• Melvin Gordon
  • RB
  • , Los Angeles Chargers
  • 27
  • 215 lbs
  • 6' 1"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Gordon recently hamstrung his own fantasy value by demanding a new contract and threatening to hold out as long as he needs to to get a new deal. This negotiating tactic has been compared to Le’Veon Bell’s holdout, but Gordon is under contract while Bell was not, and Gordon will need to report by Week 10 to get credit for the year. Gordon believes the value of his position is second only to that of a quarterback, and that he should be compensated as such. The timing of Gordon’s demands--after both free agency and the draft, when the Chargers could have shored up the position--has put the team in a tough spot. Through his first three seasons, Gordon averaged a measly 3.8 YPC yet he considers himself to be an elite back. (He did post 5.1 YPC last season.) The Chargers could wait it out, and go with Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson at the position until Gordon likely reports in Week 10. Or they could elect to work out a long-term deal with Gordon. The situation is murky because the team’s position is not yet known. Instead of being a solid first round pick, Gordon looks like a risky third or fourth rounder until his contract situation is resolved.

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Scouting report

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Melvin Gordon - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Kansas City Chiefs
In Week 16, Melvin Gordon out-snapped Austin Ekeler 37 to 33 and out-touched Ekeler 15 to 9. Gordon had nine rushing attempts for 15 yards and two touchdowns, six receptions for 32 yards, and was the half PPR RB8. Gordon only had 47 scrimmage yards but was able to finish as an RB1 thanks to two touchdowns.

The Chargers have been out of the playoff picture for quite some time. However, at the time of writing this, the Chargers are likely to play their starters because this could be Rivers’ last game as a Charger.

The blueprint to beating Kansas City is attacking them on the ground. Kansas City is the eleventh worst defense against running backs but the third-best defense against wide receivers, per our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Gordon ranked as fringe half PPR RB1.

2019 Strength of Schedule - LAC
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
12
IND
24
@DET
29
HOU
27
@MIA
6
DEN
9
PIT
26
@TEN
13
@CHI
17
GB
22
@OAK
20
KC
BYE6
@DEN
31
@JAX
19
MIN
22
OAK
20
@KC

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1IND--------------
2@DET--------------
3HOU--------------
4@MIA--------------
5DEN1231002.5847061.753.87.832/7045.7%
6PIT818002.253300410.004.87.837/6259.7%
7@TEN1632012.002-313-1.506.98.934/6453.1%
8@CHI831103.8823031.509.411.425/4555.6%
9GB2080204.00329049.6722.925.945/7163.4%
10@OAK22108104.911250125.0019.320.348/7762.3%
11KC1469004.93321057.009.012.042/8052.5%
12BYE--------------
13@DEN2099004.95211035.5011.013.043/6665.2%
14@JAX1255104.58529055.8014.419.429/6346.0%
15MIN728024.00536077.202.47.425/6240.3%
16OAK915201.67632075.3316.722.737/6160.7%
17@KC1446103.296760712.6718.224.236/7746.8%
Per game13.5051.000.670.253.783.5024.670.084.587.0511.5715.0736.08/66.5054.27%
Totals162612833.78422961557.05138.8180.8433/79854.27%