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 4 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 4 at Miami Dolphins
Justin Jackson is OUT against the Dolphins. He was added to the injury report and seen wearing a walking boot.
Justin Jackson continues to be used as the second running back behind Austin Ekeler. In Week 3, Ekeler out-snapped Justin Jackson 65% to 37% and out-touched him 16 to 9. Jackson finished with four receptions for four yards and five rushing attempts for 26 yards.
The good news is Jackson will face the Dolphins this week. The Chargers are favored by 16.5 points and Jackson could see an increase in snaps and production if the game is a blowout. Jackson made John Paulsen’s Week 4 sneaky start list because the Dolphins, on average, give up 28 touches, 214 yards, and 2 touchdowns per game to running backs. Jackson is ranked as the Half PPR RB28 and an intriguing daily fantasy tournament play this week.