Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (ADP: 29, Running Back 15) : Avoid
This seems to be the summer of Gordon, and for all the wrong reasons for Chargers faithful. Gordon continues to hold himself out in search of a new contract and things do not seem to be improving in the slightest. ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Tuesday the Chargers have contacted Gordon recently, but that there is still no end in sight to the holdout. When looking at this situation from a fantasy perspective the answer is quite simple: If Gordon plays 16 games, he will be a top 10 fantasy running back, maybe even top five. If he decides to see this thing through to the bitter end (potentially sitting out until Week 11), Gordon will barely provide enough value to be worth any draft pick at all, much less a third-rounder. There’s just too much risk for the possible reward in this selection and until further news is announce would avoid drafting Gordon. If the rest of your league has as much trepidation about Gordon as you do and the running back falls into the fourth or fifth round, scoop him up with no hesitation. But to spend a third-round selection on a player with so much doubt is simply playing a dangerous game.
Better Options at ADP: David Montgomery (Running back CHI), Marlon Mack (Running back IND), Amari Cooper (Wide receiver DAL)