College: Western State | 3 years
Height: 5'10" | Weight: 200 lbs
Birth Date: 5/17/1995
Depth Chart: RB1.2
2019 Bye Week: 12
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB
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Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler needs to see 15 to 20 touches per game, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler is one of the more versatile backs in the NFL, and he finished 2019 with 92 catches and eight receiving touchdowns. There's a good chance he will be he unquestioned top back and a potential RB1 in 2020 if Melvin Gordon doesn't return, but even if Gordon is back, Ekeler can be a RB2 in PPR formats.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler got plenty of opportunities on Sunday night, but the Kansas City Chiefs were prepared for the shifty back. Ekeler was on the precipice of breaking the 1,000-yard mark for receiving yards, giving LA a trio of 1,000-yard receivers, but he ended up just seven yards short of the mark. Ekeler hauled in nine receptions, his second-most in any game this season, but he was hit almost instantly on every catch. The 4.8 yards per reception was his second-worst pace of the year. Ekeler is now a restricted free agent, and with starting running back Melvin Gordon hitting the open market, Ekeler could find himself with the starting gig next year in LA. It will be an interesting offseason.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is poised to accomplish quite a feat if he can continue his recent performances. Ekeler sits at 950 receiving yards this year, and he's averaged more than 50 receiving yards per game for five straight weeks. If he can get over the hump, he'll be just the third running back in the last 35 years to surpass that line. He'll also possibly be part of a trio of Chargers to haul in more than 1,000 yards since Keenan Allen has already surpassed the total and Mike Williams is also on the precipice. Lastly, Ekeler is still auditioning for the starting job next year since Melvin Gordon is an unrestricted free agent. It'll be a big game for Ekeler, and he ripped the Chiefs last time they played each other. Expect him to play a big role once again.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler shined more as a receiver than a runner again on Sunday, racking up 58 yards through the air on five catches while he only tallied 11 yards on four carries on the ground. The catches brought Ekeler up to 950 receiving yards on the season, and he could easily find himself topping the 1,000-yard receiving mark. He's had more than 50 yards receiving in each of his last five games, including a 108-yard performance against the Chiefs in the first half of November. With a raid game in KC to finish up the schedule, Ekeler could have a heck of a stat to hang his hat on when he argues for the opportunity to be the main man next season instead of LA paying through the nose to retain Melvin Gordon's services.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler rushed four times for 11 yards and caught five of his six targets for 58 yards in a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 16.
Fantasy Spin: His rushing totals have fluctuated since Melvin Gordon returned to the backfield, but his explosiveness and his steady role in the passing game should keep him in PPR lineups.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler gets his final shot against the "Oakland" Raiders on Sunday, and he should see enough opportunities to make something happen. At this point, Ekeler is basically auditioning for LA to move on from Melvin Gordon over the offseason and let him have the starting job full-time, so every carry and catch is an opportunity to remind everyone of how electric a playmaker he is. Ekeler is an incredibly dynamic player who showed that he wasn't terribly dominant as a main rushing force, but his ability in the passing game made up for it, topping 90 scrimmage yards in four of the first five weeks of the season, while Gordon was holding out. Ekeler will likely have another strong performance against the Raiders this weekend, and dynasty owners should be excited about what next year could bring.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler was one of a couple members of the Chargers team that still looked like a stud on Sunday, even though his team was getting run over by the Vikings. Ekeler rushed seven times for 19 yards and caught five passes for another 62 yards while remaining turnover-free. Unfortunately, Ekeler wasn't able to find the end zone, but the 81 scrimmage yards are still a nice consolation prize. Ekeler has been one of the team's standout players this year even though they've been a downtrodden squad overall. A wonderful playmaker, Ekeler has added a lot of fun and excitement to an otherwise disappointing team.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler caught five passes for 62 yards against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Dec. 15. He also carried the ball seven times for 19 yards.
Fantasy Spin: Like seemingly everyone else with the Chargers, Ekeler also fumbled the ball, though a hustling Keenan Allen was able to punch it out of bounds. Ekeler wasn't great on Sunday, but he'll have a chance to rebound against the Raiders in Week 16.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler has been on fire recently, recording a touchdown in three of his last four games and topping 100 yards receiving on two occasions. Ekeler also chipped in a 101-yard rushing day last week. Ekeler has proven time and time again that he has the playmaking ability to bust huge gains on limited touches, but he'll be going up against another strong defense this week. Minnesota has had a top-10 rushing defense all season, and last time Ekeler faced a strong defensive front, he was held to 16 yards on nine carries. It's unlikely Ekeler will be able to break a lot of big plays this week like he did in Jacksonville, but hopefully he can still weave his way into the end zone for a score.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler stole the show in Jacksonville as he single-handedly routed the Jaguars Defense. Ekeler finished the night with 101 yards rushing on just eight carries and 112 yards receiving on four catches. He's the first player this season to rack up 100+ yards in both disciplines in the same game, and he made highlight reels across the country by gashing through the defense on every opportunity. His money moment came when he caught a pass at his own 14-yard line, two yards behind the line of scrimmage, and didn't stop running until he reached the opposite end zone, completely untouched along the way. Ekeler's playmaking ability is unmatched, even if he isn't officially the starter.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler rushed eight times for 101 yards and caught four passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in a 45-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14.
Fantasy Spin: This is the extreme end of Ekeler's upside, but even with Melvin Gordon seeing a majority of the carries, Ekeler's versatility and explosiveness have allowed him to remain a RB2 option.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler has once again proven that he can still be a productive fantasy weapon even when Melvin Gordon is fully healthy and performing, and he should continue some of that production this week against a Jacksonville defense that is extremely susceptible to running backs. Ekeler has touched the ball 34 times in the last three games, and he's racked up 247 yards on those touches, averaging 7.27 yards per touch. He's also scored a pair of touchdowns, and fantasy owners should look for him to be attacking the end zone once again this week. Since Ekeler is officially a backup, there's always the possibility of a dud if the coaching staff decides to push the ball elsewhere, but his recent production more than warrants continued use.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler was at it again on Sunday as he caught four passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. He also carried the ball nine times for just 16 yards, but it was hard to pin the running issues on him since he was immediately hit when handed the ball multiple times. He clearly didn't make nearly the headway Melvin Gordon did on the ground, but as a receiver, he was phenomenal. An 11-yard catch-and-run that featured him spinning and winding his way through a half-dozen defenders was ultimately called back due to holding, but a beautiful wheel route led to a 31-yard touchdown for him on another drive. Ekeler's abilities are undeniable, and no matter what LA does, he should continue to see plenty of work.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler caught four passes for 51 yards and a touchdown in a Week 13 loss to the Denver Broncos. Ekeler also ran the ball nine times for 16 yards.
Fantasy Spin: Outside of Christian McCaffrey, Ekeler might be the best receiving back in all of football. Sunday's touchdown right before halftime gave him seven receiving scores on the year and 10 total. He doesn't get nearly as many touches as Melvin Gordon, but Ekeler has retained RB2 value by consistently maximizing his opportunities.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler has been all over the map recently, but his performance last week should give owners hope that the LA coaching staff has figured out a better use for him. Ekeler only touched the ball five times a month ago, but he's topped 12 touches in two of the team's last three games. He's been especially devastating against defenses in the passing game, racking up 108 receiving yards two weeks ago against the Chiefs. With LA facing a Denver defense that can shut down the outside receivers and put up a stout front against the run game, short passes into the hands of a playmaker like Ekeler could be the magic formula to help LA break out of their current funk. Whether they actually give him the chances remains to be seen.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler was the man to beat on Monday night, but even he couldn't will the team to a victory. Ekeler carried the ball five times for 24 yards and caught eight of 12 passes sent his way, tallying another 108 yards. Unfortunately, the moment that will get the most attention was the game-ending interception Philip Rivers threw Ekeler's direction. There's no question that the pick was purely Rivers' fault, but his performance really overshadowed what should have been a star-studded Sportscenter appearance for Ekeler, a backup running back who happens to be incredibly valuable. Unfortunately, the unpredictability in Ekeler's touches from week to week limits his dependable fantasy value.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler rushed five times for 24 yards in Week 11 against the Kansas City Chiefs while adding eight grabs for a game-high 108 yards on 12 targets.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler is a stud catching the ball out of the backfield, and he has remained a fantasy must-start option despite the return of Melvin Gordon after his holdout. The Chargers are off until Week 13 after their bye.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is pretty much on the backburner now that Melvin Gordon is back to full speed, but he's still lurking in the wings, waiting to take a touch to the house. Ekeler has seen his carries drop precipitously, but as in past years, he's continued to get a few opportunities in the passing game as he rolls out of the backfield. Expect Monday night to be no different, and just like in Oakland, it wouldn't be a shock if he's able to deliver one of those catches to the end zone. He's also facing the most porous run defense in the game, so even if he does only get a few carries, one of those could be huge.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler has seen his usage drop like a rock since Melvin Gordon returned to the team, but he's still an incredibly talented player who can make things happen. On Thursday night, Ekeler was the man who brought LA back into the game when he darted into the end zone on a six-yard pass from Philip Rivers. Ekeler was on a drag route across the middle when he made the easy catch and threw on the afterburners to sneak in for the score before anyone touched him. Ekeler's value will almost entirely hinge on touchdowns since his touches will likely stay under 10 in most games, but in deep leagues, that can still play.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler ran six times for 19 yards against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, Nov. 7. He also caught two passes for 29 yards and a touchdown.
Fantasy Spin: It was a mostly quiet evening for Ekeler, who took a backseat to Melvin Gordon on the ground and was unusually quiet as a receiver, too. At least he managed to salvage his value with a late touchdown, which is something he's shown a knack for this season, having scored nine times with at least one in six of 10 games. He should be a solid option in Week 11 against the Chiefs.