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Austin Ekeler

RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Height 5'9" Weight 191
DOB 1995-05-17 Age 26.3

2021 Fantasy Rankings

RB # 9 (Tier 2)

Position Rankings

Rank Name Bye Age ADP1 PPG2 Comment
Tier 2
7 Jonathan Taylor, IND 14 22.7 2.02 17.0

Mike's Thoughts: Drafted Taylor 1.08 (8) in RazzBowl on 7/26.

8 Nick Chubb, CLE 13 25.8 1.11 17.5

Mike's Thoughts: Drafted Chubb 2.02 (14) in a 1QB 12-team best ball on 8/16.

9 Austin Ekeler, LAC 7 26.3 1.08 16.5

Mike's Thoughts: Very low projected rushing TD, but very high projected receptions, so obviously, a better choice in PPR leagues. The rest of the Chargers RB depth chart is pretty uninspiring, so Ekeler should have a heavy workload. Drafted Ekeler 1.11 (11) in a 1QB 12-team best ball on 8/16.

10 Antonio Gibson, WAS 9 23.3 2.03 14.7
Tier 3
11 Najee Harris, PIT 7 23.6 2.01
1 Fantasy Football Calculator (12-team PPR)
2 2020 season, PPR scoring
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Fantasy News Last 90 Days

  • Austin Ekeler - Week 6 Outlook for Fantasy Football

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler will look to continue his strong start to the season against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6. The veteran rusher has been one of the best at his position this season and will draw a favorable matchup on Sunday. The Ravens defense is allowing 80 yards per game to opposing backfields with six touchdowns. They have also struggled against defending running backs in the passing game with the position putting up an average of six receptions for 68 yards per game. Ekeler's bread and butter is in the passing game and he should look to feast against the Ravens in Week 6. As arguably the best running back option in PPR leagues, Ekeler should be fired up as a RB1 in all formats in Week 6 and on a weekly basis.

    Oct 15 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Dominant In Week 5

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler went wild during the narrow win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. He racked up 66 yards off 17 carries while adding five catches for 53 yards. However, the biggest takeaway was Ekeler's three total touchdowns on the day, with all of them taking place in the fourth quarter. The 26-year-old is responsible for seven of his team's touchdowns during the 2021 campaign and continues to be one of the most productive backs in the league, especially in PPR setups. As a result, he should continue to be a featured option in starting lineups heading into the Week 6 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.

    Oct 10 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Remains A RB1 In Week 5

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler will look to continue his strong season with a matchup against the Cleveland Browns in Week 5. The Browns defense hasn't allowed more than 68 yards on the ground in a game this year and are allowing just three receptions for 26 yards through the air to opposing runners. Despite that, Ekeler has been having one of the best seasons of any player this year and has played a huge role in the Chargers revamped offense this season with Joe Lombardi calling the plays. For the season, Ekeler has 283 yards for two touchdowns and 18 receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Regardless of the matchup on paper, Ekeler remains a RB1 in Week 5 and on a weekly basis.

    Oct 8 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Has Another Big Game In Week 4

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler put together another big performance in a Week 4 victory against the Las Vegas Raiders. The workhorse was briefly on the sideline with a potential foot injury early in the contest, but would end up not missing much time and finishing with 117 yards with one touchdown on 15 rushes. He also caught three balls for 28 yards and one touchdown. Ekeler's big game gave the Chargers their first game with 100 or more yards on the ground for the first time in 20 games. Backup rookie running back Larry Rountree III saw 11 carries on the evening and that is who Ekeler managers should look to target as an insurance policy over veteran Justin Jackson. Next up for Ekeler will be a date versus the Cleveland Browns in Week 5 and he remains a RB1 in all formats on a weekly basis.

    Oct 4 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Remains A RB1 In Week 4

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler has been off to a strong start this season and managers should expect that to continue in Week 4 versus the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders defense is allowing around 77 yards per game in the first three weeks of the season, but that number would be much higher without the Steelers rushing for just 39 yards in Week 2. More importantly for those in PPR leagues, the Raiders offense is allowing just under seven receptions to opposing running backs and 32 yards per game. Ekeler's bread and butter is in the passing game and he has secured 15 receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown over his last two games. Monday's contest is expected to be a high-scoring game and Ekeler should be expected to play a big role in the game plan. His best value is in PPR leagues, but Ekeler should be considered a RB1 in all formats in Week 4.

    Oct 1 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Has Another Big Game In Week 3

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler had another big game in Week 3 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Ekeler rushed the ball 11 times for 55 yards and caught all six of his receptions for 52 yards and one touchdown. The PPR monster had zero receptions in Week 1, but has now caught 15 balls over the last two weeks. His touchdown came on a short pass that he ran into the end zone for 16 yards to give the Chargers a 14-0 lead at the time. New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi has continued to make Ekeler a big part of the offense as both a runner and receiver and with his ability to do it all on the field, Ekeler is shaping up to be one of the top players in the game this season. Next up will be a matchup versus the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 4. Ekeler should continue to be valued as a RB1 in all formats.

    Sep 26 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Remains An RB1 In Week 3

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler will look to put together another strong performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3. Ekeler had a huge Week 2 and picked up 54 yards on nine rushing attempts with nine receptions for 61 yards. The Chiefs defense has struggled against the run thus far and is allowing 130 yards per game on the ground, but only four receptions per game to running backs. Despite that, Ekeler remains a big part of the Chargers offense and should see plenty of action through the air on Sunday. On paper, this matchup has the makings of a high-scoring affair, and Ekeler should be a big part of that game plan. Ekeler's bread and butter is in PPR leagues, but he should be fired up as an RB1 in all formats for Week 3.

    Sep 23 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Due For More Involvement In Passing Game

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is in line to receive more work in the passing game during Week 2 against the Cowboys. Ekeler, an incredible receiving back who often dominates in PPR formats, didn't even fetch a target last week. However, Daniel Popper of The Athletic offers insight into why Week 1 was a fluke. "That, to me, was more a function of how open Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Jared Cook and the rest of the Chargers' receivers and tight ends were getting downfield," wrote Popper. Going forward, Ekeler remains significantly entrenched as a mid-to-low RB1. He could have a huge role this week if Dallas and Los Angeles find themselves going back and forth on offense. .

    Sep 17 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Remains An RB1 In Week 2

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler remains absent from the Week 2 injury report. Ekeler dealt with a hamstring injury in Week 1, but was able to suit up and went for 57 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, but surprisingly wasn't targeted in the pass game. In Week 2, Ekeler will go up against a Dallas Cowboys defense that allowed 3.5 yards per carry in Week 1 and also seven receptions to their opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This matchup projects to be a high scoring affair and managers can expect Ekeler to play a big role on Sunday. Ekeler appears to have overcome his hamstring injury and managers should consider him a RB1 in all formats in Week 2 and moving forward with the fact that he is mostly a one-man show in the Chargers backfield and should soak up catches in the passing game.

    Sep 16 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Scores In Week 1

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler rushed the ball 15 times for 57 yards and a touchdown in a Week 1 victory against the Washington Football Team. With his touchdown, Ekeler became the sixth undrafted player ever with 10 or more rushing touchdowns and 15 or more receiving touchdowns. Ekeler was questionable entering the contest with a hamstring injury, but suited up and escaped the contest with full health. The Chargers top running back has generally been a PPR beast, but saw surprisingly saw no targets in the pass game. Managers shouldn't worry about that too much at the moment and Ekeler should continue to be extremely valuable in PPR leagues moving forward. Next up for Ekeler will be a much easier defensive opponent with the Dallas Cowboys on the schedule. Even though he suited up, rookie Larry Rountree III got eight carries compared to veteran Justin Jackson's one and it appears Rountree is the insurance policy for managers that roster Ekeler. Ekeler should continue to provide plenty of value for managers moving forward and should be treated as a RB1 in all formats.

    Sep 12 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Officially Active For Week 1

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is officially active for Sunday's opener against the Washington Football team. He will also be a "full-go," which is undoubtedly good news, especially for those in PPR leagues. As a result, fantasy managers should classify him as a must-start in every format imaginable in Week 1.

    Sep 12 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Expected To Play In Week 1

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is expected to play during the season opener against the Washington Football Team. The 26-year-old has been battling a nagging hamstring issue. However, after sitting out a few days throughout the week, he looked good at practice on Friday despite only being available in a limited capacity. Fantasy managers should undoubtedly consider him a starting option in all formats. Still, with some reports suggesting the team has been downplaying the ailment, DFS enthusiasts may want to look at other options at the position.

    Sep 12 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Officially Questionable For Week 1

    After getting in a limited practice on Friday, Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 1 against the Washington Football Team. It gives Ekeler a real chance to play this Sunday after he missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and head coach Brandon Staley is optimistic that Ekeler will play. However, the questionable tag and a tough matchup against Washington's stout defensive line make the 26-year-old lead back more of a high-end RB2 to open the season than a no-doubt RB1. Ekeler will have RB1 upside in 2021, especially in PPR leagues, but injury issues continue to hold him back from reaching his ceiling. Washington's defense last year allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per game (15.2) to running backs.

    Sep 10 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Back At Practice

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) was back at practice on Friday after sitting out on Wednesday and Thursday. This is a good sign for his availability in the season opener against the Washington Football Team, as the missed practice time could have been mainly precautionary. Ekeler will remain an RB1 option even against one of the best defenses in the league, as he should see enough volume to make up for any inefficiency. His projected Kamara-esque role in the Chargers' offense likely gives him a high floor each week in PPR scoring because of his heavy usage as a receiver.

    Sep 10 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Remains Sidelined In Practice

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) was seen with his helmet and pads on, but didn't participate in practice for the second straight day. Ekeler has missed games before in his career and missed six games in 2020. The veteran was rested for all three preseason games, but it's never a good sign when a player misses two straight practices and has a prior injury history. More should be known on his status as the week goes on, but managers should insure him with veteran running back Justin Jackson and those in deeper formats can consider rookie Larry Rountree III and Joshua Kelley. The Chargers face a very difficult Washington Football Team defense in Week 1 and if Ekeler is out, managers should look for other options over Jackson, Rountree or Kelley in Week 1. When healthy, Ekeler is a beast in PPR leagues and RB1 in all formats.

    Sep 9 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Misses Practice Wednesday

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler was not practicing with the team on Wednesday due to an undisclosed issue. Instead, Ekeler worked off to the side with trainers. It's unclear what is exactly ailing Ekeler, so make sure to check back for updates on his condition ahead of Week 1 against the Washington Football Team. If Ekeler is unable to play this weekend, the Chargers backfield would consist of some combination of Justin Jackson, Joshua Kelley and rookie Larry Rountree III. There are plenty of injury concerns with the small frame of Ekeler, but when healthy, he can at least serve as a low-end RB1 in PPR leagues.

    Sep 8 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler Primed For Big Season, Draws Tough Week 1 Opponent

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is set up to have a monster season in 2021, but he will draw a tough Washington Football Team defense in Week 1. The Washington Football Team was one of the best defenses in the league this past year and are bringing back many of their stars this season. If there was one flaw for the defense last year, it was that they were in the middle of pact versus the run game and allowed 112.8 yards per game to opposing runners. Ekeler was a healthy scratch in all three preseason games, but is in line to play a huge role with Joe Lombardi now calling plays for the Chargers. Lombardi came over from the Saints and is known to get his running backs involved heavily in the offense, especially as pass catchers. Ekeler is one of the most talented receiving backs in the game and has a chance to be one of the top players in the league this season with the Chargers new offense. Even against a tough defense, Ekeler should be considered a RB1 in all formats and he has a chance to make gigantic impact in PPR leagues this season.

    Sep 7 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler And Keenan Allen Will Sit Out Preseason

    Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said on Saturday that quarterback Justin Herbert, running back Austin Ekeler and wide receiver Keenan Allen will all sit out the preseason. All three are expected to put up big numbers under new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. The Chargers don't want to risk injuries to their three offensive stars and all should be healthy heading into Week 1 of the regular season. Herbert, Ekeler and Allen should all be considered top-10 options at their respective positions in all formats.

    Aug 15 · Source via Chargers Keenan Allen Austin Ekeler Justin Herbert
  • Running Back

    PPR (Half) Scoring Review · Switch
    Season Team G FPts FP/G Snp Snp% MS% Opp/G RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FL
    2017 LAC 14 97.4 7.0 197 21.4 8.9 5.9 47 260 5.53 2 35 27 279 10.3 3 2
    2018 LAC 14 145.3 10.4 348 40.6 18.5 11.4 106 554 5.23 2 53 39 404 10.4 3 1
    2019 LAC 16 267.0 16.7 609 56.9 22.4 15.0 132 557 4.22 3 108 92 993 10.8 8 2
    2020 LAC 10 138.3 13.8 411 57.9 25.5 18.1 116 530 4.57 1 65 54 403 7.5 2 0
    2021 LAC 5 107.8 21.6 239 64.9 25.0 18.4 67 349 5.21 4 25 23 194 8.4 3 1

    2021

    PPR (Half) Scoring Review · Switch
    Wk Vs Score FPts Snp Snp% MS% Opp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FL
    1 @WAS W 20-16 11.7 47 58.0 18.5 15 15 57 3.80 1 0 0 0 - 0 0
    2 DAL L 17-20 16.0 45 63.4 25.4 18 9 54 6.00 0 9 9 61 6.8 0 0
    3 @KC W 30-24 19.7 49 74.2 25.8 17 11 55 5.00 0 6 6 52 8.7 1 0
    4 LV W 28-14 28.0 45 60.0 26.7 20 15 117 7.80 1 5 3 28 9.3 1 0
    5 CLE W 47-42 32.4 53 70.7 29.3 22 17 66 3.88 2 5 5 53 10.6 1 1

    2020

    Wk Vs Score FPts Snp Snp% MS% Opp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FL
    1 @CIN W 16-13 9.2 50 67.6 27.0 20 19 84 4.42 0 1 1 3 3.0 0 0
    2 KC L 20-23 16.8 47 56.6 24.1 20 16 93 5.81 0 4 4 55 13.8 0 0
    3 CAR L 16-21 25.8 56 71.8 29.5 23 12 59 4.92 1 11 11 84 7.6 0 0
    4 @TB L 31-38 1.9 3 5.7 5.7 3 2 12 6.00 0 1 1 2 2.0 0 0
    12 @BUF L 17-27 18.4 60 72.3 36.1 30 14 44 3.14 0 16 11 85 7.7 0 0
    13 NE L 0-45 8.8 43 59.7 23.6 17 8 36 4.50 0 9 4 32 8.0 0 0
    14 ATL W 20-17 19.1 44 60.3 32.9 24 15 79 5.27 0 9 9 67 7.4 0 0
    15 @LV W 30-27 9.9 41 62.1 25.8 17 13 60 4.62 0 4 4 19 4.8 0 0
    16 DEN W 19-16 14.3 37 64.9 22.8 13 10 45 4.50 0 3 3 23 7.7 1 0
    17 @KC W 38-21 14.1 30 42.3 19.7 14 7 18 2.57 0 7 6 33 5.5 1 0

    Touchdown Distances
    Rushing: 12
    Receiving: 9, 4

    2019

    Wk Vs Score FPts Snp Snp% MS% Opp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FL
    1 IND W 30-24 36.4 48 75.0 29.7 19 12 58 4.83 1 7 6 96 16.0 2 0
    2 @DET L 10-13 22.3 49 73.1 34.3 23 17 66 3.88 1 6 6 67 11.2 0 1
    3 HOU L 20-27 11.6 49 65.3 21.3 16 9 36 4.00 0 7 7 45 6.4 0 0
    4 @MIA W 30-10 26.7 48 71.6 34.3 23 18 60 3.33 1 5 5 62 12.4 1 0
    5 DEN L 13-20 16.8 46 65.7 27.1 19 3 7 2.33 0 16 15 86 5.7 0 1
    6 PIT L 17-24 4.3 28 45.2 14.5 9 5 14 2.80 0 4 3 14 4.7 0 0
    7 @TEN L 20-23 22.0 38 59.4 20.3 13 5 7 1.40 0 8 7 118 16.9 1 0
    8 @CHI W 17-16 9.2 24 53.3 13.3 6 3 3 1.00 0 3 2 19 9.5 1 0
    9 GB W 26-11 11.3 24 33.8 22.5 16 12 70 5.83 0 4 4 23 5.8 0 0
    10 @OAK L 24-26 11.8 35 45.5 10.4 8 6 19 3.17 0 2 2 29 14.5 1 0
    11 KC L 17-24 17.2 46 57.5 21.3 17 5 24 4.80 0 12 8 108 13.5 0 0
    13 @DEN L 20-23 14.7 35 53.0 21.2 14 9 16 1.78 0 5 4 51 12.8 1 0
    14 @JAC W 45-10 29.3 31 49.2 20.6 13 8 101 12.63 0 5 4 112 28.0 1 0
    15 MIN L 10-39 10.6 30 48.4 22.6 14 7 19 2.71 0 7 5 62 12.4 0 0
    16 OAK W 24-17 9.4 33 54.1 16.4 10 4 11 2.75 0 6 5 58 11.6 0 0
    17 @KC L 21-31 13.4 45 58.4 26.0 20 9 46 5.11 0 11 9 43 4.8 0 0

    Touchdown Distances
    Rushing: 7, 1, 1
    Receiving: 1, 55, 18, 41, 11, 6, 30, 84

    2018

    Wk Vs Score FPts Snp Snp% MS% Opp RuAtt RuYd RuAvg RuTD Tgt Rec ReYd ReAvg ReTD FL
    1 KC L 28-38 21.1 22 26.8 12.2 10 5 39 7.80 0 5 5 87 17.4 1 0
    2 @BUF W 31-20 11.3 23 41.1 25.0 14 11 77 7.00 0 3 3 21 7.0 0 0
    3 @LAR L 23-35 8.6 18 34.6 13.5 7 4 47 11.75 0 3 3 24 8.0 0 1
    4 SF W 29-27 12.6 23 33.8 16.2 11 8 25 3.13 0 3 2 31 15.5 1 0
    5 OAK W 26-10 12.4 23 35.9 14.1 9 6 15 2.50 0 3 1 44 44.0 1 0
    6 @CLE W 38-14 6.0 21 35.0 11.7 7 7 60 8.57 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
    7 TEN W 20-19 9.3 42 95.5 43.2 19 12 42 3.50 0 7 5 26 5.2 0 0
    9 @SEA W 25-17 3.9 9 17.6 9.8 5 3 21 7.00 0 2 1 13 13.0 0 0
    10 @OAK W 20-6 1.9 20 35.7 5.4 3 3 19 6.33 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
    11 DEN L 22-23 7.9 18 23.4 10.4 8 6 29 4.83 0 2 2 40 20.0 0 0
    12 ARI W 45-10 21.3 26 37.7 23.2 16 5 35 7.00 1 11 10 68 6.8 0 0
    13 @PIT W 33-30 6.8 49 77.8 33.3 21 13 21 1.62 0 8 5 22 4.4 0 0
    14 CIN W 26-21 16.4 39 68.4 35.1 20 15 66 4.40 1 5 2 28 14.0 0 0
    17 @DEN W 23-9 5.8 15 25.4 15.3 9 8 58 7.25 0 1 0 0 - 0 0
    WC @BAL W 23-17 6.3 39 53.4 20.5 15 11 29 2.64 0 4 4 14 3.5 0 0
    DP @NE L 28-41 3.4 25 35.2 7.0 5 0 0 - 0 5 3 19 6.3 0 0

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