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Running Back, Los Angeles Chargers

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College: Western State, Colo.
Ht: 5’10”  Wt: 200 DOB: 1995-05-17 Age: 23
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#56 8 14.01

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2017 LAC 13 47 260 5.5 2 35 27 279 10.3 3 83.9 6.5
2018 LAC 14 106 554 5.2 3 53 39 404 10.4 3 131.8 9.4
2018 (Projected) LAC   84 334 4.0 2   36 266 7.4 1 78.0  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
An explosive playmaker out of the backfield, Austin Ekeler surprised many when he burst onto the scene in 2017 and took some playing time from Melvin Gordon, particularly on obvious passing downs. It was on a limited sample size, but Ekeler's 7.3 yards per touch were among the best in the league for any running back and it's not as if that production came out of nowhere. Ekeler was a big-time producer in college where he rushed for over 1,000 yards in all four seasons in addition to making plays as a pass catcher and scoring a total of 73 career offensive touchdowns.

Ekeler would presumably be in for at least a slight uptick in touches this season if the Chargers hadn't selected Justin Jackson in the NFL Draft this past April. Jackson himself rushed for 1,000 yards in all four seasons in college and would almost certainly split backfield duties with Ekeler if Gordon were to go down. As it stands, neither Ekeler nor Gordon is likely to have much standalone value unless you're playing in very deep PPR formats where Ekeler might be worth a late-round flier selection. He could see 40 to 50 receptions this season which would make him a viable option for those in need at the running back position.
Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Melvin Gordon
RB2RB2 Austin Ekeler
RB3RB3 Justin Jackson
RB4RB4 Detrez Newsome
RB5RB5 Troymaine Pope
RB6FB1 Derek Watt
Chargers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Ekeler limited Friday, expected to play
Melvin Gordon off injury report
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jan 4, 2:41 pm

Chargers injury report - OUT: LB Jatavis Brown (ankle). DOUBTFUL: NT Brandon Mebane (not injury related). QUESTIONABLE: Austin Ekeler (groin). Ekeler was a limited participant in practice on Friday but expected to play on Sunday. (Eric Williams on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Melvin Gordon has been removed from the injury report which is a good sign although it's likely he's not at 100 percent. Ekeler will be a flex option against the Ravens who gave up 7 catches and 47 yards to Justin Jackson in the receiving game when these two teams met two weeks ago.


Injury Austin Ekeler likely back after two-game absence
Neck, concussion issues
By: Doug Orth | Mon Dec 24, 6:25 pm

The Chargers got running back Melvin Gordon back in the lineup against the Ravens on Saturday night, but his presence wasn’t enough to get them past Baltimore. They can still wind up as division champs if they beat the Broncos and the Raiders beat the Chiefs in Week 17 and it looks like they’ll be able to use Austin Ekeler at running back along with Gordon. Head coach Anthony Lynn said on Monday that he expects Ekeler to play in the regular season finale. He’s missed the last two games while in the concussion protocol and has been a productive runner and receiver when called upon this season. (Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper)

FFToday's Take: Justin Jackson capably filled in as Melvin Gordon's change-of-pace back in Week 16, but the Chargers seem to prefer Ekeler's big-play ability over Jackson. Ekeler wasn't doing much in fantasy in a few weeks prior to his injury or Gordon's, but he's always a good bet for about 5-10 touches and a score about every two or three games. With the depressed slate of running backs in Week 17, Ekeler might be worth starting in deeper PPR leagues.


Injury Melvin Gordon will not play Week 15
Will miss third straight game with knee injury.
By: Doug Orth | Thu Dec 13, 7:15 pm

RB Melvin Gordon is officially inactive tonight. He won’t play for a third-straight week. (BJ Kissel on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: According to various reports, the decision came down to pre-game warmups, but either Gordon or the coaching staff didn't feel quite right about playing him. With Austin Ekeler already ruled out, seventh-round rookie Justin Jackson is setting up for a potential surprise top-10 play at running back this week against one of the worst defenses against running backs in the Chiefs. Detrez Newsome should mix in, but Jackson is in line for 20-plus touches if he starts out hot Thursday.


Injury Ekeler out, Melvin Gordon questionable
Gordon a gametime decision
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Dec 12, 2:45 pm

Melvin Gordon (knee) questionable for Thursday and likely a game-time decision. Austin Ekeler (concussion, neck) has been ruled out. (Eric Williams on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Melvin Gordon has been described as a gametime decision with a knee injury. Gordon did travel with the team. Justin Jackson would likely see significant snaps if Gordon is ruled out and would be an RB2 against a leaky Chiefs run defense.


Injury Chargers "not optimistic" Melvin Gordon will play
Backfield also likely to be without Austin Ekeler (concussion) Week 15
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Dec 11, 12:58 pm

Steve Wyche (@wyche89) on Twitter: "The Chargers are not optimistic that running backs Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck, concussion) will be ready for Thursday's huge AFC West matchup at Kansas City, HC Anthony Lynn told me. Rookie RBs Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome likely to be the spot" (Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Oh boy. Fantasy owners hoping to have Gordon (or at least Ekeler) available for Week 15 will have to look elsewhere. Jackson remains a solid RB2/3 fantasy option with plenty of upside in the Chargers offense.


Injury Austin Ekeler unlikely to play Week 15
Shoulder/neck stinger
By: Doug Orth | Mon Dec 10, 9:35 pm

RB Austin Ekeler extremely doubtful for Thursday due to bruised nerve in neck. (Joe Reedy on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Ekeler is officially day-to-day, but his history of stingers and a short turnaround (Thursday in Kansas City) are probably the main reasons why he is being deemed "extremely doubtful." The hope is Melvin Gordon will be able to go this week after missing the last two games, but Justin Jackson would appear to be in line for a heavy workload against the Chiefs if that ends up not being the case.


Injury Melvin Gordon to miss a few weeks
Grade 2 MCL sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Nov 26, 7:00 am

#Chargers star RB Melvin Gordon was diagnosed with a grade 2 MCL sprain suffered in yesterday’s blowout win, sources say. He had his MRI last night. Gordon is out the next few weeks, but should be back before the end of the regular season if all goes well. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Gordon came into Week 12 dealing with knee and hamstring injuries and left with an MCL sprain. In his absence Austin Ekeler and rookie Justin Jackson will handle the running back duties with Ekeler being a weekly RB2 option. The Chargers upcoming schedule includes: @PIT, CIN, @KC, BAL.


Injury Melvin Gordon, Tyrell Williams questionable
Gametime decisions
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Nov 24, 8:45 am

RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring, knee), WR Tyrell Williams (quad) and DT Brandon Mebane (not injury related) all were listed as questionable by the Chargers as they host the Cardinals on Sunday. Williams and Gordon likely will be game-time decisions. Both were limited participants on Friday, while Mebane did not practice for a second straight day due to a personal matter. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Gordon is dealing with a sore knee. “Most starting runners this time of year are sore or something’s wrong,” Lynn said. “So we’ll have to decide if it’s worth holding him back or just letting him go.” (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Gordon was limited on Thursday and Friday raising questions about his workload on Sunday even if he does play. The Chargers may decide they can beat the lowly Cardinals without their star running back. If Gordon sits, Austin Ekeler would move into the RB2 conversation.



2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 KC L 28-38 5 39 7.8 0 5 5 87 17.4 1 18.6
2 at BUF W 31-20 11 77 7.0 0 3 3 21 7.0 0 9.8
3 at LAR L 23-35 4 47 11.8 0 3 3 24 8.0 0 7.1
4 SF W 29-27 8 25 3.1 0 3 2 31 15.5 1 11.6
5 OAK W 26-10 6 15 2.5 0 3 1 44 44.0 1 11.9
6 at CLE W 38-14 7 60 8.6 0 0 0 0 - 0 6.0
7 TEN W 20-19 12 42 3.5 0 7 5 26 5.2 0 6.8
9 at SEA W 25-17 3 21 7.0 0 2 1 13 13.0 0 3.4
10 at OAK W 20-6 3 19 6.3 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.9
11 DEN L 22-23 6 29 4.8 0 2 2 40 20.0 0 6.9
12 ARI W 45-10 5 35 7.0 1 11 10 68 6.8 0 16.3
13 at PIT W 33-30 13 21 1.6 0 8 5 22 4.4 0 4.3
14 CIN W 26-21 15 66 4.4 1 5 2 28 14.0 0 15.4
17 at DEN W 23-9 8 58 7.3 1 1 0 0 - 0 11.8
WC at BAL W 23-17 11 29 2.6 0 4 4 14 3.5 0 4.3
DP at NE L 28-41 0 0 - 0 5 3 19 6.3 0 1.9
WC = Wild-Card DP = Divisional Playoff

2017 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at DEN L 21-24 0 0 - 0 2 2 18 9.0 0 1.8
3 KC L 10-24 0 0 - 0 1 1 6 6.0 0 0.6
4 PHI L 24-26 1 35 35.0 1 2 2 23 11.5 0 11.8
5 at NYG W 27-22 4 0 0.0 0 6 3 28 9.3 0 2.8
6 at OAK W 17-16 1 1 1.0 0 2 1 8 8.0 0 0.9
7 DEN W 21-0 7 38 5.4 0 4 4 6 1.5 1 10.4
8 at NE L 13-21 2 8 4.0 0 1 1 13 13.0 0 2.1
10 at JAC L 17-20 10 42 4.2 0 5 5 77 15.4 2 23.9
11 BUF W 54-24 6 40 6.7 1 2 2 18 9.0 0 11.8
12 at DAL W 28-6 6 15 2.5 0 3 3 55 18.3 0 7.0
13 CLE W 19-10 4 19 4.8 0 3 2 21 10.5 0 4.0
14 WAS W 30-13 4 49 12.3 0 3 0 0 - 0 4.9
15 at KC L 13-30 2 13 6.5 0 1 1 6 6.0 0 1.9

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