• Austin Ekeler

  • RB
  • , Los Angeles Chargers
  • 26
  • 195 lbs
  • 5' 10"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Ekeler finished as the No. 29 running back (half-PPR) in just 10 games last season. The previous year, he finished No. 6. More than just about everyone else at his position, Ekeler’s value will depend on the scoring format. He’s a top 10 back in full PPR, but more of a midrange RB2 in standard formats. In his eight healthy games with Justin Herbert at quarterback, Ekeler averaged 18.4 touches (including 6.5 receptions on 7.9 targets) for 104 total yards and 0.38 touchdowns. The resulting 15.9 PPG is what David Montgomery scored as last year’s No. 4 running back. The Chargers added Corey Linsley in free agency and tackle Rashawn Slater with the No. 13 pick in the draft, so the offensive line unit should be much improved in 2021. This all points to a bounceback season for Ekeler.

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Scouting report

by Bob Harris

LAC RB Austin Ekeler - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Limited by a hamstring injury suffered in Week 4, Austin Ekeler played in just 10 games in 2020, seeing his production dwindle from 1,550 scrimmage yards in 2019 to 933 last season. In those 10 games, however, Ekeler averaged 4.6 yards per carry and 5.4 receptions per game (only Keenan Allen caught the ball more on average in 2020). Now healthy and entering a new offense under coordinator Joe Lombardi, Ekeler views himself as a chess piece the new play-caller can use in ways similar to how the Saints used Alvin Kamara. "I think that's something that I've learned about Joe coming in like this man is going to get his playmakers in space and situations where they can be successful," Ekeler said of the former Saints OC.

Fantasy Downside
According to the L.A. Times, to understand the impact Ekeler has had on the Chargers' offense, we should consider this: In his four seasons, he never has rushed for more than 557 yards. The Times went on to remind readers that three things -- splitting time with other backs, extensive usage as a receiver and injuries -- have tempered Ekeler's annual rushing haul. Since Sept. 29, 2019, he has one rushing touchdown.

2021 Bottom Line
The backfield in L.A. remains roughly the same as last season, with Ekeler leading the way ahead of Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley. The club did add Larry Rountree III in the sixth round of the draft. It's a diverse backfield, but Ekeler fits best with how Lombardi prefers to use his backs, particularly in the passing game. If Ekeler stays healthy, expect him to return to his 1,200-plus scrimmage-yard ways.

2021 Strength of Schedule - LAC

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
7
@WAS
26
DAL
24
@KC
30
LV
12
CLE
13
@BAL
BYE21
NE
9
@PHI
23
MIN
6
PIT
22
@DEN
27
@CIN
18
NYG
24
KC
31
@HOU
22
DEN

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

Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1@CIN1984004.4213013.008.79.750/7467.6%
2KC1693005.814550413.7514.818.847/8356.6%
3CAR1259104.9211840117.6420.331.356/7871.8%
4@TB212006.0012012.001.42.43/535.7%
5@NO--------------
6BYE--------------
7JAX--------------
8@DEN--------------
9LV--------------
10@MIA--------------
11NYJ--------------
12@BUF1444003.1411850167.7312.923.960/8372.3%
13NE836004.50432098.006.810.843/7259.7%
14ATL1579005.27967097.4414.623.644/7360.3%
15@LV1360004.62419044.757.911.941/6662.1%
16DEN1045004.50323137.6712.815.837/5764.9%
17@KC718002.57633175.5011.117.130/7142.3%
Per game11.6053.000.1004.575.4040.300.206.507.4611.1316.5341.10/71.0056.32%
Totals116530104.57544032657.46111.3165.3411/71056.32%
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