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  Austin EkelerA. Ekeler
RB - LAC
Austin Ekeler
Ito SmithI. Smith
RB - ATL
Ito Smith
 
 
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ECR# 28# 52-
Best Rank# 14# 41-
Worst Rank# 55# 95-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total129.870.7-
Avg Game9.35.4-
Avg Projection125.579.3-
    
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  Austin EkelerA. Ekeler
RB - LAC
Austin Ekeler
Ito SmithI. Smith
RB - ATL
Ito Smith
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. IND at MIN
Week 2 at DET vs. PHI
Week 3 vs. HOU at IND
Week 4 at MIA vs. TEN
Week 5 vs. DEN at HOU
Week 6 vs. PIT at ARI
Week 7 at TEN vs. LAR
Week 8 at CHI vs. SEA
Week 9 vs. GBBYE WEEK
Week 10 at OAK at NO
Week 11 vs. KC at CAR
Week 12BYE WEEK vs. TB
Week 13 at DEN vs. NO
Week 14 at JAC vs. CAR
Week 15 vs. MIN at SF
Week 16 vs. OAK vs. JAC
Week 17 at KC at TB
  Austin EkelerA. Ekeler
RB - LAC
Austin Ekeler
Ito SmithI. Smith
RB - ATL
Ito Smith
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts122.3100.6
Rush Yards564.1408.4
Rush TDs3.43.3
   
Receiving
   
Receptions40.523.4
Rec Yards378.5160.2
Rec TDs2.10.7
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points125.579.3
   
  Austin EkelerA. Ekeler
RB - LAC
Austin Ekeler
Ito SmithI. Smith
RB - ATL
Ito Smith
2018 Points 
Week 118.6
Week 29.85.4
Week 35.13.5
Week 411.610.8
Week 511.97.0
Week 66.08.1
Week 76.84.5
Week 8
Week 93.412.4
Week 101.92.6
Week 116.92.2
Week 1216.30.7
Week 134.32.2
Week 1415.47.4
Week 153.9
Week 16
Week 1711.8
  Austin EkelerA. Ekeler
RB - LAC
Austin Ekeler
Ito SmithI. Smith
RB - ATL
Ito Smith
2018 Targets 
Week 150
Week 231
Week 334
Week 433
Week 531
Week 602
Week 772
Week 8
Week 922
Week 1005
Week 1122
Week 12112
Week 1381
Week 1454
Week 153
Week 16
Week 171
  Austin EkelerA. Ekeler
RB - LAC
Austin Ekeler
Ito SmithI. Smith
RB - ATL
Ito Smith
Expert 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Ekeler had RB3 value last year playing behind RB Melvin Gordon, he is going to have a ton of upside if RB Melvin Gordon can find a trading partner. 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
He's never going to win you a fantasy league, but Ekeler can play a role if you're in a league with a lot of starters. Even with Melvin Gordon healthy, Ekeler touched the ball between 7-14 times from Week 1 to Week 7. It seemed as if the Chargers were okay with Justin Jackson as the primary workhorse if Gordon went down, but knowing Ekeler should total anywhere between 120-200 touches in the Chargers offense carries valueAfter an impressive rookie campaign where he played more than expected, Smith will look to build on his 117-touch, 467-yard rookie season. He'll play alongside Devonta Freeman who's dealt with some injuries as of late and is now 27 years old. The Falcons may choose to employ a timeshare, but it's likely it's a 70/30 split between the two. Smith would offer weekly RB2 potential if Freeman were to miss any time, making him a valuable handcuff who has some standalone value even without injury
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
I don't know if any Chargers back is a stud if Gordon sits, but Ekeler is easily the one to own. 
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Only running back with 5 ypc and 10 ypr over the last two seasons. Yes, he struggled a bit when it was his backfield last season, but it was a small sample. I expect him to be the lead back in Gordon's absence while also operating as the receiving back. He is quite a steal in drafts right now. 
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Chargers RBs last season combined for a line of - 138 targets, 104 receptions, 1,029 yards, 7 TDs. With MelGo or not, Ekeler is going to have standalone value as a flex with upside as a receiving threat in that backfield. If MelGo holds out, I'd prefer Ekeler to Jackson, as he provides a safer floor and higher upside. 
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
We've essentially got two different fantasy assets here as Ekeler's relevance will depend entirely on the Melvin Gordon holdout. If Gordon plays, Ekeler is an RB4 depth piece to fill in during bye weeks and in case of injuries. If Gordon sits, Ekeler jumps clean into the top 25 fantasy RBs immediately.Smith has flashed at times but that doesn't mean he is even in the same neighborhood for talent or has any shot outside of an injury to take over the starting job from Freeman. If an injury were to happen, Smith would be an excellent flex play, however.
Nick Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
The Melvin Gordon news has upped the value of Austin Ekeler. It doesn't seem like the two parties are close to a deal, so Ekeler has a very real chance to open the season as the starter. The most likely scenario (although we're all really just guessing) is that Gordon holds out until mid season, plays out the rest of the year, then enters FA. Under that scenario Ekeler needs to be drafted in the middle rounds. He holds value even when Gordon returns, and he'll be extremely valuable while he's away. There's also a chance the team trades him, which would also make him a value. If you're drafting, and Gordon is still holding out, then you should be targeting both Ekeler and Jackson.Ito is a perfect high upside pick late in drafts. The Falcons spent two first round picks on offensive lineman, and signed more in FA. Freeman has a chance to crush it this season, but he's also suffered a massive amount of injuries in recent years. He's had a pulled hamstring, a hip strain, three separate concussions, an MCL sprain, a PCL sprain, both knee and foot bruises, and most recently required sports hernia surgery. It's not crazy to think his best days might be behind him. With Coleman now in SF, Ito is one more Freeman injury away from being a massive asset in fantasy. That's the upside I'm looking for late in drafts.