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Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon RB - LAC

Experience: 4 YRS  
Height: 6'1"  
Weight: 215 
Bye: 12

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's "current plan is to report in the window that spans from Week 6 through Week 8." Gordon needs to report by Week 10 to make this season count toward his eligibility for free agency in the spring. That means at least starter duty for RB Austin Ekeler for at least a third of the season, and potentially half the year or more. We'll start seeing today how big a share RB Justin Jackson will get. He certainly belongs on rosters in nearly all fantasy football leagues as well.

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Chargers GM Tom Telesco told reporters during a Sunday conference call that the team has suspended contract-extension talks with RB Melvin Gordon until after the season. That doesn't seem to help the chances of Gordon reporting to the team anytime soon. Of course, moving on to another team via trade would change that situation. Drafters should continue pushing Gordon down the board this week until/unless something changes. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, meanwhile, have only gained draft value this week.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Chargers have given permission to RB Melvin Gordon's representatives to seek a trade. That obviously doesn't bode well for Gordon and the team working something out to get him back for the season. We'll see whether it can get him onto someone else's field soon. If you're drafting this weekend, Gordon carries plenty of risk anywhere inside the 1st 5 rounds. This news certainly doesn't hurt the value of Austin Ekeler or Justin Jackson, though.

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"Expect [Melvin] Gordon to end his holdout in time to be on the Week 1 roster." That's from ESPN's Eric Williams' latest 53-man roster projection for the Chargers. It qualifies as the most optimistic report on Gordon we've heard in a while. He obviously remains a high-risk fantasy pick. But with an ADP now in the 4th round, Gordon could be a league-winner if he reports before the season opener.

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Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's holdout is now expected to last into the regular season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Contract talks have not progressed as he hoped," Rapoport says. "The relationship between Gordon and the Chargers is fine. There's a mutual respect. There's just a disagreement over the value of Gordon." We're still 2-and-a-half week away from the start of the season, so we're not convinced that Gordon is a lock to miss games at this point. But with seemingly little progress being made on a new contract, the odds of him sitting out games is certainly growing. Gordon's ADP has sunk into the 4th round in recent fantasy drafts.

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Injury Predictor

Gordon played 16 games for the 1st time in 2017, yet he dealt with lower-body issues again. First came a bone bruise to his left knee that rendered him questionable in weeks 3 and 4. That's the same knee in which he tore his meniscus as a 2015 rookie and sprained the PCL late in 2016. Both injuries ended those seasons prematurely, and Gordon required surgery after the meniscus tear. He also landed on weekly injury reports with minor shoulder, foot and ankle issues but played through each ailment. Gordon saw a slight decrease in work last year, from 22.7 touches per game to 21.4. The dip came on the rushing side, though his 17.8 carries per outing still ranked 6th league wide.

Projected Missed Probability of injury per game ? Probablity of injury in the season ?
1.30 4.9% 55.4%
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Date Injury Analysis
Nov 25, 2018 Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Gordon sprained his right MCL in Week 12 and missed the following 3 games.
Oct 14, 2018 Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Gordon missed Week 7 with an unspecified hamstring injury. He returned after the Week 8 bye.
Dec 11, 2016 Inguinal Hip Sprain Gordon went down early in Week 14 and missed the final 3 games.
Dec 11, 2016 Knee PCL Sprain Grade 2 Gordon went down early in Week 14 and missed the final 3 games.
Dec 20, 2015 Knee Tear Gordon tore cartilage in his knee in Week 15 and was placed on IR.
Aug 13, 2015 Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Gordon sat out Week 2 of the preseason but was fine to handle 17 touches in his regular season debut.

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