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RB Austin Ekeler - Los Angeles Chargers

5-10, 200Born: 5-17-1995College: Western State (CO)Drafted: ---

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Summary

Undrafted in 2017, Ekeler burst onto the scene early and wound up staking an impressive claim in the Chargers' seemingly one-man backfield. He averaged 8.1 touches from Weeks 5-13, after which a broken hand virtually ended his season. He showed mahor explosiveness in the process, gaining 11+ yards on 18 of his 82 rookie touches. Ekeler should continue to see roughly 25-30 snaps and 6-10 touches per game while Melvin Gordon is healthy, and he can certainly turn that workload into a handful of splash plays and a useful fantasy line or two. But his primary value will come as a Gordon handcuff. All told, he's one of the more intriguing picks from the running back rummage sale in the final few rounds of fantasy drafts. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 60, 50, 50, 53, 54, 55, 58, 58, 59, 60
RB Redraft PPR - 59, 48, 49, 50, 52, 54, 54, 55, 57, 58, 58, 59, 60
RB Dynasty - 57, 45, 52, 52, 58, 59, 66, 67

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2017 LAC 16 47 260 2 35 27 279 3 2
2018 PROJ-Dodds 15.3 79.0 * * 28.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 16.0 48.0 * * 25.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 16.0 100.0 * * 26.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 46.0 * * 32.2 * * *

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Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Average Draft Position

Overall: 174
RB: 59
Overall-PPR: 165
RB-PPR: 57

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2018 Schedule

1vs Kansas City Chiefs
2@ Buffalo Bills
3@ Los Angeles Rams
4vs San Francisco 49ers
5vs Oakland Raiders
6@ Cleveland Browns
7vs Tennessee Titans
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ Seattle Seahawks
10@ Oakland Raiders
11vs Denver Broncos
12vs Arizona Cardinals
13@ Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Cincinnati Bengals
15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16vs Baltimore Ravens
17@ Denver Broncos