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Fantasy Points
Dec 10, 2023 10 51 5.1 9 1 15
Dec 3, 2023 14 18 1.3 4 0 1
Nov 26, 2023 10 32 3.2 6 0 4
Nov 19, 2023 10 64 6.4 37 0 4
Nov 12, 2023 19 67 3.5 17 1 16
Player Outlook
Ekeler should be a first-round pick in the majority of Fantasy drafts this year, and he's one of a handful of running backs who could finish the season as RB1 overall without surprising anyone. The two questions about Ekeler have to do with the team's new offense and Ekeler's age. The Chargers' star running back is 28 years old, which is very close to the cliff at this position. And Kellen Moore's offense has generally been more about downfield targets than running back targets. Last year, the Chargers led the NFL with a 26% RB target rate. Moore's Cowboys were at 15.8% last year (26th) and 18.6% in 2021 (20th). Those questions aren't enough to bump Ekeler out of Round 1, but they should be enough to make you nervous in Dynasty.

Fantasy Stats

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Fantasy Points
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Fantasy Points per Game
2023 497 3.65 5 3 36 344 1 10310.3
2022 915 4.49 13 3 107 722 5 24914.6
2021 911 4.42 12 3 70 647 8 25716.1
3y Avg. 785 4.49 9 2 77 591 5 20114.4
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Fantasy News

  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Typical usage in Week 14

    Ekeler carried the ball 10 times for 51 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-7 loss to the Broncos. He also caught five of his seven targets for 49 yards. Despite coded comments from head coach Brandon Staley earlier in the week that left some speculating Ekeler would cede touches to Joshua Kelley and Isaiah Spiller, the multi-faceted back saw his usual workload while the aforementioned backups combined for nine carries and 25 yards. It's unclear if that's because the Chargers trailed from the jump and were put in an even more difficult situation after Justin Herbert left the game late in the second quarter with an injury to a finger on his throwing hand or if it was by design, but the end result is hardly surprising given the career credentials of Kelley and Spiller. Herbert's status could certainly affect Ekeler's upside come Thursday's Week 15 contest against the Raiders, but backup quarterback Easton Stick could also rely heavily on the pass-catching running back should Herbert sit out, making the Pro Bowl back a likely solid fantasy play regardless.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Could yield carries Sunday

    Though Ekeler remains in line to start, Joshua Kelley and Isaiah Spiller are also expected to see work in the Chargers' backfield Sunday against the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Ekeler carried 14 times for 18 yards and caught two of his three targets for nine yards in last weekend's 6-0 win over the Patriots, and per Rapoport, the Chargers may be inclined to get Kelley and/or Spiller more involved Sunday. Rapoport adds that the team is expected to ride the hot hand versus Denver, be that Ekeler or one of his fellow RBs.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Costly fumble in loss

    Ekeler rushed 10 times for 64 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Packers. He also caught two of three targets for six yards. Ekeler was surprisingly held at bay by a Packers defense that has struggled against the run this season. While the tailback's average of 6.4 yards per carry was impressive, Ekeler coughed up the ball in scoring territory during the fourth quarter. With minimal contribution in the passing game, it was a missed opportunity for Ekeler, who is now set to square off against a tough Ravens defense in Week 12.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: 100-plus total yards and touchdown

    Ekeler registered 19 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown along with four receptions (on seven targets) for 48 yards in the 41-38 loss to the Lions on Sunday. The Lions' vaunted run defense certainly performed as advertised, as Ekeler averaged just 3.5 yards per carry over the afternoon. The electric scat back did get his customary red-zone work, which resulted in a short touchdown; however, the 28-year-old was otherwise bottled in terms of explosive plays. The seven-year pro now has six consecutive games with at least 14 carries and owns a near monopoly on the Chargers' goal-line touches, which means even with a sub 4.0-yard-per-carry average, he remains a weekly fantasy lock for the time being.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Touchdowns mask poor outing

    Ekeler carried the ball 14 times for 47 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two of his seven targets for 23 yards in the 27-6 win over the Jets on Monday. Ekeler punched in both touchdowns from a couple of yards out, but he uncharacteristically had a number of drops, specifically in the first half, that could have produced far more yardage. The Chargers offense hardly had to put much effort in this one as Zach Wilson and the Jets could barely cross the 50-yard line. Expect the mundane offensive figures to look a bit different Week 10 against a much better team overall in the Lions.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Big receiving game ends slump

    Ekeler (ankle) carried the ball 15 times for 29 yards and caught seven of eight targets for 94 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-13 win over Chicago. He also coughed up a fumble, his first of the season. Ekeler continues to struggle as a rusher since returning from injury in Week 6, but he finally broke out for fantasy managers with his contributions as a receiver. The 28-year-old displayed his usual burst on a handful of his 22 combined touches Sunday, something that was lacking when he initially returned from injury. With an extra day of rest scheduled ahead of next Monday's tilt the Jets, we could see the healthiest version of Ekeler since Week 1, when he combined for 164 yards and a touchdown against Miami.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Logs full practice Wednesday

    Ekeler (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. During this past Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Chiefs, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times noted that Ekeler was spotted limping off the field after a rushing attempt, but the running back was able to return to action and ended up logging 40 of 63 snaps on offense while carrying 14 times for 45 yards and catching one of his two targets for one yard. A full practice Wednesday sets the stage for Ekeler to continue to lead the Chargers backfield this weekend against the 2-5 Bears, with Joshua Kelley on hand to work in a complementary role.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Kept in check during loss

    Ekeler carried the ball 14 times for 45 yards in the 31-17 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. He also caught one of his two targets for one yard. Ekeler appeared to sustain some sort of ankle injury in the first half, but he managed to play through it. It was an ineffective day overall for the Chargers offense, particularly in the second half as the team failed to score a single point in the final 30 minutes. While Ekeler's status will likely need to be monitored throughout the week, the workload (14 carries for Ekeler compared to seven for Joshua Kelley) would seem to suggest this won't be a significant issue moving forward.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Rusty return from injury

    Ekeler (ankle) rushed 14 times for 27 yards and caught four of six targets for 35 yards in Monday's 20-17 loss to the Cowboys. Ekeler made his much anticipated return from the high-ankle sprain he suffered back in Week 1, reclaiming his role atop the Chargers' RB depth chart. The electric back didn't have his usual burst after coming back from a lower-body injury, averaging just 1.9 yards per attempt against Dallas. It wasn't the triumphant return managers were hoping to get from their top talent, but a healthy four quarters with a full dose of touches should be considered a success. Ekeler appears to have escaped Monday's loss no worse for wear, putting the fantasy star on track to be available for Sunday's divisional matchup against the Chiefs.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Practices fully Thursday

    Ekeler (ankle) was a full practice participant Thursday. Kris Rhim of ESPN.com previously relayed that Ekeler said he had a "99 percent" chance of returning to action Week 6, and the running back's full practice participation Thursday has him on track to play Monday against the Cowboys. Ekeler sustained a right high-ankle sprain Week 1, but after the Chargers' Week 5 bye, he's ready to reclaim his role as the team's top back and thus belongs back in Week 6 fantasy lineups.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Likely to return in Week 6

    Ekeler (ankle) said Tuesday that he's "99 percent" certain that he'll play Monday against the Cowboys, Kris Rhim of ESPN.com reports. Since sustaining a right high-ankle sprain Week 1, Ekeler has missed three games, but after the Chargers' Week 5 bye, the running back looks as though he might be ready to return. He participated in Tuesday's unofficial practice session, and Thursday's practice report will reveal the extent of his participation to begin Week 6 prep. If he's able to get back to full participation after being listed as limited on all three reports back in Week 4, Ekeler's prediction will be set in motion, barring a setback as the weekend draws closer.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Practicing Tuesday

    Ekeler (ankle) was present at Tuesday's unofficial practice, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports. Prior to the Chargers' Week 5 bye, Ekeler missed three consecutive contests due to a sprained ankle, which was believed to be of the 'high' variety. During Week 4 prep, he was listed as a limited participant on all three of the team's injury reports, so it'll be interesting to see how he shows up Thursday, when L.A. will post its first report for Week 6.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Inactive Sunday, as expected

    Ekeler (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's Week 4 game against the Raiders. Ekeler's doubtful tag essentially sealed his third straight absence, and his lack of availability against Las Vegas now is official. Joshua Kelley, who's gained only 51 yards on 24 carries over the last two games as Los Angeles' lead back, once again is set to helm the Chargers backfield, while Ekeler's absence also could benefit the team's pass-catching corps in the form of some extra targets. Having practiced in a limited fashion throughout the week and with a Week 5 bye on tap, Ekeler seems like a good bet to return to action in a Week 6 Monday night home showdown against the Cowboys on Oct. 16.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Logs limited practice

    Ekeler (ankle) practiced Wednesday in a limited capacity. Ekeler has missed the Chargers' last two games and didn't practice at all last week while recovering from a high-ankle sprain, but his return to the field Wednesday -- albeit in a limited fashion -- is a positive indicator with regard to his chances of suiting up Sunday against the Raiders. He'll now have two more chances to upgrade to full participation, which he'll presumably need to do in order to avoid carrying an injury designation into Sunday's game.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Spotted at practice

    Ekeler (ankle) is present for practice Wednesday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports. Ekeler has missed two straight games, but his presence on the field Wednesday offers hope that the running back could return to action Sunday against the Raiders. The Chargers will release their first Week 4 injury report later Wednesday, when the extent of Ekeler's participation in practice will be known.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Could return next week

    Ekeler, who is dealing with what Tom Pelissero of NFL Network describes as a higher-type ankle sprain, is hopeful regarding a possible return to action next weekend against the Raiders. That said, Pelissero suggests that with the Chargers on bye in Week 5, the team could elect to err on the side of caution with its top back versus Las Vegas in Week 4. As long as Ekeler is sidelined, Joshua Kelley is slated to lead Los Angeles' backfield, with Elijah Dotson and Isaiah Spiller also on hand to log complementary snaps.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Ruled out for Sunday

    Ekeler (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's road game against the Vikings. Now that Ekeler is slated to miss his second straight contest, Joshua Kelley is in line to lead the Chargers backfield Sunday, with Elijah Dotson and Isaiah Spiller on hand to log complementary snaps. Ekeler's next chance to return to game action will arrive Week 4 against the Raiders.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Remains sidelined Wednesday

    Ekeler (ankle) isn't practicing Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Head coach Brandon Staley said Monday that there's "no timeline" for Ekeler's return from the ankle injury that kept him out for this past Sunday's loss to the Titans, so it's no surprise that the star running back isn't practicing Wednesday. If Ekeler isn't ready to play this weekend at Minnesota, Joshua Kelley would be in line to handle the majority of backfield touches against a Vikings defense that allowed 259 rushing yards to the Eagles in Week 2.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Return timetable TBD

    Coach Brandon Staley noted Monday that there's "no timeline" on Ekeler's return from the ankle injury that sidelined him in Week 2, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports. A previous report via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggested that Ekeler has a chance to return to action this weekend against the Vikings, but after missing practice all of last week, the first step toward such an outcome would be the running back returning to the field in some capacity in the coming days. In Ekeler's absence Sunday against the Titans, Joshua Kelley led the Chargers backfield, carrying 13 times for 39 yards.
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  • Chargers' Austin Ekeler: Ruled out for Sunday

    Ekeler (ankle) has been downgraded to out and will not play Sunday against the Titans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Ekeler didn't practice this week, so this designation wasn't much of a surprise. Joshua Kelley figures to take on an extensive workload against one of the best run defenses in the leagues in Tennessee. Prior to last week, Kelley's career high in rushing yards was 49 yards on 10 attempts, as he's been primarily used as a backup to Ekeler over the years. It's entirely possible Elijah Dotson and Isaiah Spiller mix in as the "spell" back much in the same way Kelley has done, particularly in passing situations.
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