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: 116.1
Avg Pts: 19.35
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 was already expected to see a drop in usage due to the full return of Melvin Gordon, but he was further buried when the team was suddenly down 14 points before the end of the first quarter. While Ekeler has the ability to be a star, and he showed that ability in the first few games of the season, he's held down by the situation he's in. Gordon will see the majority of carries, and Ekeler will easily become a victim of circumstances. This game isn't enough to predict his entire future since the whole team played terribly, but anyone still holding on to Ekeler should be very concerned about what lies ahead.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler gained 14 yards on five carries against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6. He also had 14 yards on three catches.
Fantasy Spin: LA's offense never got going until late, and Ekeler was used sparingly with a season-low eight touches. The Chargers need to find ways to work around their o-line trouble, which could mean more short passes. Ekeler should stay in RB3 territory against the Titans in Week 7.
Los Angeles Chargers running back/pass-catching extraordinaire Austin Ekeler will likely see a whole lot of opportunities again this week. Ekeler caught a whopping 15 passes last week against the Broncos, and with LA squaring off against a hard-nosed Pittsburgh defense, expect Philip Rivers to use Ekeler as an easy out once again. That said, there are some risks to Ekeler this week, such as the expectation that Melvin Gordon will see an increase in usage and that Keenan Allen roasted Pittsburgh from the slot last time the two matched up, so LA may push him into that position again. Ekeler's riding that fine line where he can boom or bust from week to week due to the plentiful weapons around him, but for now, it looks like Rivers still knows that getting the ball in Ekeler's hands allows good things to happen.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler was pushed aside for Melvin Gordon this week, but after Gordon proved to be ineffective on the ground, the team turned back to Ekeler to keep them in the game. He proved up to the task. While Ekeler only carried the ball three times for seven yards on the ground, he got plenty of work through the air. Working as the team's checkdown, Ekeler caught 15 passes for 86 yards. Unfortunately, it appeared Denver did this by design as they regularly left Ekeler alone enough to get the pass but regularly collapsed multiple defenders on him before he could turn around and get rolling downfield. Expect Ekeler to still see some work in future games, but don't be surprised if he goes back to last year's stats now that Gordon is back.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler rushed three times for seven yards and caught 15 of his 17 targets for 86 yards in a 20-13 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 5.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler was targeted early and often after the Chargers fell behind early, but fantasy owners shouldn't ignore the fact that he was barely used in the run game now that Melvin Gordon is back in the mix. Ekeler isn't going to catch 15 passes every game, and he could be more of a PPR flex option going forward.
Chargers' RB Austin Ekeler had 15 receptions for 86 yards but no touchdowns in Sunday's loss against the Broncos.
Los Angeles Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler will split carries during the Week 5 game because Gordon is not ready for a full workload, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.
Fantasy Spin: Gordon and Ekeler will both have fantasy value even though they will be splitting the work. Both players can be flex options in fantasy leagues.
Los Angeles Chargers running backs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler are expected to split the workload in Week 5 against the Broncos. "I think it will be a lot of me and Austin flipping -- me going in, and then him going in -- flip-flopping. We'll be splitting the ball a lot," Gordon said. Gordon didn't have a single game last year where he carried the ball 20 times, and head coach Anthony Lynn said that Gordon isn't ready to handle the full workload as a No. 1 running back after his lengthy contract holdout. Expect both backs to split up the touches. Ekeler is an RB2, while Gordon is more of an RB2/3 as the Bolts work him back into the fold.
Chargers' RB Austin Ekeler scored 29.20 fantasy points in Sunday's Week 4 win in Miami. Ekeler ran for 60 yards and caught five passes for 62 yards with two touchdowns. It's the 2nd time this season Ekeler scored at least 25 fantasy points in a game.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler went off on Miami, racking up two touchdowns and 122 all-purpose yards on Sunday afternoon. Ekeler was getting one of his final chances to start after Melvin Gordon ended his holdout this week, and he took full advantage of the opportunity. Ekeler finished with 60 yards on the ground and one touchdown, and he caught five passes for another 62 yards and a touchdown through the air. Overall, Ekeler has amassed 490 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns in his four games as a starter. He's still not the most impressive guy on the ground, but Ekeler has clearly shown that he is a force to be reckoned with in this league.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler rushed 18 times for 60 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins and he added five grabs for 62 yards and a score.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler has been a fantasy stud through the first four games, but he is going to have to share the wealth with Melvin Gordon, who ended his holdout recently. Anthony Lynn will definitely find a way to keep Ekeler involved, however, although his fantasy value will certainly take a hit.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is preparing for his swan song as a fantasy stud, but he should go out on a high note. The return of Melvin Gordon means Ekeler's time as a starter is coming to an end, and Week 4 is probably his last chance to get a full slate of action. Ekeler can certainly be productive in a backup role, but nothing like when he's the go-to guy. This week, he'll be facing a Miami squad that has already allowed considerably more fantasy points to opposing running backs than any other team, and Vegas thinks the game is going to be a complete blowout. If the score starts to get out of hand, expect Ekeler to get plenty of chances to pad those stats. It should be quite the finale to his starting run.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler was a bit of a non-factor in Sunday's game against the Texans. Though he made a couple nice pick-ups on key third downs, he also got stopped short on a couple important downs and only touched the ball 16 times all game. Just nine carries on the ground yielded 36 yards, and while he caught seven passes, they only amassed another 45 yards and no scores. It's unclear why the Chargers decided to move away from their most productive running back and instead force quarterback Philip Rivers to throw the ball downfield more, resulting in five sacks, but hopefully this was just a one-time blip in their gameplan.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler rushed nine times for 36 yards and caught all seven of his targets for 45 yards in a 27-20 loss to the Houston Texans in Week 3.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler hasn't had any huge rushing performances, but when you throw in his steady contributions in the passing attack, you can count on him for solid RB2 production in PPR formats as long as Melvin Gordon decides to hold out.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is in for another challenge on Sunday as he faces a Texans Defense that has been better than either of the teams he's faced so far this season. That said, Ekeler has been electric this year, and he is still a sure start in every league. Ekeler has successfully killed Melvin Gordon's bargaining position so far by putting up back-to-back 130-yard games with four touchdowns. He also lost a critical fumble in last week's game against Detroit, but hopefully, that's a lesson learned. So far, Ekeler looks like he could end up being one of the top backs in the league this year.
The Los Angeles Chargers may have dropped their road opener, but running back Austin Ekeler tried his best to carry them to the promised land. Ekeler led the team in carries and finished second on the team in receptions as he touched the ball 23 times in the game. He did have a costly fumble on the one-yard line in the third quarter, but he also was responsible for the team's only touchdown of the game as well. Ekeler is now at 287 yards from scrimmage after just two games and is well on his way to postseason honors if he can keep this kind of production up for long. Melvin who?
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler rushed for 66 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries against the Detroit Lions in Week 2. He also caught six passes for 67 yards during the game.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler has been a big part of the offense for the Chargers over the first two weeks and has posted four touchdowns during that span. He will continue to receive plenty of touches while Melvin Gordon is still holding out and should be a No. 2 running back in leagues.
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?