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.
Chargers and restricted free-agent RB Austin Ekeler reached agreement on a four-year, $24.5 million deal that includes $15 million guaranteed, sources tell ESPN.
This deal for Ekeler makes him the starter at RB for Los Angeles as they're clearly moving on from Melvin Gordon. The 24-year old finished as RB4 in total PPR points in 2019, amassing 1,550 combined yards on 132 rushes and 92 receptions. He's currently a second-round pick in early best-ball drafts, but could bump up to a first-rounder as we move through the off-season.
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.
In a surprising move, the Los Angeles Chargers fired offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt on Monday.
"This is not an easy decision and definitely not one that I take lightly," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said in a statement. "You win as a team, and you lose as a team. It's never about just one person. At the end of the day, however, I simply felt a change was needed at this time. I want to thank Ken for his years of service to the Chargers organization and wish him nothing but the best moving forward."
The Chargers (3-5) have struggled to move the football, averaging just 19.6 points per contest, which ranks 23rd in the NFL. The real struggle is running the ball, where it's been four-straight games with under 40 rushing yards - ironically all with Gordon back.
Oct 25, 2019 · 6:37 PM EDT
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring, questionable) missed practice again Friday and is questionable for Week 8. It sounds like Allen's setback is serious. HC Anthony Lynn said that even if Allen is active, the team would likely limit his snaps. If he sits, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry and the Charger RBs (especially Austin Ekeler) would probably absorb most of his targets.