One of the more polarizing players in annual fantasy football drafts is Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon and that same premise will likely follow him as leagues get underway this summer. While Gordon is almost universally considered to be an RB 1 in all fantasy football formats due to the fact he is a rare bellcow back in today's game, the guy also has received quite a bit of justified criticism as well. Moving away from the fact Gordon yields very good value due to being such a heavily used runner and receiver for the Chargers, there are some obvious red flags such as the fact he has yet to rush for even 4.0 yards per carry in any of his three NFL seasons. Even last year when Gordon rushed for a career-best 1,105 yards, he averaged a mediocre 3.9 per carry. Clearly, Gordon is not a tremendous runner by any means and he mixes in explosive carries with many that go nowhere as he dances around in vain looking for room. With that said, Gordon's 18 rushing touchdowns the last two seasons are a very good number and he also has developed into one of the better receiving backs in the league as well (posting another career-best in receptions last year with 58). So while Gordon has been banged up in his young career (5 missed games total), he should once again be a moderate RB 1 in all fantasy football leagues this season given his high expected workload.
2018 PROJECTION: 1,089 rushing yards 9 TD, 55 receptions 452 yards 3 TD