• Austin Ekeler
  • RB
  • , Los Angeles Chargers
  • 25
  • 195 lbs
  • 5' 10"
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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.

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Austin Ekeler - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Oakland Raiders
In Week 15, Austin Ekeler out-snapped Melvin Gordon 30 to 25 but they both finished with 12 touches. Ekeler had seven rushing attempts for 19 yards, five receptions for 62 yards, and was the half PPR RB24. Ekeler and Gordon continue to split snaps and touches but they both continue to be playable on a weekly basis.

Oakland’s defense is third-worst against running backs, per our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Ekeler ranked as a low-end half PPR RB1. Ekeler is a safe start in a plus matchup for fantasy championships.

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Austin Ekeler - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Minnesota Vikings
Austin Ekeler out-snapped Melvin Gordon 31 to 29 but Gordon out-touched Ekeler 17 to 12. In Week 14, Ekeler finished with eight rushing attempts for 101 yards, four receptions on five targets for 29 yards, and was the half PPR RB1. Congratulations to those who took the risk and started Ekeler on DraftKings and received the rare double bonus for having 100+ rushing yards and 100+ receiving yards.

The Vikings are better at defending the run than the pass. They are a good example of a pass funneling defense. They are fourth-worst against wide receivers but eighteenth best against running backs, as shown by our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Ekeler ranked as a high-end half PPR RB2. The Chargers will continue to use a running back by committee approach but Ekeler’s rushing and receiving usage provide a high ceiling on a weekly basis.

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Austin Ekeler - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Jacksonville Jaguars
The blueprint to beating the Jaguars is through the running game. The Jaguars are the third-worst defense against running backs, as shown by our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Ekeler ranked as the half PPR RB18. On paper, the matchup looks better for Melvin Gordon but Ekeler continues to be involved on the ground and through the air.

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Austin Ekeler - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Denver Broncos

Points might be limited in this game because it has the second-lowest over/under (38.5) of the week. The Broncos are seventh-best against running backs, as shown by our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. Since Gordon’s return to the field in Week 5, he has out-touched Austin Ekeler 118 to 80, out-snapped Ekeler 263 to 241, but Ekeler has outscored him in half PPR scoring 90.6 points to 85.1. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Ekeler ranked as a low end half PPR RB2.

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Austin Ekeler - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Mexico City)
In Week 10, Ekeler was out-snapped by Melvin Gordon 48 to 35 and out-touched 23 to 8. Ekeler finished with six rushing attempts for 19 yards and two receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown. He was the half PPR RB13. Over the last three games, Gordon is averaging 18.7 touches per game and Ekeler is only averaging 9.7 touches per game.

The Chief’s defense is much better against the pass than the run. They are a good example of a run funneling defense. They are second-worst against running backs but seventh best against wide receivers, as shown by our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. Gordon’s increased usage continues to be a concern but Ekeler is still involved in the passing game and could benefit from this game turning into a shootout. This Monday Night football game has the highest over/under (52.5) of the week. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Ekeler ranked as a middle of the pack half PPR RB2.

by Pete Behnke

LAC RB Austin Ekeler - Week 10 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 10 at Oakland Raiders
Ekeler was out-snapped by Melvin Gordon 45 to 24 and out-touched 23 to 16. However, he was still able to finish as the half PPR RB25 with twelve rushing attempts for 70 yards (5.8 YPC) and four receptions on four targets for 23 yards. Gordon’s usage was noticeably higher than previous weeks but new play-caller, Shane Steichen, showed he wants to continue using Ekeler as a runner and a receiver out of the backfield.

Oakland’s defense is much better against the run than the pass. They are a perfect example of a pass funnel. They are 11th against running backs but third-worst against wide receivers, as shown by our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. Ekeler continues to be a receiving threat and may see increased usage if the Chargers fall behind early or the game turns into a shoot out. A shoot-out is possible with a decent over/under (48.5). 4for4 rankings expert John Paulsen has Ekeler ranked as a low-end half PPR RB2 in Week 10.

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