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|Rookie running back Joshua Kelley is likely the third back on the team heading into the season so his ADP will almost certainly be behind fellow running back Justin Jackson. Kelley's upside could make him a significantly better fantasy value, though, especially in dynasty formats.
Kelley isn't particularly big, but he is quick, having run a sub-4.5 forty yard dash, and he possesses better-than-average strength as well. In addition, he showcased an ability to catch passes in college with 27 receptions in his 2018 season at UCLA. Kelley isn't likely to be an elite back at any point, but he could potentially be a fairly decent replacement for Melvin Gordon in the Los Angeles offense. He costs practically nothing in fantasy drafts and could be someone to look at late in deep drafts as there's a real chance that he ends up being the primary back in the scenario that Ekeler misses time.
|Reduced receiving work for Austin Ekeler?|
RB still a priority but lower target totals may be new norm
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 14, 6:15 pm
|Anthony Lynn said the new scheme - primarily the increased QB and pocket movement - will limit check downs to RBs, including Austin Ekeler, who only had one target Sunday. But he said it's still a priority to get Ekeler touches moving forward. (The Athletic - Daniel Popper)|
FFToday's Take: Ekeler was plenty involved in Week 1 (20 touches), but 19 of them came via the running game. Seeing as how Lynn seems to be confirming this is the plan moving forward in what figures to be a grind-it-out ball-control offense, fantasy owners should consider putting Ekeler on the market in hopes someone will pay for last season. Without goal-line work (should be mostly Joshua Kelley) and a dramatic drop in receiving work, Ekeler may be an RB2 in 2020 with limited upside.
|Crowded house in Chargers' backfield?|
Opportunities available for all three top RBs
By: Doug Orth | Thu Sep 3, 6:30 pm
|This group was cemented after the Chargers drafted Joshua Kelley in the fourth round. This will be a formidable three-headed running back attack, and all will get opportunities in both the running game and passing game. Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and Kelley are all versatile enough and good enough route-runners to line up in the slot or outside. (The Athletic - Daniel Popper)|
FFToday's Take: It seems unlikely that Ekeler will give up many targets, but it's just another reminder his role may not change all that much from last year. That could be a problem considering the Chargers want to be more run-heavy in 2020. One nugget to keep in mind: Ekeler received more than 10 carries only once after OC Shane Steichen took over last season. Ekeler's role should still allow him to be a solid RB1, while Jackson and Kelley may end up being dicey flex options.