Melvin Gordon made his return to the field in Week 5, but his production was a disappointment for fantasy football players, as he turned 16 touches into only 38 yards with no touchdowns.
With Austin Ekeler thriving as a receiver in that game, Gordon's fantasy value could be tied closely to his volume on the ground, and while that could hurt his consistency, it could translate to a big game in Week 6.
The Chargers eased Gordon back into action in Week 5, playing him on fewer than half of their offensive snaps. He did still see a solid workload though, with 18 opportunities (12 carries and six targets). Meanwhile, with the Chargers playing from behind for much of the game, Ekeler out-snapped him and caught a team-high 15 passes for 86 yards.
Gordon's role will grow as he becomes more comfortable and his carries should increase even more when the team is not trailing, especially considering Ekeler notched only three rush attempts in the loss.
Being dependent on a run-heavy game flow could make Gordon's fantasy value inconsistent, but for Week 6 that puts him in a great spot with the Chargers favored by seven points on FanDuel Sportsbook as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both backs look like solid fantasy plays this week, but we give Gordon an edge, at RB18 compared to RB23 for Ekeler, in our Week 6 fantasy football rankings.
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