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Austin Ekeler

Austin Ekeler

25-Year-Old Running BackRB

Los Angeles Chargers

Questionable

Injury Hamstring




$Signed a four-year, $24.5 million contract with the Chargers in March of 2020.

Injury-shortened day in loss

October 4, 2020

Ekeler rushed twice for 12 yards and brought in his one target for two yards in the Chargers’ 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers before exiting for good in the first quarter due to a hamstring injury.

ANALYSIS
The versatile veteran had gotten off to a solid start on the ground before being felled by his left hamstring injury. Given the delicate and unpredictable nature of soft-tissue injuries, Ekeler’s availability for a Week 5 Monday night road matchup against the Saints will likely be up in the air for a significant portion of the upcoming week.

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How do Austin Ekeler’s 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?


This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player’s percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.


  • Broken Tackle %

    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.



  • Positive Run %

    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.



  • % Yds After Contact

    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.



  • Avg Yds After Contact

    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.



  • Rushing TD %

    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.



  • Touches Per Game

    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game



  • % Snaps w/Touch

    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.



  • Air Yards Per Game

    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.



  • Air Yards Per Snap

    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.



  • % Team Air Yards

    The percentage of the team’s total air yards he accounts for.



  • % Team Targets

    The percentage of the team’s total targets he accounts for.



  • Avg Depth of Target

    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.



  • Catch Rate

    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.



  • Drop Rate

    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.



  • Avg Yds After Catch

    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.


Avg Depth of Target

-1.8 Yds

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This Week’s Opposing Pass Defense

How does the Buccaneers pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?


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Overall QB Rating Against

62.4

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Hidden Stat Line: Targets, Routes & Snaps from Week 3

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It was a big week for rookie wide receivers, with Cincinnati’s Tee Higgins and Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson both enjoying breakout performances.

East Coast Offense: Equanimity

5 days ago

Chris Liss’ Dak Prescott-led NFFC Primetime team is doing well through three games and helping him better tolerate the teams and contests in which he’s faring poorly.

Weekly Rankings: Week 4 Value Meter

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Tyler Lockett and the Seahawks should be in another shootout in Miami this week. See his ranking along with everyone else in this week’s Value Meter.



Past Fantasy Outlooks




Ekeler continued to impress for the Chargers in 2018, finishing just shy of 1,000 scrimmage yards despite missing two games late in the season with a concussion. He gets typecast as a scatback due to his size, but Ekeler has more than proven himself on the ground — he posted at least 5.2 YPC in both his NFL campaigns thanks to a low center of gravity and strong leg drive through contact. Ekeler has plus elusiveness and balance as well, allowing him to find extra yards in traffic even if he doesn’t have breakaway speed. His 3.8 yards after contact per carry ranked second in the league to Nick Chubb’s 4.3. Ekeler is not a natural receiver when it comes to running routes, but he has soft hands and any back with some skill will see plenty of targets from Philip Rivers. Ekeler is entrenched in the No. 2 spot behind Melvin Gordon, but with Gordon playing 16 games only once in his career, odds are good that Ekeler will find himself in a starting role at least a couple times in 2019. Those odds improved a step further when Gordon decided to hold out from training camp, hoping to gain leverage in negotiations for a contract extension. As a result, Ekeler and Justin Jackson are handling first-team reps during the early portion of training camp.

If there’s one thing Philip Rivers likes, it’s an undersized receiving back. Over the last decade, players like Darren Sproles and Danny Woodhead have built their careers running wheel routes around frustrated linebackers and providing a security blanket for the quarterback. Last year it was Ekeler’s turn to fill that role, and while it took the undrafted rookie a while to earn Rivers’ trust, by Week 10 he was an integral part of the Chargers’ attack, catching 12 of 13 targets for 171 yards and two touchdowns over a four-game span before a broken finger cut short his productive run. At 5-10, 200, Ekeler isn’t going to supplant Melvin Gordon on early downs, but he runs with some surprising power for his size and can contribute a bit on the ground, even if his bread-and-butter will always be catching passes and making defenders miss in space. The team drafted Justin Jackson in the seventh round to provide extra depth in the backfield, but if Ekeler stays healthy his role should only grow.

An undrafted rookie out of Division II Western State, the 195-pound Ekeler surprisingly survived roster cutdown day in early September, slotting in behind Melvin Gordon and Branden Oliver on the initial depth chart. The Chargers might still add more talent in the backfield, but if not, Ekeler could get some touches early in the season.


More Fantasy News

Picks up hamstring injury

October 4, 2020

Ekeler is questionable to return to Sunday’s game in Tampa Bay due to a hamstring injury.

Needs cart to get off field

September 27, 2020

Ekeler carried the ball 12 times for 59 yards and also caught all 11 of his targets for 80 yards in Sunday’s 21-16 loss to the Panthers. He also accounted for a touchdown.

Piles up yardage in OT loss

September 20, 2020

Ekeler carried the ball 16 times for 93 yards and caught all four of his targets for 55 yards in Sunday’s 23-20 overtime loss to Kansas City.

Receiving opportunities limited?

September 15, 2020

Coach Anthony Lynn suggested Ekeler could see his pass-catching opportunities limited thanks to the team’s new offensive scheme, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.




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