• Joshua Kelley

  • RB
  • , Los Angeles Chargers
  • 26
  • 213 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Scouting report

by Neil Dutton

LAC RB Joshua Kelley - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs Los Angeles Rams

Joshua Kelley continues to see just enough work in the Chargers' offense to keep him interesting, but not enough to truly excite fantasy managers. Week 16 was a case in point. Kelley saw nine carries for 33 yards and caught his only target for nine yards.

The Rams rank 22nd in aFPA to running backs, but Austin Ekeler isn't ceding enough work to make Kelley worth a speculative start, even in deep leagues. Let him end the season the way he has spent most of it, either on your bench or your waiver wire.

by Neil Dutton

LAC RB Joshua Kelley - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Indianapolis Colts

Joshua Kelley saw an extended workload in Week 15 while Austin Ekeler dealt with an injury he suffered during the game. Kelley tied a season-best with 10 carries, which he converted into 24 yards and a touchdown. He managed 9.6 Half PPR points and finished as the RB33.

The Colts rank 27th in aFPA to running backs this season, and the Chargers may consider working Kelley in a bit more in order to conserve their workhorse Ekeler. But he's still hard to project as having any real fantasy appeal this week.

by Neil Dutton

LAC RB Joshua Kelley - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Tennessee Titans

Joshua Kelley continues to operate behind Austin Ekeler but doesn't get enough work to make him a standalone option in fantasy formats.

The Titans rank fourth in aFPA to running backs this season, and this is a case where if the primary running back goes down the backup is unlikely to step into a great situation. You should not consider Kelley a viable option in fantasy this week.

by Neil Dutton

LAC RB Joshua Kelley - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs Miami Dolphins

Joshua Kelley continues to make a role for himself in the Chargers' offense. He played 43% of the snaps in Week 13, rushing seven times for 30 yards while failing to secure his only target. He finished as the RB54 in Half PPR formats.

Kelley is firmly behind Ekeler, so it's hard to get too excited about him for fantasy in any meaningful way. The Dolphins are not an easy out for running backs, ranking 18th in aFPA to the position. So unless you are absolutely desperate, you don't need to consider starting Kelley this week.

by Neil Dutton

LAC RB Joshua Kelley - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Las Vegas Raiders

Joshua Kelley was the clear second fiddle to Austin Ekeler among Chargers running backs in Week 12, playing 15 snaps to Ekeler's 46. Kelley carried the ball twice for four yards and caught two of his three targets for another 16. But these deeds did very little in terms of fantasy production.

It would be a great matchup for Kelley in Week 13, if not for the presence of Austin Ekeler. The Raiders rank 29th in aFPA to running backs. But as long as Ekeler is around, there will only be scraps for the other backs. You don't need to start Kelley this week.

by Neil Dutton

LAC RB Joshua Kelley - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 vs. Denver Broncos

Joshua Kelley enjoyed his most productive game of the season in Week 5 against the Browns. Kelley rushed 10 times for 49 yards and his first touchdown of the year, while also catching both of his targets for 33 yards. Kelley played a season-high 38% of the Chargers' snaps and could begin to see a more regular role as he spells lead back Austin Ekeler. Kelley notched 15.2 Half-PPR points and finished as the RB18 in Week 5.

Kelley will need a decent workload if he has any fantasy relevance in Week 6. The Broncos are fifth in aFPA to running backs this season and have only seen 96 running back rush attempts against them. Still, if he can wrestle away some of Ekeler's high-value touches, he could make some noise for fantasy managers. Consider him a low-end RB3 this week.

by Bob Harris

LAC RB Joshua Kelley - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Joshua Kelley, who was a healthy scratch in two of the Chargers' final four games, was a bit of a disappointment as a rookie. As CBSSports.com noted, his fall from fantasy grace came precipitously as Kelley saw 47 touches in his first three games as a complement to Austin Ekeler before yielding time to Justin Jackson and then Kalen Ballage as the season progressed. By the time Ekeler (quad) returned from a multi-month absence, Kelley had completely fallen out of the rotation in favor of Ballage despite the two having similarly modest yards-per-carry averages. Looking ahead, the UCLA product could have a chance to increase his role in his second NFL season with a new coaching regime on board. That the Chargers have more invested in him (a 2020 fourth-rounder) than in Jackson (and with Ballage moving on to Pittsburgh via free agency), could work in Kelley's favor.

Fantasy Downside
The Chargers drafted running back Larry Rountree in the sixth round with the thought of him serving as a key special teamer in his rookie season. But USA Today reports that in the eyes of NFL evaluators, the team might have something more valuable.

2021 Bottom Line
Whatever the case, fantasy managers looking to invest in the second piece of this backfield should only do so if they're confident the role is there.

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