Austin Ekeler

RB · Washington Commanders

Height 5'10" Weight 200
DOB 1995-05-17 Age 28.9
College Western State (CO)

2023 Fantasy Rankings

RB # 3 (Tier 1) · ADP (12-team PPR): 1.05, 5th

Fantasy Advice

Ekeler still has little to no competition for his job that led to 107 receptions a season ago. Plus he scored 18 TD last year, and 20 TD in 2021. I might be inclined to put him as my RB1. Except, he is the oldest player in this tier and a little jacked up physically which runs a greater risk of a soft tissue injury. There is no decent handcuff for Ekeler.

Position Rankings

RankNameByeAgeADP1PPG2
Tier 1
1Bijan Robinson, ATL1122.21.08
2Christian McCaffrey, SF927.81.0318.5
3Austin Ekeler, LAC528.91.0518.8
4Saquon Barkley, NYG1327.22.0115.8
Tier 2
5Nick Chubb, CLE528.32.0215.6
1 NFFC (12-team PPR)
2 2022 season, Half PPR scoring

Fantasy News Last 90 Days

  • Ekeler energized, ready to prove himself again

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    New Commanders running back Austin Ekeler said Monday he's ready to prove himself with his new team.

    Mar 18 · ESPN Washington Commanders Austin Ekeler
  • Commanders Expected To Sign Tyler Biadasz

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    The Washington Commanders are expected to sign former Dallas Cowboys center Tyler Biadasz in free agency this week, according to sources. It's yet another former Cowboys player that former Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is bringing to D.C. as the new head coach of the Commanders in 2024. The former fourth-round selection in 2020 by Dallas out of Wisconsin started all but two games in the last two seasons for the Cowboys and earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2022. He has started 53 of the 61 games he's appeared in for Dallas the last four years. The 26-year-old should help provide stability at center for the Commanders and pave the way for running backs Brian Robinson and Austin Ekeler in his first year in Washington.

    Mar 12 · Source via Washington Commanders Tyler Biadasz Austin Ekeler Brian Robinson
  • Austin Ekeler Signing With Commanders

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    Veteran free-agent running back Austin Ekeler is signing with the Washington Commanders on Monday on a two-year deal worth up to $11.43 million, according to sources. Ekeler is headed to the East coast after seven seasons and 69 total touchdowns with the Los Angeles Chargers. The 28-year-old was extremely productive in his time with the Bolts, but he's coming off one of his worst statistical seasons in 2023 and is now heading to a Commanders backfield where he'll be expected to split the workload with Brian Robinson. On a side note, former Commanders RB Antonio Gibson agreed to join the New England Patriots. Gone are the days of Ekeler being a no-doubt RB1 for fantasy managers, although he still has the talent to be a highly productive RB3/flex option, especially in PPR leagues. In addition, the Commanders' signing of Ekeler is going to be bad news for B-Rob's fantasy ceiling.

    Mar 11 · Source via Washington Commanders Austin Ekeler
  • Commanders, Raiders Inquiring On Austin Ekeler

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    The Washington Commanders and Las Vegas Raiders have made preliminary inquiries on free-agent running back Austin Ekeler, according to a source. CBS Sports' Josina Anderson writes that Ekeler's situation remains fluid at this time, but he could choose his next landing spot relatively quickly after Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs and Tony Pollard have all agreed with new teams on Monday. The Commanders lost Antonio Gibson and the Raiders lost Jacobs, so they have obvious needs in their backfield right now. The 28-year-old Ekeler is coming off one of the worst years of his career in 2023, with 628 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground after scoring a career-high 13 TDs in 2022. A change of scenery could easily lead to a bounce-back campaign, but fantasy managers probably aren't going to treat him as the high-end RB1 like they did in 2023 drafts.

    Mar 11 · Source via Washington Commanders Las Vegas Raiders Austin Ekeler
  • Chargers To Let RB Austin Ekeler Test Free Agency

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    The 2024 free agent class is set to feature a number of high-profile running backs. Austin Ekeler is likely to be one of them with his Chargers deal about to expire. Ekeler is expected to reach the open market, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. That comes as no surprise given the nature of Ekeler’s 2023 offseason, one in […]

    Feb 27 · Pro Football Rumors Los Angeles Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Chargers Expected To Let Austin Ekeler Explore Free Agency

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    The Los Angeles Chargers are expected to let impending free-agent running back Austin Ekeler explore free agency in 2024, according to league sources, which means they won't use the franchise tag on him. Ekeler was one of the biggest early round fantasy busts in 2023, as the 28-year-old finished with 628 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 179 carries in 14 games in his seventh year with the Chargers. He also had 51 receptions (74 targets) for 436 yards and one touchdown through the air. Ekeler has never had 1,000 yards rushing in his career and could face an uncertain future if he leaves LA. He's not going to be a first-round fantasy pick in fall drafts, but Ekeler has bounce-back potential if he's healthy and in a significant role, whether it be with the Chargers or another team.

    Feb 26 · Source via Los Angeles Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Greg Roman Wants Balanced Offense For Chargers

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    New Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who has a history of leading a run-first offense in the NFL, said he would like the team's offense in 2024 to be balanced. "We want to be a balanced offense," Roman said. "We want to be able to run it when we want to run it and throw it when we want to throw it. If they present looks that are favorable to run it, then we want to be able to run it at a high level." Quarterback Justin Herbert has never had an above-average running game to take pressure off him early in his career, so if Roman and the Chargers can get the ground game going, it's only going to make things easier on the 25-year-old signal-caller. And if the Chargers re-sign impending free-agent running back Austin Ekeler, it could be good news for him as well after a disappointing season in 2023.

    Feb 22 · Source via Los Angeles Chargers Austin Ekeler Justin Herbert
  • Chargers Want To Keep Austin Ekeler

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    Los Angeles Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh said that the team would like to retain running back Austin Ekeler, who will officially become a free agent in March. "If things go well, it's going to be because of guys like Austin Ekeler and the players," Harbaugh said. "I like Austin Ekeler. We're going to have a huge emphasis on the run game, and we gotta block better up front. He's a tremendous back and we'd love to have him on the team next year." The 28-year-old back was one of fantasy's biggest busts in 2023, rushing for just 628 yards and five touchdowns on 179 carries while catching 51 passes for 436 yards and one receiving TD in 14 games in 2023. Ekeler could have a shot to bounce back in 2024 in offensive coordinator Greg Roman's run-friendly scheme in LA if he returns, but either way, fantasy managers won't be taking the leap on Ekeler in the first round this fall.

    Feb 11 · Source via Los Angeles Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Chargers Expected To Hire Greg Roman As Offensive Coordinator

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    The Los Angeles Chargers are expected to hire former Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman as their new offensive coordinator, according to league sources. Roman last led Baltimore's offense in 2022 and was new Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh's offensive coordinator with the Niners. The 51-year-old has a reputation of being a run-heavy offensive coordinator, but in Los Angeles he'll inherit one of the better young quarterbacks in the game in Justin Herbert, while starting running back Austin Ekeler heads into unrestricted free agency in March. Still, whoever the Bolts have lined up as their primary running back next season will be intriguing for fantasy purposes with Roman now expected to lead their offense.

    Feb 2 · Source via Coaching Carousel Los Angeles Chargers Austin Ekeler Justin Herbert
  • Running Back Stats

    SeasonTeamFPtsFP/GGSnpSnp%MS%Opp/GRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDTgtRecReYdReAvgReTDFL
    2017LAC93.46.71419721.48.95.9472605.532352727910.332
    2018LAC143.310.21434840.618.511.41065545.232533940410.431
    2019LAC263.016.41660956.922.415.01325574.2231089299310.882
    2020LAC138.313.81041157.925.518.11165304.57165544037.520
    2021LAC304.819.11673161.125.118.82069114.421294706479.283
    2022LAC319.218.81773461.627.819.52049154.49131271077226.753
    2023LAC159.911.41463054.421.818.11796283.51574514368.514

    2023

    WkVsScoreFPtsRB RankSnpSnp%MS%OppRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDTgtRecReYdReAvgReTDFL
    1MIAL 34-3624.424150.625.921161177.311544711.800
    2@TENL 24-270.0---------------
    3@MINW 28-240.0---------------
    4LVW 24-170.0---------------
    6DALL 17-208.2265068.527.42014271.93064358.800
    7@KCL 17-315.1384063.525.41614453.2102111.000
    8CHIW 30-1319.864666.733.32315291.930879413.411
    9@NYJW 27-620.043967.236.22114473.362722311.500
    10DETL 38-4119.545069.436.12619673.531744812.000
    11@GBL 20-236.0324670.820.01310646.4003263.001
    12BALL 10-206.9365380.324.21610323.20065326.401
    13@NEW 6-03.7343557.427.91714181.2903294.500
    14DENL 7-2418.584972.125.01710515.10175499.800
    15@LVL 21-635.8392640.016.911591.80064297.300
    16BUFL 22-2410.1234564.327.11915654.33043217.000
    17@DENL 9-163.5564772.323.11513463.5402144.001
    18KCL 12-138.4306375.921.71810111.10087385.400

    Touchdown Distances
    Rushing: 1, 2, 1, 2, 3
    Receiving: 39

    2022

    WkVsScoreFPtsRB RankSnpSnp%MS%OppRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDTgtRecReYdReAvgReTDFL
    1LVW 24-199.2283349.326.91814362.57044369.000
    2@KCL 24-2713.994762.732.02414392.790109556.100
    3JACL 10-389.3293455.719.712451.25088486.000
    4@HOUW 34-2431.924158.628.62013604.62276498.210
    5@CLEW 30-2833.914259.228.2201617310.81144266.510
    6DENW 19-1619.336165.632.33014362.5711610474.700
    7SEAL 23-3730.725577.529.6219313.4411212968.010
    9@ATLW 20-1720.664768.131.92214473.36187243.411
    10@SFL 16-229.8234069.031.0186244.000127395.600
    11KCL 27-3017.094569.232.32119834.37122178.500
    12@ARIW 25-2419.544669.730.3205204.0001511605.510
    13@LVL 20-2710.7244560.021.31610353.500656713.401
    14MIAW 23-1720.444758.828.82315453.00188597.400
    15TENW 17-1414.0174969.021.11512584.83132126.000
    16@INDW 20-321.944160.332.42218673.72244123.000
    17LARW 31-1030.112843.821.9141012212.20244399.800
    18@DENL 28-317.0303348.522.11511343.09044369.001
    WC@JACL 30-3117.3-4665.724.31713352.6924284.000

    Touchdown Distances
    Rushing: 10, 20, 22, 6, 7, 2, 1, 1, 3, 1, 1, 10, 72, 13, 6
    Receiving: 14, 12, 1, 1, 1

    2021

    WkVsScoreFPtsRB RankSnpSnp%MS%OppRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDTgtRecReYdReAvgReTDFL
    1@WASW 20-1611.7194758.018.51515573.801000-00
    2DALL 17-2016.0114563.425.4189546.00099616.800
    3@KCW 30-2419.784974.225.81711555.00066528.710
    4LVW 28-1428.024560.026.720151177.80153289.310
    5CLEW 47-4230.425370.729.32217663.882555310.611
    6@BALL 6-347.5343460.723.213671.170744812.000
    8NEL 24-2721.444575.035.02111645.8211066010.000
    9@PHIW 27-249.7274666.729.02017593.47033237.700
    10MINL 20-2713.4174271.228.81711444.00063155.010
    11PITW 41-3738.525369.723.71811504.552766510.820
    12@DENL 13-2818.964867.628.22012312.580866811.310
    13@CINW 41-2214.9164773.429.71914594.21155459.002
    14NYGW 37-2115.4133346.522.51612675.58142178.500
    15KCL 28-3416.252733.820.01612594.92144235.800
    16@HOUL 29-410.0---------------
    17DENW 34-1318.7113958.229.92017583.411335418.000
    18@LVL 32-3524.427883.930.12816644.001125357.010

    Touchdown Distances
    Rushing: 3, 11, 4, 3, 5, 6, 5, 1, 1, 2, 3, 14
    Receiving: 16, 14, 19, 2, 10, 17, 12, 14

    2020

    WkVsScoreFPtsRB RankSnpSnp%MS%OppRuAttRuYdRuAvgRuTDTgtRecReYdReAvgReTDFL
    1@CINW 16-139.2325067.627.02019844.4201133.000
    2KCL 20-2316.8164756.624.12016935.810445513.800
    3CARL 16-2125.855671.829.52312594.9211111847.600
    4@TBL 31-381.96435.75.732126.0001122.000
    12@BUFL 17-2718.486072.336.13014443.1401611857.700
    13NEL 0-458.8284359.723.6178364.50094328.000
    14ATLW 20-1719.194460.332.92415795.27099677.400
    15@LVW 30-279.9274162.125.81713604.62044194.800
    16DENW 19-1614.3163764.922.81310454.50033237.710
    17@KCW 38-2114.1183042.319.7147182.57076335.510

    Touchdown Distances
    Rushing: 12
    Receiving: 9, 4

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