College: Western State | 4 years
Height: 5'10" | Weight: 200 lbs
Birth Date: 5/17/1995
Depth Chart: RB1.1
2020 Bye Week: 10
Total Pts: 9.7
Avg Pts: 9.70
Rank: 35 RB
The Fourth Stall
|Week 1||9.70||Austin Ekeler 84 rushing yds (8.40 pts)|
Austin Ekeler 3 receiving yds (0.30 pts)
Austin Ekeler 1 reception (1.00 pts)
|Week 2||18.80||Austin Ekeler 93 rushing yds (9.30 pts)|
Austin Ekeler 55 receiving yds (5.50 pts)
Austin Ekeler 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
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Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler carried the ball 16 times for 93 yards in a Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He also caught four passes (on four targets) for 55 yards.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler was effective once again in Week 2, even though he's not getting the volume of receptions he did in 2019 when Rivers was under center. The problem with that is he's not a big back, which could limit his short-yardage work and scoring opportunities as a runner -- to that point, he has eight career rushing TDs in 300-plus carries compared to 14 receiving scores. Despite his yardage totals, Ekeler feels more like an RB2 right now.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler put together a nice all-around performance in a Week 2 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs. Ekeler was a popular preseason selection and put up 84 yards in Week 1, but the pass-catcher only had one reception. Week 2 yielded better results with 93 yards and four catches for 55 yards. Ekeler was playing with Justin Herbert over Tyrod Taylor (chest) this week and it was a positive sign to him get involved in the pass game. No. 2 running back Joshua Kelley had another good start and isnt going away, so owners would wise to try to own both players. Ekelers value should be on the rise if Herbert continues to start as should his receptions. He is a top-10 running back play versus the Carolina Panthers in Week 3.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler had mixed results against Week 2 opponent the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019. Ekeler surprisingly only hauled in one reception in Week 1, but rushed for 84 yards on 19 carries. The Chargers will need to run the ball well in Week 2 to kill some clock versus the Super Bowl Champs and Ekeler should be a big part of their game plan. The running back will be competing with rookie Joshua Kelley for touches, but he has the upper hand as of now. With the Chiefs expected to put up plenty of points, Ekeler is likely to be on the field more than Kelley due to his pass catching ability and that should only help his Week 2 value. He remains a fringe top-10 running back heading into Week 2, but owners would be wise to insure him with the addition of Joshua Kelley.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler will remain a priority in the offense moving forward, but head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters Monday, Sept. 14, that the new scheme will limit check downs to running backs.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler carried the ball 19 times but was targeted only once in the opener. If Lynn sticks to this approach moving forward, it will likely crush any hopes fantasy owners had about Ekeler posting another RB1 season after 108 targets a year ago. This edition of the Chargers is shaping up to be a grinding and ball-control offense, which is almost a complete 180 of what it was with Philip Rivers under center. Ekeler may be a good sell-high candidate in fantasy after games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers over the next two weeks.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler had 19 carries for 84 yards on Sunday, Sept. 13, against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also caught one pass for three yards.
Fantasy Spin: On paper, Ekeler's status as arguably the NFL's preeminent receiving back was a nice fit with Tyrod Taylor's risk-averse approach. For at least one week it didn't play out that way as Ekeler caught just one pass for three yards -- a season ago, Ekeler's low-water marks were two receptions (twice) and 14 yards. At least he ran effectively, salvaging some value. He entered 2020 as a borderline top-10 fantasy RB. He needs much more work in the passing game to generate that kind of value.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler ran for 84 yards on 19 attempts in the tight win over Cincinnati on Sunday. He also added a catch for three yards. This was a respectable performance from the veteran despite conceding attempts to 2020 fourth-round selection Joshua Kelley, who managed to run for 60 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. The rookie should continue to get work moving ahead, but likely not at the capacity we saw in Week 1. Ekeler should remain starting in all formats, especially ones that reward a point-per-reception, against the Chiefs in Week 2 as he should pick up the pace on the receiving end at some point during the year.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is the unquestioned number one option in the Chargers' backfield ahead of Sunday's season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Daniel Popper of The Athletic recently mentioned that Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley could also see a handful of touches in the offense, but there is no doubt that Ekeler is the featured piece. The 25-year-old ran 132 times for 557 yards and three touchdowns in 2019 and also delivered 92 receptions for 993 yards and eight more touchdowns. He is a stalwart in PPR leagues but projects to have RB1 value in all formats in 2020. Jackson, on the other hand, is nothing more than a handcuff, especially if he cedes carries to Kelley.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler's receiving grade of 94.2 over the last three seasons ranks No. 1 among all running backs, according to Pro Football Focus.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler should handle the lion's share of the backfield duties all season and may become even more involved in the passing game with either of QB Tyrod Taylor or rookie Justin Herbert under center. He should be selected as a low-tier RB1.
Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Shane Steichen said that the offense will feature more than just two running backs in 2020, unlike in past seasons. That means that it'll be Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and rookie Joshua Kelley splitting up the workload with Melvin Gordon III now playing in Denver. With quarterback Philip Rivers gone, the Bolts are expected to give Tyrod Taylor the reigns under center until rookie Justin Herbert is ready. The Bills led the league in rushing with Taylor as their QB when head coach Anthony Lynn was the offensive coordinator, so expect LA to run the ball often in 2020. While Jackson and Kelley will see touches, this should still mostly be the Ekeler show. He proved in 2019 that he can be a high-ceiling RB1 for fantasy owners. Jackson will be the preferred handcuff for Ekeler owners.
Los Angeles Chargers RBs Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and rookie Joshua Kelley are all expected to remain involved in the offense this season, according to comments made by office coordinator Shane Steichen. 'All three of those guys are going to share the load. They all bring something unique,' Steichen said.
Fantasy Spin: This figures to mean much more for Jackson and Kelley than Ekeler, who will operate as the clear lead back and was never going to be expected to handle a heavy workload anyway. Melvin Gordon left behind roughly 13.5 carries per game when he departed for Denver, and it will be up to Jackson and Kelley to split about 10 to 12 of those. Ekeler should be considered a high-end RB2 in 2020, while Jackson and Kelley may siphon enough work from each other to be hard to trust as flex options.
The Los Angeles Chargers have selected UCLA running back Joshua Kelley with the No. 112 selection during the NFL Draft. The organization is attempting to fill the hole left by Melvin Gordon III when he left for the Broncos in free agency. Kelly is a fantastic athlete with great acceleration and an ability to make defenders miss with ease. Kelley posted 1,060 rushing yards with 12 touchdowns on 229 attempts during the 2019 season at UCLA. The Chargers still have Austin Ekeler under contract, but Kelley should definitely get in the mix in his rookie season.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler was credited with a receiving grade of 93.6 last season - just ahead of Christian McCaffrey (92.4) for the best mark by a running back, according to Pro Football Focus.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler in 2019 led all running backs with an average of 6.9 yards per touch.
Fantasy Spin: When a running back catches 92 passes -- and averages 10.8 yards per reception -- while carrying the ball a modest 132 times, a big YPT year was no surprise. Look for that number to dip some with Melvin Gordon now out of the picture in L.A., but definitely still bank on a RB1 season for Ekeler in PPR formats.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler had an 85.2 percent catch percentage last season, which was the best rate of anyone with 45 receptions.
Fantasy Spin: Ekeler had just one drop and 92 grabs for 993 yards. He rushed 132 times for 557 yards (4.2 yards per carry) as well, and with Melvin Gordon gone, he should remain one of the top five backs in PPR.
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler hauled in 92 of his 108 targets last season. The resulting 85.2-percent catch rate led the league among all players with at least 50 receptions.