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College: Wisconsin | 5 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 215 lbs
Birth Date: 4/13/1993
Depth Chart: RB1.1
2019 Bye Week: 12

Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB

2019 RTSports Outlook

Gordon had some injury issues last year, missing four games, but still had a big season when on the field. He was on pace to have a career year if he played a full season. Gordon was still eighth overall in fantasy running back scoring despite the four missed games. He averaged a career-high 5.1 yards per carry. He also had a career high in touchdowns, scoring 14. He had 1,375 total yards and 50 receptions. Gordon is 26 years old and in the prime of his career. Gordon has three straight seasons with more than 1,400 total yards. Gordon is a home-run threat at running back with great moves and top speed. He can get to a next gear in a hurry. Gordon catches the ball well and can serve as a top three-down back. The one knock on him right now is durability, having played a full season just once in three years.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Gordon is a top-five fantasy back. He has some durability concerns but produces huge when on the field. He is a dependable back in an explosive offense. If he can play a full year, don't be surprised if he sets more career highs. Gordon can finish with 1,800 total yards, double-digit touchdowns and 60 or so receptions.

RotoBaller's Outlook

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is the best option of tier two running backs, and certainly the one in the most stable situation entering the season. Gordon has injury concerns, only playing in a full season one time since he entered the league, but when he is on the field he is one of the most effective players at the position. . Gordon should be able to finish the 2019 season with over 1,000 rushing yards and double-digit rushing touchdowns, while his passing receptions will bring him into the top of tier two discussion. Gordon should be able to catch around 50 passes for 500 yards and a handful of touchdowns. The true upside of his season will be the opportunity that he has in the red zone, given his usage. Gordon has been given the opportunity to be involved in 29% of all of the team's opportunities in the red zone- but only played in 12 games this season. If the Chargers are able to get into the red zone alot this season with the combination of Philip Rivers, Keenan Allen, and Mike Williams then that gives Gordon a lot of opportunities to score this season. Given the opportunity, he is able to effective with Gordon scoring 11 of his 14 touchdowns in the red zone.

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Player Notes
Nov 16 1:20pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will be looking for greatness on Monday night when he takes the field in Mexico City. Gordon has proven over the last two weeks that he is fully back and ready to roll, and now he gets to face the most generous run defense in the league. Kansas City has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs than any other team in the NFL, and LA happens to be in the middle of dealing with a quarterback who appears to have gotten very old very quickly. Expect the Chargers to lean heavily on Gordon's legs, and expect Gordon to capitalize on this wonderful opportunity. A multi-touchdown game seems like a good bet.

From RotoBaller

Nov 8 1:20am ET

Coming into Thursday night's game in Oakland, Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon had the biggest uphill battle. The Raiders secondary has been atrocious while their run defense has been acceptable, so the thought was that Gordon might be in for a test. Instead, he proved to be one of the only bright spots for the Chargers offense. Gordon racked up 108 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown, and he caught one pass for an additional 25 yards on the night. In what was easily his best performance of the season, Gordon looks like he should be a solid contributor moving forward.

From RotoBaller

Nov 8 12:33am ET

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon carried the ball 22 times for 108 yards and a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in Week 9. Gordon also had a 25-yard reception.

Fantasy Spin: After running 20 times on Sunday, Gordon turned around and toted the rock another 22 times tonight, continuing what appears to be a newfound commitment to the running game. With his score tonight, the Wisconsin product now has five TDs in his last four games and is looking at another attractive matchup in Week 11 against the Chiefs.

From TheHuddle

Nov 7 3:30pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon finally got his feet under him on Sunday as he ran for 80 yards on 20 carries, and he looks like he's back to his old self. Last week was the team's first game since offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was fired, and it coincided with Gordon getting more touches than in any game so far this season. Expect the offense to lean heavily on Gordon once again, and he'll be facing a below-average Raiders Defense that is particularly weak against passes out of the backfield. It wouldn't be surprising to see Gordon work his way into the end zone on a short pass.

From RotoBaller

Nov 4 2:30am ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon logged 80 yards on 20 carries, and for the first time this season, he looked like his old self. Gordon made shifty cuts, powered through defenders, and even hurdled an incoming tackler to tack on a couple extra yards. Gordon also hauled in a pair of touchdowns including the backbreaking one on fourth down in the fourth quarter. Gordon was certainly helped by facing a Green Bay defense that is ranked 25th in the league against the run, but either way, he started to look like the rust was finally off. If Gordon can continue to run like that, he could prove to be a valuable commodity late in the fantasy season.

From RotoBaller

Nov 3 10:43pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed 20 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 29 yards in a 26-11 win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 9.

Fantasy Spin: Gordon finally had a big performance, and fantasy owners can only hope it is a sign of things to come. A Week 10 matchup with Oakland should be a golden opportunity for Gordon to keep the momentum going.

From TheHuddle

Nov 1 7:30pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has been borderline terrible since returning from his holdout. He's averaging 2.5 yards per carry with a 44-112-1 rushing line. He also has 11 catches for 37 yards and a score. The Green Bay Packers are a midrange defense allowing an average of 103.4 rushing yards per game to running backs the last five weeks. Gordon is slightly ahead of Austin Ekeler in the pecking order, but Ekeler has receiving touchdowns in consecutive games. View Gordon as a flex option this week.

From RotoBaller

Oct 28 12:00pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon scored his first rushing touchdown of the season against the Chicago Bears. Gordon otherwise struggled in the game, rushing the ball eight times for 31 yards as well as catching two passes for three yards. Gordon has struggled to make an impact since returning from his holdout at the start of the season. While the offense has struggled to have big plays this season, they have been able to move the ball. Gordon will continue to be a touchdown threat as the team's red-zone weapon, but his outlook will be limited in the offense. Coming into Week 9, Gordon will look to get back on track against the Green Bay Packers who have struggled to stop running backs this season.

From RotoBaller

Oct 27 4:23pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed eight times for 31 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 against the Chicago Bears and he added two catches for three years on three targets.

Fantasy Spin: Gordon found the yardage hard to come by against the Bears rush defense which was solid. There just wasn't a lot of open real estate in this one. He'll look for more production at home against the Packers in Week 9.

From TheHuddle

Oct 27 11:23am ET

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is expected to receive trade interest from other teams leading up to the trade deadline, but the Chargers would ask for a lot in return.

Fantasy Spin: Gordon has struggled since ending his holdout and has posted only 81 yards in three games. Fantasy players should keep an eye on the situation over the next few days to see if Gordon is moved. He likely will be more productive as the season goes on and can be a No. 2 fantasy running back.

From TheHuddle

Oct 27 10:20am ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon could be in line for a big performance against the Chicago Bears this week. Gordon hasn't performed well since his return from his early-season holdout, due in part to the struggles of the offensive line, but this game offers a get-right opportunity. The Chargers are set to welcome back their left tackle Russell Okung (heart), which should help get the team back on track with protection. The Chicago Bears have given up an average of 28.9 points to the position, with the majority of that production coming since defensive tackle Akiem Hicks hit the injured reserve. Gordon is a solid RB2 this week but could end being an RB1 with his touchdown upside.

From RotoBaller

Oct 21 12:20pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon produced 32 yards on 16 carries during a 23-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. While he caught a one-yard touchdown pass, he also lost a fumble at the goal line in the final seconds of the game to drop the Chargers to 2-4 on the season. The 26-year-old continues to be outplayed by Austin Ekeler, but Gordon continues to get the majority of the touches. As long as he remains the workhorse in the offense, he is a worthy RB2 in fantasy formats. Unfortunately, he has a tough matchup in Week 8 against the daunting Chicago Bears Defense, which likely makes him a flex play at best.

From RotoBaller

Oct 20 10:13pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed 16 times for 32 yards and added a one-yard touchdown catch in a 23-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. He also fumbled twice, losing one.

Fantasy Spin: Gordon has struggled with efficiency behind a banged-up offensive line since ending his holdout, and running room could be tough to come by again next week against the Chicago Bears. He is more of a flex play at this point.

From TheHuddle

Oct 19 7:10pm ET

Melvin Gordon has been off to a shaky start this year after missing four weeks of the season due to his holdout. Hes put up a lowly 31 and 18 yards respectively in his first two games. He plays a stiff Titans run defense this week. On the season, the Titans havent allowed much fantasy production to the RB position. The highest scoring RB to date is Nick Chubb who finished with 14.50 points in half-PPR leagues. The best is yet to come for Gordon, but this is not the week that he gets rolling.

From RotoBaller

Oct 14 2:00am ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was a bit of an afterthought in Sunday's game against the Steelers. He was likely a major part of the original gameplan, but before the offense could run their 11th play from scrimmage, they had already turned the ball over twice and were down 14 points. At that point, the gameplan changed and Philip Rivers was tapped to air it out. Gordon would only touch the ball seven more times for the rest of the game. To compound his uselessness, Gordon wasn't very productive in his limited touches, but it's hard to figure out who to pin the blame on when the offensive line is a mix of bad players and backups who are in because of injuries and the running back is still getting his sea legs under him. Don't be surprised if there are more growing pains ahead.

From RotoBaller

Oct 14 1:13am ET

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed eight times for 18 yards during the team's Week 6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gordon also caught three passes for 30 yards.

Fantasy Spin: Gordon's return has not reinvigorated the Chargers' offense, and you have to wonder how much better things are going to get with so many key injuries to the offensive line. A Week 7 showdown with the Titans certainly doesn't look very appealing at this stage.

From TheHuddle

Oct 11 9:33pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is expected to see more snaps in Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

Fantasy Spin: Gordon managed just 38 total yards on 16 touches in his season debut in Week 5, but with another week to shake off the rust and the potential for a bigger workload, he could creep into RB2 territory.

From TheHuddle

Oct 11 8:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will get his second shot at game speed on Sunday, but he'll have his hands full against a Pittsburgh defense that has been on fire. The deck is stacked against him as Gordon looked rusty in his first appearance, his offensive line is bad and injured, and the Steelers Defense has been the fourth-stingiest defense in the league versus opposing running backs over the last few weeks. The one good thing for Gordon is that he may put up good numbers simply due to compilation. Pittsburgh is looking at starting their third-string QB, and that may allow LA to jump out to a lead and give Gordon beaucoup chances to touch the ball. Unfortunately, outside of that possibility, Gordon looks like a risky start in Week 6.

From RotoBaller

Oct 11 4:30pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is expected to see his snap count rise in Week 6 against the Steelers in his second game of the year after his lengthy contract holdout. Gordon played just 32 offensive snaps in Week 5 against the Broncos. "I mean, I think last week Austin Ekeler's rep count was much higher than Melvins. You could see Melvins going up this week," head coach Anthony Lynn said. Ekeler played 46 of the team's 70 offensive plays last Sunday and had 18 touches, including 15 catches for 93 yards. Gordon had 16 touches but ran for just 38 yards. Ekeler should start to lose even more work to Gordon as the season progresses, but his involvement in the passing game continues to give him RB2 upside. Gordon is a much safer RB2 investment on Sunday night.

From RotoBaller

Oct 7 2:30am ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon got his first crack on Sunday, and he certainly looked like he hadn't played any football in months. Gordon carried the ball 12 times for just 31 yards, and he regularly struggled to make any headway through the line. The coaching staff and teammates seemed excited about Gordon's return before and after the game, but Austin Ekeler shined once again as he made a whopping 15 receptions out of the backfield when he filled in for Gordon. There's no reason to suspect that the team will shift the focus away from Gordon, but this performance certainly shouldn't give anyone the warm and fuzzies about how Gordon will do for the rest of the year.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 28-Sep-2019: LAC - Reinstated
  • 26-Sep-2019: LAC - Reinstated
  • 26-Sep-2019: LAC -
  • 25-Jul-2019: LAC - Reserve, Did Not Report
  • 24-Jul-2019: LAC - Reserve, Did Not Report
  • 02-May-2018: LAC - Exercised Option - Fifth-year option on rookie contract
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