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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 6 64 241 3.8 3 45 42 370 8.8 3 97.1 16.2
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
RB1RB2 Austin Ekeler
RB2RB1 Melvin Gordon
RB3RB3 Justin Jackson
RB4RB4 Troymaine Pope
RB5FB1 Derek Watt
RB6RB5 Detrez Newsome
Chargers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
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.


Melvin Gordon sorting through trade options
RB has no intention to show up Week 1
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 2, 4:40 pm

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon does not plan to report for Week 1 as he sorts through potential trade options during his holdout, according to a source. My understanding is only a new development would bring him in. (ESPN - Jeremy Fowler)

FFToday's Take: As if it wasn't already obvious, the two sides remain far apart. If Gordon does miss the opener as expected, it's quite likely we may not hear from him again until around Week 10 since that is the time he has to report in order to count this season toward his free-agent clock. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson figure to see roughly a 60/40 split of the backfield work in his absence. With that kind of workload, Ekeler should be a serviceable RB2 and Jackson should be a decent flex.


Melvin Gordon could sit out the season?
Reportedly prepared to sit out if no new deal is reached
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 15, 9:40 pm

Chargers and Melvin Gordon have not made progress towards a new deal, per sources. Gordon still wants to return in time for the regular season, but he is prepared to sit out if no new deal is reached, per source. (ESPN - Adam Schefter)

FFToday's Take: While it is still too early to panic (it is possible Gordon's camp is pushing this information to Schefter), there is certainly reason for concern. Owners drafting over the next couple weeks probably need to assume Gordon isn't going to be ready for the opener at the very least and need to wrap their minds around the possibility of not having him at all if they do take the plunge. Austin Ekeler needs to be moved up boards, while Justin Jackson may now move on the flex radar.


Melvin Gordon's agent requests trade
Team remains firm at their initial offer of approximately $10M/ year
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Aug 1, 11:30 am

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's agent Damarius Bilbo tells me he requested a trade last wk for his client, after the team remained at their initial offer of aprox $10M/ year. GM Tom Telesco told Bilbo, Gordon is still family, but Bilbo was not given permission to seek trade partners. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The two sides seem dug in. We'll see who blinks first. Gordon's ADP has fallen to RB12 with him being taken somewhere around the end of Round 2 in PPR leagues. The longer the holdout continues, the more his ADP will fall. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson would handle rushing duties if Gordon's holdout extends into the season.


Melvin Gordon holdout could be lengthy
Proposals exchanged but no progress
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jul 26, 7:45 am

While the two sides have exchanged proposals in recent days, running back Melvin Gordon's holdout now is expected to be prolonged and threatens to last into the season, per sources familiar with the talks. Gordon is in the final year of a rookie contract that is scheduled to pay him $5.6 million this season, but he wants a new deal to put him among the highest-paid running backs in the league. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Sounds like this negotiation will be going down to the wire and may not be resolved by the time most fantasy drafts are complete. Expect the ADP's of Austin Ekeler (10.08) and Justin Jackson (14.08) to rise as long as Gordon is on the sidelines.


Melvin Gordon unlikely to get extension
Chargers have "dug in" during negotiations
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jul 22, 9:00 pm

After speaking to a handful of sources, #Chargers’ stance is dug in with Melvin Gordon. Barring a change in his camp’s expectations, an extension isn’t coming soon. His threat to potentially hold out will be put to the test. The extension straddling the next CBA isn’t helping. (Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson)

FFToday's Take: Gordon made it a point during a recent interview that he wants to remain a Charger. Most likely, the situation will end up with him getting a bit of a boost in guaranteed money and not missing any regular-season games due to a holdout. Austin Ekeler would most likely see the majority of the touches if Gordon does miss time and would a serviceable RB2, while Justin Jackson would likely see enough work to be a strong flex option.



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

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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