Fantasy Football Today - fantasy football rankings, cheatsheets, and information
A Fantasy Football Community!




Log In  | Sign Up  |  Contact      





 Stats > Austin Ekeler  
 
Running Back, Los Angeles Chargers

Want Custom Fantasy Scoring?
You are not logged in. You must be logged in and create a league profile to apply custom fantasy scoring to the stat, projection and ranking pages. Login or Register

College: Western State, Colo.
Ht: 5’10”  Wt: 200 DOB: 1995-05-17 Age: 26

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 10 116 530 4.6 1 65 54 403 7.5 2 111.3 11.1
2021 LAC 2 24 111 4.6 1 9 9 61 6.8 0 23.2 11.6
2021 (Projected) LAC   163 735 4.5 4   75 617 8.2 4 183.2  

2021 Outlook
Depth Chart
We mentioned above that running back Austin Ekeler missed half of the season with a serious hamstring injury, otherwise we could've potentially seen an absolutely monster season from the Chargers running back. As it was, Ekeler finished with 933 total yards and just three total touchdowns, allowing him to finish just inside RB3 range for the season.

What's most notable was his usage in the passing game. He essentially missed seven total games, so if we remove that Week 4 contest (injured), he would've been on pace for 116 targets on the season. To put that into perspective, the only running backs who saw more than third-place Nyheim Hines' 76 targets on the season were Washington's J.D. McKissic (110) and New Orleans' Alvin Kamara (107). Ekeler, despite missing those seven games, finished seventh among all running backs in total targets in 2020.

While the coaching staff's potential goal to keep Ekeler healthy is certainly something that we need to be aware of, it should be noted that they certainly didn't play it like that in 2020 despite the team not really being serious playoff contenders for most of the year. Ekeler returned in Week 12 and immediately saw the field on 72 percent of the Chargers' offensive snaps, whereas the next-leading back, Joshua Kelley, was on the field for just 23 percent of snaps. From that game on, Ekeler would be on the field for at least 60 percent of snaps in every remaining game for the Chargers, with the only exception being Week 17 when the Chargers were playing against the Chiefs' backups and won the game by multiple scores, thus not needing Ekeler nearly as much.

This is Ekeler's backfield and he's one of the few remaining "do-it-all" bell cow backs in the league. Assuming the Los Angeles' offense remains at about as good as it was in 2020, Ekeler could be in for a huge fantasy season. Very few backs offer the legitimate 100-catch upside that Ekeler does and that could easily boost him into the elite RB1 territory if he can stay healthy. He's going in the second round of most fantasy drafts, which makes him not overly costly despite giving high-end potential to fantasy owners.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Austin Ekeler
RB2RB2 Justin Jackson
RB3RB3 Joshua Kelley
RB4RB4 Larry Rountree III
RB5FB1 Gabe Nabers
Chargers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Austin Ekeler expected to play in Week 1
Limited in practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 10, 7:30 pm

Brandon Staley said he expects Austin Ekeler to play Sunday: “He looked good out there. Optimistic for sure.” #Chargers (Daniel Popper on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Ekeler was limited in practice Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday. Ian Rapport has reported that Ekeler is expected to play. A matchup against Washington isn't the best for Ekeler's fantasy prospects but he's still a strong start assuming his workload is not limited.


Injury Austin Ekeler misses another practice
Hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Fri Sep 10, 2:00 am

RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring) wasn’t practicing during the portion open to the media. He was running on the side. (LA Times - Jeff Miller)

FFToday's Take: The positive here is he was running on the side. However, there's reason for concern after he missed Wednesday's practice as well. It is a bit troubling since Ekeler and all of the key players on this offense were held out of preseason action to make sure they were everyone healthy for Week 1. While the Chargers are reportedly optimistic he will play against Washington this weekend, it would be prudent to pick up Justin Jackson in any league he is still available.



2021 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at WAS W 20-16 15 57 3.8 1 0 0 0 - 0 11.7
2 DAL L 17-20 9 54 6.0 0 9 9 61 6.8 0 11.5

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
12 at BUF L 17-27 14 44 3.1 0 16 11 85 7.7 0 12.9
13 NE L 0-45 8 36 4.5 0 9 4 32 8.0 0 6.8
14 ATL W 20-17 15 79 5.3 0 9 9 67 7.4 0 14.6
15 at LV W 30-27 13 60 4.6 0 4 4 19 4.8 0 7.9
16 DEN W 19-16 10 45 4.5 0 3 3 23 7.7 1 12.8
17 at KC W 38-21 7 18 2.6 0 7 6 33 5.5 1 11.1

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

What is My FF Today ?
Click the icon to add a player to My FF Today Track Players. Track Players allows you to keep better tabs on players that are most important to you, including your own custom news page and highlighting your players on stat, projection and ranking pages. Note you must be logged in to use My FF Today.