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Melvin Gordon Fantasy Value Could Still Be High as Draft Cost Falls

Jason Schandl
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Melvin Gordon's contract situation has sent his fantasy football cost plummeting. The Los Angeles Chargers running back was a lock as a first-round pick early in the offseason, but with uncertainty building around his potential holdout, his average draft position (ADP) is down to RB16 (29th overall) and is rapidly falling.

Will Melvin Gordon Play This Year?

The big question driving down Gordon's value is whether or not he will play, and with Le'Veon Bell's season-long holdout still fresh on everyone's mind, that concern makes sense.

The most recent update is that Gordon's holdout is expected to continue into the season.

Melvin Gordon Back Up

If Gordon doesn't play, the Chargers' top back will be Austin Ekeler, who has been seeing significantly more first-team work than Justin Jackson this preseason.

Ekeler saw a ton of volume when Gordon missed games in 2018, and even with a climbing price he could be a massive value if Gordon doesn't play.

Gordon's still not a lock to miss the entire season though, and that can actually make him a sneaky fantasy football value pick as his ADP continues to plummet.

He was one of only five RBs to average at least 23 fantasy points per game in 2018, finishing eighth in overall fantasy scoring at the position despite playing only 12 games. He's proven to have the upside of a top fantasy back even if he doesn't get in 16 games. There's also the possibility that Gordon gets traded and plays a full season in another uniform.

As long as your team is solid enough to survive without him for a few games, the potential that you get him back in the middle of the season (and in time for the fantasy football playoffs) gives him more than enough upside to be worth the risk if he starts falling into or beyond the third round.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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