Austin Ekeler
Austin Ekeler
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Los Angeles Chargers
Inactive
Injury Neck
Wed Practice: DNP
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.
Ruled out for Week 15
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Neck
December 12, 2018
Ekeler (neck/concussion) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Chiefs.
ANALYSIS
Meanwhile, top running back Melvin Gordon (knee) is listed as questionable for the contest, with his status likely to come down to a game-time call. With Ekeler unavailable, Justin Jackson would be next in line to handle the bulk of the Chargers' carries Thursday if Gordon is limited or out.
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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 %
10.9%
 
Positive Run %
82.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
70.2%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.6
 
Rushing TD %
2.0%
 
Touches Per Game
10.5
 
% Snaps w/Touch
41.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
3.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.12
 
% Team Air Yards
1.3%
 
% Team Targets
12.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
75.0%
 
Drop Rate
3.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
10.4
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Los Angeles ChargersChargers 2018 RB Snap Distribution See more data like this
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Chiefs pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Thursday, Dec 13th at 8:20PM
Overall QB Rating Against
85.8
 
Cornerbacks
72.5
 
Safeties
105.6
 
Linebackers
103.1
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Austin Ekeler
Weekly Rankings: Week 15 Value Meter
2 days ago
Rob Gronkowski had a terrific offensive game last week, and now faces a Steelers defense that got torn apart by three different tight ends.
NFL Injury Report: Impacts on the Week Ahead
2 days ago
Jeff Stotts tracks the injuries that will likely affect this week’s slate of games, including Odell Beckham’s quad contusion, which has his availability for Week 15 in question.
East Coast Offense: The State of the QB Position
2 days ago
If you don't have a superstar, and an elite prospect like Baker Mayfield is unavailable, go with a rental.
NFL Waiver Wire: Week 15 Pickups
2 days ago
Kevin Payne analyzes the top waiver-wire additions for Week 15, including the Chargers' Justin Jackson, who has an elite matchup against the Chiefs.
Job Battles: Funchess Falling
3 days ago
Devin Funchess is still probably a good prospect at wide receiver, but Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore threaten to make him irrelevant all the same.
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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Not ready to practice
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Neck
December 11, 2018
Ekeler (neck/concussion) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice.
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'Not optimistic' for Week 15
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Neck
December 11, 2018
Coach Anthony Lynn said he's "not optimistic" that Ekeler (neck/concussion) will be available for Thursday's game against the Chiefs, Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports.
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Held out of walk-through Monday
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Neck
December 10, 2018
Ekeler (neck/concussion) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated injury report.
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Viewed as day-to-day
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Neck
December 10, 2018
Ekeler (neck) is considered day-to-day, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
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Aggravates neck injury
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Neck
December 9, 2018
Ekeler has dealt with stingers of late, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, and will require testing after aggravating the injury in Sunday's victory over the Bengals.
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