• Austin Ekeler
  • RB
  • , Los Angeles Chargers
  • 25
  • 195 lbs
  • 5' 10"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Ekeler finished the season as the No. 6 running back (half-PPR) after finishing No. 24 the year before. One of the most versatile running backs in the league, he caught 92 of 108 targets for 993 yards and eight touchdowns, so he would have been the No. 14 fantasy receiver if only his receiving numbers counted! Ekeler would probably be going in the first round if not for the quarterback change in L.A. Philip Rivers was known to pepper his running backs with targets, but Tyrod Taylor didn’t generate big receiving seasons for his backs when he started in Buffalo. (LeSean’s high-water mark in Buffalo was 59 catches in 2017.) I’m expecting Ekeler’s receptions to regress a bit, but he’ll still catch enough balls to have a very good shot to finish in the top 10 in PPR and half-PPR formats.

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Scouting report

by Pete Behnke

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.

2020 Strength of Schedule - LAC
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
27
@CIN
25
KC
32
CAR
1
@TB
3
@NO
11
NYJ
26
@MIA
31
JAX
20
LV
BYE7
@DEN
17
@BUF
4
NE
9
ATL
20
@LV
7
DEN
25
@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%
2@DET1766113.886670611.1717.323.349/6773.1%
3HOU936004.00745076.438.115.149/7565.3%
4@MIA1860103.335621512.4024.229.248/6771.6%
5DEN37012.3315860165.737.322.346/7065.7%
6PIT514002.80314044.672.85.828/6245.2%
7@TEN57001.4071181816.8618.525.538/6459.4%
8@CHI33001.00219139.508.210.224/4553.3%
9GB1270005.83423045.759.313.324/7133.8%
10@LV619003.172291214.5010.812.835/7745.5%
11KC524004.80810801213.5013.221.246/8057.5%
12BYE--------------
13@DEN916001.784511512.7512.716.735/6653.0%
14@JAX81010012.6241121528.0027.331.331/6349.2%
15MIN719002.715620712.408.113.130/6248.4%
16LV411002.755580611.606.911.933/6154.1%
17@KC946005.119430114.788.917.945/7758.4%
Per game8.2534.810.190.134.225.7562.060.506.7510.7913.5619.3138.06/66.9456.79%
Totals132557324.2292993810810.79217309609/107156.79%
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