Melvin Gordon’s last chance for fantasy relevance

Kevin Cole uses recent rushing attempt share to find running backs set up for fantasy success.

| 12 months ago
(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Melvin Gordon’s last chance for fantasy relevance


This week we’re continuing to look at rushing opportunity through the changing landscape of NFL backfields. We’ve seen many running back injuries this year — last week being no exception with Thomas Rawls, Jonathan Stewart, and T.J. Yeldon all going down. With that shifting landscape in mind, we need to focus on recent and season-long rushing opportunity.

The actual number of team rushing attempts can vary greatly based on game script, or whether a team is leading or trailing. Therefore, looking at pure attempt numbers can be deceiving. Focusing on attempt share helps us determine exactly how big of a slice a rusher is getting in an offense. The key to finding undervalued running backs is identifying those with high shares heading into favorable matchups.

Let’s take a look at the top runners in terms of attempt percentage over the last week, and find the backs who should have the most valuable workloads this week.

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