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CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his touchdown in the second quarter to take a 14-10 lead against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his touchdown in the second quarter to take a 14-10 lead against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Chargers: Sell high

If you drafted Melvin Gordon early, you are probably wanting to see what you have with him now that he is back. But Gordon is the perfect sell-high candidate right now. His value could fluctuate over the next few weeks as the Chargers figure out what kind of split they want to have with their two star running backs.

If this turns out as a Devonta Freeman/Tevin Coleman type split, then both he and Austin Ekeler will still present owners with good fantasy value. There’s still lots up for grabs here, but Gordon could prove to be a bit of fool’s gold for your team. He almost certainly won’t return RB1 value for you at this point, but that is his assumed value right now just based on his potential and past performances.

If someone in your league is hurting for the potential of an RB1 right now, sell high on Gordon and see what you can get.

Keenan Allen presents an interesting trade target here. If you drafted Allen, there’s a strong chance that you are feeling pretty confident about your team’s chances right about now. Allen currently leads all receivers in target share, targets, receptions, receiving yards, and overall fantasy points. All of that has made him the current WR1 in both standard and PPR formats. He has been an absolute monster for the Chargers through four games.

The question here is whether he can maintain his current pace of play. His value is as high as it will ever be right now: Mike Williams is banged up, Hunter Henry has been and will be out for awhile and now Dontrelle Inman heads to injured reserve. The passing game for the Chargers has almost exclusively belonged to Allen and Ekeler.

Once everyone gets healthy, Allen is unlikely to maintain the same kind of volume that has made him so successful this season. He could certainly still end up as a top-12 option, but he sure is off to en elite start to the season.

If your team is hurting right now after some injuries or underwhelming starts by other players (like Todd Gurley and Joe Mixon) then you should at least consider the type of package you could get for the current WR1. Proceed with caution concerning Allen.

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