6'1", 215 Lbs.
2015, Round #1, Pick #15
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Recent Player News
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) is officially inactive for Thursday night against the Chiefs. Austin Ekeler (concussion, neck) has already been ruled out, too, so rookie Justin Jackson should see the majority of backfield work in what could be a high-scoring game. Jackson has plenty of RB2 upside in this one. Fellow rookie Detrez Newsome should back him up.
2 days ago: Melvin Gordon Not Expected To Play
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) is not expected to play on Thursday night against the Chiefs. When Gordon shook his head no when asked if he was playing. With Austin Ekeler (concussion, neck) also ruled out, it'll be rookie Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome taking backfield touches in a big divisional matchup in a hostile environment. Jackson should see the lion's share of the work and will have strong RB2 upside in what could be a high-scoring game.
2 days ago: Melvin Gordon Fighting An Uphill Battle
It will be a challenge for Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) to be active on Thursday night against the Chiefs, although the team won't make a final determination until pregame warmups. Gordon's injury was a two- to four-week ailment and it's been 18 days since he suffered the injury on Nov. 25. Another bad sign is the fact the Bolts elevated Troymaine Pope from the practice squad to the active roster on Thursday, giving the team more depth behind Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome. Jackson will be a strong RB2 play if Gordon is inactive for the third straight game.
3 days ago: Melvin Gordon Questionable, Austin Ekeler Out
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) is questionable for Thursday night against the Chiefs, while Austin Ekeler (concussion, neck) has been ruled out. Gordon returned to practice on Tuesday but will be a game-time decision. If he suits up, he will be at less than 100 percent and in danger of having his snaps limited, which will make him more of a low-end RB1. Rookie Justin Jackson would be a workhorse if Gordon is also ruled out Thursday, giving him RB2 upside.
4 days ago: Melvin Gordon Limited Tuesday
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) was limited in practice on Tuesday. Gordon sat out on Monday and has missed the last two games with a knee sprain, but he's hoping to be a game-time decision for Thursday against the Chiefs. A limited practice gives Gordon a real shot to play, although he's unlikely to be 100 percent. Consider Gordon a low-end RB1 if he returns to the field in a huge divisional game. With Austin Ekeler unlikely to play, rookie Justin Jackson would likely be the workhorse if Gordon is inactive again.
4 days ago: Melvin Gordon Hopes To Be Game-Time Call
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) said he is feeling much better and will push to be a game-time decision for Thursday's big divisional matchup with the Chiefs. Gordon didn't practice Monday and has missed the last two games with a sprained knee. There's even more urgency for him to return with Austin Ekeler (concussion, neck) doubtful to play this week. If Gordon can't return, it'll be rookies Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome in the backfield. Jackson would have RB2 upside in a good matchup with KC. If Gordon does suit up at less than 100 percent, he'd be more of a low-end RB1 choice.
4 days ago: Chargers Not Optimistic On Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler
The Los Angeles Chargers are not optimistic that running backs Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (concussion, neck) will be ready to play on Thursday in a huge divisional game against the Chiefs, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Rookies Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome will likely have to carry the load, with Jackson likely soaking up most of the touches. Jackson needs to be owned everywhere and has RB2 upside if both Gordon and Ekeler sit out.
4 days ago: Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler Miss Practice Monday
Los Angeles Chargers running backs Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (concussion, neck) both missed practice on Monday. The Chargers are hoping Gordon can return from a two-game absence due to a knee sprain, but it's not a good start to the week. He could be a game-time decision on Thursday against the Chiefs. Ekeler is doubtful to play this week and is dealing with a concussion on top of a bruised nerve in his neck. If Gordon can't suit up, rookie Justin Jackson would serve in a workhorse role and have RB2 upside in a good matchup. Rookie Detrez Newsome is the only other running back on the depth chart behind Jackson.
6 days ago: Melvin Gordon Could Return In Week 15
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) could return in Week 15 against the Chiefs on Thursday, as his injury wasn't as serious as the team initially thought. Gordon didn't practice at all last week and could be in danger of seeing limited snaps if he returns in a big game against the division rivals next week. However, if Gordon is active next Thursday, it'll be hard for fantasy owners to keep him out of their lineups. Austin Ekeler and rookie Justin Jackson will continue to split the backfield touches in a great matchup with the Bengals in Week 14.
8 days ago: Melvin Gordon Officially Ruled Out
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) has officially been ruled out for Week 14 against the Bengals. Gordon is nursing a sprained knee and might even struggle to be cleared for next Thursday's game against the Chiefs. Austin Ekeler and rookie Justin Jackson will continue to hold down the fort as long as Gordon is out. Ekeler failed in his chance as the lead back last week and was outplayed by Jackson. That could earn Jackson more run in an excellent matchup against Cincinnati. Both are acceptable plays as RB3/flex options with RB2 upside.
8 days ago: Melvin Gordon A Long Shot To Play This Week
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) missed practice all week as he rehabs from his sprained right knee. We expect he'll be ruled out later in the day for Week 14 against the Bengals. Austin Ekeler and rookie Justin Jackson should again split touches in the Bolts backfield against a Bengals team that has been destroyed by running backs all year. Jackson outplayed Ekeler in Week 13 and could get more run this weekend, although both backs can be employed as RB3/flex plays.
9 days ago: Melvin Gordon Remains Sidelined At Practice
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) remained out of practice again on Thursday. The Chargers were hoping that Gordon would be able to return in Week 14 against the Bengals after just one missed game, but that doesn't look like it'll happen. Austin Ekeler and rookie Justin Jackson should split the touches in the backfield again, but Jackson has more fantasy upside after he outplayed Ekeler last Sunday night in the thrilling win over the Steelers. Barring any setbacks, Gordon might be able to return and help fantasy owners in the second week of the fantasy playoffs in Week 15 against the Chiefs next Thursday.
10 days ago: Melvin Gordon Still Not Practicing
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) remained out of practice on Wednesday. The Chargers are holding out hope that Gordon can return to face the Bengals in Week 14, but the star running back isn't off to a good start. LA probably won't even need Gordon to beat the hapless and injured Cincy team either. If you own Gordon, don't count on having him for the first week of the fantasy playoffs. Austin Ekeler failed in his attempt as the lead back last Sunday night, while rookie Justin Jackson looked much better. The two will likely split the workload if Gordon is out again, but Jackson may have more appeal as an RB2 after last week's showing.
13 days ago: Melvin Gordon Could Return In Week 14
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee), who is out in Week 13, could return as early as Week 14 against the Bengals, according to sources. "It won't be long now," one source said. The Chargers consider Gordon week-to-week and they think he'll "at least be ready for the K.C. game" in Week 15. In the meantime, Austin Ekeler will take over lead-back duties, with rookie Justin Jackson backing him up. Ekeler has RB2 appeal on Sunday night against the Steelers.
19 days ago: Melvin Gordon To Miss A Few Weeks
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 MCL sprain that he suffered in the Week 12 blowout win over the Cardinals, according to sources. He will miss the next few weeks but should be back before the end of the regular season, barring any setbacks. It's a devastating blow for Gordon's fantasy owners entering the playoffs in a week. Austin Ekeler will be the primary back in Gordon's absence and will have high-end RB2 upside. Scoop him up immediately if he's on your league's waiver wire. Justin Jackson could also come into some flex value as the backup with Gordon sidelined.
20 days ago: Melvin Gordon Has MCL Injury
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) is dealing with an MCL injury after leaving the Week 12 win over the Cardinals in the third quarter, according to a source. Gordon will be re-evaluated on Monday, but there is a real possibility that he will miss next Sunday night's game against the Steelers. Gordon would've likely been rested in the second half with a commanding lead, but he was injured and continues to deal with lower-body injuries. There's a chance he could miss multiple games, which could be devastating for his fantasy owners trying to secure a playoff spot in the next week. If Gordon misses any time, Austin Ekeler would become a strong RB2 play in a projected shootout with Pittsburgh. Gordon rushed 10 times for 61 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for five yards before departing, so he was able to help his owners out. Ekeler rushed five times for 35 yards and a score and caught 10 of his 11 targets in the passing game for 68 yards.
20 days ago: Melvin Gordon Will Play Against Cardinals
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (hamstring, knee), who is questionable for Week 12 against the Cardinals, will play on Sunday. Gordon has had exactly 18 carries in each of the last two weeks, but he disappointed on the ground with only 69 yards rushing in the loss to Denver last week. In an excellent matchup against Arizona, Gordon remains a high-end RB1 and is a must-start.
20 days ago: Melvin Gordon Expected To Play In Week 12
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (hamstring/knee) has been a question mark all week, but he is expected to play on Sunday against the Cardinals. It's a good matchup for Gordon, though it's likely he cedes some playing time to backup running back Austin Ekeler. Keep an eye on the situation during pregame to make sure Gordon doesn't suffer a setback with his hamstring, but if he plays then he should be in all fantasy lineups.
20 days ago: Melvin Gordon Is A Game-Time Decision
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Cardinals due to lingering soreness in his knee and hamstring. Gordon has been a limited participant in practice all week, and head coach Anthony Lynn reinforced with reporters that it will truly be a last-second call on whether Gordon can go. Coming off a loss to Denver but with the playoffs clearly on their mind, it wouldn't be surprising if the team elects to hold Gordon out and lean on Austin Ekeler against the terrible Arizona team. Even if he does go, expect the coaching staff to be a little light on Gordon this week.
28 days ago: Melvin Gordon Will Run All Over Denver
Los Angeles Chargers running back/superstar Melvin Gordon has one mission on his mind every time he touches the ball, and that's how to find the end zone. It doesn't matter if he's carrying it from the backfield or catching it in space, he's looking for paydirt. He's tied for fourth in the league with 11 touchdowns, and owners should expect him to tack on to that number on Sunday against Denver. Gordon is riding a streak of five straight games with more than 100 yards from scrimmage, and he's a pretty sure bet to see that number once again as well. He should be started in all formats.
1 month ago: Melvin Gordon Goes Off Against Raiders
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon racked up 165 yards on 23 total touches in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Raiders. He solidified an elite fantasy outing with a 66-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. In a league stacked to the gills with excellent production from the running back position, Gordon finds himself firmly entrenched among the best in the game. He has surpassed 100 all-purpose yards in six of his eight games, and has scored at least one touchdown in every game since Week 1 (excluding his Week 7 injury absence). Gordon is as much of a set-and-forget lineup staple as there is at the running back position.
1 month ago: Melvin Gordon Looks To Build Against Raiders This Week
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will be looking to build from his impressive performance against the Seattle Seahawks in a great matchup against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are one of the worst teams in defending against the position, and with the form that Gordon has had so far this season, he is one of the best plays for fantasy owners this week.
1 month ago: Melvin Gordon Runs All Over Seattle
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was questionable coming into the game, but there was nothing questionable about his performance in the team's 8-point win over the Seahawks. Gordon was phenomenal in Sunday's game, racking up 113 yards on just 16 carries, averaging over seven YPC. He also found the end zone once again, raising his season total to seven rushing touchdowns (and 10 all-purpose TDs). Gordon is clearly one of the most valuable players in fantasy at this point, and he'll likely get to pad those stats next week when he gets a tasty matchup against the shell of the Raiders.
1 month ago: Melvin Gordon Active Against Seahawks
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (hamstring) is active for Week 9 against the Seahawks. Gordon was expected to play after practicing this week following the team's Week 8 bye. He'll return to his workhorse duties against Seattle and will be a high-end RB1. Austin Ekeler will factor in on passing downs and has upside in PPR leagues as an RB3/flex.
1 month ago: Melvin Gordon Will Play Against Seahawks
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (hamstring), who is questionable for Week 9 against the Seahawks, will play on Sunday, according to a source. Gordon missed the Week 7 game but had Week 8 to heal up during the team's bye, so he'll be good to go this weekend. Gordon is the biggest part of the Bolts offense and will be a to RB1 choice. Austin Ekeler loses a lot of fantasy upside with Gordon active, but he's still playable as an RB3/flex in PPR leagues.
1 month ago: Melvin Gordon Fully Participates In Practice
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon remains questionable with a lingering hamstring issue, but he was a full participant in practice on Friday. That's the good news, as it bodes well for this chances of playing on Sunday. The bad news is that even if he does play, there will be questions about his health that could limit his carries, he'll obviously be putting himself at risk of further injuring it, and he'll be facing one of the stiffest defenses in the league. Seattle's defense against opposing running backs is 12th best in the league, but they've been weak against dump-off passes in recent weeks. It's still a tough matchup, but if Gordon can go, he's got to be started in all fantasy leagues.
1 month ago: Melvin Gordon Gets Questionable Tag
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 9 against the Seahawks. Coming off the bye, we fully expect Gordon to be available this Sunday. He's gone over 100 yards rushing twice this year and has nine total touchdowns as the engine of this Bolts offense. Plug him in as a strong RB1 this weekend. Austin Ekeler will continue to serve as his change-of-pace back and is worth using as an RB3/flex in PPR leagues.
1 month ago: Melvin Gordon Will Be Limited Wednesday
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said running back Melvin Gordon (hamstring) will be limited in practice on Wednesday. A limited practice is still a good sign that Gordon will return in Week 9 against the Seahawks after sitting out in Week 7 in London before the team's Week 8 bye. If Gordon is good to go this Sunday, he'll be a must-start in fantasy. Backup Austin Ekeler's upside would take a hit, but he's still an RB3/flex option in PPR leagues.
2 months ago: Melvin Gordon Out On Sunday
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (hamstring) will not play on Sunday against the Titans. Gordon was a game-time call for the game in London, but with the team not taking any chances, they will leave the rushing duties to Austin Ekeler in Week 7.
2 months ago: Chargers Still Optimistic Melvin Gordon Could Play
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (hamstring) has a shot to play on Sunday in London. Though he was recently downgraded to questionable, the team is still optimistic that he will be ready to go against the Titans in Week 7. However, if there is any doubt, expect the Bolts to roll with Austin Ekeler as the main guy in the backfield.
2 months ago: Melvin Gordon Questionable For London Game
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (hamstring) is now listed as questionable for the Week 7 game in London against the Titans. Gordon was added to the injury report on Friday but got in a limited practice. Luckily for fantasy owners, the London game will kick off early Sunday morning, so owners will know if Gordon is playing or not. He might come down to a game-time decision. Make sure you have a backup plan in place. If Gordon can't go, Austin Ekeler would become a strong RB2 option for fantasy owners.
2 months ago: Melvin Gordon Limited In Practice, Not On Injury Report
Los Angeles Chargers star running back Melvin Gordon was held out of practice on Friday with a hamstring issue according to Melissa Stark of the NFL Network, but he has not been added to the injury report. Head coach Anthony Lynn said the issue was simply dehydration, and that's why he wasn't placed on the report. Obviously, no one likes to hear that one of the most valuable players in fantasy was sidelined with a hamstring issue, so the dehydration is the better scenario for fantasy owners, but it's still something to keep an eye on. The expectation is the Gordon will go this week in London anyway, but owners should keep their eyes peeled for any updated info.
2 months ago: Melvin Gordon Destroys Browns
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was an absolute monster on Sunday as he ripped the Cleveland Browns for 132 yards on the ground, 18 yards through the air, and three touchdowns. Gordon averaged a ridiculous 7.3 YPC as he still hasn't reached 20 carries in a game this season, and he basically ran at will against a defense that was supposed to be young and on the upswing. Gordon already has nine touchdowns this year, so his career high of 12 in a season looks like it will easily be broken. He'll likely be in the running for MVP in both real-life and fantasy football this year.
2 months ago: Melvin Gordon Should Feast Again
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has been one of the most valuable assets in fantasy so far, and he shouldn't be too slowed down in Cleveland. Gordon's versatility of running and pass-catching has him on pace for more than 1,800 total yards from scrimmage and a ridiculous 20 total touchdowns. While the Browns defense is talented and young, they're also allowing the 12th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs and haven't faced anything like the two-headed monster that is the Chargers backfield. Gordon should have no problem getting his points this weekend.
2 months ago: Melvin Gordon Finds The End Zone Again
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon had another strong day against the Raiders, and he still did what he does best, punch one into the end zone. Gordon's day on the ground wasn't terribly special as he only racked up 58 yards on 19 carries, but one of those was for a 1-yard touchdown. Gordon was called on to finish the job after defensive end Melvin Ingram was ruled short when he was brought in to give it a go. Whether Ingram was actually short or not was debatable, but fantasy owners were grateful because it allowed Gordon to snag the points instead of them getting vultured. Gordon's yardage was eventually boosted by hauling in four passes for 62 yards through the air though, getting him to 120 all-purpose yards on the day.
2 months ago: Melvin Gordon Should Roast The Raiders
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is already off to the best start of his career, and this week should let him pad those stats. Gordon's on pace to top 1,100 yards this season, and he could be sniffing 20 total touchdowns before the season draws to a close. This week, he's facing an Oakland team that ranks 30th in the league in rushing yards allowed and has allowed the 10th most fantasy points to opposing backs to this point. Gordon is primed for another huge week, and he should be a must-start in all formats.
2 months ago: Melvin Gordon Wins The Day Against 49ers
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon carried the team to its first home win on Sunday by racking up an impressive 159 yards from scrimmage along with scoring a touchdown. Gordon now has five touchdowns in four weeks, and he even ran wild against the SF defense, logging 6.9 YPC in the game and topping 100 yards on the ground. Gordon's grown into a bonafide star in the LA offense, and it looks like he's well on his way to having the best season of his career.
3 months ago: Melvin Gordon Likely To Shoulder Large Load
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will likely be carrying a big load on Sunday against the 49ers, especially if star wide receiver Keenan Allen is out. Gordon has continued to rack up the scores this season as he's already got four touchdowns in the team's first three games. He's well on his way to surpassing last year's total of 12 touchdowns, and he's carrying the ball at a better clip than ever before, averaging 4.4 YPC. Gordon will be facing a San Francisco defense that has been stingy against the run, but Gordon will likely be able to find a way through with his combination of running and receiving skills. Expect another big day.
3 months ago: Melvin Gordon Runs Wild Against LA
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon got right back on the horse against the Rams on Sunday, tallying up 80 rushing yards and a touchdown in the losing effort. Gordon continues to have a nose for the end zone as he racked up his fourth TD of the season, and his runs included some wonderful bursts for big chunks of yards. Gordon is in a slight timeshare with Austin Ekeler, who also looked fantastic on Sunday, and while Gordon has been the workhorse back, the lack of explosive runs has always been noted. Matched against one of the best defenses in the game, his big gains really stood out.
3 months ago: Melvin Gordon An Elite Week 3 Option Despite Tough Matchup
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has hauled in 15 of his 20 targets for 140 yards through the first two weeks of 2018, putting him on pace to shatter his career highs in all three categories. While it may be a bit early to expect him to continue averaging 10 targets for a full season, it's not too soon to realize that the Chargers are committed to involving him heavily in the passing game. Expect another high-volume outing in Week 3 as Gordon faces the Rams. As explosive as the Chargers' offense is, it's reasonable to expect them to have a tough time moving the ball against the Rams' vaunted defense. Look for them to account for this by throwing a lot of short and intermediate passes, many of which will be directed at Gordon. He may not double down on his three-touchdown outing from Week 2, but he should see more than enough work to yield a solid fantasy performance against one of the best defenses in the NFL.
4 months ago: Melvin Gordon Away From Team This Weekend
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon did not play in the team's third preseason game against the New Orleans Saints as he was away from the team tending to a family matter. Fantasy owners everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief, as his absence wasn't injury related. Austin Ekeler was solid in the blowout loss, and he remains the clear-cut No. 2 tailback and handcuff to Gordon. Meanwhile, Detrez Newsome appears to have nailed down the No. 3 job. Gordon continues to fly off the board in the first or second round across all fantasy leagues. He has rolled up 2,102 rushing yards with 18 touchdowns over the past two seasons while posting 99 grabs for 895 yards and six more scores through the air.
6 months ago: Melvin Gordon To Have Bigger Pass-Catching Role
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has developed into one of the better pass-catching running backs in the NFL and finished with 58 catches for 476 yards and four touchdowns in 2017. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said Gordon's role in the passing game could expand even more this year, particularly with the loss of tight end Hunter Henry (knee) for the year. "What you're seeing is a player become more comfortable in the offense," former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson said about Gordon. "His role in the offense has evolved, and it's not just rushing the football and picking up the hard yards. It's now becoming an asset in the passing game where you have to be an outlet for Philip." In an offense that should be plenty productive in 2018, Gordon will be one of the primary weapons. He's a solid RB1 choice.
8 months ago: Chargers Plan To Pick Up Melvin Gordon's Fifth-Year Option
Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco announced Monday that the team plans to pick up running back Melvin Gordon's fifth-year option on his rookie deal. It is a no-brainer after Gordon had his best season as a pro last year, going over 1,000 yards on the ground for the first time in his three years in the league. He also played a full season for the first time while scoring 12 total touchdowns. His 1,581 yards from scrimmage ranked fifth in the NFL. Gordon is scheduled to make $1.9 million in 2018. He will once again be a target at the end of the first round in fantasy drafts as a clear RB1.
12 months ago: Melvin Gordon Active Against Raiders
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (ankle) is active in Week 17 in a must-win game against the Raiders. Gordon was expected to play after getting in two limited practices during the week. He'll be a must-start for fantasy owners, but he could be limited at less than 100 percent and will be at risk of an in-game setback. If Gordon aggravates his high ankle sprain, Branden Oliver would see more work in the backfield with Austin Ekeler (hand) limited to special teams duties.
12 months ago: Melvin Gordon Expected To Play Against Raiders
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Week 17 against the Raiders in a must-win game, is expected to play, according to a league source. Gordon got in two limited practices this week, so he's been trending in the right direction. However, at far less than 100 percent playing on a high ankle sprain, it's fair to wonder how effective he'll be for fantasy owners. It may be wise to expect more of a low-end RB2 ceiling this weekend. The Chargers may lean more on the arm of quarterback Philip Rivers in this one, as Branden Oliver is the only other running back that would help carry the load for Gordon with Austin Ekeler (hand) limited to a special teams role.
12 months ago: Melvin Gordon Listed As Questionable
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (ankle) is listed as questionable for a must-win game in Week 17 against the Raiders. Gordon got in some limited practices this week, so he seems to be on the right side of questionable, although he could come down to a game-time decision Sunday afternoon. If he plays, Gordon will be a little more risky as an RB1 and in danger of an in-game setback, but owners will still want to start him if he's active. If Gordon is inactive, Branden Oliver figures to see most of the work in the backfield with Austin Ekeler (hand) playing through a broken hand.
12 months ago: Melvin Gordon Gets In Limited Practice
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (ankle) got in a limited practice Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday. Gordon's status is officially up in the air for the must-win game in Week 17 against the Raiders, but his limited participation Thursday is a good sign he's trending in the right direction. Still, it may come down to a game-time decision Sunday afternoon. If Gordon suits up, he may be more of an RB2 this weekend for fantasy owners, as he'll be at risk of an in-game setback. If he doesn't play, backup Branden Oliver is expected to serve as the lead back.
12 months ago: Melvin Gordon Sidelined Again
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (ankle) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice. Despite back-to-back missed practices, the Bolts anticipate Gordon returning and being limited on Friday. Head coach Anthony Lynn has hinted Gordon could be a game-time call for Sunday's must-win finale against the Raiders. If he suits up, Gordon's workload and production will have a lower floor than usual.
12 months ago: Melvin Gordon Says That He Will "Be Ready" For Sunday
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (ankle) said he will "be ready" to play Week 17 against the Raiders. Gordon was not able to practice Wednesday, and coach Anthony Lynn suggested the running back will be a game-time call. "If it's something he can play with, then he'll play," Lynn said. "But right now we won't know until the end of the week." If Gordon cannot go, Branden Oliver will likely serve as the lead back. Normal backup Austin Ekeler was limited to special teams last week because of a broken hand.
12 months ago: Melvin Gordon Won't Practice Wednesday
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (ankle), who remains day-to-day with a left ankle injury, will not practice Wednesday, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. The Chargers are taking it one day at a time with Gordon and are optimistic that he can play in Week 17's must-win game against the Raiders. While Gordon may not practice at all this week, he could still play in the game, although it's fair to wonder how effective he'll be. In the first matchup against Oakland, Gordon ran 25 times for 83 yards and a touchdown, so he'll need to be in all fantasy lineups if he's active. If he's not, Branden Oliver may be the workhorse in the backfield with Austin Ekeler (hand) also injured.
12 months ago: Melvin Gordon Is "Optimistic" For Week 17
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (ankle) is "optimistic" he will be able to play Week 17 against the Raiders, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He is dealing with a sprained ankle and was in a walking boot over the holiday. It is a situation to monitor into the weekend. If Gordon is unable to go, and with Austin Ekeler having a broken hand, it could be all Branden Oliver.
12 months ago: Melvin Gordon In A Boot
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (ankle) was in a walking boot after the Week 16 win over the Jets, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Lynn said Gordon may be a game-time decision in Week 17 in a must-win game against the Raiders. There's a chance the Bolts keep Gordon sidelined during practice the entire week before re-evaluating him over the weekend. He'll be a dicey fantasy play this weekend even if he suits up. If Gordon is forced to miss the game, Branden Oliver may be the lead back with Austin Ekeler (hand) playing through a broken hand.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Will Keep Rolling Along
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon hasn't shown regular explosiveness that will win him any big-time honors, but he's dependably helped push the offense forward throughout the whole season. Expect that trend to continue on Saturday against the Chiefs, as Gordon will continue his trek to 1,000 yards this season. Gordon is almost assuredly going to see 15 to 20 carries and will finish with 60 to 90 yards on the ground. He picked up a touchdown last time the Chargers faced the Chiefs, and there's a pretty good chance he can pound one in again. It won't be flashy, but it will get the job done.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Slowly Hammers On
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon had another solid performance with 78 rushing yards and his first rushing touchdown in three weeks, but he continues to be a product of success through persistence more than anything else. Gordon gained his 78 yards on 22 carries, averaging 3.5 YPC. This is just slightly below his season average of 3.7 YPC, which is the worst YPC for any running back with more than 211 carries this season. Barring any surprises, Gordon will break 1,000 yards on the ground this season, but he may take more carries to do it than anyone else in the league.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Primed For Big Points
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has been a solid contributor this season, but it's been over a month since he last cracked 100 rushing yards in a single game. There's a good chance that streak will come to an end this week. Gordon will be facing off against a Washington defense that has been absolutely gashed by the run this season, especially recently. On the year, they're the sixth most generous run defense. However, over the last four weeks, they've stepped that up and been the second most generous run defense for opposing running backs' fantasy purposes. With LA still handing Gordon 15 to 20 carries per game, expect him to be able to do some real damage to Washington.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Solid In Week 13
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon started a little slow against Cleveland, but he found his stride and pounded through their front seven regularly. Gordon finished with 77 yards and a 4.1 yards per carry, but the majority of that came in the second half when he helped guide LA to easy first downs regularly to help kill the clock. Gordon wasn't able to find the end zone due to some hard work by the defensive front in goal-line situations, but he's still one of the horses for a Los Angeles offense that is rolling.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Will See Plenty Of Work
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will likely get a host of chances on Sunday as the Chargers are facing a winless Browns team. Gordon is still on pace to surpass 1,000 rushing yards this season, but his mediocre yards per carry of 3.7 has made him a fairly uninteresting back in a lot of weeks. Expect him to get another 20 chances against Cleveland, so he'll still get plenty of opportunities to find the end zone this week as well.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon A Strong Start On Thanksgiving
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has had a fine season this year, racking up 633 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns, 250 receiving yards, and four receiving touchdowns so far. This puts him on pace to quietly top 1,000 yards on the ground (just barely), and he's got a good shot at setting a new career high in all-purpose TDs. That said, if he's going to cash in against a defense, it's this week. The Cowboys defense is the 11th worst against running backs this season, and they've been gashed the last couple weeks, surrendering the 4th most fantasy points to RBs in the league. Expect Gordon to see plenty of chances to find the end zone on turkey day.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Posts Another Solid Performance
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon put up about as average a solid performance as could be expected on Sunday. Gordon carried the rock 20 times for 80 yards with one touchdown. There was nothing spectacular about the performance, but no fantasy owner is going to complain about such a showing either. Surprisingly, he didn't come down with any catches this week, but he'll usually tack on a couple of those as well. Gordon's not going to win any awards with his mediocre YPC, but he's still providing regular TDs for his owners, so he's become dependable in his own way.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Primed For Big Day
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was unsurprisingly shut down by the Jags last week, but Week 11 should be a nice bounceback for the man. Gordon will get to face the very generous Buffalo Bills defense on Sunday, and he may be leaned on extra heavily due to a QB injury. The Bills have given up the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, and Gordon has already shown a propensity for punishing poor rushing defenses like the Patriots (132 yards) and Giants (105 yards). On top of that, starting quarterback Philip Rivers is questionable for the game, so if backup Kellen Clemens is forced into the starting role, expect Gordon to see even more action than normal. Combined, it makes Gordon one of the most desirable plays of the week.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Will Struggle In Jacksonville
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has been a solid fantasy contributor in 2017 with his four rushing and four receiving touchdowns, but he's also completely disappeared for a couple weeks. He's only topped 55 rushing yards in four of his eight games, and he's only topped 85 rushing yards twice. The reason that matters so much this week is because Jacksonville's only slight weakness (they're still above average) on defense has been to the run game. They've excelled at flattening quarterbacks and preventing big pass plays, so Gordon will have to carry the water on the ground instead. Unfortunately, he's shown this season that he can expose bad run defenses, but he's struggled against other mediocre run defenses that weren't as good as Jacksonville's. Expect a rough day for Gordon.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Not On Injury Report
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (foot) isn't on the team's injury report to begin Week 10 against the Jaguars. Gordon had the bye week to heal up, so he should be near 100 percent this weekend against Jacksonville. Gordon remains a huge part of LA's offense, and they may lean on him even more than usual in this matchup against the No. 1 overall defense in the league. He's still a surefire RB1 choice for fantasy owners.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Has Huge TD Run
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon opened the scoring on Sunday with a massive 87-yard touchdown run against the Patriots. He'd finish the day with 132 yards on the ground and just that one touchdown, averaging 3.46 YPC outside of his one big run. Gordon was one of the few stars for the Chargers in the game as a weak Patriots defense was able to do just enough to keep Philip Rivers off his rhythm and pull out the win.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Expected To Play Sunday
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (foot) is expected to play on Sunday against New England. The young back has been dealing with the foot ailment and was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. However, after practicing in full on Friday, it appears as if he will be good to go but could still be somewhat hindered by the injury. Gordon has played well and has seven touchdowns on the year. He has a favorable matchup against a Patriots defense that has struggled this season as well as suffering the loss of linebacker Dont'a Hightower for the year.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Should Capitalize In Week 8
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon had a rough game against Denver, but a matchup against one of the worst defenses in the league should brighten his spirits. New England's defense ranks 11th in most rushing yards allowed per game, and they've given the 6th most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Gordon's blossoming as a third-down option will also strengthen his performance as the Patriots defense has allowed more yards through the air than any other team. No matter the score, expect Gordon to be heavily involved in the action, even if it's not mostly on the ground.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Disappoints Against Denver
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was coming into Week 7 off a huge pair of games, but it didn't carry over for him. Gordon carried the ball 18 times for just 38 yards and hauled in just one reception. He's still getting plenty of opportunities and owners shouldn't be turned off about one bad performance against a strong defense, but it is worrying that he's only averaged more than 3.3 YPC twice this season. As long as he can keep his reception and touchdown numbers high, they can hide that struggle, but it's still something to keep an eye on.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Will Play Against Denver
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (shoulder), who was questionable for Week 7 against Denver, will play, according to a source. The Chargers offense runs through Gordon both on the ground and through the air, and he's strong RB1 choice despite the fact that the Broncos run defense has been the best so far in 2017.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Looking To Continue Hot Streak
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will be looking to continue his recent TD streak when he faces Denver in Week 7. Gordon has been a fantasy monster the last two weeks, racking up four touchdowns (three of them from receptions) and 313 yards from scrimmage. Gordon struggled on the ground against the Broncos in Week 1, but he did snag five catches and a receiving touchdown in the game. With his recent increase in receptions, expect him to be active as a checkdown against the strong defensive line of Denver. While he'll likely struggle on the ground once again, Gordon should still be involved enough to be a worthwhile starter.
1 year ago: Questionable Tag For Melvin Gordon
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 7 against the Broncos. Gordon isn't in real danger of missing this weekend's game. After blowing up for 83 yards and a touchdown on the ground and nine catches for 67 yards and another score through the air last week, Gordon is a locked-in RB1, even against Denver's league-best rushing defense (league-low 15.4 fantasy points per week allowed to runners).
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Tacks On Two More TDs
Running back Melvin Gordon has become a huge weapon for the Los Angeles Chargers, and he's on his way to a heck of a season. Gordon ran for 83 yards and a touchdown while also hauling in nine passes for 67 yards and another touchdown against the Raiders in Week 6. This puts Gordon at a total of seven touchdowns for the season, and though his season rushing yardage is still depressed at just 356 yards in six games, his touchdowns are keeping fantasy owners happy. There's no sign of him slowing down or LA moving away from using him as their primary weapon, so it should be a good year for Gordon.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Looking At Another Huge Week
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon had a huge game against the Giants in Week 5, and he'll look to continue that trend against Oakland in Week 6. Gordon cleared the century mark on the ground while also snagging two TDs through the air, helping further reinforce his presence as a three-down back. In Week 6, he'll be facing a Raiders squad that has allowed running backs to catch 81% of the passes thrown their way, and backs are averaging 11.8 YPC on those opportunities. This is on top of the fact that they've been mediocre against the run. There's always the risk that Philip Rivers may turn to some of his other well-known weapons to help put points on the board, but Gordon has a golden opportunity.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon A Full Participant On Thursday
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has been hampered by a lingering knee injury, but he was a full participant in practice on Thursday. Gordon claimed the knee was completely healthy last week, but he looked slow in the game as he only accumulated 22 yards on 10 carries. This week, he'll be facing a mediocre Giants run defense, and his return to full participation in practice should help fantasy owners feel more at ease with starting him. He's scored touchdowns in two of his last three games, but he's yet to have that big breakout game this year. Perhaps Week 5 will be that game.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon, Tyrell Williams Practice In Full Wednesday
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) and wide receiver Tyrell Williams (neck) both practiced in full Wednesday. Neither is in danger of missing the Week 5 contest against the Giants. Gordon was a disappointment in Week 4 with just 10 carries for 22 yards, so expect the Bolts to give him a much larger workload after he complained about his role. Gordon should be a locked-in RB1 this weekend. Williams had his best game of the season in Week 4, catching five passes for 115 yards and a touchdown, but those types of games will likely be hard to come by for the 25-year-old, making him more of a WR3 for fantasy owners.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Unhappy
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon admitted he's "super frustrated" and wants more touches. "Obviously not getting the touches and not getting the win -- the win is the biggest thing," Gordon said. "But then the fact that you feel like you can't even help, you're just kind of sitting back, it sucks because I just feel like I'm kind of helpless back there." Gordon got the ball just 11 times in the narrow loss to the Eagles last week, ceding six touches to Branden Oliver and Austin Ekeler, as he battled through a knee issue. Gordon is averaging 3.1 YPC on the year but gets a plus draw against the Giants in Week 5. New York is 31st in run-defense DVOA, making Gordon a top option at running back.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Plays Through Injury
After dealing with a knee injury all week, Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon went into Sunday's game with the coaching staff saying he'd be fine. Once he got on the field, it quickly became apparent that was wishful thinking. Gordon only carried the ball 10 times for 22 yards against the Eagles, and though he had a couple nice runs early in the game, he was replaced by Branden Oliver and Austin Ekeler. Ekeler in particular took advantage by taking his only carry from scrimmage 35 yards to the house, and he also hauled in both passes sent his way. Gordon is expected to be hampered again with the injury this week, so it will be a waiting game to see what information can be gleaned from practice leading up to the Week 5 matchup with the Giants.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon To Play On Sunday
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) will play on Sunday against Philadelphia. Gordon has been dealing with the knee injury for a short while but was able to practice in full on Friday. However, though he will see some snaps, there is a chance that the team will still play it safe and have him share time with backup running back Branden Oliver. In any event, Gordon will still have his work cut out for him as the Eagles have given up only 164 rushing yards this season, something fantasy owners will need to think about.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Still Limited On Thursday
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) was supposed to be a full go in practice on Thursday according to head coach Anthony Lynn, but he ended up limited after all. However, though Gordon was limited, he's still expected to play at full speed on Sunday. Gordon has been a workhorse for LA so far, scoring in every game of the season, so if he's good to go, he should be in all fantasy lineups.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Will Play Sunday
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Thursday that running back Melvin Gordon (knee) is fine and that he will play in Week 4 against the Eagles. Gordon will be monitored, but he should play enough snaps to be considered an RB1 this weekend, even against a stingy Philadelphia run defense to this point.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Limited In Practice Wednesday
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) will be limited in practice Wednesday, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Both Gordon and Lynn aren't worried about the injury, so Gordon should be fine for Week 4 against the Eagles and should be locked into RB1 status unless he suffers a setback this week.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Says He's Fine
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) and head coach Anthony Lynn are not worried about his knee injury moving forward. "He's sore," Lynn said. "He was sore last week. We'll monitor him this week, but I'm sure he'll be fine." It's a bit concerning that it's the same knee left that Gordon had microfracture surgery on in his rookie season, but as long as he doesn't have any setbacks, he should remain a solid RB1 choice for fantasy owners. "I played through a lot and been through a lot with my knee," Gordon said. "I'm good." Gordon has 44 carries for 146 yards and three touchdowns in three weeks.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Dealing With Bone Bruise
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is dealing with a minor bone bruise in his knee, and sources say Gordon wanted to go back into the game in Week 3. Gordon saved his fantasy day by scoring the team's only touchdown of the day before his injury, and he rushed 17 times for 79 yards. It was the first game this year where he didn't have a single catch, though. His injury isn't very serious, so barring a setback, we'd expect him to be fine for Week 4 against the Eagles, where he'll once again be an RB1.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Suffers Knee Injury
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon left the game early in Week 3 against the Chiefs with a knee injury and is questionable to return. The good news is that Gordon had 78 yards and a touchdown on 15 attempts before leaving, although it's potential bad news moving forward, as it's the same knee ailment that had him questionable going into this game. Gordon is a big part of the Bolts' offense, so if he has to miss any games, it'd be bad news for the rest of the skill players. Branden Oliver is the next running back up and is worth a look on the waiver wire if Gordon's injury is serious.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Active Against Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) is active in Week 3 against the Chiefs. There never much was any doubt that Gordon would play, but you can safely fire him up as an RB1 with an expected heavy workload against KC. The former Wisconsin Badger hasn't had much room to run behind LA's mediocre offensive line, but he makes up for it by being very active in the passing game.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Expected To Play
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon, who is listed as questionable with a knee injury, is expected to play in Week 3 against the Chiefs, according to a source. There was never much question that Gordon wouldn't play, but this basically confirms it. A weak Chargers offensive line sets Gordon back, but he should improve on his 2.5 yards per carry and should be locked in as an RB1.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Limited, Expected To Play
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon suddenly popped up on the injury report on Thursday, as he was limited in practice due to a knee injury. However, he was on the field while reporters were there, and there was no indication that he's in danger of missing LA's Week 3 game on Sunday. It's expected that this is just the team being cautious and buying Gordon some rest, though fantasy owners will want to watch the situation to make sure nothing more develops.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Shows Up On Injury Report
San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was added to the Chargers' injury report on Thursday, getting in a limited session with a knee issue. It is not ideal for Gordon to be limited at practice so close to the weekend, but there is a strong chance the Chargers are playing it safe with a back who has a history of knee issues. At this point, there is zero reason to believe Gordon won't be out there against the Chiefs on Sunday. While Kansas City has a solid defense, look at Gordon as a top-10 RB this week with top-five potential as always.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Falters In Run Game
The Los Angeles Chargers have an impressive running back in Melvin Gordon, but for the second straight week, there wasn't much action to be had on the ground. Gordon recorded a pitiful 13 yards on nine carries against Miami, and he's now averaging just 2.5 yards per carry. He did chip in an impressive 65 yards receiving on seven catches, but most owners who drafted Gordon expected they were getting a running back, not a receiver who happened to line up behind the QB. There is still a ton of offensive potential in place for the Chargers, and the thought is that as the passing game continues to flourish, it will open up more ground opportunities for Gordon. However, the offensive line hasn't helped up their end of the bargain yet, so owners can be reasonably concerned. With KC coming to town next week, they shouldn't expect it to improve quickly.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Mediocre In Week 1
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon got the game started right by taking a handoff 21 yards from his own six yard line to help get the team out of the shadow of its own end zone. He also made the score sheet by making an acrobatic dive for a touchdown in the second quarter. The problem is that he was basically a ghost for the rest of the game. Gordon finished with just 54 rushing yards on 18 carries, and he got called out by head coach Anthony Lynn after the game for his lackluster performance. Gordon has the potential to be an RB1, but he'll need to get more consistent to live up to it. Hopefully, he was just weighed down by the difficulty of facing one of the best defenses in the NFL.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Drives In A Touchdown
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon looked ready for the regular season on Saturday as he showed off his running power on multiple occasions. Gordon would finish the game with eight carries for a decent 36 yards, but one of those was the eventual game-winning touchdown. With just one minute left in the first half, head coach Anthony Lynn called Gordon's number, and he easily powered in the 2-yard score. With the assortment of weapons on the offensive side for the Chargers, Gordon will always battle for more touches, but he looks ready to shoulder the workload whenever the team wants to turn to him.
1 year ago: Melvin Gordon Sees Limited Work In Preseason Opener
As expected, Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon saw limited action in Sunday's preseason game against the Seahawks, toting the ball just six times for 14 yards. Following a bust season in his rookie campaign, Gordon broke out in his sophomore season, rushing 254 times for 997 yards and 10 scores in 2016. Things continue to look bright for him, and he should remain successful under new head coach Anthony Lynn, who has plenty of experience coaching running backs. Gordon is the Bolts' clear bell-cow back in what should be a potent offense. Draft the former Wisconsin Badger as a solid RB1.
2 years ago: Chargers Head Coach Seeks To Improve Melvin Gordon
New San Diego Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn thinks he can help running back Melvin Gordon improve even more in 2017 after he broke out for 997 yards on 254 attempts for 10 touchdowns. He added 41 receptions for another 419 yards and two scores. The addition of Lynn as head coach is a positive for Gordon, as Lynn was a running back in the NFL and successful running backs coach with the Jets and Bills. If San Diego can upgrade their offensive line this offseason, Gordon could easily match or exceed his 2016 numbers with a full season. That'll make him a target as a surefire RB1 in the early rounds.
2 years ago: Melvin Gordon Had Sprained PCL
San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (knee) sat out the final three games of his excellent bounceback season for the Chargers with a sprained PCL. Gordon finished 2016 with 254 totes for 997 yards and 10 touchdowns while also catching 41 passes for 419 yards and two more touchdowns. In the absence of Danny Woodhead for the majority of the year, Gordon proved he is a legitimate every-down back in the NFL. The Chargers held him out as a precaution to end last year, and he should enter 2017 as a clear top-10 fantasy running back.