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Amari Cooper or Melvin Gordon

 
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  Melvin Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
Amari Cooper
 
 
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  Melvin Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
Amari Cooper
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. IND vs. NYG
Week 2 at DET at WAS
Week 3 vs. HOU vs. MIA
Week 4 at MIA at NO
Week 5 vs. DEN vs. GB
Week 6 vs. PIT at NYJ
Week 7 at TEN vs. PHI
Week 8 at CHIBYE WEEK
Week 9 vs. GB at NYG
Week 10 at OAK vs. MIN
Week 11 vs. KC at DET
Week 12BYE WEEK at NE
Week 13 at DEN vs. BUF
Week 14 at JAC at CHI
Week 15 vs. MIN vs. LAR
Week 16 vs. OAK at PHI
Week 17 at KC vs. WAS
  Melvin Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
Amari Cooper
2018 Points 
Week 118.61.8
Week 224.611.6
Week 314.41.7
Week 423.918.8
Week 518.01.0
Week 633.00.0
Week 7
Week 8
Week 918.311.8
Week 1022.57.5
Week 1115.63.6
Week 1218.630.0
Week 135.5
Week 1439.7
Week 154.3
Week 1611.42.0
Week 176.61.1
  Melvin Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
Amari Cooper
WR - DAL
Amari Cooper
Expert 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
Fantasy PPG finishes at RB in half-PPR over past 3 seasons has been 3rd, 7th and 5th, respectively - the rub here is obviously a very real holdout threat that could wipe out half a season in '19 - if he signs before your draft, vault him into the top 5 RBs 
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Prior to the holdout becoming a realistic possibility, Gordon was locked into the top 6 picks. At this point, however, he is falling out of even the second round in most cases and that may further plummet if the holdout extends into the preseason. He doesn't have much to lose by holding out but if the Chargers realize their window to win is closing, chances are that he'll be signed well before your fantasy draft.Cooper has put up some historical numbers to start his career despite playing in an awful offense that refused to throw him the ball. It was no wonder he exploded with a new offense and better quarterback despite learning the playbook on the fly. The ceiling is enormous in his first full season with Dallas but there is also quite a bit of unknown too, particularly his plantar fasciitis.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Gordon was 6th among fantasy running backs, despite playing in only 12 games in 2018. He should continue being a bell cow running back on a great offense, but his contract holdout is becoming concerning.Cooper was a great addition to the Cowboys passing offense, but he is a little hit or miss in their run-heavy scheme. He is a low-end WR1 that should see a ton of targets in the passing game.
Kevin Wheeler
DraftWize
I'm assuming a 4-game hold out here 
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
You have to play to pay off in fantasy football and (gulp) Gordon is pretty overrated. He's still talented with a big role if he plays, but this isn't a risk worth taking in my eyes 
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Very risky pick right now with the holdout. Obviously would be a huge steal if he returns, but you have to take him in one of the first three rounds.Yes, Coop was a stud with Prescott looking at the surface numbers, but look close and see that it was regular ol' Coop. In 9 games with the Cowboys, Cooper put up single digits 4 times, under 15 7 times, and two monster games where he put up around 35 and 45. The inconsistencies continued.
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
What makes MelGo so lethal is his rushing TD upside and usage in the passing game. Never included in discussion of best pass-catching backs, MelGo has been racking up receptions for years. Last season, Chargers RBs combined for a receiving line of - 138 targets, 104 receptions, 1,029 yards, 7 TDs. That is gold. The only concern here is the holdout. If he's starting for the Chargers on Week 1, many people will be lucky they grabbed him at a discount.Amari Cooper's career high in TD's is 7. He's passed 1100 yards once. He's passed 75 catches once. He played 9 games for Dallas and put up FOUR games in which his stat line was less than or equal to 5/36/0. And you want to take him in the third round?
Rich Piazza
Fantasy Shed
There is more risk in drafting Gordon than there is with Elliot. Gordon is on the last year of his contract, and the Chargers have two viable running backs they can turn to in his absence. The urgency for the Chargers front office isn't as great to get a deal done like it is in Dallas with Ezekiel Elliot. There are plenty of RB-needy teams that have the current and future cap space available to make a trade if that's the direction the Chargers decide to take. 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
He's not going to win the rushing title or anything and it's very unlikely that he finishes as a top-three fantasy running back, but he's about as safe as they come considering he's been a top-eight running back in each of the last three seasons. There were just four running backs who delivered RB2 or better performances in at least 90 percent of their games: Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott, and Gordon. His holdout is starting to get a bit concerning, as we have no solution in sight, making him a risky second-round pick at this point.It was good to see Cooper go to Dallas and get consistent targets, as that's something he was missing throughout his time in Oakland. He saw at least five targets in each of his nine games with the Cowboys, while seeing seven or more targets in 7-of-9 games. Because of that, he finished as the No. 4 wide receiver in fantasy from the time he joined them, behind only Antonio Brown, Davante Adams, and Julio Jones. He may not offer the consistency that those guys do, but not many do. Cooper should be on the low-end WR1 radar
Nick Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
I do not believe Melvin Gordon will sit out the entire season. If he does, then he'll be right back in this same situation next year. He'll still be under contract with the Chargers, they will still have the leverage, and he'll just be one year older, with a lot less money. What we could see happen is Gordon hold out for half the season, and then return to finish the year. That would allow him to become a FA next summer and get a new contract. The latest reports suggest that the teams aren't close to making a deal, and I find it hard to believe a team would want to give up a lot in trading for him. If this situation hasn't been resolved by the time your draft rolls around, then I don't see how you could feel good about drafting him. He'll be a stud when he plays, but missing out on your first or second round pick for potentially half a season is a major blow. There are too many elite options available in the first two rounds to justify taking him that early while this situation is still unresolved.I love Amari Cooper this season. He's finally out of Oakland, and in a place where he can see consistent volume. Dak Prescott is by no means an elite QB, but he's a big upgrade from Derek Carr. In the 9 games after being traded last season Cooper averaged 6/80/0.67. He was used in all areas of the field, and he showed his weekly upside with 2 games over 180 yards and 2 scores. He did all of this after being traded in the middle of the season. Receivers usually struggle when they change teams during an offseason, so the fact that he was able to produce right away is incredible. After a full Summer to train with the team, I expect Cooper to have some monster games this season. I'd be very excited to get Cooper in the third round. That's the point in the draft where you should have locked up two stud skill position players already. So capturing the weekly upside of Cooper on top of that is a no brainer.
Kyle Yates
The Fantasy Footballers
While Melvin Gordon's health gives us cause for concern, there's no doubting his talent and production when he's on the field. Gordon gives you a safe floor week in and week out with his presence in the receiving game and this offense should only be better with Hunter Henry coming back into the fold. While Gordon's not in the tier of the guys above, such as Barkley, Zeke, CMC and Kamara, he's a solid RB1 option to lead your fantasy team to victory in 2019.