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Adam Thielen or Austin Ekeler

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Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 24# 43-
Best Rank# 9# 29-
Worst Rank# 47# 74-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total111.3180.0-
Avg Game11.112.0-
    
Schedule 
    
SOS Rank1021-
    
Misc 
    
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Pressbox
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SportsLine
23 h
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Fantasy Football Advice
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Joey WrightJ. Wright
Razzball
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04/21
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04/16
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02/17
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02/01
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01/11
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01/05
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12/30
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
2021 Schedule 
Week 1 at WAS at CIN
Week 2 vs. DAL at ARI
Week 3 at KC vs. SEA
Week 4 vs. LV vs. CLE
Week 5 vs. CLE vs. DET
Week 6 at BAL at CAR
Week 7BYE WEEKBYE WEEK
Week 8 vs. NE vs. DAL
Week 9 at PHI at BAL
Week 10 vs. MIN at LAC
Week 11 vs. PIT vs. GB
Week 12 at DEN at SF
Week 13 at CIN at DET
Week 14 vs. NYG vs. PIT
Week 15 vs. KC at CHI
Week 16 at HOU vs. LAR
Week 17 vs. DEN at GB
Week 18 at LV vs. CHI
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
2020 Points 
Week 18.725.0
Week 214.83.1
Week 320.39.3
Week 41.418.2
Week 520.3
Week 611.1
Week 7
Week 82.7
Week 93.8
Week 1016.3
Week 1124.3
Week 1212.9
Week 136.813.5
Week 1414.63.9
Week 157.97.1
Week 1612.815.7
Week 1711.15.7
Week 18
Total111.3180.0
Average11.112.0
Notes for Player Combination
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Adam Thielen
Adam Thielen
WR - MIN
Expert 
Mark Ringo
Sleepers and Busts
Joe Lombardi takes over the offensive coordinator duties. He came over from New Orleans with the coaching change. That could be good news for Ekeler. Lombardi likes a lot of quick passes. He used Alvin Kamara a lot out of the backfield. If he uses Ekeler the same way, fantasy owners will be ecstatic. Ekeler is best used in a RBBC. He's not big enough to hold up with a full workload. Still though, he is an excellent receiver. In half point and full point PPR formats, this might be the perfect storm for Ekeler to return to fantasy glory in 2021.Thielen set a personal best last season with 14 TDs. He had fantasy owners Hooked on a Thielen (That's reference to Blue Swede's song lyrics for our younger viewers haha!) Anyway, I digress, where was I? Oh yeah those TDs probably comes down a little, but maybe he'll make up for it with more yardage? Justin Jefferson will eat into some of his targets, but also may draw more coverage. The Vikings play a tough schedule. For that reason I'll downgrade him just a smidge.
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
This time last year we were anticipating Ekeler to have some struggles as a pass-catcher due to Tyord Taylor entering the season as the Chargers' starting QB. We know what happened next, and now Ekeler's arrow is pointing up in a big way, particularly in full PPR formats. Once he returned from his midseason injury, Ekeler averaged 6.2 catches per games and 90.2 yards per games from Weeks 12-17. Offensive line upgrades combined with a potential Year 2 Justin Herbert leap gives Ekeler a thrilling floor/ceiling combo for 2021 fantasy football leagues. 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
In eight full games with Justin Herbert under center last year, Ekeler saw 63 targets. Over a full 16-game season, that amounts to 126 targets. While I don't expect him to get there, he's one of just two running backs (Christian McCaffrey is the other) who I'm projecting for 100-plus targets in 2021. Targets are worth twice as much as carries, so even if Ekeler winds up getting just 12 carries per game, it's not the end of the world. In fact, he can still finish as a borderline RB1 if he were to hit just 200 carries on the season. The new coaching staff obviously brings on some potential volatility, but there's not much other talent on the roster at running back, so his role should be very safe.It seems the torch has been passed from Thielen to Justin Jefferson, though it's not as if Thielen will just fade into oblivion. It goes back to the Stefon Diggs days where he had to share that production. While Thielen did finish as the No. 8 wide receiver last year, it was thanks to his 14 touchdowns on just 74 receptions and 925 yards. No other receiver finished higher than No. 18 with fewer yards than Thielen. He's also going to be 31 years old at the start of the season and has a history of back issues, presenting a bit of risk, though he does have a ton of proven production with Kirk Cousins, which can't be ignored.
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
Austin Ekeler is your classic PPR running back. He's in line for a ton of receptions and all purpose yardage with the Chargers this year. However, TDs are not his strong suit. Ekeler found te end zone just 3 times in 10 games last year. In auction leagues, Ekeler is the poor man's Alvin Kamara. In standard leagues, yards are yards, but his lack of goal line work could hold back his overall value. Still, he's a low end RB1 in all formats. 
Wolf of Roto Street
Roto Street Journal
Huge line improvements with Linsley and NOW Slater at OT too, should be Round 2 steal with Top-5 overall upside 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Ekeler battled some injuries, but still had 138.3 fantasy points in just 10 games. He should be a RB1 playing with Justin Herbert, if Ekeler can stay healthy.Thielen feels like he overachieved a little in 2020 with 14 receiving touchdowns in 15 games. He is still a very good receiver, but I think Jefferson is a fantasy WR1 and Thielen is more of a fantasy WR2.