• Austin Ekeler
  • RB
  • , Los Angeles Chargers
  • 24
  • 195 lbs
  • 5' 10"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Ekeler’s ADP is now in the sixth/seventh round due to concerns about Melvin Gordon’s holdout. Gordon and the Chargers seem to be far apart in negotiations, so I think Gordon will do the minimum to get his year of service and report by midseason. Ekeler should be the lead back while Gordon is out, but Justin Jackson will see 7-10 touches per game in a complementary role. In the three games Gordon missed last year, Ekeler saw 17, 18 and 17 touches. He didn’t run the ball particularly well, but still scored low-end RB2 numbers in those games. In the five games over the last two seasons where he saw at least 10 carries, he averaged 84 total yards on 16.2 touches per game. Those are low-end RB1 numbers. The problem is that he might turn into a pumpkin when Gordon returns. In 11 games with Gordon last year, Ekeler averaged 8.5 touches for 68 yards and 0.45 touchdowns. Those are low-end RB2 numbers, but I’m not sure we can expect 0.45 touchdowns per game again.

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Scouting report

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Austin Ekeler - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Detroit Lions

Austin Ekeler took full advantage of the opportunity provided by Melvin Gordon’s contract holdout. Ekeler was clearly the lead back for the Chargers as he finished with 48 snaps compared to only 16 snaps for Justin Jackson. As expected, Ekeler was heavily involved in the passing game against the Colts with six receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns and had 12 rushing attempts for 58 yards and one touchdown. He finished as the second-best running back, behind Christian McCaffrey, with 36.4 Half PPR fantasy points. 

Ekeler could be heavily involved in the passing game for the second week in a row. Hunter Henry suffered a tibial plateau fracture and will miss 4-6 weeks and Mike Williams is questionable against the Lions. 4for4 rankings expert John Paulsen has Ekeler ranked as a fringe RB1 and is a must-start in all scoring formats.

2019 Strength of Schedule - LAC
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
9
IND
23
@DET
8
HOU
32
@MIA
17
DEN
5
PIT
4
@TEN
1
@CHI
14
GB
19
@OAK
31
KC
BYE17
@DEN
6
@JAX
18
MIN
19
OAK
31
@KC

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1IND1258104.836962716.0033.439.448/6475.0%
Per game12.0058.001.0004.836.0096.002.007.0016.0033.4039.4048.00/64.0075.00%
Totals1258104.836962716.0033.439.448/6475.00%