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|A pair of former fourth-round picks in Kelley (2020) and Isaiah Spiller (2022) should compete to be the No. 2 back in Los Angeles. Spiller got more of the buzz as a possible handcuff for Ekeler a year ago, but it was Kelley that wound up filling the role, finishing second on the team in carries (69) and yards (287) while Spiller managed an 18-41-0 line while frequently being a healthy inactive. As it stands, neither back offers any standalone value, though whoever locks down the RB2 spot could be a late-round target for Ekeler owners looking to secure their investment.
| Austin Ekeler listed as Doubtful for Week 4|
Chargers have a bye in Week 5
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 29, 4:05 pm
|#Chargers game status report
OUT: Corey Linsley (illness), JT Woods (illness)
DOUBTFUL: Austin Ekeler (ankle), Derwin James (hamstring), Deane Leonard (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: Alohi Gilman (heel), Joey Bosa (hamstring/toe) (Daniel Popper on X)|
FFToday's Take: Ekeler has now missed three games with an ankle injury and will have to wait until Week 6 before seeing the field as the Chargers have a bye in Week 5. Joshua Kelley will likely get the start again but it's fair to wonder if we may see more of Isaiah Spiller or Elijah Dotson as Kelley has failed to impress in relief duty.
| Austin Ekeler out indefinitely?|
Missed Week 2 with ankle injury suffered in opener
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 18, 7:00 pm
|"No timeline" on Austin Ekeler's return from his ankle injury, Brandon Staley said. (The Athletic - Daniel Popper)|
FFToday's Take: Uh-oh. This now has the feel of a high-ankle sprain, although no one can seem to confirm it. Joshua Kelley was mostly ineffective against the stout Titans' run defense in his first real shot at being the featured back in Week 2 and predictably fared poorly. Kelley should fare better against a weak Vikings defense in Week 3, although fantasy managers in deeper leagues should try to find a spot on their roster for preseason sensation Elijah Dotson, who could eventually take over some part of the Ekeler role in this offense if the 28-year-old back misses much more time.
| Austin Ekeler listed as Doubtul, ankle injury|
Unlikely to play
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 15, 4:06 pm
|#Chargers edge Joey Bosa is questionable for Sunday vs. the #Titans. So potentially two stars absent, with Austin Ekeler (ankle) listed as doubtful. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We haven't heard officially if this is a high-ankle sprain for Ekeler but in any case he will miss this week's game against the Titans. Joshua Kelley is expected to start against an historically solid Titans defense that gave up the fewest fantasy points to running backs in Week 1. Kelley is more of a mid-range RB2 based on expected volume.