RB Austin Ekeler - Los Angeles Chargers

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

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Ekeler has a chance to play in Week 12

Summary

With Melvin Gordon gone, Ekeler slides into the Chargers' lead role - and the RB1 tier in PPR formats. He's long been productive in place of Gordon, averaging 99 yards from scrimmage and scoring 7 times over 7 games in the lead role. Ekeler's rushing fell off noticeably last year (just 4.2 yards per carry), but he again established himself as one of the game's most prolific receivers out of the backfield. Over his 3 seasons, he's put up more yards per target (8.6) than any other back in football. And there's little competition in play, with only Justin Jackson and fourth-round rookie Joshua Kelley behind him. In other words, there's no obvious Ekeler type to siphon off meaningful touches. Ekeler is often compared to Alvin Kamara, and as the Chargers' clear-cut No. 1, he's not far off in terms of PPR value. (May 2)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Dynasty - 13, 11, 14, 15, 15, 16
Overall Dynasty - 40, 37, 38, 40, 48

Stats and Projections

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2017 LAC 16 47 260 2 35 27 279 3 2
2018 LAC 14 106 554 3 53 39 404 3 1
2019 LAC 16 132 557 3 108 92 993 8 2
2020 LAC 5 63 * * 33 28 * * *
2020 PROJ-Dodds 14.9 170.0 * * 67.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 15.0 150.0 * * 65.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 14.0 160.0 * * 66.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 170.0 * * 83.1 * * *
2020 PROJ-Consensus 15.0 161.5 * * 68.6 * * *

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

Percentile ranks

Austin Ekeler's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 21
RB: 14
Overall-PPR: 16
RB-PPR: 13

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Latest News

Chargers | Austin Ekeler plays well in return (Sun Nov 29, 05:37 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler caught 11 passes for 85 yards against the Buffalo Bills in Week 12. He also rushed for 44 yards on 14 carries during the game.

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Chargers | Austin Ekeler likely to play (Sun Nov 29, 09:07 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 12's game against the Buffalo Bills, although he is unlikely to serve as the bell cow, according to a source.

Our View: Ekeler getting 12-15 touches is still better than most running backs. Err on the side of playing him.
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Chargers | Austin Ekeler activated (Sat Nov 28, 04:25 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Nov. 28.

Our View: This is still no guarantee that he'll play, or play his usual complement of snaps. The Chargers play an early game so we'll have more clarity on his Week 12 status tomorrow morning. For now, Ekeler is the best Chargers running back play if active, but not a safe play.
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Chargers | Austin Ekeler not ruled out (Fri Nov 27, 02:50 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring) has not been ruled out of playing Sunday, Nov. 29, in the team's Week 12 game against the Buffalo Bills, head coach Anthony Lynn said Friday, adding that he 'has a chance.' Lynn said Ekeler will be evaluated further Saturday.

Our View: Consider Ekeler a what the heck flex or PPR RB2 if he can go on Sunday. The Chargers are likely to err on the side of holding him out, but you never know.
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Chargers | Austin Ekeler set for return (Wed Nov 25, 08:00 PM) - Updating a previous story, Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hamstring) was designated to return from the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Nov. 25.

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2020 Schedule

1@ Cincinnati Bengals
2vs Kansas City Chiefs
3vs Carolina Panthers
4@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5@ New Orleans Saints
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7vs Jacksonville Jaguars
8@ Denver Broncos
9vs Las Vegas Raiders
10@ Miami Dolphins
11vs New York Jets
12@ Buffalo Bills
13vs New England Patriots
14vs Atlanta Falcons
15@ Las Vegas Raiders
16vs Denver Broncos
17@ Kansas City Chiefs