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Austin Ekeler Week 6 Outlook - Chargers at Ravens

By Kyle Yates (FantasyPros), Sun, Oct 17th 2021, 8:34am EDT

Ekeler is so good that he scores touchdowns even when he's not trying to. Near the end of the game last week, Ekeler was given a red zone carry and was simply trying to go down to keep the clock running, but the Browns defense (wisely) pulled him across the goal line and Ekeler's fantasy managers rejoiced. In all seriousness, Ekeler was dominant in week five against the Browns and put up a whopping 30.4 Half PPR points. Up to this point of the season, Ekeler now ranks fourth in the NFL in red zone rush attempts with 18. All of last season - albeit in 10 games - Ekeler had just 18 red zone rush attempts when all was said and done. The receiving work is still there for the talented RB and he's getting valuable scoring opportunities each and every game with this newfound usage close to the end zone. He's slowly worked his way up my rest-of-season rankings after each game and there's no reason why we should view him as anything less than a top-5 option for the remainder of the year. In this matchup against the Ravens, who are allowing the 7th-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season, Ekeler's a smash start.

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