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Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Date of Birth:  04/13/1993
Age:  26
Height  6'1"
Weight:   215
College:  Wisconsin
Drafted:  2015 | Round 1 | Pick 15
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon scores twice in Chargers' win over the Packers.

With all the clueless outside talk about how Gordon is somehow holding LA's offense back with his play, the Wisconsin product had a performance reminiscent of his last few years in the league, carrying 20 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns along with three receptions for 29 yards. After the change in offensive coordinator leading up to Week 9, head coach Anthony Lynn clearly wanted to run the ball more effectively, with Gordon leading the way. The run blocking was not superb, but Gordon showed great vision and quickness while driving forward for positive yardage—and he had a major highlight play when he hurdled a defender in the open field. The former first-round pick was again also the hammer down by the goal line, including on a fourth-and-goal where the Chargers lined up and ran it in on an attitude-boosting play where they could have kicked a field goal to go up three scores. Green Bay was a good matchup, but don't be surprised if Gordon gets back on track as an excellent RB1 over the second half of the season. He faces the Raiders on Thursday night.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon is officially active for the Chargers.

Gordon will reportedly only be used in an emergency situation, so he's difficult to trust in Week 4 fantasy lineups. However, it would not be a huge surprise if Gordon is used down at the goal line if the game is close against Miami. Overall, Austin Ekeler remains an RB1 option, while Gordon should resume being a great RB1 in Week 5 and beyond.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

The Chargers officially activated Melvin Gordon.

Things were trending in this direction after Justin Jackson was ruled out for tomorrow with a calf injury, and it looks like the star running back will make his 2019 debut against the Dolphins. Austin Ekeler is expected to lead the Chargers backfield while Gordon gets back into the swing of things after just reporting to the team on Thursday, but Gordon could be the preferred option by the goal line as one of the league's top touchdown-makers over the last few years. Gordon is on the FLEX radar for Week 4, and you'll likely have to take him off your injured reserve spot if you want to make any other pickups today or tomorrow morning.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon might play in Week 4.

With Justin Jackson (calf) ruled out for the Chargers, head coach Anthony Lynn said there's a chance Gordon suits up against the Dolphins. If Gordon does play this week, it would almost certainly be in more of a complementary role than a near-workhorse role, but he'd at least be on the FLEX radar as one of the NFL's top touchdown-scorers. The Chargers play at 1:00 PM ET this Sunday, so the good news is Gordon's status will be known that morning before the games kick off.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn says Melvin Gordon will return to his usual role.

Lynn held a press conference (which he typically does not do on Thursday’s) because of Gordon’s return from his holdout, and he received questions exclusively about Gordon. Lynn made it clear that the star running back will be used in the role he’s always been used, noting that Gordon is a playmaker that knows how to score touchdowns. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson were commended for the job they’ve done filling in for Gordon, but Lynn is clearly excited about Gordon’s return and says Gordon will “no doubt” be the starter now that he’s back. Gordon is not playing in Week 4 and may be worked in relatively slowly in Week 5, but he’ll likely resume being a top-notch fantasy RB1 as one of the league’s premier touchdown-scorers by sometime in October.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon is ending his holdout, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

It was reported last night and this morning that Gordon was planning on reporting to the Chargers soon (potentially tomorrow), and Rapoport says the star running back is indeed joining his team tomorrow. After missing today's practice (and all of the spring, summer, and first three weeks), Gordon won't be playing this weekend, but he'll likely get back into the swing of things and be ready to go for Week 5. Those that spent a mid-to-late-round fantasy draft pick on Gordon likely got a major steal, as he arguably would have been a top-five pick had he been with the team and playing 16 games. Austin Ekeler (and to some extent Justin Jackson) will remain involved as they have in the past, but Gordon is likely to be a near-workhorse for LA and should be a fantasy RB1 from Week 5 to the end of the season. The thought was that Gordon would hold out for eight games to still be eligible for free agency, but he's been losing money every week by missing paychecks, and he can build his value approaching free agency by playing the way he's played for his team the past few years over the final 12 games of this season.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon's holdout could "soon be coming to an end," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Schefter says that no final decisions have been made, but Gordon—who had planned to return at some point in October (likely close to Halloween if we had to guess)—may move up his timeline. A holdout never seemed like a great idea to build value ahead of free agency after the season, but now Gordon could be thinking that his return will help a 1-2 Chargers team. While it's worth noting that this report isn't definite, it sounds like fantasy owners may have Gordon back as soon as Week 5 or Week 6.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

UPDATE: Melvin Gordon tweets about his potential return.

A couple of hours after ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that Gordon will return sometime this season, still wants to play for the Chargers, and that he's been told this is "not a Le'Veon Bell situation", Gordon is apparently responding to the report, tweeting: "Stop listening to sources you don’t hear it quoted by me !!! It ain’t me". Based on precedent, Gordon won't be able to hit free agency if he doesn't report by Week 9, so we would think he's going to show up at some point this year. However, perhaps Gordon and his agent believe they can somehow win a fight over his free agency rights this offseason even if he doesn't show up and play in 2019. Perhaps Gordon also means he'll be returning sooner than midseason, but we doubt it. We still expect the star running back will report to the Chargers are some point this year, but it might not be a lock.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon "still wants to be a Charger" and will report this season, according to Jeremy Fowler.

We never expected Gordon's holdout to be a year-long thing because of how it will impact his free agency status in 2020, but it's still good to hear a solid report that this is "not a Le'Veon Bell situation," per Fowler. With negotiations not going well, Gordon wants to stay healthy and cash in on a deal with someone else after the season, so he will probably report right before he has to and hope to help Los Angeles in a postseason run. If he's somehow available in your league, Gordon needs to be picked up immediately, and it might be wise to sell high on Austin Ekeler.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said that extension talks with Melvin Gordon will be suspended until after the season.

Since the reason for Gordon's holdout is the lack of a quality long-term offer, this means he will either a) find a trade partner, or b) hold out into the regular season—perhaps until Week 9 when he needs to report in order to become an eligible free agent after the year. The talent makes Gordon worth gambling on in the third or fourth round (with the main hope being a trade), but it's looking like he should be ranked outside the top 50 for those drafting without any more clarity over the next few days.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

The Chargers have given Melvin Gordon permission to seek a trade, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Los Angeles had been hoping their superstar back will eventually report, but it sounds like they have opened the door to a trade so they can move forward without any distraction. Of course, this doesn't mean a trade will happen or that Gordon won't suit up for the Chargers again, especially after Houston just recently acquired Carlos Hyde. The Bills could be a potential landing spot with LeSean McCoy now gone, but the most obvious fit is Tampa Bay.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon's holdout is expected to continue into the regular season, according to Ian Rapoport.

This seemed like a possibility as soon as we found out about Gordon's holdout, especially because of his previous support for Le'Veon Bell last year. Unlike Bell, though, Gordon will need to show up at some point to hit free agency in 2020, so the most likely scenario may be the former first-round pick showing up around midseason and playing down the stretch for what the Chargers will hope is a Super Bowl run. Fantasy owners will ideally hold off until September to draft, but those drafting soon may want to push Gordon down outside the top-35 at the position. It's worth mentioning that a trade theoretically remains a possibility.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon's agent requested a trade for his client last week, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Anderson says Gordon's agent Damarius Bilbo requested the trade after the Chargers remained on a contract offer of $10 million per year. However, Bilbo has reportedly not received permission to seek a trade partner after Chargers general manager Tom Telesco told him that Gordon is still family. Obviously, the Chargers want their star running back around, but the fact that Gordon's agent requested a trade shows that this relationship is fraught. We could certainly see a trade happening, especially if an injury strikes during the preseason; but from a fantasy perspective, we just have to hope this situation is sorted out by the time most people hold their fantasy drafts in late August or early September. Again, holdouts like this (and injuries) are why you should wait as long as possible to hold your fantasy draft.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon reportedly might sit out into the regular season.

After a previous statement to ESPN about Gordon demanding a trade if he doesn't get a contract extension, Gordon's other agent Damarius Bilbo told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero that there's a "strong possibility" Gordon could miss regular season time if he doesn't have a new contract with the Chargers. Bilbo added that they do want to get something done before training camp and that "there's a long way to go to Week 1." Obviously, this isn't what football fans want to hear, as Gordon is an exceptional player people would love to see on the field. Hopefully this is just posturing and Gordon ends up with a new contract soon, as a Le'Veon Bell situation probably wouldn't be good for either side. For those holding early fantasy drafts, Gordon should probably be downgraded slightly—and things like this are why it's probably best to wait and hold a late draft closer to the regular season if possible.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon has informed the Chargers he will demand a trade if he doesn't receive a new contract, according to ESPN.

Gordon is set to become a free agent after the season, but unless he's bluffing, it doesn't sound like it will come to that, as the star running back has apparently said he won't show up to training camp without a new deal. Last year, Gordon gutted it out down the stretch by playing on an injured knee, and he probably feels the franchise should reward him with an extension before the 2019 season. The 26-year-old has scored 38 total touchdowns over the past three years, and his 5.1 yards per carry last season was a career-high and among the best in the league. Hopefully things get resolved one way or another before most fantasy drafts take place late next month, but if nothing else, early drafters can probably push David Johnson and perhaps other options clearly ahead of Gordon for now. The Buccaneers and Bills could be among the teams potentially interested in Gordon if the Chargers decide to make him available for trade, but it's more likely that LA signs Gordon long-term.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn plans to limit Melvin Gordon's touches.

According to Eric D. Williams of ESPN, Lynn said he wants to limit his star running back's touches "in the preseason and during the regular season with the hope that Gordon is more fresh at the end of the year." The preseason part obviously isn't surprising, as Gordon doesn't need a ton of reps to get comfortable leading up to Week 1, but we could see a couple less touches per game from the Wisconsin product in 2019. However, you should note that last season, Gordon averaged 18.5 touches per game before he left Week 11 with a knee injury (which is not a ton), so it's difficult to see big enough of a decrease in touches to have a major affect on Gordon's fantasy value. It won't be surprising if he's up around 18 touches again this season, as he's an excellent player that makes the Chargers a better team when he's on the field and getting the ball. The biggest takeaway might be Austin Ekeler could get more opportunities, which could lead to him being a more reliable FLEX option in fantasy lineups in 2019.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon scores in Chargers' playoff loss.

Gordon carried nine times for 15 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for 11 yards in the loss to New England. The Patriots did an excellent job of shutting down LA's run game, not allowing the star running back to get going; and then the Chargers were forced into a pass-happy gameplay after falling behind 35-7 at halftime. Gordon's score came on a goal-line carry. He clearly wasn't 100% toward the end of the season ever since his Week 12 knee injury against Arizona, but Gordon should be full strength well ahead of the start of offseason training. Gordon is entering a contract year next season, but the Chargers should obviously try to lock him up long-term. One of the better fantasy RB1s when he was healthy this season, Gordon should obviously be a first-round selection in 2019 fantasy drafts. He'll likely get undervalued again and would be a steal in the second round like he was last summer.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon is off the Divisional Round injury report.

Despite not logging a full week of practice while dealing with soreness in both knees, Gordon is off the injury report and 100% ready to go for Sunday's postseason matchup with the Patriots. Expect Gordon to tough it out and handle a heavy workload at less than full strength, and he'll likely be playing in the snow, which he's had experience with during his college career at Wisconsin—he had a then NCAA-record 408 rushing yards along with four touchdowns in the snow with the Badgers.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) was officially a limited participant in today's practice.

This is a good sign for Gordon after he didn't practice yesterday, and he's still fully expected to play in Sunday's playoff game at New England. Gordon might officially be listed as questionable when the final Divisional Round injury report is released tomorrow, though.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) officially did not practice today.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn says Gordon was getting a day of rest for his knees, which isn't a surprise with the star running back getting banged up with injuries to both knees in recent weeks. There isn't any doubt Gordon will play in the Divisional Round versus the Patriots, but we'll track his practice status the next couple of days and ensure he doesn't have an injury designation when the final injury report is released on Friday.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon scores in Chargers' Wild Card Round win.

Gordon carried 17 times for 40 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for three yards in the playoff victory at Baltimore. He left the game in the first quarter with a left knee injury, but he thankfully was able to return at the beginning of the second quarter and played for the rest of the game. The touchdown came on a fourth down goal-line carry and was a huge difference in the six-point win. Gordon doesn't look like he's 100% while dealing with a couple of knee injuries (and an ankle injury) suffered the past several weeks, but he'll be out there in the Divisional Round against the Patriots one week from today.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) has returned for the Chargers.

Gordon was checked out in the locker room, but he returned to the sideline and grabbed his helmet in good spirits. Gordon almost certainly isn’t 100%, but it’s good to see him back for LA’s first second-quarter drive.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon leaves playoff game with apparent knee injury.

On a goal-line carry against the Ravens, Gordon was stretching out his left knee after taking a hit there  and then tried to walk it off before going to the ground with the injury. This is not the knee that forced Gordon to miss three games toward the end of the regular season, but this still obviously isn't a great sign as the star running back limps to the locker room. Hopefully Gordon is able to return to the game, but it'll be Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson filling in during his absence.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (ankle) was officially a full participant in today's practice.

This is great news after a slight scare in Week 17. The leg injury Gordon suffered against the Broncos apparently isn't serious, and he should be ready to go for the Wild Card Round against the Ravens. We'll let you know if anything changes, but expect LA to have their star difference-making running back this Sunday. Gordon is one of the best players in the postseason and will look to help lead the Chargers to their first Super Bowl win.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon did not return against the Broncos.

Before leaving, Gordon carried ten times for 42 yards and caught three passes for 24 yards. Now we just have to hope Gordon is ready to go for next week's wild card game against the Ravens or Steelers. Gordon's season ends with 175 carries for 885 rushing yards and ten rushing touchdowns along with 50 receptions for 490 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns in 11 games. When Gordon was on the field this season, he was about as good as it gets as an RB1 in fantasy leagues, as he's basically a touchdown machine that ran the ball as well as he has through four seasons.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon leaves game with apparent knee injury.

Gordon was twisted awkwardly and is limping around on the sideline. He doesn't appear to be getting much attention from trainer's on the sideline yet, so hopefully he's OK. Gordon's healthy is obviously huge for the success of the Chargers during the postseason, so expect them to be cautious with him.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon scores against the Ravens.

Gordon carried 12 times for 41 yards and a touchdown along with three receptions for 13 yards in the Week 16 Saturday night loss. The touchdown was in the third quarter on a goal-line attempt. Against one of the league's best defenses, this was a fine showing for Gordon in his first game back after missing the last three games, but he appeared to be off the field more than usual and might not be quite 100% despite not being listed on the final Week 16 injury report. The Chargers are locked into the No. 5 seed after tonight's loss, so there's probably a good chance we don't see Gordon in Week 17, especially considering he dealt with the MCL injury for the last few weeks.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon was officially a full participant in today’s practice.

Gordon would have played in Week 15 if the game was on Sunday instead of Thursday night, and he’s ready to go for this Saturday night against the Ravens. Fantasy owners that survived the semifinals without Gordon can immediately insert the star running back into lineups as a strong RB1 for championship matchups.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) is officially inactive against the Chiefs.

Gordon made the trip to Kansas City and pushed to play, but he’s simply not close enough to 100% so he and the team are making the smart move to ensure he gets to full strength for a likely playoff run. Gordon himself was reportedly unhappy with the decision, as he certainly wanted to play in tonight’s primetime matchup. With Austin Ekeler (neck/concussion) also out, rookie Justin Jackson is set to lead the Chargers backfield with fellow rookie Detrez Newsome mixing in. Jackson is immediately at least an RB2 option in a potential shootout versus a defense giving up 5.0 yards per carry. Gordon remains week-to-week, but he should be close to a return; fantasy owners should hope to advance without him and potentially get him back for Week 16.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) is officially questionable for tomorrow night.

Gordon is making the trip to Kansas City and appears to have a realistic chance of suiting up for the big Thursday night matchup against the Chiefs. The superstar running back is set to be a game-time decision, so check back on his status tomorrow at around 6:50 PM ET when the official actives and inactives should be out. If Gordon plays, you would think he's close enough to full strength otherwise the Chargers wouldn't risk playing him, so he'd be an RB1 as usual for Week 15. Austin Ekeler (neck/concussion) has already been ruled out, so Justin Jackson would lead the backfield if Gordon is out.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) was officially limited in today's practice.

There have been conflicting reports and statements about Gordon's status for a big Thursday night matchup with the Chiefs, but it certainly looks like the star running back is making a strong push to play for the Chargers. Another limited practice tomorrow and a questionable tag when the final Week 15 injury report is released would be a positive sign that at least gives him a chance to suit up on Thursday. This is shaping up as a game-time decision, but we'll see what happens tomorrow.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn now indicates Melvin Gordon (knee) has a chance to play on Thursday night.

Lynn told SiriusXM NFL Radio that "there's always a chance" when asked about Gordon potentially playing against the Chiefs in a couple of days. This could just be Lynn not wanting to rule Gordon out quite yet, but he did say that Gordon looked good in practice last week and is running around and changing direction, adding that Gordon is "champing at the bit" to get out there for the big AFC West matchup. He also said that if Gordon can play, he will play. Steve Wyche of NFL Network says Lynn told him Gordon is unlikely to play, but don't count the star running back out just yet. We'll update you with his practice status today and tomorrow—a limited participation today would be a positive sign.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

The Chargers are "not optimistic" about Melvin Gordon (knee) playing on Thursday night.

This is according to Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn as told to NFL Network's Steve Wyche. There were reports that Gordon might be back from his sprain MCL in Week 14, with Week 15 looking very promising if not; but it now looks like the superstar running back will not play on a short week against the Chiefs. Hopefully Gordon is able to make quick progress and play in a big AFC West matchup, but it looks like fantasy owners will be without him for the second week of the fantasy playoffs. Austin Ekeler (neck, concussion) also looks doubtful, so rookies Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome are set to lead LA's backfield in Week 15. Jackson will immediately be an RB2 option if Gordon and Ekeler are out.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon has been ruled out for Week 14.

It was a stretch to expect Gordon to play just a couple weeks removed from his MCL injury, but now the attention turns to next Thursday night. Gordon is thought to be close to a return and is a quick healer, so there’s a realistic chance he can play in a huge matchup potentially with first-place in the AFC West on the line. Fantasy owners would certainly be thrilled to get their elite RB1 back for the second week of the fantasy playoffs. This week, both Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson are solid fantasy options against a Bengals team that’s given up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) remained out of practice.

While a limited participation tomorrow would be a good sign for Gordon’s status next Thursday night, it doesn’t look like he’ll play in Week 14. Gordon might be ruled out tomorrow.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) did not practice today.

Gordon is reported to have a chance to play this week, but we'd say he's on the doubtful side of things with a winnable matchup against the Bengals on Sunday. A big Thursday night matchup against the Chiefs in Week 15 could be the return target for Gordon, but we'll see if he can get on the practice field tomorrow or Friday.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon could return in Week 14, according to ESPN.

ESPN's Adam Schefter says Gordon looked great moving around during the week and is thought to have a chance to miss just one game with his MCL sprain. Gordon was officially a non-participant in practice all week, so he probably just did some work on the side and looked good. The Wisconsin product is considered a fast-healer and one of the NFL's tougher players, and we fully anticipate he'll be back this season. If Gordon isn't back in Week 14, it sounds like he'll have a good chance to play in a huge Thursday night matchup against the Chiefs in Week 15.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

The Chargers say Melvin Gordon (knee) is officially week-to-week.

The team announced that the MRI showed Gordon has an MCL sprain, which had previously been reported, and that he will be "evaluated week-to-week." Gordon is almost certainly set to miss this Sunday night against the Steelers, and he'll probably miss Week 14, too. But Gordon is one of the NFL's toughest running backs; it would not be surprising to see him back on the field in Week 15—particularly because it's a matchup against the Chiefs that could determine first place in the AFC West. Fantasy owners should hope for a Week 15 return and take an earlier return as a major bonus, and Gordon obviously should not be dropped from fantasy rosters.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon has a grade 2 MCL sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says Gordon is out "the next few weeks" but could be back before the regular season is over, so it sounds like he could be back Week 16 or 17 for the Chargers. Ideally the knee injury would've knocked Gordon out only a game or two, but the good news is his season is not over—especially with the Chargers almost certainly headed for the postseason. Fantasy owners should obviously hold on to Gordon and hope to get him back as an elite RB1 in the fantasy playoffs. Austin Ekeler is immediately a strong fantasy option in Gordon's absence and should be picked up in any league he's available in.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

The initial diagnosis is an MCL injury for Melvin Gordon, according to ESPN's Eric Williams.

Meanwhile, the Chargers say there's a lot of swelling, which is making it difficult to determine the exact severity of Gordon's injury. Gordon is set for an MRI tomorrow, and hopefully he and the team get good news. The star running back is probably on the doubtful side of things for next Sunday night against the Steelers, though. But it'd obviously be a major positive if his season isn't over because of this knee injury.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) did not return against the Cardinals.

The Chargers were well ahead in a blowout victory, but there is very real concern about Gordon's knee. On the trainer's table while getting evaluated, the cameras caught Gordon pretty emotional and frustrated apparently after being told something by a trainer, so the initial diagnosis might not be good. Before leaving Gordon had ten carries for 61 yards and two touchdowns (one for 28 yards and one by the goal line) along with two receptions for five yards. Now we just have to hope his injury isn't as serious as it appears it might be.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon leaves game with apparent leg injury.

Gordon just took a pitch on a reverse and immediately took a hit to the right knee/ankle. He stayed down and was holding his knee area, but hopefully the injury isn't too bad. Remember, Gordon entered the game with both knee and hamstring injuries. He already has two touchdowns today, but his afternoon might be over with the Chargers in control against the Cardinals. We'll update you as more information becomes available.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (hamstring/knee) is officially active against the Cardinals.

Gordon is said to have convinced the team that he’s able to play today, and he is indeed in the lineup for the Chargers. There is some slight concern that Gordon could be limited or not get a full workload if the game turns into a blowout in favor of LA, but the star running back is obviously a great RB1 for Week 12.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (hamstring/knee) is officially listed as questionable for Week 12.

Gordon was a full participant in Wednesday's practice before he was a limited participant the last two days, and he's looking like a game-time decision to face the Broncos. We lean toward Gordon suiting up on Sunday, but the team might ultimately take a cautious approach if he's not close enough to 100% and could risk further injury. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the Chargers don't kickoff until the late-afternoon games, so Gordon's status might not be known until after the 1:00 PM ET games have kicked off. Check back Sunday for the star running back's official game status, and be sure to have a backup plan in case he cannot play.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon handles 24 touches in Week 11 loss.

Gordon rushed 18 times for 69 yards, also adding six receptions (on six targets) for 87 yards. It was another strong day from the superstar back, but fantasy owners would have surely liked to see him find the end zone as Philip Rivers connected with passing scores from four and six yards away. Also, the Chargers probably should have given Gordon more touches in a game they led throughout, but Gordon remains a high-end RB1 down the stretch, including next Sunday against the 2-8 Cardinals.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon totals 165 yards and a score in win over the Raiders.

Gordon rushed 18 times for 93 yards, also adding five receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown. The highlight was a 66-yard catch-and-run on the first possession of the second half, as Gordon caught a pass in the flat and turned on the jets down the middle of the field for six. Other running backs around the league are getting most of the attention, but the 25-year-old star has 1,033 total yards and 11 total touchdowns so far this season while averaging 5.4 yards per carry and 10.0 yards per reception. Gordon should remain a high-end RB1 down the stretch, including next Sunday against the Broncos. 

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon goes over 100 yards with a touchdown against Seattle.

Returning from his one-game absence because of a hamstring injury (with the bye giving extra time to heal), Gordon rushed 16 times for 113 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for ten yards in the Chargers' Week 9 win. The touchdown was a 34-yard toss where Gordon received great blocking and then showed his acceleration, speed, and tackle-breaking ability on his way to the end zone. The fourth-year running back is simply a superstar running back that continues to prove the early-career doubters very wrong. At the midway point for the Chargers, he's on pace for 20 touchdowns despite missing a game. Gordon is among the top fantasy options next week against the Raiders.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (hamstring) is officially active for Week 9.

Gordon got up to a full practice on Friday, so he’s ready to go after missing just one game. The bye week helped Gordon’s recovery, and he should see his usual workload against the Seahawks. As usual, the star running back is an elite RB1 this week.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon III (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Week 9.

Gordon was limited in practice all week and there is definite optimism surrounding his status, but his status might not be certain until around 2:35 PM ET on Sunday, as the Chargers kickoff at 4:05 PM ET. If Gordon plays, he’s a no-doubt RB1 option that you shouldn’t hesitate to insert into Week 9 fantasy lineups.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (hamstring) remains limited in practice.

Two straight practices is a good sign, albeit in a limited fashion; and some video of Gordon doing drills during practice is out there, and he's looked good. Gordon is likely headed for a questionable tag when the Week 9 injury report is released tomorrow, but we'll update you when it becomes official. If we had to guess, we'd say Gordon will be out there against the Seahawks on Sunday.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (hamstring) was officially limited in today's practice.

This is a good start to the week for Gordon, who ideally will get up to a full practice tomorrow or Friday. Keep in mind the Chargers are not going to rush their star running back because they do not want an aggravation that causes this hamstring injury to linger, so he's no lock to play Sunday against Seattle. However, today's limited practice has him on the right track for Week 9.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon III (hamstring) is inactive for Week 7.

Gordon was limited in Friday's practice then downgraded to questionable yesterday, and he tested the hamstring pregame but is not ready to go against the Titans in London. It's probably very frustrating for one of the NFL's biggest stars being unable to play in front of some new fans across the pond, but the Chargers are taking things slow with one of their top players. LA has a bye next week, so Gordon will hopefully be 100% and ready to go when the team returns to face the Seahawks in Week 9. Austin Ekeler draws the start for the Titans and is a solid starting option in fantasy lineups this week.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon III (hamstring) has been downgraded to questionable for Week 7.

Gordon was limited in Friday's practice, but it wasn't thought to be an issue for tomorrow's game after he wasn't listed with an injury designation. However, this change in the injury report means Gordon could be headed for a game-time call. The Chargers are playing London with a 9:30 AM ET kickoff, so the star running back's status will be known by 8:00 AM ET tomorrow. Gordon might be limited if he's active, but he's simply too good to keep out of fantasy lineups as an RB1, assuming he's active. Just be sure to wake up tomorrow and confirm Gordon will be available to play.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon scores three touchdowns in Week 6.

Gordon was simply a beast against the Browns, carrying 18 times for 132 yards and three touchdowns along with two carries for 18 yards. The fourth-year running back continues to be a major weapon in the red zone for the Chargers as one of the best touchdown-scorers in football. Gordon nearly had another score, but he couldn't come up with a pass that was intercepted in the red zone. Gordon will remain a high-end RB1 option for Week 7 against the Titans in London, and he'll probably gain a lot of fans across the pond given his ability.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon handles 23 touches in Week 5 victory over the Raiders.

Gordon rushed 19 times for 58 yards and a score, also adding four receptions (on four targets) for 62 yards. The Chargers' offensive centerpiece is a touchdown machine that's locked in to a high-volume receiving role, and he looks like as good a play as anyone heading into next week's matchup against the Browns. Gordon is averaging a career-best 4.6 yards per carry behind an improved offensive line, and he's currently on pace for 835 receiving yards.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon III plays great in Week 4 victory.

Gordon had 15 carries for 104 yards and seven receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown in the win against the Niners. The touchdown was a go-ahead score on a play where Gordon lined up wide right and got open by the goal line, and it came a couple of plays after Philip Rivers and Gordon were unable to connect on a pass by the goal line on a scramble. Gordon also had a beastly 34-yard run where he made a great cut and broke a couple of tackles and nearly took it to the end zone. Through four games, Gordon is on pace for 216 carries, 1,104 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns, 96 receptions, 796 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns. The star fourth-year back remains a great RB1 for Week 5 against the Raiders.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon III handles 17 touches, scores in Week 3 loss.

Gordon rushed 15 times for 80 yards and a score, also adding two receptions for four yards in a 35-23 defeat at the hands of the Rams. The Chargers trailed but were in the game throughout, so it was a little surprising that Gordon didn't get more than 17 touches, one of which he turned into an easy 11-yard touchdown. The all-around star running back should hopefully be back in the 20-25 touch range for Week 4 against the 49ers, and he's a top-five RB1 in all formats.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon scores three times in Week 2 victory over the Bills.

All the trips to the end zone came in the first half, as Gordon finished with nine carries for 28 yards and a touchdown, also adding six receptions for 38 yards and two more scores. The superstar back was banged up a bit, but the Chargers didn't need him in a game that looked to be in hand, so Gordon saw limited touches over the final 30 minutes. That is highly unlikely to be the case in Week 3 against the Rams, so Gordon is an elite RB1 play in both standard and PPR leagues.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon III handles 24 touches in Week 1 loss.

Gordon rushed 15 times for 64 yards, also adding a team-high nine receptions for 102 yards. We think Los Angeles should have fed their featured back more than they did to keep Tyreek Hill and company off the field for Kansas City, but it was great to see Gordon heavily involved as a receiver. He should be an elite play next week against the Bills in both standard and PPR leagues.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Anthony Lynn says he wants to get Melvin Gordon more involved as a receiver.

ESPN's Dan Graziano says the Chargers second-year head coach told him that "one of his regrets in his first year (as head coach) was not getting Gordon more work in the passing game." We definitely agree that Gordon can be involved more as a receiver, as he's one of the best pass-catchers out of the backfield in the league—which he's shown with soft, reliable hands and solid route-running. Meanwhile, Gordon said that he's happy with new center Mike Pouncey at center, and he believes he can have more explosive plays because of Pouncey's ability to get to the second level. Gordon is again set for a big workload on one of the league's better offenses, and he's a no-doubt RB1 in 2018.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt says Melvin Gordon could have a larger role as a receiver this season.

According to ESPN's Eric D. Williams, Whisenhunt "said Gordon's role in the passing offense could expand even more for the upcoming season," particularly after losing tight end Hunter Henry (torn ACL) for the year. Whisenhunt says they "can do some different things because Melvin has become such a good receiver out of the backfield." Meanwhile, Gordon says he's wanted to improve as a pass-catcher this offseason, and he talked about "the expansion of routes" coming. He wasn't utilized as a receiver at Wisconsin, so it led to a foolish narrative created by some that Gordon isn't a good receiver. However, he's progressed each year and has shown he's one of the best receiving backs in the NFL. Gordon has gone from 33 receptions as a rookie, to 41 in 2015 and 58 last season. Gordon was one of the most involved running backs as a receiver in 2017, but don't be surprised if he makes another jump in reception numbers this season.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

The Chargers exercised the fifth-year option for Melvin Gordon.

The team already said the plan was to pick up Gordon's option, but now it's official. Gordon has been one of the league's best running backs over the last two seasons, scoring 24 total touchdowns (12 each season). Also, Gordon hasn't been 100% healthy for parts of his first three seasons, but he's toughed it out and remained on the field when possible. The Chargers now have Gordon under team control for the next two seasons, but they might negotiate a contract extension next year. Gordon will remain a very good RB1 this season, and he has the upside to vault into the top-tier of fantasy scorers with a healthy and improved offensive line in front of him.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon closes out the season with a great game.

Gordon entered today's game against the Raiders with an ankle injury, but he looked as explosive as ever in the Chargers win, picking up chunk yardage and making people miss while mixing in his usual power. The third-year back had 17 carries for 93 yards and added six receptions for 31 yards in the victory. On the year, Gordon had 284 carries for 1,105 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns along with 58 receptions for 476 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. The presence of Austin Ekeler, who impressed as an undrafted rookie, might be a concern, but Gordon is a great running back and should be a first- or second-round selection in all fantasy drafts next season.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (ankle) says he’ll play in Week 17.

We weren’t concerned about Gordon’s status, but Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said he’ll be evaluated on Friday. However, Gordon says he’s good, which is no surprise considering this is a must-win game for his team if they’re going to have a shot at making the playoffs. He might not be 100%, but Gordon is still safe to insert into fantays lineups as an RB1 with many fantasy titles on the line.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (ankle) will be evaluated during Friday's practice.

Gordon is expected to be fine after suffering the ankle injury late in the Christmas Eve win over the Jets, but he isn't practicing today. Hopefully he's OK for a must-win game, but we might not know for sure until Sunday. We'll see how he's listed when the official injury report for the game is released on Friday, but expect him to be in the lineup for Week 17.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon hits 1,000-yard milestone on Christmas Eve.

After he was injured at the end of last season just three yards short of 1,000 for the season, this was a nice Christmas Eve for Gordon in a win over the Jets, as he hit 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his three-year career. In the victory, Gordon carried 19 times for 81 yards and a touchdown along with three receptions for 47 yards. Gordon did suffer an ankle injury at the end of the game, but we'd expect him to be OK. The workhorse back will be an obvious RB1 in Week 17 against Oakland.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon scores in Week 15.

Gordon was a big-time workhorse against the Chiefs, carrying 19 times for 78 rushing yards and a touchdown while adding six receptions (on eight targets) for 91 receiving yards. Gordon pretty much carried the offense in a game they otherwise didn't do much in, as he led the team in both receiving and rushing and made good things happen with the ball—including his long play of the game on a short catch that he took 49 yards and nearly scored on before slipping on a juke down the field, setting up an eventual ten-yard touchdown by Antonio Gates. Gordon's score came on a carry by the goal line. He's an obvious RB1 for the first week of the fantasy championship on Christmas Eve against the Jets.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon handles 22 carries in Week 14 win.

Gordon rushed 22 times for 78 yards and a touchdown. He also added a five-yard reception. The superstar back should be a big part of the game plan on Saturday night against the Chiefs for first place in the AFC West, and he needs 147 yards over the final three weeks to reach 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career. Gordon is obviously an RB1 in all formats for Week 15.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon gets 23 touches versus Cleveland.

Gordon continues to get a heavy workload for the Chargers, as this makes four-straight games with at least 20 touches for the third-year back. He carried the ball 19 times for 77 yards and added another 29 receiving yards on four receptions (four targets). Gordon's long run of the game was for 29 yards, and he also had a nice 14-yard reception where he came back to a scrambling Philip Rivers and stayed in bounds while securing the catch at the sideline. Keep Gordon locked into lineups as an RB1 for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon gets 24 touches against the Cowboys.

This was Gordon's second straight game with 20+ carries, and it's the type of workload that gives him a solid floor each week. Gordon carried 21 times for 65 yards while also adding three receptions (on three targets) for 23 yards in the Thanksgiving afternoon victory. Dallas did a good job against the run early in the game, but Gordon started picking up yardage toward the end—and he probably would've had a good chance at a goal line score if the Chargers didn't kneel it to run out the clock. Gordon will be an obvious RB1 against the Browns next week.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon gets 20 carries against the Bills.

Gordon carried 20 times for 80 yards and a touchdown in the Week 11 victory, with the score coming late in the first half on a run from the shotgun that Gordon bounced outside before throwing a stiff arm and basically walking in for at ten-yard touchdown. It was a good sign to see him handle most of the work in the backfield, though Austin Ekeler appears to be taking a decent amount of the work through the air. The third-year back will be an obvious RB1 against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon gets 21 touches against the Jaguars.

Gordon couldn't get much going in this one, carrying 16 times for 27 yards while adding five receptions (on a team-high eight targets) for 15 yards. Teammate Austin Ekeler, meanwhile, had 15 touches in the game and scored twice on passes to the flat that he took down the sideline. Gordon probably would've done the same thing if he was in on those plays, but that's just how it goes sometimes. And despite the 21 total touches, it would've been nice to see the Chargers try to give Gordon more carries, as he has the opportunity to pop one at any time. The performance by Ekeler (who did have a lost fumble late in the game) is a bit of a concern, but Gordon should still have workhorse status moving forward and will be an RB1 versus Buffalo in Week 11.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon breaks long touchdown in Week 8.

Gordon came in with a foot issue, but he didn't show it against New England, breaking an 87-yard touchdown run early in the game that he bounced to the outside and ran up the sideline when getting to the second level of the defense. For the game, Gordon had 14 carries for 132 yards and the touchdown while adding one reception for seven yards. The second-year running back is on pace for 262 carries, 1,052 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns, 60 receptions, 470 yards, and eight receiving touchdowns through eight games. He's obviously been a beast over the last two seasons, and he's showing people that he's an all-around back that can catch—despite the inaccurate scouting reports when he was coming out of Wisconsin.Gordon will try to get closer to 100% during the team's Week 9 bye.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (foot) is officially active for Week 8.

Gordon was listed as questionable after being limited in practice this week, but there was never much doubt about the third-year running back’s status. You can safely insert Gordon into your lineup as an RB1 against the Patriots in what could be a high-scoring game with many scoring opportunities.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (foot) is questionable for Sunday against New England.

Gordon has battled through injuries all this season and, despite not practicing fully this week, should be ready to go on Sunday. The Chargers do play in the early games this week as they face the Patriots in Foxborough, so his status will be locked in by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday when actives and inactives come out. It'd be a big surprise if Gordon wasn't ready, but be sure to check in on Sunday morning for his status.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon totals 44 yards in Week 7 win.

Gordon rushed 18 times for 38 yards, adding a six-yard reception in a 21-0 victory over the Broncos. Denver was clearly focused on stopping Gordon, and that was probably even more true after the Giants gashed them on the ground last Sunday night. The superstar back should have a much easier time against New England next week. He's an elite RB1.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Multiple reports: Melvin Gordon (shoulder) will be active for Week 7.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said as much during the week, and there was never really much doubt at all about Gordon's status. Still, this verifies the Chargers workhorse is safe to insert into lineups as an RB1 today against the Broncos. Gordon caught a touchdown against Denver in their Week 1 matchup, and he's getting too much work to not be considered a top-ten option.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (shoulder) is officially questionable for Sunday.

Gordon was limited in practice all week, but there really isn't much question whether he'll play. There is no probable injury designation anymore, so a questionable tag is more common today. The Chargers do play Denver in the late-afternoon games, which is a bit of an issue, but Gordon is fully expected to be ready to go.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon goes off for second straight week.

After not getting enough touches against the Eagles in Week 4, Gordon has been a big-time workhorse for the Chargers, getting 26+ touches in two straight weeks. Against the Raiders, Gordon carried 25 times for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding nine receptions (on 12 targets) for 67 yards and a touchdown through the air. The first touchdown came on an athletic leap on a goal line carry, and the second touchdown was on a six-yard screen pass in the fourth quarter. Despite a matchup with the vaunted Broncos defense next week, Gordon remains an RB1 option that needs to be in your lineup. Gordon, who has become a scoring machine in PPR leagues, caught a touchdown against Denver in Week 1.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon dominates in Chargers' win over the Giants.

After not getting much work in Week 4 and making it known he'd like to be in the game more, Gordon was a workhorse and difference-maker versus the Giants. Gordon carried 20 times for 105 yards and caught six of eight targets for 58 yards and two touchdowns in the win. On the ground, Gordon ran with great speed and power as usual, and he delivered a devastating stiff arm to Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the game. His two touchdowns were both in the flat, with the second one coming with three minutes to go off a nice play design (it was off a play-action to Gordon, who continued as if he was blocking before slipping to the flat) and serving as the game-winner for the Chargers. Gordon is locked in as an elite RB1 for Week 6 against Oakland.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) was a full participant in practice today.

A full practice on Wednesday means Gordon's knee doesn't seem like an issue anymore, despite his lack of big numbers over the last couple weeks (and his lack of touches on Sunday). Gordon has made clear he's really frustrated with his production, so you can expect the beast of a runner to be on his game this weekend against the Giants. He is an obvious top-ten option.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon doesn't do much in Week 4.

Gordon was obviously limited by his knee injury, as he had only ten carries for 22 yards and one reception for seven yards. He was on the sideline for a good amount of the game, and Austin Ekeler had a 35-yard touchdown while Gordon was on the sideline. The third-year back is on pace for 216 carries, 672 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns, 52 receptions, 388 receiving yards, and four receiving touchdowns. He should certainly improve on those numbers in a big way, though his knee is becoming a slight concern after he had micro fracture surgery in January.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon was a full participant in practice today.

He's listed as questionable for the game, but there's no "probable" designation anymore. As his head coach has said, Gordon will be out there on Sunday against the Eagles. The Eagles are without defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, which gives Gordon a boost. There's slight concern he could be in and out of the game if the knee is bothering him, but Gordon needs to be in all lineups as a great RB1.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) was limited in practice today.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said his star running back will play this Sunday against the Eagles, so don't be concerned about his status. Eagles Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (calf) hasn't practiced the past two days and is looking on the doubtful side of things, so Gordon might find some more room to run on Sunday.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) did not practice today.

This is just part of the plan to get Gordon ready for Sunday against the Eagles. He might be back out at practice tomorrow.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon has a sore knee; will be fine for Sunday.

Gordon was in and out of the second half on Sunday, but there's no concern for his availability in Week 4 against the Eagles. He'll be an elite RB1 as usual.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon scores again in Chargers' loss.

Gordon had 17 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown, but he didn't catch any passes in the game. The third-year back was battled a knee injury that forced him to miss some practice throughout the week, and he was in and out of the game in the second half. The knee issue doesn't appear to be too serious, but it's something to keep an eye on. Despite the struggles of the Chargers, Gordon has three scores through three games and is clearly an elite RB1, if not the best running back option overall.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) has returned to the game.

Gordon sat out the entire third quarter with his knee issue, but he came back in the fourth. It appears he might be in and out for the rest of the game as he works through the knee injury, but the good news is it does not appear to be serious.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) is questionable to return against the Chiefs.

It doesn't appear to be a serious injury, as Gordon was ruled questionable when the teams came back for the second half. We'll update you as more information becomes available.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) is questionable for Week 3.

Despite missing practice on Wednesday and participating on a limited basis yesterday and today, Gordon is expected to play in the game. You should have your RB1 for the game, but be sure to have someone else ready to plug into the lineup in the event of Gordon being inactive against the Chiefs.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee) was limited in practice today.

Gordon also missed practice yesterday, but there isn't concern about his Week 3 status. Expect him to be out there against the Chiefs, but we'll see how he's listed on the injury report tomorrow.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon totals 78 yards and finds the end zone in Week 2 loss.

Gordon rushed nine times for just 13 yards, but was able to convert a goal line carry, and he added seven receptions for 65 yards through the air. The Dolphins surprisingly got backfield penetration on almost of all Gordon's rushing attempts, so the Chargers have some things to figure out heading into a matchup with the Chiefs. Gordon is obviously a high-end RB1.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon gets 23 touches in Chargers' Week 1 loss.

Gordon received 23 touches against the Broncos, carrying 18 times for 54 yards and catching five passes for 25 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came in the second quarter on an angle route that Gordon broke a tackle on then ran up the middle and leaped over a defender into the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown. The third-year back only had one screen pass in the game, but we could see more moving forward after it was effective last season. Gordon is an obvious RB1 next week against Miami.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon scores in Chargers' third preseason game.

Gordon had eight carries for 36 yards and a touchdown, with the touchdown coming near the goal line. The stud third-year back has looked excellent this preseason, and he should get a good amount of scoring opportunities with a potentially improved Chargers team this season. He's considered a late first/early second round pick in fantasy leagues, but there is no question he should be selected in the first round. Gordon has the upside to be the top option at running back behind David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon gets six touches in Week 2 preseason game.

Things didn't start out great for the Chargers against the Saints, as Gordon's first carry went for -9 yards. He did also break an 11-yard run, and had five carries for eight yards total. Gordon also added a seven-yard reception. As an extremely talented running back set for a heavy workload, Gordon needs to be selected in the first round of all fantasy drafts.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon rushed six times for 14 yards in Sunday night's preseason opener.

Gordon was fed early with the first-team offense, and his tough running kept the Seattle defense honest, leading to an Antonio Gates touchdown. It's pretty clear that LA will feed their star running back; Gordon is a solid RB1 for 2017, and is well worth a first-round pick in standard leagues.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Rookie guard Forrest Lamp has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, according to Adam Schefter.

The Chargers really can't catch a break. First-round pick Mike Williams (back) is looking shaky for at least the start of the season, and now their second-round pick and projected starter at right guard is done for the year. Lamp's loss will affect the whole offense, but Melvin Gordon will feel the impact more than anyone. Los Angeles looked to have a strong offensive line heading into 2017—something Gordon didn't have in his first two seasons—and this injury is a blow to the unit. We still like Gordon as a clear first-round pick in fantasy drafts, but this could be cause to move him down a spot or two if you have other players close to him.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn says "the sky's the limit" for Melvin Gordon.

Lynn was on SiriusXM NFL Radio and talked up his third-year back, talking up his ability as a balanced running back—he said he loves Gordon's skill set. This isn't the first time Lynn has talked about Gordon's potential, as this offseason he talked about his upside and taking him to "another level." After a breakout 2016 that was cut short by injury, Gordon could emerge as one of the elite players in the NFL this season. He's an excellent pick if you can get him in the second round of fantasy drafts.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

The Chargers may look to bring another running back to tandem with Melvin Gordon, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

Lynn has spoken very highly of Gordon since he took the Chargers job. He said he was a big fan of Gordon before he took the job, and after watching more film he's an even bigger fan of him. Lynn said he likes to "run the football multiple ways" and he's going to need another running back to work with Gordon. Even if the Chargers add another running back, Gordon should be an easy top ten running back in 2017 fantasy drafts.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

New head coach Anthony Lynn thinks Melvin Gordon has a ton of upside.

According to Eric D. Williams of ESPN, Lynn said "man, he has some upside" and that they can take this to "another level." New Chargers running backs coach Alfredo Roberts also spoke highly of Gordon. In an offense that should take a step forward next season, Gordon has huge upside as a likely second round fantasy pick in 2017.

Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) is out for Week 17.

There was hope that Gordon, just three yards away from 1,000, would play, but the Chargers are going to hold out their stud running back and get him ready for 2017. Gordon's season ends with 254 carries for 997 yards and ten touchdowns rushing, with 41 receptions for 419 yards and two touchdowns receiving. He was a true workhorse for the Chargers, and had an excellent second season, quieting all the doubters after his rookie season. Gordon is a top ten fantasy option at running back heading into 2017.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) is considered day-to-day.

Gordon is just three yards away from 1,000 and likely wants to reach that mark after so many people doubting him after his rookie year. With running back Kenneth Farrow being placed on IR, it seems that there's a good chance that Gordon will be good to go for the Chargers. Either way, Gordon has had an excellent season that will quiet all the doubters from last year. He'll be an RB1 against the Chiefs if he plays.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) will not play on Christmas Eve against the Browns.

Gordon is sitting at 997 rushing yards for the year, so there's a decent chance he tries to give it a go in Week 17 to eclipse 1,000 yards. Kenneth Farrow and Ronnie Hillman will split the work this Saturday in Cleveland; Farrow is the better play, as the Chargers could end up with a lead and rely on the running game. Obviously, Gordon needs to stay rostered in case he can play in Week 17.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) didn't practice on Wednesday.

He might need to practice on Thursday to play on Christmas Eve against the Browns. We'll see Gordon's official injury designation when the injury report comes out tomorrow.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) didn't practice on Tuesday.

There seems to be less optimism than last week that he will be able to play after missing only one game. He is three rushing yards from 1,000, so perhaps the Chargers will wait and get their star running back fully healthy for Week 17 with the team being out of playoff contention.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) out for Week 15.

Gordon wasn't expected to play after not practicing all week. The hope is that he returns this season, which would almost certainly get him over 1,000 yards rushing in his excellent second season. Kenneth Farrow will take over this Sunday against the Raiders, with Ronnie Hillman mixing in. Farrow is a FLEX/RB2 that should get at least 15 touches.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon has a hip strain and a knee sprain, according to head coach Mike McCoy.

McCoy called Gordon "day-to-day." We find it unlikely that Gordon will play this week against the Raiders, but there seems to be a very realistic chance he's back this season. Gordon is three yards away from 1,000 and would no doubt like to reach that milestone in his excellent second season. We'll update you on Gordon's status throughout the week.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Chargers star running back Melvin Gordon carted off against the Panthers.

Gordon was trying to recover a fumble and was injured on the play. There are reports that Gordon injured his hip on the play. Gordon has 997 yards on the season and hopefully it's not too serious. We'll update you on the phenomenal second-year running back.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon leads Chargers in both rushing and receiving in Week 13.

Gordon had 17 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown, along with four catches for 54 yards. Gordon has been phenomenal this season, and continued that against the Bucs. His touchdown came on a goal line carry. Gordon will try to keep it going against a Panthers defense that just got rocked by Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls. Gordon is an obvious high-end RB1 every week.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon rushed 17 times for 70 yards, and added four catches for 19 yards in Sunday's win over Houston.

Gordon could not find much room to run against a suddenly resurgent Houston run defense, but dominated touches yet again. Sunday was Gordon's worst fantasy performance of the season, and he still had eight points. He is a good bet to return to the end zone in Week 13 versus Tampa Bay, and is an easy top-five option at running back.

Melvin Gordon III | Chargers RB

Melvin Gordon totals 29 touches in Week 10.

Gordon had 24 carries for 70 yards and five catches for 62 yards. Some people haven't given Gordon credit, but he's playing great after a disappointing rookie year. The Chargers have their bye this week, but Gordon will be a high-end RB1 when they return.

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