RB Austin Ekeler - Los Angeles Chargers

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

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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 Redraft - 13, 8, 10, 11, 13, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19
Overall Redraft - 22, 9, 11, 16, 23, 23, 25, 26, 26, 31, 40
RB Redraft PPR - 11, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16
Overall Redraft PPR - 14, 6, 9, 11, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 18, 19, 19, 19, 20, 25, 26
RB Dynasty - 14, 8, 12, 14, 15, 16, 16, 17
Overall Dynasty - 28, 21, 25, 26, 35, 38, 40

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
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 PROJ-Dodds 14.9 160.0 * * 67.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 15.0 140.0 * * 70.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 14.0 160.0 * * 66.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 170.0 * * 83.1 * * *

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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: 22
RB: 13
Overall-PPR: 19
RB-PPR: 12

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Latest News

Chargers | Austin Ekeler gets top receiving grade (Tue Jul 7, 06:45 PM) - 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.

Our View: Ekeler is one of the league's best weapons, especially when it comes to catching passes out of the backfield. With Melvin Gordon (Broncos) moving on in free agency, the Chargers backfield belongs to Ekeler. He's been the lead back before (when Gordon was banged up), averaging 99 yards from scrimmage and scoring 7 times over 7 games in the lead role. Ekeler is a low-end RB1 for Fantasy GMs with a current ADP of RB12 (2.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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