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Running Back, Los Angeles Chargers

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College: Western State, Colo.
Ht: 5’10”  Wt: 200 DOB: 1995-05-17 Age: 25

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2017 LAC 13 47 260 5.5 2 35 27 279 10.3 3 83.9 6.5
2018 LAC 14 106 554 5.2 3 53 39 404 10.4 3 131.8 9.4
2019 LAC 16 132 557 4.2 3 108 92 993 10.8 8 221.0 13.8
2020 LAC 4 49 248 5.1 1 17 17 144 8.5 0 45.2 11.3
2020 (Projected) LAC   150 645 4.3 3   71 675 9.5 4 174.0  

2020 Outlook
Depth Chart
With Melvin Gordon now in Denver, the Chargers backfield has been opened up for 2019 breakout back Austin Ekeler. The team retained backup Justin Jackson who battled injuries in 2019, while also adding rookie Joshua Kelley in the fourth round of this year's NFL Draft. Still, it's widely believed that Ekeler will see the lion's share of the touches which should give him enough volume to remain a quality fantasy option here in 2020.

Of course, the monstrous 10.8 yards per reception that Ekeler produced in 2019, along with his eight receiving touchdowns will almost certainly see some regression, but he did also only contribute three rushing touchdowns on the season which should theoretically see a bit of an increase, especially if he sees more work near the goal line here in 2020.

There's some concern that Ekeler might not be the receiving weapon he was with Philip Rivers at the helm, especially given that run-heavy quarterbacks like Taylor typically do not pass as often to their running backs, but Taylor has shown an ability to get the ball to pass-catching running backs in the past, as LeSean McCoy caught an average of 47 passes per season during the three seasons when Taylor was the primary starter. That's a far cry from the 92 receptions that Ekeler had in 2019, of course, but it's certainly not a death sentence for Ekeler's ability to finish as an RB1 in fantasy.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB5 Kalen Ballage
RB2RB2 Joshua Kelley
RB3RB3 Justin Jackson
RB4FB4 Gabe Nabers
RB5RB6 Troymaine Pope
RB6RB1 Austin Ekeler
Chargers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Austin Ekeler's return imminent?
Sidelined since Week 4 with severe hamstring strain
By: Doug Orth | Thu Nov 12, 11:30 pm

Austin Ekeler tweeted "To all my fantasy owners that didn’t drop me... the time draws near." (Austin Ekeler on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Ekeler posted a video of himself running near full speed Thursday. He obviously has not returned to practice yet, but it appears as if he believes he is not far away from doing so. In his absence, the Chargers have turned to an impossible-to-predict committee in which Justin Jackson, Joshua Kelley, Troymaine Pope and Kalen Ballage have taken turns leading the backfield. When Ekeler returns, it's almost certain he'll be given enough work to return to RB1 status.


Injury Austin Ekeler expected to miss multiple weeks
On crutches after the game
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Oct 4, 6:58 pm

Chargers’ RB Austin Ekeler was spotted postgame with crutches and a brace to help him with the hyperextended knee and hamstring injury he is thought to have suffered today, per source. Ekeler will have an MRI on Monday but he is expected to miss multiple weeks. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This is a big loss for the Chargers offense who will now rely on rookie Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson (quad) who returned to action this week. Jackson will be a hot waiver wire pickup in Week 5.


Reduced receiving work for Austin Ekeler?
RB still a priority but lower target totals may be new norm
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 14, 6:15 pm

Anthony Lynn said the new scheme - primarily the increased QB and pocket movement - will limit check downs to RBs, including Austin Ekeler, who only had one target Sunday. But he said it's still a priority to get Ekeler touches moving forward. (The Athletic - Daniel Popper)

FFToday's Take: Ekeler was plenty involved in Week 1 (20 touches), but 19 of them came via the running game. Seeing as how Lynn seems to be confirming this is the plan moving forward in what figures to be a grind-it-out ball-control offense, fantasy owners should consider putting Ekeler on the market in hopes someone will pay for last season. Without goal-line work (should be mostly Joshua Kelley) and a dramatic drop in receiving work, Ekeler may be an RB2 in 2020 with limited upside.


Crowded house in Chargers' backfield?
Opportunities available for all three top RBs
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 3, 6:30 pm

This group was cemented after the Chargers drafted Joshua Kelley in the fourth round. This will be a formidable three-headed running back attack, and all will get opportunities in both the running game and passing game. Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and Kelley are all versatile enough and good enough route-runners to line up in the slot or outside. (The Athletic - Daniel Popper)

FFToday's Take: It seems unlikely that Ekeler will give up many targets, but it's just another reminder his role may not change all that much from last year. That could be a problem considering the Chargers want to be more run-heavy in 2020. One nugget to keep in mind: Ekeler received more than 10 carries only once after OC Shane Steichen took over last season. Ekeler's role should still allow him to be a solid RB1, while Jackson and Kelley may end up being dicey flex options.



2020 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at CIN W 16-13 19 84 4.4 0 1 1 3 3.0 0 8.7
2 KC L 20-23 16 93 5.8 0 4 4 55 13.8 0 14.8
3 CAR L 16-21 12 59 4.9 1 11 11 84 7.6 0 20.3
4 at TB L 31-38 2 12 6.0 0 1 1 2 2.0 0 1.4

2019 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 IND W 30-24 12 58 4.8 1 7 6 96 16.0 2 33.4
2 at DET L 10-13 17 66 3.9 1 6 6 67 11.2 0 19.3
3 HOU L 20-27 9 36 4.0 0 7 7 45 6.4 0 8.1
4 at MIA W 30-10 18 60 3.3 1 5 5 62 12.4 1 24.2
5 DEN L 13-20 3 7 2.3 0 16 15 86 5.7 0 9.3
6 PIT L 17-24 5 14 2.8 0 4 3 14 4.7 0 2.8
7 at TEN L 20-23 5 7 1.4 0 8 7 118 16.9 1 18.5
8 at CHI W 17-16 3 3 1.0 0 3 2 19 9.5 1 8.2
9 GB W 26-11 12 70 5.8 0 4 4 23 5.8 0 9.3
10 at LV L 24-26 6 19 3.2 0 2 2 29 14.5 1 10.8
11 KC L 17-24 5 24 4.8 0 12 8 108 13.5 0 13.2
13 at DEN L 20-23 9 16 1.8 0 5 4 51 12.8 1 12.7
14 at JAC W 45-10 8 101 12.6 0 5 4 112 28.0 1 27.3
15 MIN L 10-39 7 19 2.7 0 7 5 62 12.4 0 8.1
16 LV L 17-24 4 11 2.8 0 6 5 58 11.6 0 6.9
17 at KC L 21-31 9 46 5.1 0 11 9 43 4.8 0 8.9

2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 KC L 28-38 5 39 7.8 0 5 5 87 17.4 1 18.6
2 at BUF W 31-20 11 77 7.0 0 3 3 21 7.0 0 9.8
3 at LAR L 23-35 4 47 11.8 0 3 3 24 8.0 0 7.1
4 SF W 29-27 8 25 3.1 0 3 2 31 15.5 1 11.6
5 LV W 26-10 6 15 2.5 0 3 1 44 44.0 1 11.9
6 at CLE W 38-14 7 60 8.6 0 0 0 0 - 0 6.0
7 TEN W 20-19 12 42 3.5 0 7 5 26 5.2 0 6.8
9 at SEA W 25-17 3 21 7.0 0 2 1 13 13.0 0 3.4
10 at LV W 20-6 3 19 6.3 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.9
11 DEN L 22-23 6 29 4.8 0 2 2 40 20.0 0 6.9
12 ARI W 45-10 5 35 7.0 1 11 10 68 6.8 0 16.3
13 at PIT W 33-30 13 21 1.6 0 8 5 22 4.4 0 4.3
14 CIN W 26-21 15 66 4.4 1 5 2 28 14.0 0 15.4
17 at DEN W 23-9 8 58 7.3 1 1 0 0 - 0 11.8
WC at BAL W 23-17 11 29 2.6 0 4 4 14 3.5 0 4.3
DP at NE L 28-41 0 0 - 0 5 3 19 6.3 0 1.9
WC = Wild-Card DP = Divisional Playoff

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