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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: 24
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#25 4 5.10

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 13 112 481 4.3 3 84 73 830 11.4 8 197.1 15.2
2019 (Projected) LAC   134 642 4.8 4   44 397 9.0 2 139.9  

2019 Outlook
Depth Chart
Austin Ekeler is one of the few change-of-pace backs behind a proven stud who could still end up producing quality standalone fantasy numbers in 2019. Ekeler finished the 2018 season as the No.27 fantasy running back and he did that while himself missing two games due to injury. He touched the ball 145 times on the season, which is roughly 10 times per game, and he produced impressive numbers both as a runner (5.2 yards per attempt) and as a pass catcher (10.4 yards per reception). He's now eclipsed five yards per rush and 10 yards per reception in each of his two NFL seasons, so those numbers appear to be more of a trend than a mirage.

Unfortunately, we've now seen that Ekeler's touches seem to be capped at around 17 even in games when Melvin Gordon is out with an injury. The team seemingly does not trust him to produce as a bell cow which does limit his upside potential of becoming an RB1 for fantasy, even on a weekly basis. While we have to like the weekly numbers he produces, the lack of upside does make him less appealing than some of the other backs who are being drafted near him that could potentially turn into every-down backs if things break right for them this season. Still, Ekeler makes for a nice, solid, high-floor play in deep leagues PPR leagues.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Melvin Gordon
RB2RB2 Austin Ekeler
RB3RB3 Justin Jackson
RB4RB4 Troymaine Pope
RB5FB1 Derek Watt
RB6RB5 Detrez Newsome
Chargers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Keenan Allen listed as questionable
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 25, 2:36 pm

Chargers injury report - OUT: Brandon Mebane (knee), Nasir Adderley (hamstring), Justin Jones (shoulder), Cortez Broughton (mononucleosis). QUESTIONABLE: Derek Watt (knee), Michael Badgley (groin), Justin Jackson (calf), Melvin Ingram (hamstring), Keenan Allen (hamstring). (Eric Williams on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Allen's injury occurred during practice this week which is troublesome for his availability on Sunday. If he sits, you can expect Mike Williams, Hunter Henry and Austin Ekeler to be the main options for Philip Rivers in the passing game. Geremy Davis and Andre Patton would fill in at wide receiver.


Melvin Gordon's role unclear
Only used in an emergency?
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 29, 7:15 am

Two notes on #Chargers RB Melvin Gordon: 1. The plan is for him to be active but only used in an emergency. 2. #Giants WR Golden Tate worked out with him and the word is Tate is “on a mission” as he nears a return. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Being used in "only in an emergency" doesn't sound like Gordon will be seeing a lot of touches, but earlier reports have suggested Gordon could play a complementary role to Austin Ekeler. It's hard to trust Gordon in fantasy lineups today as he could play behind Troymaine Pope.


Injury Melvin Gordon unlikely to play in Week 4
HC doesn't quite shut the door on him playing
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 26, 11:55 pm

“Never say never, but doubt he’ll play this weekend.” - Anthony Lynn on Melvin Gordon potentially playing Sunday vs the Dolphins. (NFL Network - Omar Ruiz)

FFToday's Take: Gordon playing this weekend was basically ruled out when reports of his reporting to camp surfaced Wednesday, but this report became a bit more pertinent after Justin Jackson was limited in practice Thursday and popped up one injury report. It's still highly unlikely Gordon plays, but the Chargers also aren't going to run Austin Ekeler into the ground in a game they should win handily. It's a situation to monitor the rest of the weekend.


Injury Melvin Gordon expected to report on Thursday
Not likely to play in Week 4
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 25, 7:10 pm

Running back Melvin Gordon contacted the Los Angeles Chargers and told them he plans to report on Thursday, ending his 64-day holdout, sources confirmed to ESPN. A source tells ESPN's Josina Anderson that Gordon expects 2019 will be his final year with the Chargers. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Gordon is probably tired of losing money while he watches Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson capably fill the rushing needs for the Chargers. Gordon is unlikely to play in Week 4 against Miami but could suit up in Week 5 against the Broncos. His return will obviously affect the fantasy value of Austin Ekeler who currently sits as the No.1 RB in PPR leagues.


Melvin Gordon holdout ending soon?
Had planned to return at some point in October
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 25, 9:50 am

Chargers’ RB Melvin Gordon’s holdout could soon be coming to an end, though no final decisions have made when to report, per league sources. He had planned to return at some point in October, but could soon be moving up his reporting date. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Sounds like Gordon is getting antsy to play football or to start making some money. Other reports suggest Gordon could report on Thursday but even if he did, he wouldn't play in Week 4. Either way, Austin Ekeler owners should start to make plans for Ekeler being a Flex option instead of an RB1 when Gordon does return.


Injury Mike Williams a gametime decision
Listed as questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 13, 2:22 pm

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Mike Williams (knee) will be a game-time decision. "I just need to see that he can go out and play, and not hurt himself," Lynn said. "He has a couple more days, so we'll go day by day." (Eric Williams on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Williams injured his knee in Week 1 and missed practice Wednesday and Thursday this week. Even if he plays, it will be hard to trust Williams in fantasy lineups as he could be limited. The Chargers will be leaning on Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler on offense this week with Travis Benjamin an Dontrelle Inman seeing increased roles.



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 OAK 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

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 OAK 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 OAK 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

2017 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at DEN L 21-24 0 0 - 0 2 2 18 9.0 0 1.8
3 KC L 10-24 0 0 - 0 1 1 6 6.0 0 0.6
4 PHI L 24-26 1 35 35.0 1 2 2 23 11.5 0 11.8
5 at NYG W 27-22 4 0 0.0 0 6 3 28 9.3 0 2.8
6 at OAK W 17-16 1 1 1.0 0 2 1 8 8.0 0 0.9
7 DEN W 21-0 7 38 5.4 0 4 4 6 1.5 1 10.4
8 at NE L 13-21 2 8 4.0 0 1 1 13 13.0 0 2.1
10 at JAC L 17-20 10 42 4.2 0 5 5 77 15.4 2 23.9
11 BUF W 54-24 6 40 6.7 1 2 2 18 9.0 0 11.8
12 at DAL W 28-6 6 15 2.5 0 3 3 55 18.3 0 7.0
13 CLE W 19-10 4 19 4.8 0 3 2 21 10.5 0 4.0
14 WAS W 30-13 4 49 12.3 0 3 0 0 - 0 4.9
15 at KC L 13-30 2 13 6.5 0 1 1 6 6.0 0 1.9

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