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Saturday, August 5, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: MELVIN GORDON RB LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

If any player has ran the gamut of feelings from the fantasy football community, Los Angeles Chargers third-year running back Melvin Gordon would have to be it.  After being selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin, much was expected from Gordon who seemed to have a prime chance on a RB-need Chargers team to break right out of the gate and become a big-time fantasy football asset.  As these things often go however, Gordon fell way short of the outlandish expectations.  Not only did Gordon unbelievably fail to rush for even a single touchdown, he averaged just 3.5 yards per carry and ceded increased work to Danny Woodhead as 2015 went on.  Thus once 2016 drafts came around, Gordon saw his stock drop precipitously amid expectations that Woodhead would be the primary weapon out of the backfield again.  Opportunity knocked quickly however as Gordon hit paydirt TWICE in the opener on his 14 carries for 57 yards which opened some eyes.  Then Woodhead was lost for the season in Week 2 which all of  sudden placed Gordon into the precious workhorse role which often can be fantasy football gold.

Fast forward to the end of 2016 and Gordon overall did a pretty darn good job reclaiming his name in the eyes of the fantasy football community.  As far as the good was concerned, Gordon became a standard league darling as he rushed for 10 touchdowns on the ground and picked up another 2 through the air.  Gordon also showed his PPR chops by catching 41 passes which was another nice surprise.  As far as the bad was concerned, Gordon average just 3.9 per carry as he still seems to lack instincts to exploit the hole quickly and pick up chunks on the ground.  Also Gordon missed the last three games with injury on top of the two he missed as a rookie which could lead one to believe he is injury prone.  Overall though Gordon once again should be a workhorse runner for the Chargers in 2017 and his status as a RB 2 in all fantasy football league seems set.  Of course Gordon is a bit TD-reliant given his rushing average problems and he also has to show he can avoid the injury bug.  However Gordon makes for a solid Round 2 pick on the workload issue alone.

2017 PROJECTION:  1,073 rushing yards 10 TD 45 receptions 466 yards 1 TD 


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