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Los Angeles Chargers Daily Links: How high is Justin Jackson’s ceiling?

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The Melvin Gordon holdout: What he wants and why a trade is unlikely - Dan Graziano
There's also, as we will discuss in a moment, very little chance the Chargers can get enough in a trade to justify losing Gordon. So withholding services and threatening to sit out real games is the way to go -- especially while we're still 6½ weeks away from the team's regular-season opener.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco Says He Loves Melvin Gordon Despite Contract Holdout - Scott Polacek
"I understand his thoughts and opinions of what he's going through. I always look at the player's side, so I can see it. It doesn't mean I agree with it, but I can kind of see what his thought process is."

What if Melvin Gordon Misses Games? Solving the Chargers Backfield Using the RotoViz Game Splits App - Curtis Patrick
Jackson saw a four-carry uptick per game without Gordon, but his targets remained essentially unchanged (they actually decreased slightly). Jackson hit the end zone on the ground twice in these games which propped up his fantasy scoring, perhaps in a way that could be misleading if raw fantasy scoring is being used in other research. Also hidden in these numbers is the reality that Jackson got a full game to himself in Week 14 against Kansas City and racked up 16 carries with Austin Ekeler missing time.

The RotoViz Apps See a Christian McCaffrey, Aaron Jones, James Conner Chimera In This Trendy Sleeper - Shawn Siegele
But we can also see why drafters might be drawn to Jackson. When we jump over to Jackson’s combine page, we find that McCaffrey is also his second-closest athletic comp. The former Northwestern star’s 4.52 forty is only slightly above average, but his 38.5-inch vertical and 6.81 three-cone put him in the 90th percentile for both explosion and agility.

Fantasy Football: At What Age Does A Running Back Decline? - Mike Tagliere
From a per-touch standpoint, running backs tend to decline beyond the age of 26, which is why we’ve started to see running backs have a hard time getting a big contract once their rookie deal is over. If you’ve got a running back who is 28 years of age, regardless of how great his season was, you need to consider moving him before it’s too late. We also learned that no age is too young to consider a running back among the elites. If you need running back help on your roster, don’t be afraid to spend up in order to acquire a young running back.

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