RB1: Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
Gordon is currently the best running back in the AFC West and one of the best in the entire NFL. In 2018, he didn’t quite crack 1,000 yards (885 on the ground), but he was always a threat for opposing defenses.
He averaged 5.1 yards per rushing attempt and scored ten touchdowns on the ground. Gordon missed four games during the 2018 season and I would say it’s almost a certainty that he would have cracked 1,000 yards rushing if he had played in the four games he missed due to injury.
Gordon is also a capable receiver when called on. Last season, along with his rushing totals, he caught 50 passes for 490 yards. He has a career total of 3,628 rushing yards and 1,577 receiving yards.
In 2018, Gordon had a total of 15 rushes that went beyond 15 yards. According to Pro Football Focus, that is a 35.6 breakaway percentage. He also forced 41 missed tackles, which is an outstanding number.
If you play Fantasy Football, Gordon is one of the top running backs off the board. There are some around the league that you would take before him, but he is not far behind.