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Austin Ekeler Week 4 Outlook - Chargers at Texans

By Derek Brown (FantasyPros), Thu, Sep 29th 2022, 1:05pm EDT

Austin Ekeler's usage has not been great this season. His Week 3 snap rate (56%) matched his season-long average as he continues to lose snaps to a combination of Joshua Kelley and Sony Michel. He had just four carries for 5 yards in Week 3. And for the second straight week, he lost red-zone opportunities to one of his backups. Two of Kelley's three touches came inside the Jaguars' 20-yard line. But like in Week 2, Ekeler racked up a ton of receptions - 8 catches for 48 yards - to salvage his fantasy day. Even so, the constant effort to get guys like Michel and Kelley involved might hurt Ekeler's fantasy value in the long term. His overall volume won't be the same as last season when he scored 20 TDs. But Week 4's matchup versus the Texans is juicy, as their defense cannot stop the run. No team has allowed more rushing yards per game (202.3) than Houston. And it's by a wide margin compared to the second-worst team (Chicago Bears, 157). So I'd be looking to sell high after this game if possible. But don't pass up a deal if you can get one done this week. Can't forget that Chargers stud tackle Ra'Shawn Slater is out for the season. And the Chargers are going to struggle in future matchups to create rushing lanes as they rank 31st in yards created before contact. Luckily the Texans are the exact cure, as their defensive line ranks 31st in yards allowed before contact. A true battle of two movable objects.

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