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Los Angeles Chargers Daily Links: Rivers is ‘pulling for’ Melvin Gordon

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Philip Rivers 'Pulling for' Melvin Gordon in Chargers RB's Contract Holdout - Rob Goldberg
"It certainly is a deep position for us, and those guys all love to play and work hard," Rivers said in July, per Matt Szabo of the Los Angeles Times. "We love Melvin, but we're going to go with what we've got. It's a pretty dang good group."

Austin Ekeler is Alvin Kamara-in-Waiting: How Season-Long Game Script Affects Running Back Production, Part 2 - Ryan Collinsworth
On top of that, Ekeler and Kamara also share eerily similar workout metrics, both with above average size-adjusted speed and elite explosiveness.
Both players have similar athletic gifts, and through their two-year careers, both have been utilized in almost the exact same way by their respective offenses. Now, Ekeler has an opportunity to seize lead-back duties in L.A. — contingent on Melvin Gordon’s holdout status or a potential trade. Ekeler offers league-winning upside (a phrase I’m hesitant to ever use) and is a no-brainer on draft day.

Sleepers For All 32 NFL Teams - Mike Tagliere
If Melvin Gordon does, in fact, hold out, Jackson is going to have a much bigger role than most realize. The Chargers don’t want Austin Ekeler in a workhorse role, as that’s not when he’s most effective. Jackson filled Gordon’s shoes pretty well during the 2018 season, totaling 190 yards on 38 carries (5.0 yards per carry) with two touchdowns in Weeks 12-15. Benjamin is another one who’s on the sleeper radar, as he’s going to be on the field in three wide receiver sets, something that’s been valuable with Philip Rivers. Don’t forget that Benjamin totaled over 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Chargers. With Tyrell Williams gone, Benjamin is the field stretcher.

Boom, Bust, and Everything In Between – Running Backs - Mike Tagliere
Other interesting tidbits from this range include Austin Ekeler‘s high marks despite Melvin Gordon only missing a couple games last year. Ekeler has value even without a Gordon holdout, though it’s hard to see his role growing beyond 15 touches per game, even if Gordon does holdout.

11 Must-Have Players (2019 Fantasy Football) - FantasyPros Staff
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has been quarterback Philip Rivers’s number one target for years, and that shouldn’t change in 2019. He’s one of my favorite value picks with a current ADP at 24th overall as WR10. While I do agree that he should be WR10 and the guys ahead of him represent higher upside, that is in no way a knock on Allen. Over the last two seasons, Allen has averaged over 147 targets per year which would have been good for eighth overall in 2018.

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