Austin Ekeler Unleashed

Justin Bruni
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Austin Ekeler showed up for fantasy owners last year despite his limited opportunities. Ekeler is primed to be unleashed in 2020! Melvin Gordon challenged Ekeler’s value in 2019, he missed the first four games last year but immediately threatened Ekeler’s ROS Value upon his return.
Gordon averaged 17 touches per game after his contract holdout to Ekeler’s 12 touches. With the limited volume, Austin Ekeler was still able to finish the year with 1550 total yards on 224 touches, including 92 catches and 11 total touchdowns.
The Chargers only ran the ball 366 times last year, ranking them fifth-fewest in rushing attempts. Gordon led with 162 attempts Ekeler followed with 132 with Justin Jackson adding 29. Ekeler will have at least a 30% increase in total touches; pairing that volume with his booming per-touch production, he will eclipse 2000 total yards.
Jackson’s workload will increase, but it’s hard to say how much of a role he will have in this offense. Outside of Ekeler, the Chargers still have studs like Allen, Henry, and Williams to feed. Jackson could steal a few goal-line touchdowns from time to time, but he won’t challenge Ekeler’s overall value. The Chargers would have had more success last year had they not muzzled number 30. Ekeler just appeared to be the more superior talent and was never fully unleashed to his highest ceiling.

Final Takes on Austin Ekeler

No one needs to be worried about who’s playing QB for the Chargers. Unless you’re in a deep dynasty league and need to grab a guy like Herbert, these guys are not top-priority. The only thing these QBs need to be concerned with is getting the ball to Ekeler. Austin Ekeler will be used everywhere on the field, expect him to clean up easy passing plays, and be used as a decoy to set up other guys just the same. He’s my RB8.
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