College: Western State | 3 years
Height: 5'10" | Weight: 200 lbs
Birth Date: 5/17/1995
Depth Chart: RB1.1
2019 Bye Week: 12
Total Pts: 39.4
Avg Pts: 39.40
Rank: 1 RB
Ekeler had another productive season as the top backup and third-down back for the Chargers. He had 958 total yards and 39 receptions. He even got a few starts because of injury and did well in an expanded role. Ekeler had at least three receptions six games. Melvin Gordon is the lead back for the Chargers, but Ekeler gets some weekly chances as the top backup for this explosive offensive team. Ekeler is a good between tackles runner that can get downhill in a hurry. He is a solid one-cut runner. He also catches the ball well and can make plays in space. He does lack a little explosion for the position but still makes plenty of big plays despite that.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Ekeler is almost a must grab for Melvin Gordon owners because he can excel in a starting role if Gordon were to get hurt. He might not produce near his numbers of last year unless injury hits, but should be good for 700 total yards, 35 receptions and five or so scores.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler should be able to perform this season, regardless of the contract situation of Melvin Gordon, although it will affect his ADP. If Gordon holds out into the start of the season, then Ekeler's ADP will climb working in a shared backfield with Justin Jackson. Ekeler holds value if Gordon returns as the teams change of pace back and pass catcher, a role that he has excelled in since entering the league. Ekeler finished the season with 554 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, combined with 39 receptions for 404 yards and three touchdowns. The Chargers offense has been great for fantasy football, especially with veteran quarterback Philip Rivers. If Gordon sits, Ekeler becomes a top 25 fantasy running back, if he doesn't then his outlook isn't that much different- certainly a mid-round selection for fantasy owners this draft season.
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Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler caught six passes for 96 yards last week, and fantasy owners should expect that trend to continue. Detroit allowed six of eight attempted passes to be completed to running backs last week, and LA's loss of Hunter Henry will further push them towards using the short pass game as a beautiful complement to their basic run packages. With starting RB Melvin Gordon continuing to hold out, Ekeler should continue to see plenty of usage. If Week 1 is any indication, Ekeler could prove to be one of the most valuable backs in the league.
Los Angeles Chargers' RB Austin Ekeler scored an astounding 39.40 fantasy points in Sunday's Week 1 win against the Colts. Ekeler ran for 58 yards and caught six passes for 96 yards with three touchdowns. It's the 1st time this season Ekeler scored at least 25 fantasy points in a game.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler looked like a star in the making in the team's Week 1 win over the Colts. Concerns about Ekeler being able to handle being the feature back seemed blown out of proportion as Ekeler rushed the ball 12 times for 58 yards and totaled another 96 yards on catches. He also finished with three total touchdowns including a screen pass he took to the house from 55 yards out. It's still early, so it's not clear if this was a sign of LA's dominance in the run or Indy's porous rushing defense, but either way, all the positive boxes got checked on Sunday. Melvin who?
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is likely going to be the primary back while running back Melvin Gordon remains out, but that may not be a great thing. Ekeler is expected to share carries with Justin Jackson, but when Gordon was hurt last season, the pair struggled a bit. Ekeler has found the most success as a change-of-pace back so far, and without a bruiser like Gordon, he doesn't seem to be able to break free as often. His pass-catching abilities mean he's always a threat for a huge play, but when Gordon was out last year, the duo only averaged 84 YPG. Obviously, he should be played if he's available because he could have a huge game. This could be a real trendsetter for the season either way though.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler will draw the start against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler and Justin Jackson will be in a committee close to a 50-50 split, but that could vary each game. Ekeler is a better receiver, and he could see a small majority of the work except in blowouts. He's a great flex option in PPR formats.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler was one of the few Chargers starters who actually played in Week 3 of the preseason, but he didn't play much. Ekeler carried the ball on the first play from scrimmage, but he would only carry it three more times before heading to the bench. He did snag a pair of passes as well, but the whole effort felt like it was just a formality as opposed to trying to get him some full-speed reps. Ekeler is the team's likely No. 1 running back if Melvin Gordon's holdout extends into the regular season, and it looks like it will. That said, Ekeler's size and shifty approach have previously worked best when he was used as a change-of-pace back, so expect Justin Jackson to play a major role as well.
In the battle to be the team's possible starting running back, Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler barely saw the field in the team's second preseason game. That may be a good thing though, as Ekeler is already kind of seen as the favorite to win the starting gig with nothing to prove. Ekeler's known for his quickness instead of his power though, so it wouldn't be surprising that even if he is officially named the starter in Melvin Gordon's absence, he would likely carry a light load and regularly take breaks while Justin Jackson fills in. If his explosiveness can translate to heavier usage, Ekeler could be a surprisingly valuable back this season.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler rushed five times for 40 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. Ekeler made the start with Melvin Gordon holding out, and he was able to average 8.0 yards per carry against the No. 1 defense of the Bolts. Ekeler also hauled in three balls for 29 yards on his three targets before donning a baseball cap for the remainder of the night. Ekeler is worth scooping up in the middle rounds on draft day, and he could easily outperform his ADP if Gordon's holdout turns into a Le'Veon Bell-type situation.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler gained 10 or more yards on 17.9 percent of his carries in 2018, which ranked the highest among all running backs with at least 100 carries.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler's value keeps growing the longer Melvin Gordon's holdout lasts. He'll have handcuff value if Gordon returns, but for right now he's a low-end RB3 and climbing.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler rushed five times for 40 yards and caught three passes for 29 yards in a 17-13 preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, Aug. 8. He also lost a fumble.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler has averaged more than five yards per carry and more than 10 yards per catch in each of his first two seasons, and depending on how Melvin Gordon's contract situation plays out, he could have a chance to show what he can do in a much larger role. His ceiling is tied directly to Gordon's status, but Ekeler could be worth reaching for in the middle rounds.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler suddenly finds himself staring down the barrel of a starting job while Melvin Gordon holds out, and it seems like he's ready to take on the challenge. Ekeler is known for his quickness and ability to dart through small holes thanks to his diminutive stature, but he showed off his leaping ability this week. In a drill that head coach Anthony Lynn has used to train running backs for nearly 20 years, Ekeler successfully launched himself over a huge hurdle that is meant to simulate jumping the pile into the end zone. Lynn told reporters that Ekeler did as well as LaDainian Tomlinson, Fred Taylor, and Chris Johnson at the workout. That's a pretty high bar to set, but apparently, coach thinks Ekeler can clear that bar. If Gordon stays out, Ekeler becomes a valuable commodity.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler ran with the first-team offense in the first practice Thursday, July 25.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler could be a nice value with Melvin Gordon's holdout expected to be a lengthy one. He's a useful RB3, but it's unknown if he can withstand the full-time role physically. He still has a lot of upside in PPR leagues right now.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler said he has focused on improving his route running during the offseason.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler has shown some explosiveness as a change-of-pace back to Melvin Gordon, finishing with 959 total yards ad 39 catches last year. He he is too inconsistent to start as a long as Gordon is healthy, but Gordon owners will want to have Ekeler as a handcuff.