Melvin Gordon
Melvin Gordon
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Los Angeles Chargers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Playing a full 16-game schedule for the first time last year, Gordon unsurprisingly produced career highs nearly across the board, including 1,581 scrimmage yards. Even so, there remains something a bit disappointing about the 15th overall pick from the 2015 draft. While he's dangerous in the open field and has averaged six runs of 20 yards or more per season, Gordon's lack of vision and tendency to dance and improvise are problems compounded by a Chargers offensive line that has consistently been among the weaker units in the NFL during his tenure. Gordon misses more holes than he should, and as a result he's never produced even 4.0 YPC in a season, leaving him reliant on volume to stay productive. Fortunately, volume and red-zone opportunity aren't issues for him in offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt's scheme, and the Chargers finally seem to have enough talent to cobble together a decent offensive line. Gordon was a big part of the passing game in 2017, and his 31 carries inside the 5-yard line the last two seasons put him second to only LeGarrette Blount (34). With scatback Austin Ekeler and seventh-round pick Justin Jackson as depth behind him, Gordon once again finds himself in a favorable position to pile up touches. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $10.67 million contract with the Chargers in May of 2015. Chargers exercised $5.61 million team option for 2019 in May of 2018.
Limited Friday, but not on injury report
RBLos Angeles Chargers
October 19, 2018
Gordon was limited at Friday's practice because of a hamstring injury, according to Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site, but he is not listed on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Titans.
ANALYSIS
While Gordon's activity at Friday's practice raises an eyebrow, it does not seem there is much more cause for concern at this time, as head coach Anthony Lynn said the Chargers were just taking the cautious route. Those planning to include Gordon in this week's fantasy lineups will still want to keep tabs on his status leading up to game time, particularly with Sunday's game being played in London and kicking off at 9:30 AM ET. If Gordon's status takes a turn for the worse and he is either limited or ruled out for Week 7, Austin Ekeler would be in line to see a boost in activity.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    270
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
661
0
2017
750
0
2018
270
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   6' 1"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   215 lbs
AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.52 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.07 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   7.04 sec
WEAK
Arm Length:   32.38 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.75 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   35 in
GOOD
Broad Jump:   126 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   19 reps
WEAK
Los Angeles Chargers Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
Gordon rebounded from a disappointing rookie season in impressive fashion in 2016, rushing for six touchdowns in his first four games and coming within a whisker of his first 1,000-yard campaign before a Week 14 hip injury ended his year prematurely. The 2015 first-round selection showed plenty of the big-play ability he was known for in college, finishing fourth in the NFL with 15 runs of 15 yards or more while also tying for third with 20 carries inside the 5-yard line. He also proved he could handle a significant role in the passing game after Danny Woodhead was lost for the season. Despite the big fantasy numbers, there are still questions about Gordon's ability. His 3.9 YPA ranked 28th among backs with at least 100 carries last year, and while an undermanned offensive line can take much of the blame for that lackluster showing, the second-year RB still failed to capitalize on some of his opportunities. The Chargers remade their line in the offseason, signing Russell Okung to replace King Dunlap at left tackle and drafting guards Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney, but offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is known more for high-volume passing attacks than keeping the ball on the ground, so Gordon may have to keep improving as a receiver if he wants to eclipse last year's 295 touches.
The peak of Gordon's rookie year was draft day, when he was selected with the 15th overall pick. He looked lost during extensive preseason action (20-45, 2.2 a carry) and it carried over to the regular season (3.5 an attempt, zero touchdowns). He's just the 10th player since the merger to go scoreless on more than 200 touches. To be fair, the San Diego offense line was a joke all season, too. And sometimes young players need some time to sort out the pro game and put things together— consider the jump Le'Veon Bell made from Year 1 to Year 2. That said, Gordon's second season didn't get off to a snappy start when he underwent microfracture surgery in January. The Chargers don't have a deep backfield challenging Gordon, but he remains a major question mark as we get ready for the 2016 season. If you want to buy into Gordon, consider the pedigree and the bad luck from last year. The price has come down significantly, too. If you prefer to fade, last year's putrid production and the uncertainty of his health play into your argument.
While Todd Gurley was considered the best running back in this year's draft, his knee injury and Gordon's impressive talent and record-breaking season at Wisconsin left some question as to who would come off the board first. A 6-1, 215-pound physical specimen, Gordon plays faster than his middling 4.52 40 time, but it's outstanding burst, balance and agility that are his true weapons, as evidenced by the difficulty college defenders had getting a good angle or clean hit on him. Some scouts questioned his vision, as he bounced outside too often and relied on his talent to gain yards rather than waiting for a hole to develop. On the other hand, the work he put into improving as a receiver bodes well for his work ethic and future as a three-down back. Barring a training camp disaster, Gordon will be the Week 1 starter for San Diego and should get a big workload immediately.
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Touchdown binge continues in win
RBLos Angeles Chargers
October 14, 2018
Gordon rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries while catching two of four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 38-14 win over Cleveland.
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Finishes with 120 total yards
RBLos Angeles Chargers
October 7, 2018
Gordon carried the ball 19 times for 58 yards and a touchdown, and he caught all four of his targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 26-10 win over the Raiders.
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Totals 159 yards in win
RBLos Angeles Chargers
September 30, 2018
Gordon rushed 15 times for 104 yards and caught seven of his 10 targets for 55 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 29-27 win over the 49ers. He also added a two-point conversion.
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Scores touchdown in loss
RBLos Angeles Chargers
September 23, 2018
Gordon carried the ball 15 times for 80 yards and a score during Sunday's 35-23 loss to the Rams. He also caught two of his four targets for four yards.
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Listed as full participant
RBLos Angeles Chargers
September 19, 2018
Gordon (neck) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.
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