Show Navigation
Show Menu
FANTASY FOOTBALL NEWS

Ekeler, OC discuss role

By Jared Smola | Updated on Sat, 30 Jul 2022, 1:16 PM EDT
Austin Ekeler Headshot

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler doesn’t expect his role to change significantly in 2022. “As far as my load, yeah, maybe it could be altered a little bit but I don’t think it’ll go down. I think it’ll just look a little different, if anything.” OC Joe Lombardi is on the same page. “I’m not expecting any kind of dip in usage with him,” the long-time coach said. “But, like any running back, unless you’re 250 pounds, sometimes there’s a pitch count on those guys. (Ekeler) isn’t someone you want to lose halfway through the season because you overused him. Just being smart with how many times he’s getting hit every game is something that you have to keep any eye on.” Ekeler saw a career-high 206 carries in 16 games last season. Perhaps that’s scaled back a bit, but there’s no reason to alter 2022 expectations here.

Jared Smola Author Image
Jared Smola, Lead Analyst
Jared has been with Draft Sharks since 2007. He’s now Lead Analyst, heading up the preseason and weekly projections that fuel your Draft War Room and My Team tools. He currently ranks 1st among 133 analysts in draft rankings accuracy.
NFL Coaching Changes 2024

NFL Coaching Changes 2024

13 hours ago

Jim Harbaugh, Kellen Moore, and Kliff Kingsbury headline the latest group of NFL coaching changes. Let's examine how they'll affect your fantasy football season.

Read More »
Fantasy Football Sleepers 2024

Fantasy Football Sleepers 2024

9:36am EDT 6/19/24

Supercharge your fantasy draft with these six 2024 fantasy football sleepers. Learn which late-round picks are poised for breakout seasons.

Read More »
Optimizing Our Way to $1.5 Million: Looking at Best Ball Mania V Through an Optimizer

Optimizing Our Way to $1.5 Million: Looking at Best Ball Mania V Through an Optimizer

1:34pm EDT 6/18/24

What's the optimal way to build Best Ball Mania V rosters? Zero RB? Hyper Fragile? Something in between? Let's see what an optimizer says.

Read More »
WR Sleepers 2024 (Wide Receivers)

WR Sleepers 2024 (Wide Receivers)

11:52am EDT 6/18/24

Jameson Williams leads our list of seven mid- and late-round WRs with the potential to return a big profit in 2024.

Read More »
Compare Plans » Compare Plans »

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Get It on Google Play