Editor’s update 9/26, 12:31 p.m.: Melvin Gordon is officially back! He reported to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday, and while he will likely not play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, he should be back for Week 5.
Editor’s update: Running back Melvin Gordon is set to return to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. He will not play this weekend against the Miami Dolphins, but likely will be playing when Week 5 arrives.
The Los Angeles Chargers are scuffling along due to a host of injuries, but their ground game has remained strong in spite of Melvin Gordon’s holdout. Even with that, they might be getting a shot in the arm soon. Gordon’s holdout could be ending soon, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. No final decisions have been made, but there has been talking he would return at some point in October.
Fantasy impact: Until we start hearing firm confirmation, we can’t make too many judgments. That being said, Gordon and Ekeler fantasy owners could have some decisons to make soon. Austin Ekeler has excelled as the team’s lead running back, with Justin Jackson some punch as a complement. Ekeler has 160 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 4.2 yards per carry, and is second on the team with 19 receptions for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Jackson has 142 rushing yards on 7.9 yards per carry, and has six receptions for 13 yards.
Gordon would seemingly slot back into the starting role, but the question is how they divvy up carries. I don’t see how they can cut into Jackson’s work given how effective he has been, so do they cut in Ekeler’s ground work? We’ve seen a three-headed attack in San Francisco with Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert, and Jeff Wilson (soon to welcome back Tevin Coleman), and that has resulted in two solid fantasy options in Breida and Mostert. Jackson seems to be the odd man out in LA when Gordon returns, but it’s tough to tell for the time being.