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Austin Ekeler Fantasy Football News 2019

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. He was never missing this weekend's game against the Patriots but won't be anywhere close to 100%. Gordon has sprained both knees and twisted an ankle over the past month and a half. He's a risky DFS play this week. We prefer the cheaper Austin Ekeler.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport describes the injury Chargers RB Melvin Gordon suffered in Sunday's win over the Ravens as "a little knee sprain." Rapoport adds that it's similar to the right knee injury he suffered in Week 12. That cost him 3 games -- but Gordon returned to Sunday's contest in Baltimore and is expected to play against the Patriots this weekend. "Just may not exactly look like his old self," Rapoport cautions. Gordon averaged just 2.4 yards per carry vs. the Ravens and was out-snapped 39 to 32 by Austin Ekeler. Don't be surprised if Ekeler plays an expanded role again this weekend.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon injured his left knee in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Ravens and limped back to the locker room. This is the opposite knee from the one he injured back in Week 12. We'll update Gordon's status as we learn more. His absences leaves the Chargers with RBs Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson.

Update: Gordon has returned to the game.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (groin) is active for today's game against the Ravens. He was limited in practice all week and listed as questionable, so he comes with added risk in fantasy lineups -- beyond the difficult matchup.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens after a limited week of practice. This is a new injury for Ekeler. (He missed time late in the season with a neck injury and concussion.) If Ekeler is unable to play this weekend, the Chargers would turn back to rookie Justin Jackson as the change-of-pace back behind Melvin Gordon.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (neck) put in a full week of practice and will return for Sunday’s game against the Broncos. He figures to see a handful of touches behind Melvin Gordon and is just a DFS tournament flier.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in 3 full practices this week. He'll return for Saturday night's game against the Ravens. Both Gordon and HC Anthony Lynn have admitted that the RB isn't quite at 100%. That, plus the tough matchup, makes Gordon more of a low-end RB1 for Week 16. RB Austin Ekeler (neck) is doubtful, so Justin Jackson will serve as the #2 RB.

The Chargers believe that there's a "legitimate chance" RB Melvin Gordon (knee), RB Austin Ekeler (concussion, neck) and WR Keenan Allen (hip) are all ready for Saturday's game against the Ravens, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. We'll get the team's 1st official practice report tomorrow. The Chargers still have plenty to play for, with the AFC's #1 seed still in sight.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs. He put in limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday and did travel with the team to Kansas City. It looks like Gordon will be a game-time decision. We'll find out his official status around 7 pm ET tomorrow. RB Austin Ekeler (neck, concussion) is out. So if Gordon can't play, rookie Justin Jackson will serve as the Chargers' lead back.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn is "not optimistic" about RBs Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (concussion, neck) being ready for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs, according to NFL.com's Steve Wyche. Their absences would leave the backfield to rookies Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome. Jackson has looked good over the past 3 weeks, averaging 6 yards per carry and catching all 3 of his targets for 42 yards. He'll be a good bet for 15+ touches on Thursday night, making him a RB2 with upside. Newsome has only 5 carries for 15 yards this season and figures to mix in for just a handful of touches behind Jackson.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler was placed in the concussion protocol after experiencing symptoms on Monday afternoon. He's also dealing with that neck injury and looks extremely unlikely to play against the Chiefs on Thursday night. The question now becomes whether RB Melvin Gordon can return from his knee injury for that one. If not, rookie Justin Jackson will operate as the Chargers' feature back.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler aggravated a neck issue Sunday and appears in doubt for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Ekeler will need further testing on the area, which had experienced "stingers" in recent weeks. The short turnaround for Week 15 obviously makes things more difficult. The Chargers might get Melvin Gordon back from his knee injury for that game. If not, they'd have to turn to rookie Justin Jackson as the backfield starter. Jackson hit Sunday still available in 57% of ESPN leagues.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. We’ll see if he can make it back for next Thursday’s showdown with the Chiefs. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson will again handle backfield duties for L.A. this weekend.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is out for Sunday night’s game against the Steelers. Austin Ekeler steps in as the lead back and should see around 20 total touches, making him a strong RB2 play. Justin Jackson will serve as the #2 RB, but we’re not expecting him to get more than a handful of touches.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring) is inactive for this morning's game in London against the Titans. He reportedly injured that hammy in Friday's practice. He'll get a Week 8 bye to heal up. Gordon's absence today leaves the Chargers with RBs Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome, who was just promoted from the practice squad on Saturday. Ekeler obviously gets a huge bump here -- although it's worth noting that the 5'10, 200-pounder hasn't topped 11 carries in an NFL game. He, of course, will play a big role in the passing game, so we'd expect 15-18 total touches today.

The Chargers cut rookie RB Justin Jackson to make room for TE Antonio Gates. That only further solidifies Austin Ekeler as the #2 and handcuff to Melvin Gordon

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn told ESPN's Dan Graziano that he'd like to get RB Melvin Gordon more work in the passing game this year. That's following a year that saw Gordon rack up 57 catches for 470 yards and 4 scores -- all top-9 marks among RBs. Lynn's comments are particularly noteworthy considering Gordon's target volume took a hit when RB Austin Ekeler emerged last season. He averaged 3.7 targets during Ekeler's busiest 7-game stretch vs. 6.3 in the other outings. It's tough to expect Gordon's receiving production to grow significantly from last year's 57-470-4 line. But even if he can match that, he'll safely finish inside fantasy's top 12 RBs.

The Chargers spent a 7th-round pick on RB Justin Jackson. The Northwestern alum spent 4 years as a workhorse, averaging 285.5 carries, 1,360 yards and 10.5 total TDs per season. Jackson added 122 receptions for 858 yards for his career, including 35 and 44 catches the past 2 years. He joins a backfield that saw Austin Ekeler flash as Melvin Gordon's #2 last season, but there's room for Jackson to battle for touches. The diminutive back ran a decent 4.52-second 40 at the Scouting Combine but crushed the explosion and agility tests: 89th percentile vert, 78th percentile broad, 85th percentile 3-cone, 93rd percentile short shuttle. Jackson will be worth watching this summer and beyond and belongs on the dynasty radar late in rookie drafts.

 
 
 

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