With new offensive coordinator Shane Steichen taking over playcalling duties for the first time after coach Anthony Lynn let go of Ken Whisenhunt last week, the move appeared to create a spark on offense, particularly with the running game.
Gordon had 20 carries for 80 yards and two TDs, Ekeler finished with 70 yards on 12 carries - it was something that resembled the team's running attack from last year. LA had failed to gain more than 40 rushing yards in a game with the return of Gordon over the previous four games.
LAC RB Austin Ekeler - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at Kansas City Chiefs
In Week 16, Melvin Gordon out-snapped Austin Ekeler 37 to 33 and out-touched Ekeler 15 to 9. Ekeler had four rushing attempts for 11 yards, five receptions for 58 yards, and was the half PPR RB28. Gordon finished as the half PPR RB8 while Ekeler finished as the half PPR RB28 because Gordon scored two 1-yard touchdowns.
The Chargers have been out of the playoff picture for quite some time. However, at the time of writing this, the Chargers are likely to play their starters because this could be Rivers’ last game as a Charger.
The blueprint to beating Kansas City is attacking them on the ground. Kansas City is the eleventh worst defense against running backs but the third-best defense against wide receivers, per our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Ekeler ranked as a mid-range half PPR RB2. Ekeler and Gordon have been back-to-back in rankings several times this season, but Ekeler is a couple of spots behind Gordon this week.