At 5-foot-8 and 200 pounds, Austin Ekeler isn't built like a traditional tailback. However, Anthony Lynn believes the 24-year-old can be a feature back in the NFL.
"He plays with outstanding leverage," Lynn said. "And like I’ve said before, pound-for-pound he is the strongest man on our team."
Added Ekeler: "Physically, I feel good. I think with my body type, I'm lower to the ground and take less hits through my ankles and knees. I think that's really going to help me out through my entire career as far as injuries."
Ekeler finished with 154 yards from scrimmage in Week 1, a career high for him. He added three touchdowns as well, including the game-winner. Jackson was a nice compliment to Ekeler, but it was Ekeler who stole the show against the Colts. The Bolts seem pretty happy to continue this approach at RB, but of the two backs, Ekeler is looking like the one to own in fantasy leagues.
LAC RB Justin Jackson - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 2 at Detroit Lions
Justin Jackson was used as the second running back for the Chargers in Week 1. Austin Ekeler had 48 snaps while Jackson only had 16. Jackson was highly efficient as he finished with 57 yards on six rushing attempts but the lack of usage is worrisome. To make matters worse, Chargers head coach, Anthony Lynn said the following about Ekeler, “Like I’ve said before, pound-for-pound he is the strongest man on our team."
4for4 rankings expert John Paulsen has Jackson ranked as the Half PPR RB31 and is a fringe flex play against the Lions. Jackson still carries value around the goal line but Ekeler is clearly the better back to own.