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Melvin Gordon Could Help You Win Your Fantasy League


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It has been a horrible season for Melvin Gordon. He was drafted 15th overall with the expectation that he was going to take over the Chargers backfield, but he has basically done the opposite.

On the season, he’s ran the ball 155 times for 565 yards and caught 28 passes for 158 yards. On top of those poor numbers, he’s also yet to reach the end zone on 183 touches. While other rookie running backs like Todd Gurley and Karlos Williams have basically been scoring at will, Gordon can barely get past the line of scrimmage.

Rookie struggles aside, Gordon may very well be the running back that could save your potential championship run. Yes, that may sound crazy considering how bad he’s been, but hear me out.

Over the past six games, Danny Woodhead has really barely been touching the ball. Early in the season, the Chargers were going to Woodhead a lot, but now he’s only been touching the ball about five to ten times over the Chargers past four games.

So, while Woodhead has been getting less work, the Chargers have been going to Gordon more than ever. Since week eight, Gordon has been averaging 17 touches per game and about three targets per game.

Even though he’s been struggling, he’s getting opportunities and with the Chargers out of the playoffs, they have no reason not to see what they have in Gordon.

The Chargers roster is in bad shape right now, and they would be doing a disservice to themselves if they didn’t try to showcase their rookie running back.

In the next two weeks, the Chargers take on the Dolphins and the Raiders.

The Dolphins are the third worst team against the run, allowing 134.8 yards per game. This would be the perfect opportunity for Gordon to have a breakout game.

In week 16, Gordon gets the Raiders, a defense that is a bit more stingy compared to the Dolphins, but they still allow 4.4 yards per carry.

Considering Gordon’s struggles and the overall horribleness of the Chargers, it’s hard to consider starting Gordon, but now is the time to take a risk.

The Chargers have every reason to feed the ball to Gordon like I said, they need to find out what their first round running back can really do.

Don’t force yourself to start a running back that you know has a low-ceiling. Most likely, there are only two games left in your fantasy football season, it’s time to swing for the fences.

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Written by Chris

Creator of Bigfoot Sports. When I’m not hunting for Bigfoot I’m usually checking my fantasy team.


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