2020 Fantasy Rankings
Overall # 40 · RB # 14 (Tier 3)
ADP (12-team PPR): 1.12, 12th
Chargers
Depth

Austin Ekeler

RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Height 5'9" Weight 191 DOB 1995-05-17 Age 25

Season Projections
Updated Sep 7
Source FPts RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
RotoBaller 174.5 145 640 4.41 - 4 90 64 625 9.8 - 4 2

2020 fantasy football projections by .

Position Rankings
Rank Name ADP1 Comment
Tier 2
12 Kenyan Drake, ARI 2.01
Tier 3
13 Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC 1.06
14 Austin Ekeler, LAC 1.12
15 James Conner, PIT 2.09
16 Chris Carson, SEA 2.12
Fantasy News Last 90 Days
  • Austin Ekeler Set To Return From Injured Reserve

    The Los Angeles Chargers plan on designating running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) to return from Injured Reserve this week, according to a source. However, it isn't clear if Ekeler will play in Week 12 against the Bills, but he'll practice for the first time since suffering a serious hamstring injury in Week 4. The 25-year-old has been posting videos of himself working out on social media, so he's definitely getting close to a return. Don't expect to have him this weekend, but Week 13 against the Patriots is much more realistic. Ekeler should be stashed in all fantasy leagues, as he'll return to a featured-back role when he's ready. Kalen Ballage has become the Chargers preferred backfield choice in recent weeks, and he'll be a low-end RB2/high-end RB3/flex this Sunday if Ekeler misses another game. The Bills Defense has allowed the 11th-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    Nov 24 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Hints At Return

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) hinted at his return on social media on Thursday by posting a video of him running. Ekeler has been on Injured Reserve since Week 4 but appears to be nearing a return. It won't come in Week 11 against the Jets, but there's a chance that the 25-year-old could be back on the field for Week 12 against the Bills or in Week 13 against the Patriots. Either way, it looks like fantasy managers will have Ekeler back in the fold to begin the fantasy playoffs, which begin in Week 14 in most leagues. If for some reason he's available in your league, pick him up now and stash him. The Bolts will continue a committee approach with Kalen Ballage, rookie Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope until Ekeler returns. Ballage is the hot hand right now and has RB2 upside in a great matchup with the winless Jets this weekend.

    Nov 19 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler dynasty ADP slipping

    Nov 18 · Dynasty League Football Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Claims To Be Nearing Return

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) appears to be getting closer to making his return to the field. On Thursday, Ekeler tweeted out a video that showed him running sprints on the side at practice. Alongside the video, he added the message, "The time draws near." Ekeler has been out since Week 4 with a hamstring injury. He won't be activated from Injured Reserve this week, but there might be a chance that he'll be back in Week 11. For now, the Chargers will primarily utilizeTroymaine Pope,Kalen Ballage and Joshua Kelley at running back as the team's No. 2 back Justin Jackson (knee) is also hurt.

    Nov 13 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Chargers Put Austin Ekeler On Injured Reserve

    The Los Angeles Chargers placed running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) on Injured Reserve on Friday and promoted Tyron Johnson to their active roster in a corresponding move. The team also signed former Dolphins and Jets running back Kalen Ballage to their practice squad. Ekeler could miss anywhere from four to six weeks, so placing him on the short-term IR isn't a big surprise. Keep the Chargers lead back stashed on your roster, though, as he'll return later this year. Rookie Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson should share the backfield duties in the meantime, with Kelley the favorite to see more touches on a weekly basis. Kelley will be on the RB2/3 borderline in Week 5 against the Saints, while Jackson is merely a deep league flex consideration.

    Oct 9 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Has Grade 2 Hamstring Strain

    Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, according to source. The expectation is that he'll miss four to six weeks, so the Chargers could place him on the short-term Injured Reserve, which would require him to miss at least three weeks. Ekeler is also dealing with a hyperextended knee and is seeking a second opinion on his injuries. Rookie Joshua Kelley becomes a priority addition off the waiver wire if he's available in your league heading into Week 5. Kelley should become the lead back with Ekeler out, while Justin Jackson will serve as his backup. The Bolts will face off with the Saints on Monday night in Week 5.

    Oct 5 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Likely To Land On Injured Reserve

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) suffered what is considered a serious hamstring in the Week 4 loss to the Buccaneers. While no firm decision will be made until more tests are done, Ekeler is still likely to land on Injured Reserve with the hope of returning later in the season. At the very least, he'll have to miss three weeks while on IR. As a result, rookie Joshua Kelley should be a priority waiver-wire addition this week, as he should take over lead-back duties moving forward. Justin Jackson would be Kelley's direct backup with Ekeler out. Through the first four games of his rookie season, Kelley has 52 rushing attempts for 174 yards (3.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown while catching all seven of his targets for 84 yards in the passing game.

    Oct 5 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler To Miss Multiple Games

    Oct 4 · Pro Football Rumors Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Helped Off Field

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler has been taken to the locker room after an apparent hamstring injury. It looked bad, though "looked bad" isn't really a medical diagnosis. We'll await word on how bad the injury really is, but for now, Joshua Kelley is the lead back for the Chargers. If Ekeler misses time, Kelley becomes a solid RB2 option.

    Oct 4 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Remains A Top PPR Option

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler will draw a tough matchup against a strong Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense in Week 4. Ekeler has been operating as the Chargers lead back and has been putting up RB1 numbers, but the Buccaneers have yet to allow more than 60 yards rushing in a game. The Bucs have allowed 24 receptions to opposing running backs and thats where Ekeler makes his money and is how he should make his mark on Sunday. Ekeler is a RB1/RB2 in Week 4 against the Buccaneers and should be started almost every week.

    Oct 1 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Hauls In 11 Catches

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler put together a strong performance in Week 3 versus the Carolina Panthers. Ekeler rushed the ball 12 times for 59 yards and a touchdown. He also hauled in all 11 of his targets for 84 yards. It was the fewest rushing yards for Ekeler on the season, but his true value is in the pass game and he was stellar on Sunday. The Chargers were down in the contest and that forced the No. 2 running back Joshua Kelley to the bench and opened up more opportunities for Ekeler. Ekeler will look for continued success against the Buccaneers in Week 4 and remains a low-end RB1.

    Sep 27 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Looks To Continue Strong Start To Season

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler will look to continue his strong season with a matchup against the Panthers in Week 3. Ekeler has been sharing work with rookie Joshua Kelley and received 56% of the snaps in Week 2. Kelley also got a big chunk at 52% last Sunday. The backfield has worked out well so far for fantasy managers and Ekeler should be considered a low-end RB1 against a defense that is allowing 127.5 yards per game and 32.5 points. Ekeler has rushed for 177 yards on the season with five receptions for 58 yards.

    Sep 24 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Could Be A Strong Play In Week 2

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler had mixed results against the Kansas City Chiefs, who he'll face in Week 2, in 2019. Ekeler surprisingly only hauled in one reception in Week 1 but rushed for 84 yards on 19 carries. The Chargers will need to run the ball well in Week 2 to kill some clock versus the Super Bowl champs, and Ekeler should be a big part of their game plan. The running back will be competing with rookie Joshua Kelley for touches, but he has the upper hand. With the Chiefs expected to put up plenty of points, Ekeler is likely to be on the field more than Kelley due to his pass-catching ability, and that should only help his Week 2 value. He remains a fringe top-10 running back heading into Week 2, but owners would be wise to insure him with the addition of Kelley off the waiver wire.

    Sep 17 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Racks Up 84 Yards In Win

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler ran for 84 yards on 19 attempts in the tight win over Cincinnati on Sunday. He also added a catch for three yards. This was a respectable performance from the veteran despite conceding attempts to 2020 fourth-round selection Joshua Kelley, who managed to run for 60 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. The rookie should continue to get work moving ahead, but likely not at the capacity we saw in Week 1. Ekeler should remain starting in all formats, especially ones that reward a point-per-reception, against the Chiefs in Week 2 as he should pick up the pace on the receiving end at some point during the year.

    Sep 13 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Remains Elite Dual-Threat Weapon

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is the unquestioned No. 1 option in the Chargers backfield ahead of Sunday's season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Daniel Popper of The Athletic recently mentioned that Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley could also see a handful of touches in the offense, but there is no doubt that Ekeler is the featured piece. The 25-year-old ran 132 times for 557 yards and three touchdowns in 2019 and also delivered 92 receptions for 993 yards and eight more touchdowns. He is a stalwart in PPR leagues but projects to have RB1 value in all formats in 2020. Jackson, on the other hand, is nothing more than a handcuff, especially if he cedes carries to Kelley.

    Sep 8 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Crowded house in Chargers' backfield?

    Sep 3 · FF Today Chargers Austin Ekeler Justin Jackson Joshua Kelley
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    Performance Scoring Review · Switch
    Season Team G FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    2017 LAC 14 83.9 197 (21.4%) 47 260 5.53 12 2 35 27 279 10.3 12 3 2
    2018 LAC 14 125.8 348 (40.6%) 106 554 5.23 24 2 53 39 404 10.4 18 3 1
    2019 LAC 16 221.0 609 (56.9%) 132 557 4.22 0 3 108 92 993 10.8 0 8 2
    2020 LAC 4 45.2 156 (54.2%) 49 248 5.06 0 1 17 17 144 8.5 0 0 0
    2020 RotoBaller 174.5 145 640 4.41 - 4 90 64 625 9.8 - 4 2

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    2020
    Performance Scoring Review · Switch
    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    1 CIN W 16-13 8.7 50 (67.6%) 19 84 4.42 0 0 1 1 3 3.0 0 0 0
    2 KC L 20-23 14.8 47 (56.6%) 16 93 5.81 0 0 4 4 55 13.8 0 0 0
    3 CAR L 16-21 20.3 56 (71.8%) 12 59 4.92 0 1 11 11 84 7.6 0 0 0
    4 TB L 31-38 1.4 3 (5.7%) 2 12 6.00 0 0 1 1 2 2.0 0 0 0
    2019
    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    1 IND W 30-24 33.4 48 (75.0%) 12 58 4.83 0 1 7 6 96 16.0 0 2 0
    2 DET L 10-13 19.3 49 (73.1%) 17 66 3.88 0 1 6 6 67 11.2 0 0 1
    3 HOU L 20-27 8.1 49 (65.3%) 9 36 4.00 0 0 7 7 45 6.4 0 0 0
    4 MIA W 30-10 24.2 48 (71.6%) 18 60 3.33 0 1 5 5 62 12.4 0 1 0
    5 DEN L 13-20 9.3 46 (65.7%) 3 7 2.33 0 0 16 15 86 5.7 0 0 1
    6 PIT L 17-24 2.8 28 (45.2%) 5 14 2.80 0 0 4 3 14 4.7 0 0 0
    7 TEN L 20-23 18.5 38 (59.4%) 5 7 1.40 0 0 8 7 118 16.9 0 1 0
    8 CHI W 17-16 8.2 24 (53.3%) 3 3 1.00 0 0 3 2 19 9.5 0 1 0
    9 GB W 26-11 9.3 24 (33.8%) 12 70 5.83 0 0 4 4 23 5.8 0 0 0
    10 OAK L 24-26 10.8 35 (45.5%) 6 19 3.17 0 0 2 2 29 14.5 0 1 0
    11 KC L 17-24 13.2 46 (57.5%) 5 24 4.80 0 0 12 8 108 13.5 0 0 0
    13 DEN L 20-23 12.7 35 (53.0%) 9 16 1.78 0 0 5 4 51 12.8 0 1 0
    14 JAC W 45-10 27.3 31 (49.2%) 8 101 12.63 0 0 5 4 112 28.0 0 1 0
    15 MIN L 10-39 8.1 30 (48.4%) 7 19 2.71 0 0 7 5 62 12.4 0 0 0
    16 OAK W 24-17 6.9 33 (54.1%) 4 11 2.75 0 0 6 5 58 11.6 0 0 0
    17 KC L 21-31 8.9 45 (58.4%) 9 46 5.11 0 0 11 9 43 4.8 0 0 0
    2018
    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    1 KC L 28-38 18.6 22 (26.8%) 5 39 7.80 2 0 5 5 87 17.4 4 1 0
    2 BUF W 31-20 9.8 23 (41.1%) 11 77 7.00 3 0 3 3 21 7.0 1 0 0
    3 LAR L 23-35 7.1 18 (34.6%) 4 47 11.75 1 0 3 3 24 8.0 1 0 1
    4 SF W 29-27 11.6 23 (33.8%) 8 25 3.13 1 0 3 2 31 15.5 1 1 0
    5 OAK W 26-10 11.9 23 (35.9%) 6 15 2.50 2 0 3 1 44 44.0 1 1 0
    6 CLE W 38-14 6.0 21 (35.0%) 7 60 8.57 3 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
    7 TEN W 20-19 6.8 42 (95.5%) 12 42 3.50 2 0 7 5 26 5.2 1 0 0
    9 SEA W 25-17 3.4 9 (17.6%) 3 21 7.00 1 0 2 1 13 13.0 1 0 0
    10 OAK W 20-6 1.9 20 (35.7%) 3 19 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
    11 DEN L 22-23 6.9 18 (23.4%) 6 29 4.83 1 0 2 2 40 20.0 2 0 0
    12 ARI W 45-10 16.3 26 (37.7%) 5 35 7.00 2 1 11 10 68 6.8 4 0 0
    13 PIT W 33-30 4.3 49 (77.8%) 13 21 1.62 0 0 8 5 22 4.4 1 0 0
    14 CIN W 26-21 15.4 39 (68.4%) 15 66 4.40 5 1 5 2 28 14.0 1 0 0
    17 DEN W 23-9 5.8 15 (25.4%) 8 58 7.25 1 0 1 0 0 - 0 0 0
    WC BAL W 23-17 4.3 39 (53.4%) 11 29 2.64 0 0 4 4 14 3.5 1 0 0
    DP NE L 28-41 1.9 25 (35.2%) 0 0 - 0 0 5 3 19 6.3 1 0 0

    Touchdown Distances
    Rushing: 2, 5
    Receiving: 13, 22, 44

    2017
    Wk Opp Score FPts Snp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuFD RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReFD ReTD FL
    1 DEN L 21-24 1.8 3 (5.1%) 0 0 - 0 0 2 2 18 9.0 1 0 0
    2 MIA L 17-19 0.0 0 (0.0%) 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
    3 KC L 10-24 0.6 6 (8.2%) 0 0 - 0 0 1 1 6 6.0 0 0 0
    4 PHI L 24-26 11.8 3 (5.3%) 1 35 35.00 1 1 2 2 23 11.5 0 0 0
    5 NYG W 27-22 2.8 13 (16.7%) 4 0 0.00 0 0 6 3 28 9.3 1 0 0
    6 OAK W 17-16 0.9 7 (10.8%) 1 1 1.00 0 0 2 1 8 8.0 1 0 0
    7 DEN W 21-0 10.4 18 (31.0%) 7 38 5.43 2 0 4 4 6 1.5 2 1 0
    8 NE L 7-18 2.1 17 (30.4%) 2 8 4.00 0 0 1 1 13 13.0 1 0 0
    10 JAC L 17-20 23.9 23 (33.3%) 10 42 4.20 3 0 5 5 77 15.4 2 2 1
    11 BUF W 54-24 11.8 32 (43.2%) 6 40 6.67 2 1 2 2 18 9.0 2 0 0
    12 DAL W 28-6 7.0 27 (39.7%) 6 15 2.50 1 0 3 3 55 18.3 1 0 0
    13 CLE W 19-10 4.0 20 (28.6%) 4 19 4.75 0 0 3 2 21 10.5 1 0 0
    14 WAS W 30-13 4.9 18 (25.0%) 4 49 12.25 2 0 3 0 0 - 0 0 0
    15 KC L 13-30 1.9 10 (15.6%) 2 13 6.50 1 0 1 1 6 6.0 0 0 1

    Touchdown Distances
    Rushing: 35, 21
    Receiving: 1, 28, 22