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Chargers could look to Melvin Gordon as a receiver more often

The loss of Authentic Jordan Crawford Jersey tight end Hunter Henry to a torn ACL has led to questions about whether the Chargers will bring Antonio Gates back for another Kenny Stabler Jersey season to bolster their passing offense.
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They have resisted such a move to this point and part of the reason may be their confidence in running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon only caught 22 passes during his time at the University of Wisconsin, but had 74 in his first two NFL seasons before moving up to 58 catches last season in a progression that has offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt pointing to the running back as part of the solution to Henry’s absence.

So the AAF will be real football, coupled with what Ebersol called a better version of fantasy football.

No longer passive but interactive, Ebersol said. We’ve built something up here in San Francisco that I think is a game changer.

That weighting system will be slightly different in points leagues, but it does play a part in the overall calculations, which most recently ended up with the following catchers in my top 10: Gary Sanchez, Buster Posey, Willson Contreras, J.T. Realmuto, Evan Gattis, Yasmani Grandal, Wilson Ramos, Salvador Perez, Yadier Molina and Mike Zunino.

Here’s where the conundrum comes into play. That list is based on where these players rank in relation to the player universe as a whole, where every hitter’s stats count the same toward a fantasy team’s final total and I stand by them. But if you were simply looking to compare Catcher A to Catcher B in a vacuum, where only catcher stats counted, the same numbers are bound to tell a slightly different story.

In a catcher-only universe, so far in 2018, there have been 223 HRs and 21 SBs. That makes stolen bases 10.6 times more valuable than home runs. Of course, that doesn’t matter a ton when the steals leaderboard for catchers is led by a four-way tie with just 2 SBs.

Additionally, whereas the league as a whole is hitting .246, when it comes to catchers, a .230 BA would be considered the norm. So Grandal’s .243 is a negative toward his placement in my top 300, but in a catcher-exclusive world, it’s actually a slight positive.

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