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RB LAC

College: Western State | 4 years
Height: 5'10" | Weight: 200 lbs
Birth Date: 5/17/1995
2020 Bye Week: 10

Total Pts: 321
Avg Pts: 20.06
Rank: 4 RB

Free Agent

2020 RTSports Outlook

Ekeler was a big surprise last season, finishing fourth overall in fantasy running back scoring. And he did this despite serving as the backup about half the season. Ekeler got a ton of work catching the ball, though, padding his fantasy stats. He had three 100-yard receiving games. He almost hit the 1,000-yard receiving mark, finishing with 92 receptions for 993 yards. Ekeler had 1,550 total yards and 11 touch-downs. He had double-digit fantasy points all but a game and seven games with 20-plus points. Ekeler is setup for a bigger role this season, serving as the starter for the Chargers. Ekeler is a good between tack-les runner that can get downhill in a hurry. He is a solid one-cut runner. He also catches the ball very well and can make plays in space. He can play like a receiver as well as a running back, making him a great three-down back.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Ekeler might have a hard time repeating last year even in a full-time starting role. His reception totals could go down some since he moves to a starting running back role, getting more chanc-es to run the ball. But even with that said, he should be considered a top-10 fantasy back. His reception totals and touchdown potential are very high in this offense. He can get around 1,800 total yards, double-digit scores and 75 receptions.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

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.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Fantasy Week
Pts
Scoring
Week 157.40Austin Ekeler 1 yd TD reception (12.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 55 yd TD reception (24.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 96 receiving yds (9.60 pts)
Austin Ekeler 7 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 58 rushing yds (5.80 pts)
Week 218.30Austin Ekeler 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 67 receiving yds (6.70 pts)
Austin Ekeler 1 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 66 rushing yds (6.60 pts)
Week 38.10Austin Ekeler 45 receiving yds (4.50 pts)
Austin Ekeler 36 rushing yds (3.60 pts)
Week 436.20Austin Ekeler 18 yd TD reception (18.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 62 receiving yds (6.20 pts)
Austin Ekeler 1 yd TD rush (6.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 60 rushing yds (6.00 pts)
Week 58.30Austin Ekeler 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 86 receiving yds (8.60 pts)
Austin Ekeler 7 rushing yds (0.70 pts)
Week 62.80Austin Ekeler 14 receiving yds (1.40 pts)
Austin Ekeler 14 rushing yds (1.40 pts)
Week 736.50Austin Ekeler 41 yd TD reception (24.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 118 receiving yds (11.80 pts)
Austin Ekeler 7 rushing yds (0.70 pts)
Week 820.20Austin Ekeler 11 yd TD reception (18.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 19 receiving yds (1.90 pts)
Austin Ekeler 3 rushing yds (0.30 pts)
Week 99.30Austin Ekeler 23 receiving yds (2.30 pts)
Austin Ekeler 70 rushing yds (7.00 pts)
Week 1016.80Austin Ekeler 6 yd TD reception (12.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 29 receiving yds (2.90 pts)
Austin Ekeler 19 rushing yds (1.90 pts)
Week 1113.20Austin Ekeler 108 receiving yds (10.80 pts)
Austin Ekeler 24 rushing yds (2.40 pts)
Week 12
Playoff Week 124.70Austin Ekeler 30 yd TD reception (18.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 51 receiving yds (5.10 pts)
Austin Ekeler 16 rushing yds (1.60 pts)
Playoff Week 245.30Austin Ekeler 84 yd TD reception (24.00 pts)
Austin Ekeler 112 receiving yds (11.20 pts)
Austin Ekeler 101 rushing yds (10.10 pts)
Playoff Week 38.10Austin Ekeler 62 receiving yds (6.20 pts)
Austin Ekeler 19 rushing yds (1.90 pts)
Playoff Week 46.90Austin Ekeler 58 receiving yds (5.80 pts)
Austin Ekeler 11 rushing yds (1.10 pts)
Playoff Week 58.90Austin Ekeler 43 receiving yds (4.30 pts)
Austin Ekeler 46 rushing yds (4.60 pts)
Player Notes
May 7 1:59pm ET

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.

May 6 10:23pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Apr 25 12:40pm ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Apr 15 12:03am ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Apr 10 2:43pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Apr 8 10:53am ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Mar 26 11:23pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Mar 6 2:43pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler on Friday, March 6, agreed to a four-year, $24.5 million contract. The deal includes $15 million in guarantees.

Fantasy Spin: Even while sharing most of the season with Melvin Gordon, Ekeler emerged as a PPR force last season, finishing second among all backs with 92 catches and 993 yards and pacing the position with nine receiving TDs. With Gordon now slated to bolt in free agency, Ekeler is a locked-in PPR RB1 pick and a borderline RB1 in standard drafts.

From TheHuddle

Mar 6 2:30pm ET

The Los Angeles Chargers and restricted free-agent running back Austin Ekeler agreed to a four-year, $24.5 million deal on Friday, according to sources. The deal includes $15 million in guarantees. With Melvin Gordon likely gone in free agency, Ekeler will become the Bolts unquestioned lead back in 2020 and beyond. It doesn't mean they won't look for an additional back behind him, but he'll truly be a high-end RB1 in fantasy moving forward, especially in leagues that reward a point per catch. The 24-year-old can do it all, as he ran 132 times for 557 yards and three touchdowns and also had a whopping 92 receptions for 993 yards and eight more touchdowns in 2019.

From RotoBaller

Mar 3 12:40pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers impending restricted free-agent running back Austin Ekeler should be a fantasy star in 2020 if Melvin Gordon departs in free agency. The Chargers see Ekeler as a 17-20 touch-per-game player, and not just as a runner, as they love him out of the backfield and lined up in the slot as a receiver. The Bolts will still likely complement Ekeler with Justin Jackson or another back if Gordon departs, but Ekeler should be the primary back in LA's 2020 offense, giving him clear RB1 upside for fantasy owners.

From RotoBaller

Feb 23 11:43pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Dec 30 2:50am ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Dec 28 2:10pm ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Dec 23 2:30am ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Dec 22 10:53pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Dec 20 7:20pm ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Dec 16 2:10am ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Dec 16 1:43am ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Dec 13 6:20pm ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Dec 9 2:40am ET

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.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 06-Mar-2020: LAC - Re-signed - Four-year contract (through 2023)
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2019 Season321.00132557319299381082
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Week 2@DET18.30176610667061
Week 3HOU8.1093600745070
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Week 5DEN8.30370015860161
Week 6PIT2.8051400314040
Week 7@TEN36.5057007118180
Week 8@CHI20.203300219130
Week 9GNB9.30127000423040
Week 10@OAK16.8061900229120
Week 11KAN13.205240081080120
Week 12bye
Week 13@DEN24.7091600451150
Week 14@JAC45.308101004112150
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Week 16OAK6.9041100558060
Week 17@KAN8.90946009430110