had no room whatsoever on his early carries, really struggling to find any space whatsoever. The Broncos were clearly making a concerted effort to stop the run, and Gordon's first five carries went for just nine yards. In the passing game, he was able to have much more success. Late in the first half, he turned in one of his best plays of the season. Rivers dumped a screen pass to him that resulted in a 32-yard gain, the last 20 yards of which featured Gordon simply dragging defenders down the field with him. It took multiple Denver defenders to finally bring him down, and it was by far his best gain of the day. Later in the half, Gordon finally found some running room for a 20-yard scamper for his best rushing play of the afternoon. In the second half, he turned in yet another nice reception. As Rivers' bailout option, he should have been taken down after a short gain over the middle. Instead, Gordon hopped outside and fought off a would-be tackler before picking up 15 yards up the right side. Unfortunately for Gordon, he was unable to find the end zone. The closest he came was late in the game when he caught a pass over the middle and took it to the doorstep of the end zone, but that play was negated by a holding penalty anyway. And then late in the fourth quarter as the Chargers tried running out the clock, Rivers and Gordon had some poor communication when they went opposite directions on a potential handoff. The play resulted in a 5-yard loss, and the Broncos eventually got the ball back and drove downfield to win the game.
2018 Week 10 vs OAK (18 / 93 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 72 / 1 rec)
Gordon continued his massive statistical outburst in this game, leading all players from both teams in both rushing yardage AND receiving yardage. His afternoon started off somewhat tough, with defenders bottling him up early on. But once the game went along, the Charger offense got into more of a rhythm and Gordon gashed the Raiders almost at will. One play that really demonstrated the type of runner he has become was a fourth down handoff in the first half. One defender had him squared up in the backfield, but Gordon leaped over him. Then multiple defenders appeared to have him in the crosshairs, but he used some nifty footwork along the sideline to pick up the line to gain and convert the first down. In addition to his rushing prowess, he was helping in the passing game - not only through his own receptions, but with excellent pass protection as well. In the second half, Gordon really took over. Taking a screen pass in the flat, he was met by a defender who he shook off with relative ease. With another defender in front of him, he juked that one and darted upfield with nothing in front of him but open space. He sprinted to the end zone to complete the 66-yard highlight-worthy score. Late in the game with the Chargers up big and trying to run out the clock, Gordon picked up chunks of yardage to cap his stellar performance.
2018 Week 9 vs SEA (16 / 113 / 1 rush, 4 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Gordon injured his hamstring prior to the game two weeks ago, missed that game, and then had last week's bye week to rest up. He was still questionable coming into this week, but was declared fit to play after getting in a full practice on Friday. Any questions about whether he was 100% were answered on his first catch of the game, a swing pass in the flat that he took upfield for ten yards. Any remaining questions were answered emphatically with a 34-yard touchdown scamper up the right side early in the second quarter. Gordon broke one tackle around the 15-yard line and another one right at the goal line, but excellent blocking up front really set the play in motion right from the outset. There wasn't a ton of room for Gordon early in the second half, but the Chargers continued to attack inside up the middle anyway. Eventually that perseverance paid off, as Gordon began picking up chunks of yardage almost at will. He broke off runs of 20 and 21 yards, as well as multiple big gains to set up manageable down and distance scenarios. On one of those runs, his foot was barely tripped up as he broke towards the sideline; otherwise, he may have picked up 20 more. And from the shadow of their own end zone, Gordon blasted up the middle by slipping would-be tacklers and withstanding a huge hit from another defender while continuing to move forward. While he didn't have a ton of offensive touches, he made the most of them. And despite coming in with lingering injury issues, it's probably the best he has looked all season long.
2018 Week 6 vs CLE (18 / 132 / 3 rush, 4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Gordon had arguably the best game of his young career. He started off with his first run by bursting up the middle as if he was shot from a cannon, and he never let up after that. His first touchdown came on the team's opening drive, the first time the Chargers have scored a touchdown on the opening possession since the 2016 season. Gordon took the handoff, met a defender around the 4-yard line, and then dragged him the rest of the way in before reaching the ball over the goal line for the score. Throughout the contest, the offensive line and the tight ends were opening up gaping holes through which Gordon was picking up chunks of yardage. At one point, he was stood up short of the first down marker, but he pushed the pile ahead and ended up with a 14-yard gain. It was just incredibly strong running all afternoon. As usual, he also made his presence felt in the passing game. On a late first half reception, he took a quick reception to the outside. A Cleveland defender appeared to have him sized up for an easy tackle, but Gordon simply beat him to the edge and then tip-toed the sideline for another first down. In the second half, it was more of the same. Gordon was just dragging tacklers all over the field (that is, when they actually got a hand on him). Following an interception, a perfectly-designed play allowed Gordon to take the toss up the left side and go in virtually untouched. An underrated aspect of his afternoon was his patience and vision in this game, perfectly reading his blocks and angles all afternoon. On yet another toss play to the left, Gordon slipped back inside to avoid two would-be tacklers, but again he walted into the end zone otherwise untouched. Gordon went over 100 yards rushing early in the fourth quarter, but remained in a bit longer to keep compiling yardage with power runs. There was even one run where a defender grabbed and twisted his facemask (a penalty was called), but Gordon still got out of it and turned upfield for 15 more yards. Midway through the fourth quarter, he got a handoff from the 7-yard line but was wrapped up in the backfield. On the following play, he got wide open on a slant route for what should have been his fourth touchdown of the game, but the Rivers pass came in a bit too hot and a little bit high. The ball bounced off of Gordon's hands and into the hands of a Cleveland defender for the interception. If the ball had been thrown in stride, it likely would have gone for a score.
2018 Week 5 vs OAK (19 / 58 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)
Aside from an early 16-yard scamper early on, Gordon had a lot of trouble finding any running room on the day. His first eight carries went for just 21 yards, and 16 of those yards came on one play. But the Chargers stuck with the ground game and kept grinding it, which kept the defense honest to the passing attack. Gordon was also a big participant in that passing game, establishing himself in this one as the second option in the passing game behind Keenan Allen. On one play, Gordon took a designed screen pass 34 yards up the middle of the field. It could have gone for a touchdown, but Gordon tripped on his own blocker's foot at around the 15-yard line just as he was making his move to the outside towards the end zone. If he hadn't tripped, it appeared he had an easy score in sight. On the next play, he took a toss down to the goal line but was stopped just shy. Following an ill-advised handoff to linebacker Melvin Ingram, Gordon got the call on the third down handoff and plunged into the end zone nearly untouched. Gordon was extremely quiet in the second half, particularly late in the game when the Chargers had a big lead - they opted to rest Gordon, and ran Austin Ekeler most of the fourth quarter as they tried running out the clock. It was speculated afterwards that there was no injury, and that Gordon was simply getting some rest after such a heavy workload through the team's first five games.
2018 Week 4 vs SF (15 / 104 / 0 rush, 10 / 7 / 55 / 1 rec)
There wasn't a ton of room for Gordon to work on the ground early on, and the team quickly found itself on the wrong end of a 14-0 game. So the game script called for the Chargers to take to the air a bit more, which was fine for Gordon because he's a heavy part of the passing game. He picked up a swing pass to the sideline for 16 yards, then added a two point conversion late in the first half (again through the air). Rivers hit him to the outside, and Gordon broke one tackle to get into the end zone for the conversion. In the second half, he had perhaps the signature play of this game. He powered over, around, and through multiple 49er defenders en route to a 13-yard pickup on the ground. He broke all kinds of tackles on the play, and simply refused to go down. Unfortunately for Gordon, he dropped a would-be touchdown on the very next play. The throw from Rivers was a bit low and if it had been thrown in stride, it would have been an easy score. As it was, he couldn't bring it in. On the bright side, Rivers looked his way again right away and this time, the two did connect for the touchdown. Much like the two point conversion, he got open out wide and did the rest himself. Later in the half, he tried fighting for extra yardage again near the end zone. While spinning away from a defender, he had the ball jarred loose. It was recovered by the Niners, but one player was touching the sideline prior to touching the ball, so it was ruled to go back to the Chargers. Another big gain by Gordon early in the fourth quarter set up a first and goal. Once again, the Niners appeared to have him dead to rights multiple times. But again, Gordon broke tackle after tackle en route to big yardage. He really dominated on the ground in the second half, slipping tackles, breaking through people, and just showing incredible strength. In the process, he picked up the sixth 100-yard game of his career.
2018 Week 3 vs LAR (15 / 80 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Considering the Chargers trailed throughout this game, it's pretty impressive that Gordon's numbers are as good as they are. He constantly ran strong, going over and through defenders throughout the game. He had an incredibly impressive run early on, hitting the left side and leaping over a would-be tackler's head. To make it even more impressive, Gordon maintained his balance upon landing and kept running straight ahead without missing a beat, to pick up another ten yards or so. On his touchdown run, he headed up the left side behind some very good blocking by his teammates. As he got to the 4-yard line, a defender met him and appeared to have an angle to take him down, but Gordon simply brushed it off and slipped by en route to the score. Gordon's second half was much quieter as the Chargers took to the air to try and mount a comeback, but he did manage to pick up his longest run of the game, a 23-yard scamper, late in the contest. Austin Ekeler was on the field for much of the fourth quarter and was the recipient of several passing targets during that time.
2018 Week 2 vs BUF (9 / 28 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 38 / 2 rec)
Gordon thoroughly dominated the first half, even though there wasn't really a ton of room for him to actually run the football. He did most of his damage through the short passing game, hauling in two receiving touchdowns in the first half (and added another one on the ground for good measure). After being bottled up on his first few carries, he took one off the left tackled and absolutely waltzed into the end zone untouched. The announcer made a comment that the entire defense had been fooled and had run the wrong way, but replays showed that wasn't the case. At least two defenders weren't fooled at all, but two terrific clear-out blocks were the catalyst to spring Gordon for the end zone. His first receiving touchdown was nearly as easy as the rushing score; he hid in the backfield momentarily before leaking out into the flat, where Rivers fired a pass in stride and he walked in for the score without a defender in sight. Late in the half, he briefly left the game and apparently had a little bit of an issue with his right knee. But he soon returned to snag an emergency shovel pass and take it down to the goal line. Then with a defender all over him, RIvers fired a perfect pass at the back shoulder to a spot where the defender couldn't make a play on the ball. Gordon showed excellent concentration in bringing the pass in for his third score of the half. In the second half, Gordon didn't get much work as the Charger offense couldn't get out of its own way. When he did finally see a handoff, the defense swarmed him and he appeared to take a hard hit to the back of his head and neck area. He was helped up to his feet and walked off under his own power, later being shown holding his neck while talking to the staff about the injury. He did return to the game at around the 9-minute mark for one play, and soon exited again for good. The fact that he was able to return suggests it won't be a serious lingering injury this week.
2018 Week 1 vs KC (15 / 64 / 0 rush, 13 / 9 / 102 / 0 rec)
The Kansas City defense was bottling up Gordon consistently in the very early going. But once he hit the hold for his first big gain, it really softened them up and he started running wild. Gordon used the full bag of tricks in this game, showing nice moves in the open field, power up the middle, and his trademark excellent vision. He also dominated in the passing game, leading all players with nine receptions (though he did drop a pass in the flat in the red zone). He picked up chunks of yardage late in the game as the Chargers furiously tried to come back with multiple dumpoff passes over the middle. Gordon didn't find the end zone for a touchdown, but he did get a handoff on a two point conversion attempt. The Kansas City defense appeared close to bottling him up, but he found just enough of a hole to maneuver through and get in for the conversion.
Latest NewsChargers | Melvin Gordon expected to return for Week 16 (Sun Dec 16, 08:17 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is expected to be able to return for Week 16's game against the Baltimore Ravens. link to story Chargers | Melvin Gordon will not play (Thu Dec 13, 07:08 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 15 game. Our View: That means Justin Jackson will be the lead back for the Chargers on Thursday night against the Chiefs. He's got RB2 upside for Fantasy GMs in Week 15.
link to story Chargers | Week 15 Los Angeles Chargers inactives (Thu Dec 13, 07:00 PM) - The Los Angeles Chargers have declared OT Cole Toner, TE Sean Culkin, RB Melvin Gordon, RB Austin Ekeler, DL Brandon Mebane, WR Dylan Cantrell and LB Chris Landrum inactive for Week 15. link to story Chargers | Melvin Gordon a stretch to play (Thu Dec 13, 09:21 AM) - Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is 18 days into what was a two-to-four-week injury, and it'll be a challenge for him to play Thursday, Dec. 13. link to story Chargers | Melvin Gordon questionable (Wed Dec 12, 03:27 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday, Dec. 13, against the Kansas City Chiefs. Our View: Gordon's status is truly up in the air. He's considered a game-time decision in Week 15.
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