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.