Melvin Gordon

Running Back • Chargers

2018 Projections

RushingReceiving
AttYdsTDRecYdsTD
260 1003 9 54 443 1

Boom

After a bitterly disappointing zero-TD rookie season in 2015, Gordon has established himself as a dependable fantasy contributor. He ranked fifth in fantasy scoring among running backs in 2016 and eighth in 2017. Gordon has scored 12 touchdowns in each of the last two seasons. In addition to the 2,102 rushing yards heís accumulated over the last two years, Gordon has had an increasingly large role in the passing game, establishing career highs in targets, receptions, receiving yards and TD catches last season. The Boltsí offensive line should be better this year with the offseason signing of C Mike Pouncey and the return of second-round OG Forrest Lamp, who missed all of his rookie season with a torn ACL. The Chargers could be one of the stronger teams in the AFC this year, and if theyíre as good as advertised, game scripts could be favorable for Gordon much of the season, meaning a steady diet of carries.

Bust

Although yards per carry can be a misleading stat, itís still noteworthy that Gordon has averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry in each of his three seasons with the Chargers. Itís possible that Gordon will lose some passing-down snaps to Austin Ekeler.

Bottom Line

Gordon might not be considered one of the NFLís elite running backs, but heís become a bankable fantasy commodity and deserves a look late in the first or early in the second round of fantasy drafts.

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