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The Empire Est. 2019
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RB LAC

College: Wisconsin | 6 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 215 lbs
Birth Date: 4/13/1993
2020 Bye Week: 10

Total Pts: 184.1
Avg Pts: 11.51
Rank: 22 RB

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2020 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.

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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.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Fantasy Week
Pts
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Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 57.80Melvin Gordon 31 rushing yds (3.10 pts)
Melvin Gordon 7 receiving yds (0.70 pts)
Melvin Gordon 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
Week 67.80Melvin Gordon 18 rushing yds (1.80 pts)
Melvin Gordon 30 receiving yds (3.00 pts)
Melvin Gordon 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Week 710.20Melvin Gordon 32 rushing yds (3.20 pts)
Melvin Gordon 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Melvin Gordon 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Melvin Gordon 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Melvin Gordon III 1 yd TD pass from Philip Rivers
Week 811.40Melvin Gordon 31 rushing yds (3.10 pts)
Melvin Gordon 1 rushing TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Melvin Gordon III 19 yd rushing TD
Melvin Gordon 3 receiving yds (0.30 pts)
Melvin Gordon 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 925.90Melvin Gordon 80 rushing yds (8.00 pts)
Melvin Gordon 2 rushing TDs (12.00 pts)
. . . Melvin Gordon III 1 yd rushing TD
. . . Melvin Gordon III 1 yd rushing TD
Melvin Gordon 29 receiving yds (2.90 pts)
Melvin Gordon 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Week 1020.30Melvin Gordon 108 rushing yds (10.80 pts)
Melvin Gordon 1 rushing TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Melvin Gordon III 3 yd rushing TD
Melvin Gordon 25 receiving yds (2.50 pts)
Melvin Gordon 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Week 1112.00Melvin Gordon 69 rushing yds (6.90 pts)
Melvin Gordon 21 receiving yds (2.10 pts)
Melvin Gordon 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Week 12
Week 1313.00Melvin Gordon 99 rushing yds (9.90 pts)
Melvin Gordon 11 receiving yds (1.10 pts)
Melvin Gordon 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Playoff Week 119.40Melvin Gordon 55 rushing yds (5.50 pts)
Melvin Gordon 1 rushing TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Melvin Gordon III 1 yd rushing TD
Melvin Gordon 29 receiving yds (2.90 pts)
Melvin Gordon 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Playoff Week 29.40Melvin Gordon 28 rushing yds (2.80 pts)
Melvin Gordon 2 fumbles lost (-2.00 pts)
Melvin Gordon 36 receiving yds (3.60 pts)
Melvin Gordon 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Playoff Week 322.70Melvin Gordon 15 rushing yds (1.50 pts)
Melvin Gordon 2 rushing TDs (12.00 pts)
. . . Melvin Gordon III 1 yd rushing TD
. . . Melvin Gordon III 1 yd rushing TD
Melvin Gordon 32 receiving yds (3.20 pts)
Melvin Gordon 6 receptions (6.00 pts)
Player Notes
Mar 27 1:53pm ET

Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon said during a conference call Friday, March 27, that he's carrying a chip on his shoulder entering the 2020 season. 'It's huge,' Gordon said. 'A lot of people doubt my talent as a back. ... I'm going to use that as fuel. I know the player I am, I want to show that, and I'm going to show that. I'm going to show everybody I'm better than just average.'

Fantasy Spin: After missing four games during his early-season holdout, Gordon did average 12.1 fantasy points over his final 12 contests -- good for 16th among all RBs. That was while also sharing the workload with Austin Ekeler, and the situation will be similar in Denver with Phillip Lindsay also getting his share of the touches. Still, Gordon figures to be the lead back so pencil him in as a highly motivated RB2.

From TheHuddle

Mar 27 12:43pm ET

Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon on Friday, March 27, said he's looking forward to joining holdover Phillip Lindsay in the Denver backfield. 'He (Lindsay) is a great back,' Gordon said. 'I watched him up close, in person, and these past few days I've been watching film on him as well. ... I think we could be a great one-two punch.'

Fantasy Spin: Gordon and Lindsay combined for 463 touches as the lead backs on their respective teams last season, and despite Lindsay's Mile High seniority as a two-time, 1,000-yard rusher, Gordon is a better pass-catcher, reeling in 110 passes over the last three seasons, and should take over the lead role in new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's one-back offense. Lean toward Gordon as a RB2 with Lindsay as a RB3/4.

From TheHuddle

Mar 27 12:07pm ET

The belief is that Denver Broncos recently signed running back Melvin Gordon III will be the team's bell-cow back in 2020. We have a long way to go before the start of the regular season and Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman will still get their touches in this crowded backfield, but Gordon could be the lead man in this backfield after coming over from the Chargers in free agency. On the surface, Denver's backfield looks like one to avoid in fantasy because of all the bodies in play, and Gordon's signing surely destroys Lindsay's fantasy upside as an RB2. The question now is how much upside will Gordon have and how large of a share will he command in his first season in Denver? He had a weak 3.8 yards per carry alongside Austin Ekeler in LA in 2019, and the Broncos could change up their plans if Gordon struggles out of the gates as the bell-cow.

Mar 26 7:53pm ET

Denver Broncos RB Melvin Gordon is believed to be in line for a bell-cow role in 2020, according to James Palmer of NFL Network Thursday, March 26.

Fantasy Spin: While promising for Gordon's fantasy value in 2020, it's bad news for those with shares of either Phillip Lindsay or Royce Freeman. Gordon is likely to be low-end RB1 or high-end RB2, while fantasy managers will have to choose between the other two as an RB4/5 later in drafts.

From TheHuddle

Mar 23 10:33am ET

The Denver Broncos and running back Melvin Gordon III agreed to a two-year deal worth $16 million on Friday, according to a source. The deal includes $13.5 million in guarantees. Gordon will stay within the division and will form a strong one-two punch with Phillip Lindsay. The 26-year-old (27 next month) held out for a new deal with the Chargers last year and missed four games. He returned and was the second-best back in LA's backfield behind Austin Ekeler, rushing 162 times for 612 yards (3.8 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns. He's had at least eight rushing scores in the last four seasons and can also catch the ball out of the backfield. His signing is mostly bad news for Royce Freeman, but it will also put a dent in Lindsay's fantasy ceiling. This three-headed monster will now be a fantasy headache, and we'll have to see how Denver plans to split up the workload in this crowded backfield picture.

Mar 20 1:53pm ET

Updating a previous story, free-agent RB Melvin Gordon (Chargers) agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Denver Broncos Friday, March 20, according to a source. The deal is reportedly worth $16 million with $13.5 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Spin: Gordon will take over the bulk of the work in a backfield with Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, though at least one of those other two are likely to go on the trade block. Gordon will be a high-end RB2 depending on how many players will be involved in the timeshare.

From TheHuddle

Mar 20 1:03pm ET

Free-agent RB Melvin Gordon on Friday, March 20, was close to finalizing a deal with the Denver Broncos, according to sources.

Fantasy Spin: Gordon has been searching for a new home, and looks like he may have found one in Denver, where he'll share backfield touches with Phillip Lindsay and, possibly, Royce Freeman if he indeed winds up signing.

From TheHuddle

Mar 19 6:30pm ET

The Buffalo Bills are interested in free-agent running back Melvin Gordon, according to a source. However, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported on Thursday that Gordon won't get anything close to what the Chargers offered him before the 2019 season. He was receiving offers in the $10 million range last August. It's unclear how Gordon would be used alongside Devin Singletary, who rushed for 775 yards and 5.1 yards per carry as a rookie last year. Gordon played in just 12 games for the Bolts in 2019 after holding out, and he averaged just 3.8 yards per rush while finishing with 612 yards rushing on 162 carries with eight touchdowns. He'd likely be a change-of-pace option alongside Singletary, limiting both of their fantasy ceilings.

From RotoBaller

Mar 19 6:13pm ET

Free-agent RB Melvin Gordon (Chargers) is drawing interest from the Buffalo Bills, according to a source Thursday, March 19.

Fantasy Spin: Sophomore RB Devin Singletary is expected to lead the Bills' backfield in 2020, but Gordon would likely handle the lion's share of a potential committee. This would be a disastrous move for the fantasy appeal of both running backs and would keep Gordon as a low-end RB2 while likely dropping Singletary into the RB3 tier.

From TheHuddle

Mar 19 3:03pm ET

Free-agent RB Melvin Gordon (Chargers) is drawing interest from the Buffalo Bills, who have spoken with Gordon's representatives, according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: With Frank Gore gone, the Bills appear to be looking for a back to pair with second-year RB Devin Singletary, and if they turn to Gordon, it could be quite similar to the Gordon-Austin Ekeler Chargers pairing. In that scenario, we'd see Singletary's fantasy value take the biggest hit. Let's see if this becomes reality.

From TheHuddle

Mar 19 2:53pm ET

Free-agent RB Melvin Gordon (Chargers) hasn't received a contract offer 'remotely close' to the deal $10 million annual deal offered by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019.

Fantasy Spin: Gordon has continued to underestimate his value and finished with a career-low 612 rushing yards last season while averaging 3.8 yards per carry after ending his early-season holdout. Look for him to have to settle for a less-than-big $$$ offer as a platoon back in the depressed running-back market.

From TheHuddle

Mar 15 1:00pm ET

The Miami Dolphins, who will have roughly $95 million in salary cap space (the most in the NFL), are expected to look at running back Melvin Gordon in free agency. Gordon would have some interest in the Dolphins at the right price, according to sources, as it would probably be his best chance at a near three-down role after disappointing in his final season in Los Angeles. If Miami doesn't want to pay Gordon, they could go a less expensive route in Carlos Hyde, Lamar Miller or Jordan Howard. Veteran Frank Gore could also be a candidate to return in a part-time role. Gordon's 2020 fantasy value will depend on where he winds up, but he'd be more of a high-end RB2 with RB1 upside if he signs with Miami.

From RotoBaller

Mar 15 12:33am ET

Los Angeles Chargers impending free-agent RB Melvin Gordon is expected to receive interest from the Miami Dolphins, according to sources, and Gordon would have interest in joining Miami 'at the right price.'

Fantasy Spin: While Miami doesn't exactly project to be an offensive juggernaut, Gordon would likely be the unquestioned workhorse if he joined the Dolphins. He'd likely be a volume-based, low-end RB1 in Miami.

From TheHuddle

Mar 5 1:23pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon, a pending free agent, is planning to test the market, per source, according to a report Thursday, March 5.

Fantasy Spin: Gordon held out for a big contract he never received last season, and wound up averaging 12.1 fantasy points per game (tied for 15th among RBs) in 12 contests after reporting while sharing touches with Austin Ekeler. He could challenge for RB1 status if he finds a team willing to commit to him as more of a bellcow back.

From TheHuddle

Mar 5 1:20pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers impending free-agent running back Melvin Gordon is expected to test the free-agent market, according to a source. Gordon has been expected to go elsewhere all along, with restricted free-agent Austin Ekeler being the one to stay with the Bolts. Gordon has played in 12 games in each of the last two seasons, and he ran a career-low 162 times for 612 yards (3.8 yards per carry) for eight touchdowns in 2019. He added 42 receptions for 296 yards and one more score. The two-time Pro Bowler wasn't as effective sharing time with Ekeler, but he has been an effective three-down back in his career. His 2020 fantasy value will mostly be determined by where he ends up and what his role will be.

From RotoBaller

Jan 8 1:23am ET

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is 'unlikely to return' to the club in 2020, in the opinion of ESPN's Eric D. Williams. Gordon is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Fantasy Spin: Gordon's ill-fated holdout doubtless cost him some money, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of market he has in free agency. In the right spot, the Wisconsin product could still be an RB1 entering next season.

From TheHuddle

Dec 30 2:50am ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon may not have led his team to a victory in the final game of the season, but he bumped his own value a bit more as he heads into free agency. Following his holdout to start the season, Gordon took a little bit to get his legs under him. He finished strong though, reminding everyone of his value as he racked up 122 scrimmage yards in Week 17 as well as a touchdown. Gordon finishes the shortened season with nine touchdowns, 612 rushing yards, and 296 receiving yards. Gordon will now hit the open market, and it remains to be seen whether he'll be suiting up in the powder blue next year. With LA opening a new stadium and facing a possible hole at quarterback as well, the question is whether anyone will get paid, and if so, who?

From RotoBaller

Dec 28 2:10pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will take the field on Sunday against the Chiefs, and he may be wearing the Chargers uniform for the last time. When the game ends, Gordon will officially be an unrestricted free agent, and he'll be ready to cash in on his next contract. Gordon was a little rusty from his holdout earlier this year, but he's gotten it together as the season has rolled on and had a stretch of four games where he averaged more than 4.6 YPC. Head coach Anthony Lynn's usage of Gordon has varied widely, from his nine-carry, two-touchdown performance last week to his 22-carry, 108-yard rip against the Raiders earlier this year, but Gordon has shown that he can still do a lot of damage out of the backfield. Unfortunately, owners shouldn't be terribly surprised if Gordon doesn't get too many carries this week since LA stands a good chance at falling behind early. Instead, Gordon will probably get a handful of passes to help boost his stats, and he may be able to bump in a touchdown to help finish with a respectable fantasy day.

From RotoBaller

Dec 23 2:30am ET

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon put up a Jerome Bettis-like line on Sunday as he carried the ball nine times for just 15 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Gordon did catch six passes out of the backfield, but those only tallied 32 yards as well. The 15 rushing yards was Gordon's worst day on the ground since he racked up just 13 against the Dolphins in Week 2 of 2017, but he also chipped in a tiny touchdown run on that day. This day should help support Gordon's arguments when contract talks resume in the offseason, and wherever he ends up, he should be a solid addition.

From RotoBaller

Dec 22 10:53pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed nine times for 15 yards and two touchdowns and caught six of his seven targets for 32 yards in a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 16.

Fantasy Spin: His yardage totals have been down in recent weeks, but Gordon has seven rushing touchdowns in the last eight games and has logged at least a dozen touches in seven straight contests. The volume makes him a RB2 candidate.

From TheHuddle

Player Transactions
  • 20-Mar-2020: DEN - Signed, Unrestricted FA - Two-year contract (through 2021)
  • 18-Mar-2020: LAC - Declared Free Agent
  • 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
NFL Week
OppPtsRush
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Rush
Yds
Rush
TDs
100
Yds
RecRec
Yds
Rec
TDs
Rec
Tgt
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2019 Season184.1016261281422961553
Week 1IND0.00000000000
Week 2@DET0.00000000000
Week 3HOU0.00000000000
Week 4@MIA0.00000000000
Week 5DEN7.8012310047060
Week 6PIT7.8081800330040
Week 7@TEN10.201632002-3131
Week 8@CHI11.408311023030
Week 9GNB25.90208020329040
Week 10@OAK20.302210810125010
Week 11KAN12.00146900321050
Week 12bye
Week 13@DEN13.00209900211030
Week 14@JAC19.40125510529050
Week 15MIN9.4072800536072
Week 16OAK22.7091520632070
Week 17@KAN24.20144610676070