Is Melvin Gordon Locked in as a Top-Five Fantasy Football Running Back?

Jun 24, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28).

  • When Healthy, Melvin Gordon is one of the NFL's most versatile and effective running backs.
  • Ian Hartitz discusses how soon he should be taken in your upcoming fantasy drafts.

We’re in the thick of the NFL offseason and it’s officially time to start fantasy football prep. I’ll be answering the biggest questions heading into the 2019 season; this is part of that series.

The Chargers’ 12-4 campaign in 2018 marked their first season with double-digit wins since 2009. Philip Rivers and the defense’s dominant pass rush deserve plenty of credit, but a large portion of the offense’s early success was due to their stud running back.

Melvin Gordon was well on his way to recording the single-best season of his career in 2018 before suffering a sprained MCL in Week 12. He managed to return for the Chargers’ playoff run, but clearly wasn’t the same back that had taken the league by storm during the first three months of the season.

What follows is a breakdown on just how talented Gordon is as a three-down back along with an analysis on his fantasy football value in 2019.

Gordon can do everything you need a running back to do

The former Wisconsin Badger and Heisman finalist has a history of being banged up, as Gordon has missed a total of nine games in four seasons, since joining the league in 2015.

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