USA Today's Mike Jones reports that Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is expected to play a "limited snap count" against the Dolphins on Sunday. Chargers insider Eric Williams believes Gordon could play a similar role to the one Justin Jackson played over the past 3 weeks. Jackson averaged 6 carries and 2.7 targets on a 30% snap rate. That's a bit more than we're projecting Gordon to play -- and even Jackson's role would make Gordon a long shot fantasy play.

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Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Thursday that RB Melvin Gordon is "definitely part of the game plan" against the Broncos this weekend. "He may even start this game," Lynn added. That doesn't tell us a whole lot -- and we're not expecting to have a real good idea of the workload split between Gordon and Austin Ekeler on Sunday. The good news is that both guys could put up nice fantasy outings vs. a Broncos defense sitting 30th in adjusted fantasy points allowed to RBs.

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Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is officially active for today’s game against the Dolphins. Reports on his role have ranged from being used only in an emergency to stepping into Justin Jackson’s role behind Austin Ekeler. We’re projecting just a handful of touches for Gordon, leaving him as a desperation fantasy play.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Chargers RB Melvin Gordon will be used in an "emergency fashion" only against the Dolphins today. "At the most, he'll get limited snaps," Rapoport adds. That's a bit more pessimistic than the Saturday reports on Gordon's role, but we've never expected him to get more than a handful of touches today. Gordon should only be used in an "emergency fashion" only in fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears there's a "good chance" Chargers RB Melvin Gordon plays against the Dolphins on Sunday. This has quickly gone from "not playing" to "maybe playing" to "probably playing." Rapoport confirms that RB Justin Jackson's calf injury is the reason for the Chargers' change of plans. Gordon is "not quite ready yet to be the bell cow ... but certainly is ready physically, from what I understand, to come in and get some carries," Rapoport says. We'd be surprised if Gordon got more than 5-8 touches this weekend after just reporting to the team on Thursday. It leaves him as just a fantasy flier. RB Austin Ekeler remains a high-end RB1 for 1 more week.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Friday that RB Melvin Gordon could play a "limited role" against the Dolphins on Sunday. Lynn had previously said that Gordon wouldn't play, so this seems to be a reaction to RB Justin Jackson's calf injury. Gordon just reported on Thursday, and it wouldn't make much sense to throw him out there in a game the Chargers can win without him. We'll continue to monitor the situation, but Gordon shouldn't be in Week 4 fantasy lineups. Austin Ekeler remains an elite fantasy play.

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