Austin Ekeler
Austin Ekeler
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Los Angeles Chargers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $1.67 million contract with the Chargers in April of 2017.
No ground work in playoff loss
RBLos Angeles Chargers
January 14, 2019
Ekeler recorded no carries and hauled in three of five targets for 19 yards Sunday in the Chargers' 41-28 divisional-round loss to the Patriots.
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New England scored touchdowns on its first four possessions of the game, which effectively forced the Chargers to abandon the run. That left limited work available for top back Melvin Gordon (nine carries), while Ekeler's usage was restricted exclusively to passing downs. Though Ekeler made little impact in his final game of the 2018 season, it still was a relatively successful campaign for the second-year player. Over his 16 appearances (including two postseason contests), Ekeler was supremely efficient with 5.0 yards per carry and 9.5 yards per reception on 163 total touches.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Austin Ekeler's 2018 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 the number of times he touched the ball.
  • 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.
Broken Tackle %
11.0%
 
Positive Run %
83.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
72.6%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.8
 
Rushing TD %
2.8%
 
Touches Per Game
10.4
 
% Snaps w/Touch
41.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
3.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.12
 
% Team Air Yards
1.1%
 
% Team Targets
10.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
73.6%
 
Drop Rate
3.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
10.4
 
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48 days ago
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51 days ago
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53 days ago
Given Todd Gurley's uncertain status late in the year, the Saints' Alvin Kamara occupies the No. 1 slot among running backs in PPR formats.
2017 Fantasy Outlook
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.
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Logs 15 touches in playoff upset
RBLos Angeles Chargers
January 6, 2019
Ekeler (groin) rushed 11 times for 29 yards and brought in all four of his targets for 14 yards in the Chargers' 23-17 wild-card win over the Ravens on Sunday.
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Suits up Sunday
RBLos Angeles Chargers
January 6, 2019
Ekeler (groin) is officially active for Sunday's playoff game against the Ravens.
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In line to play Sunday
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Groin
January 6, 2019
Ekeler (groin) is slated to be active for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Questionable for wild-card round
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Groin
January 4, 2019
Ekeler (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's wild-card game at Baltimore.
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Limited again Thursday
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Groin
January 3, 2019
Ekeler (groin) logged a limited practice again Thursday.
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