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: 63.7
Avg Pts: 31.85
Rank: 1 RB
|Week 1||39.40||Austin Ekeler 58 rushing yds (5.80 pts)|
Austin Ekeler 1 rushing TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Austin Ekeler 7 yd rushing TD
Austin Ekeler 96 receiving yds (9.60 pts)
Austin Ekeler 6 receptions (6.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 2 receiving TDs (12.00 pts)
. . . Austin Ekeler 1 yd TD pass from Philip Rivers
. . . Austin Ekeler 55 yd TD pass from Philip Rivers
|Week 2||24.30||Austin Ekeler 66 rushing yds (6.60 pts)|
Austin Ekeler 1 rushing TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Austin Ekeler 1 yd rushing TD
Austin Ekeler 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 67 receiving yds (6.70 pts)
Austin Ekeler 6 receptions (6.00 pts)
|Week 3||20.90||13-60yds / 0.5TDs 5-48yds / 0.3TDs projected|
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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?
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.