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Marlon Mack or Melvin Gordon

 
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  Melvin Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
Marlon Mack
RB - IND
Marlon Mack
 
 
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  Melvin Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
Marlon Mack
RB - IND
Marlon Mack
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. IND at LAC
Week 2 at DET at TEN
Week 3 vs. HOU vs. ATL
Week 4 at MIA vs. OAK
Week 5 vs. DEN at KC
Week 6 vs. PITBYE WEEK
Week 7 at TEN vs. HOU
Week 8 at CHI vs. DEN
Week 9 vs. GB at PIT
Week 10 at OAK vs. MIA
Week 11 vs. KC vs. JAC
Week 12BYE WEEK at HOU
Week 13 at DEN vs. TEN
Week 14 at JAC at TB
Week 15 vs. MIN at NO
Week 16 vs. OAK vs. CAR
Week 17 at KC at JAC
  Melvin Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
Marlon Mack
RB - IND
Marlon Mack
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts193.2232.9
Rush Yards894.01,058.3
Rush TDs8.18.3
   
Receiving
   
Receptions47.528.0
Rec Yards427.6199.8
Rec TDs2.61.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points194.2179.2
   
  Melvin Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
Marlon Mack
RB - IND
Marlon Mack
2018 Points 
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Week 224.63.6
Week 314.4
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Week 633.09.3
Week 729.9
Week 826.9
Week 918.3
Week 1022.55.8
Week 1115.612.9
Week 1218.69.6
Week 133.3
Week 149.3
Week 1524.9
Week 1611.49.8
Week 176.615.8
  Melvin Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
Marlon Mack
RB - IND
Marlon Mack
2018 Targets 
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Week 272
Week 34
Week 410
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Week 642
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Week 1062
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Week 1222
Week 131
Week 141
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  Melvin Gordon
RB - LAC
Melvin Gordon
Marlon Mack
RB - IND
Marlon Mack
Expert 
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
 I keep moving him up my rankings. And if Luck misses time, I think that might actually help him with more volume.
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 RBsHe's in line to push 20 touches per game for what could be one of the very elite offenses of '19 - was No. 11 RB in half-PPR PPG in '18, and closed out final 5 games (inc. playoffs) with 5 TDs and avg. of 101 YFS
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.Mack was given 20+ touches more often than any running back in football not named Zeke last season. Most take that to mean he has bonkers upside, especially considering the incredible offense he plays in which features the best offensive line in the game. The fact of the matter, however, is that Mack's target share is too low for top 5 RB upside unless Nyheim Hines suddenly goes away. Even so, he is a safe bet to finish in the top 24 RBs.
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.Mack missed four of the first five games due to injuries, but still managed 908 rushing yards, 4.7 YPC and nine TDs. He is playing behind an emerging offensive line and he should be a low-end RB1 in 2019.
Kevin Wheeler
DraftWize
I'm assuming a 4-game hold out hereMarlon Mack had four games with 125 or more rushing yards in the regular season or post season, tying him with Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliot for tops in the league, no other running back had more than two.
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.The ADP is a bit odd to me. Yes, he is on a tremendous offense and is the lead back, but he does not have a role in the passing game and will be TD dependent in games where his yardage total is not high. He is similar to Sony Michel, who I just wrote an article about (brotofantasy.com) saying not to draft. Mack had less than 40 total yards in 5 of the 11 games he played in last season and 7 of his 9 TDs came from outside of those games.
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.I am not going to draft Mack at all this season. I don't understand how a guy with so many flaws is being drafted in the third/fourth round. Mack doesn't catch passes, he's not dynamic enough to break off big runs, and is entirely useless in games where the Colts are trailing. He's a TD-dependent RB2 being drafted as much more.
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.When drafting a running back in the third-round, it's likely they're going to be the No. 2 running back on your fantasy team, and Mack is ideal for that role. He's struggled to stay healthy to this point in his NFL career, but in this offense, he has legitimate top-five upside. He plays behind what might be the best offensive line in football and has one of the better quarterbacks in the league to take pressure off. If he stays healthy, he'll be worth more than a third-round pick
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.Mack finished last season with 4/12 games over 115 rushing yards. He's going to be the lead back in a high powered offense, so there's plenty of upside with this pick. Before you get too excited, there are still some negatives with Mack. He was 30th in yards per carry after contact, 33rd in breakaway percentage, 38th in yards created per carry, 54th in elusiveness rating and 55th in juke rate. When it comes down to it, even if Mack isn't as talented as we might think he is, opportunity matters infinitely more than talent. Mack is going to get a lot of opportunity on an elite offense. So makes him a good pick. I won't be going out of my way to target him, since Hines eats into his receiving upside. However, I'm not afraid to take him where he's going.
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.