Better Fantasy Football Rookie RB: Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon?

Contributed by: Bill Enright
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2015 1:39 PM


We are now ONE MONTH away from the launch of our Draft Kit and Cheatsheets (July 15). As we do every Tuesday, we are ready to introduce a new Topic of Debate.

This week we are looking at the two rookie running backs who were selected in the 1st Round of this year's NFL Draft: St. Louis Rams Todd Gurley and San Diego Chargers Melvin Gordon. 

While there are some other rookie RBs we are excited to discuss in our Sleeper Article coming later in July (Tevin Coleman from the Falcons to mention one), Gordon and Gurley are this year's highly touted rookie rushers.

NFL Scouts say Todd Gurley is the most talented running back to hit the pros since Adrian Peterson joined the league in 2007. The former Georgie Bulldog had his 2014 college campaign cut short due to a torn ACL injury in November but the Rams didn't seemed concerned about his knee considering they drafted him 10th overall. Gurley is expected to be cleared by Week 1 but that is still very much TBD. Keep in mind the Rams also have last year's standout rookie Tre Mason on the roster who said he was SHOCKED when St. Louis drafted another RB. 

And then there's San Diego Chargers 15th overall selection, Melvin Gordon, who is coming off one of the greatest rushing performances in College Football History and finished second all time for most yards in a season behind Barry Sanders. But we've seen this before with Wisconsin running backs, they've dominated in College only to fail miserably in the pros. Just take a look at Ron Dayne and Montee Ball.

 Gordon, like Gurley, is a physical force with enough speed to hit the "home run." Like the Rams backfield situation, the Chargers too have some RBs that Gordon will have to fight off for snaps including Danny Woodhead and last year's rookie Branden Oliver. 

Regardless of the other RBs on their teams, Gordon and Gurley (once healthy) are expected to be the feature backs for their respective squads… 

Which brings us to this week's Topic of Debate:

Who Will Be The Better Rookie RB: Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon?

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