2022 Fantasy Upside
Following the 2022 NFL Draft, NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks made a list of his favorite selections in draft order. Brooks took 10 players and explained why they are "perfect fits" for their respective teams. One of Brooks' picks was Isaiah Spiller. Brooks went on to explain Spiller is a dynamic runner with the size, speed, and big-play potential to occupy a lead role for a team that needs more pop from the running game. If Spiller is capable of handling the responsibilities of being the lead back, it would enable Austin Ekeler -- who is tied for 21st in the NFL in yards per carry (4.48) in the two seasons since he became the Bolts' top ball-carrier -- to reprise his role as a change-of-pace weapon in the rotation. Spiller is known for his ability to find the hole and as an efficient pass-catcher. Since 2019, he led the SEC with 2,993 rushing yards, including 1,844 rushing yards after contact, which also led the conference. In a position group that also includes Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree III, Spiller could be thrown into the mix early in his rookie season. With more diversity at running back, the Chargers could attack opponents with a multi-faceted offense that alleviates some of the pressure on Justin Herbert and Co. to carry the load with the passing game.
2022 Fantasy Downside
Ekeler is really good. And even if the Chargers want to lighten his load as a rusher, Ekeler will still command a vast majority of the backfield snaps here.
2022 Bottom Line
While Spiller could emerge as the change of pace to Ekeler the Chargers have been looking for, Spiller could turn into a league winner if something happens to the starter.