Trade away Broncos RB Melvin Gordon
By Chris Moore (Twitter: @fantasy_moore)
We are now two weeks into the NFL season, and there have already been fantasy disappointments. Two games out of the fantasy season may be a small sample size. Reacting to how a player performs in their offense is the best way to find success in fantasy football. In this article, we are going to be going over some of the most underperforming fantasy running backs this season and why I think you should be selling them.
Melvin Gordon (RB – DEN)
There will only be a couple of more weeks before Melvin Gordon becomes irrelevant in the fantasy world. Gordon is currently the RB14 in PPR leagues, but his stats from the past two weeks show the Gordon show is coming to an end soon in Denver. If it wasn’t for his 70-yard touchdown in Week 1, Gordon doesn’t even make this list. It’s only a matter of weeks before rookie Javonte Williams takes over the backfield from Gordon in Denver. Williams has already outperformed Gordon. Last week averaging 4.9 yards per carry against the Jaguars compared to Gordon’s 2.38. Sell Gordon while his name and stats over the past two games still hold value. It’s only a matter of time before we see the Javonte Williams show in Denver. Gordon has a lofty resume and an overrated start to the season – now is the time.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB – KC)
Man, this one hurts. As someone very high on Clyde Edwards-Helaire ever since he entered the league, it stings to put him on this list. Yet the truth is, CEH isn’t the fantasy running back managers thought he would be when the Chiefs drafted him. CEH is currently the RB46 in PPR leagues, through two weeks. CEH has struggled so far to start the year, averaging 3.29 yards per carry on 27 attempts. The Chiefs talked about expanding CEH’s role in the passing game this season. But so far, through two games, that hasn’t been the case. CEH has only seen three targets in two games, which is only two targets more than backup running back Jerick McKinnon. Edwards-Helaire isn’t putting up the box score fantasy managers thought he would weekly, and now is the time to get out while his name still holds value.
James Robinson (RB – JAC)
While it was encouraging to see his snap share raise significantly in Week 2, it doesn’t look like we are getting the same fantasy production out of James Robinson this year like we did last year. The Jaguars are an awful team. They have struggled to look competent on offense so far this season. It’s hard to trust Robinson in your lineup if the Jaguars are playing from behind every week. Over the past two week’s that has been the case. Carlos Hyde remains a favorite of Head coach Urban Meyer, and this is just a situation I don’t want any shares. Robinson is currently the RB40 in PPR leagues, and there are better options out there at this point.