Posted: 9/21/2020 4:16 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler carried the ball 16 times for 93 yards in a Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He also caught four passes (on four targets) for 55 yards.
Huddle Up: Ekeler was effective once again in Week 2, even though he's not getting the volume of receptions he did in 2019 when Rivers was under center. The problem with that is he's not a big back, which could limit his short-yardage work and scoring opportunities as a runner -- to that point, he has eight career rushing TDs in 300-plus carries compared to 14 receiving scores. Despite his yardage totals, Ekeler feels more like an RB2 right now.
Posted: 9/14/2020 8:47 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler will remain a priority in the offense moving forward, but head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters Monday, Sept. 14, that the new scheme will limit check downs to running backs.
Huddle Up: Ekeler carried the ball 19 times but was targeted only once in the opener. If Lynn sticks to this approach moving forward, it will likely crush any hopes fantasy owners had about Ekeler posting another RB1 season after 108 targets a year ago. This edition of the Chargers is shaping up to be a grinding and ball-control offense, which is almost a complete 180 of what it was with Philip Rivers under center. Ekeler may be a good sell-high candidate in fantasy after games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers over the next two weeks.
Posted: 9/14/2020 6:15 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler had 19 carries for 84 yards on Sunday, Sept. 13, against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also caught one pass for three yards.
Huddle Up: On paper, Ekeler's status as arguably the NFL's preeminent receiving back was a nice fit with Tyrod Taylor's risk-averse approach. For at least one week it didn't play out that way as Ekeler caught just one pass for three yards -- a season ago, Ekeler's low-water marks were two receptions (twice) and 14 yards. At least he ran effectively, salvaging some value. He entered 2020 as a borderline top-10 fantasy RB. He needs much more work in the passing game to generate that kind of value.
Posted: 7/07/2020 10:45 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler's receiving grade of 94.2 over the last three seasons ranks No. 1 among all running backs, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Ekeler should handle the lion's share of the backfield duties all season and may become even more involved in the passing game with either of QB Tyrod Taylor or rookie Justin Herbert under center. He should be selected as a low-tier RB1.
Posted: 5/12/2020 2:46 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler averaged a broken tackle on 25.8 percent of his 132 rush attempts in 2019, according to Sports Info Solutions. The mark was the highest among all backs with at 100 carries.
Posted: 5/07/2020 2:11 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RBs Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and rookie Joshua Kelley are all expected to remain involved in the offense this season, according to comments made by office coordinator Shane Steichen.
'All three of those guys are going to share the load. They all bring something unique,' Steichen said.
Huddle Up: This figures to mean much more for Jackson and Kelley than Ekeler, who will operate as the clear lead back and was never going to be expected to handle a heavy workload anyway. Melvin Gordon left behind roughly 13.5 carries per game when he departed for Denver, and it will be up to Jackson and Kelley to split about 10 to 12 of those. Ekeler should be considered a high-end RB2 in 2020, while Jackson and Kelley may siphon enough work from each other to be hard to trust as flex options.
Posted: 4/15/2020 3:46 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler was credited with a receiving grade of 93.6 last season - just ahead of Christian McCaffrey (92.4) for the best mark by a running back, according to Pro Football Focus.
Posted: 4/10/2020 6:23 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler in 2019 led all running backs with an average of 6.9 yards per touch.
Huddle Up: When a running back catches 92 passes -- and averages 10.8 yards per reception -- while carrying the ball a modest 132 times, a big YPT year was no surprise. Look for that number to dip some with Melvin Gordon now out of the picture in L.A., but definitely still bank on a RB1 season for Ekeler in PPR formats.
Posted: 4/08/2020 2:40 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler had an 85.2 percent catch percentage last season, which was the best rate of anyone with 45 receptions.
Huddle Up: Ekeler had just one drop and 92 grabs for 993 yards. He rushed 132 times for 557 yards (4.2 yards per carry) as well, and with Melvin Gordon gone, he should remain one of the top five backs in PPR.
Posted: 3/27/2020 3:12 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler hauled in 92 of his 108 targets last season. The resulting 85.2-percent catch rate led the league among all players with at least 50 receptions.