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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: 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 16 206 911 4.4 12 94 70 647 9.2 8 275.8 17.2
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 Larry Rountree III
RB4RB4 Joshua Kelley
RB5FB1 Gabe Nabers
RB6RB5 Darius Bradwell
Chargers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Austin Ekeler activated from COVID list
Missed Week 16 due to virus
By: Doug Orth | Mon Dec 27, 11:00 pm

The Chargers activated RB Austin Ekeler from the Reserve/COVID-19 list. (NFL.com)

FFToday's Take: This news comes about 24 hours too late for his fantasy managers, who watched Justin Jackson handle an Ekeler-like workload. His activation from the COVID list does not necessarily guarantee he will return to his usual role right away as multiple players have complained that their lung capacity and overall conditioning was affected as a result of dealing with the virus. As such, the overall RB2 may be a bit more of a dicey RB1 in Week 17 and lose a few more touches than usual to Jackson.


Injury Austin Ekeler placed on Covid list
LAC facing HOU in Week 16
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Dec 20, 1:18 pm

C Corey Linsley, OLB Joey Bosa and RB Austin Ekeler are being placed on the COVID-19 list, per source. #Chargers dealing with a situation. More names expected later today. (Daniel Popper on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Sounds like the Chargers are the next team that's going to have a rash of positive test results. The Chargers and Ekeler have a nice matchup against the Texans in Week 16. Ekeler will be on the clock to get cleared for Sunday. Justin Jackson would be a hot waiver add and play in Week 16 should Ekeler not suit up.


Injury Austin Ekeler expected to play, may be limited
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Dec 16, 8:51 am

Austin Ekeler is expected to play but I’m told he won’t get a full workload. (Taylor Bisciotti on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Ekeler has been labeled a gametime decision, expected to play and now "won't get a full workload" at different times this week. There's obviously some risk playing Ekeler this week but it's difficult to sit him in a game that means this much to the Chargers. Expectations should be set at a RB2 level. We may see more of Justin Jackson this week.


Injury Mike Williams the latest to land on Covid-19 list
Chargers could be down top two receivers in Week 14
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Dec 8, 4:31 pm

#Chargers WR Mike Williams and Chris Harris have been placed on the Covid list. (Taylor Bisciotti on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With Keenan Allen already on the Covid-19 list, the Chargers could be down their top two receivers against the Giants in Week 14. Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer could end up being starters. In that case, we may see a heavy dose of Austin Ekeler and the run game.


Injury Austin Ekeler misses practice Thursday and Friday
Hip injury
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 29, 4:32 pm

Brandon Staley said Austin Ekeler felt sore after Wednesday's practice, and so they held him out the past two days. He is "hopeful" Ekeler will be able to go Sunday vs. Patriots. (Daniel Popper on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This isn't the best news but it does give Ekeler (hip) a chance to play. The Chargers play in the late-afternoon window against the Patriots so fantasy owners will need to have a replacement ready. Justin Jackson would be the likeliest to see a fantasy boost if Ekeler were to sit.


Injury Austin Ekeler pops up on the injury report
Misses practice Thursday with hip injury
By: Doug Orth | Fri Oct 29, 12:40 am

The Chargers added running back Austin Ekeler to the practice report Thursday with a hip injury. Ekeler did not practice. The Chargers are coming off their bye week. It was only the third missed practice for Ekeler this season. He sat out the first two practices before the season opener with a hamstring injury. He returned to a limited practice Sept. 10 and was listed as questionable but played 47 snaps. Ekeler was on the report with an ankle injury in Week 3 and Week 5 but did not miss any practice time or have a designation. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Considering the Chargers are coming off their bye, fantasy managers can assume Ekeler was not given the day off. There is a chance he could be dealing with some soreness and hope the team decided to exercise extreme caution. Regardless, managers should have a backup plan in mind. Justin Jackson, Joshua Kelley and rookie Larry Rountree III would likely form a three-man committee if Ekeler sits in Week 8. Jackson figures to be the best insurance policy of the three, although none of them would boast much upside.



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
3 at KC W 30-24 11 55 5.0 0 6 6 52 8.7 1 16.7
4 LV W 28-14 15 117 7.8 1 5 3 28 9.3 1 26.5
5 CLE W 47-42 17 66 3.9 2 5 5 53 10.6 1 29.9
6 at BAL L 6-34 6 7 1.2 0 7 4 48 12.0 0 5.5
8 NE L 24-27 11 64 5.8 1 10 6 60 10.0 0 18.4
9 at PHI W 27-24 17 59 3.5 0 3 3 23 7.7 0 8.2
10 MIN L 20-27 11 44 4.0 0 6 3 15 5.0 1 11.9
11 PIT W 41-37 11 50 4.5 2 7 6 65 10.8 2 35.5
12 at DEN L 13-28 12 31 2.6 0 8 6 68 11.3 1 15.9
13 at CIN W 41-22 14 59 4.2 1 5 5 45 9.0 0 16.4
14 NYG W 37-21 12 67 5.6 1 4 2 17 8.5 0 14.4
15 KC L 28-34 12 59 4.9 1 4 4 23 5.8 0 14.2
17 DEN W 34-13 17 58 3.4 1 3 3 54 18.0 0 17.2
18 at LV L 32-35 16 64 4.0 1 12 5 35 7.0 1 21.9

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

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