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Austin Ekeler's first game back from hamstring injury:

* 60-of-83 snaps (72%)

* 63% of RB carries

* 16 targets (!!) for a 31% share

* Career-high 25 total touches

* Has NE, ATL, LV, DEN, KC left

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I generally agree with you, I very rarely go out of my way to handcuff and will only do it if it makes sense or I'm in a league that goes past round 15. I actually think you can view Ekeler similarly

Wrong. I had him on 3 teams in the championship game in week 16 and won 2 championships. More importantly, your post is telling. You cannot admit that you were wrong about him, but instead come t

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Austin Ekeler (quad) returned to Chargers practice on Tuesday, getting in a "limited" session.

The Bolts are only conducting walk-throughs ahead of Thursday's short-week tilt with the Raiders. They are almost certainly just being cautious with Ekeler following his recent return from injured reserve. Ekeler has picked up where he left off before his hamstring injury, getting 24 handles, including a ridiculous nine receptions, in Week 14. He is an RB1 for the fantasy semifinals. 

Dec 15, 2020, 4:16 PM ET

 

 

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(RotoWire) Ekeler (quad) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Raiders after being listed as limited on Tuesday and Wednesday's practice reports, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: The same applies to wideouts Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back), with the trio's Week 15 status slated to be confirmed upon the release of the Chargers' inactives prior to Thursday's 8:20 ET kickoff. While it would surprise us if Ekeler didn't play, if he ends up limited or out, Kalen Ballage and Justin Jackson would be next up for the team's carries.

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NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports Austin Ekeler (quad) is expected to play in Week 15 against the Raiders.

Nothing to see here. Ekeler was limited in practice on Tuesday and Wednesday but is good to go for Thursday night. Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back) on the other hand are considered true game-time calls. With a 22.8% target share since returning from injury, Ekeler is a locked-in RB1 for Week 15.

SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter

Dec 17, 2020, 6:49 AM ET

 

 

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Austin Ekeler rushed 13 times for 60 yards in the Chargers' Week 15 overtime win over the Raiders, adding four receptions for 19 additional yards. 

FOX's Jay Glazer reported before the game that Ekeler might be on "somewhat of a pitch count." That wasn't necessarily borne out in the touch totals, but playing through a quad issue, Ekeler did not look anywhere close to 100 percent healthy on the short week. Kalen Ballage was the Bolts' main man near the goal line, getting their only running back score. If there's good news, it's that Ekeler has 10 days to heal up for Week 16 against the Broncos if you can survive this underwhelming spot in the fantasy semifinals. Denver is middle of the road in terms of running back production surrendered.   

Dec 18, 2020, 12:11 AM ET

 

 

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Austin Ekeler rushed seven times for 18 yards in the Chargers' Week 17 win over the Chiefs, adding six receptions for 33 additional yards and a touchdown. 

Ekeler finishes with 933 yards from scrimmage across 10 games, averaging 93 after that number was 97 in 2019. Injury played a huge part, as Ekeler was noticeably slowed by his balky leg down the stretch. Still only 25 years old, Ekeler kept his rushing efficiency up this season (4.56 YPC) while displaying the expected passing chemistry with Justin Herbert (5.4 catches per contest). With his touchdowns guaranteed to regress back to the mean after scoring three two this year, Ekeler will remain a cinch RB1 in PPR formats for 2021. 

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Chargers OC Joe Lombardi compared Austin Ekeler to Alvin Kamara, Reggie Bush, and Darren Sproles.

Lombardi's background is with the Saints, who have utilized their running backs in the pass game better than any team in the modern era. Ekeler's abilities should be maximized under Lombardi who helped turn Sproles, Bush, and Kamara into PPR cheat codes. Lombardi also mentioned using an uptempo offense and being aggressive on fourth downs, so it's possible that the Chargers take a leap in 2021. They certainly have the talent on both sides of the ball to do so. Ekeler belongs in the top-six mix in PPR formats.

SOURCE: Chargers on Twitter

Jan 26, 2021, 7:05 PM ET

 

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