| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| Austin Ekeler unlikely to play Week 15|
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.
| 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.