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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2022 Half PPR Draft Rankings

Austin Ekeler Note
Austin Ekeler photo 3. Austin Ekeler (at DEN)
Austin Ekeler isn't used as a true three-down workhorse, but it's hard to tell based on the actual amount of touches he sees in the Los Angeles Chargers offense. At 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, Ekeler finished 8th in the NFL in total touches (276) and 14th in touches per game (17.2).

But the raw touches hardly showcase the fantasy value Ekeler possesses, because he often commands an extremely high-share of high-value targets ie. targets and red-zone opportunities.

His 13.9% target share and 70 receptions ranked second behind only Najee Harris. Ekeler's 18 red-zone touchdowns and 63 red-zone touches ranked first and second respectively.

With such a secure role as a receiver out of the backfield and as a featured red-zone weapon in a high-powered offense, it's hard to imagine a healthy Ekeler not returning at least top-5 fantasy status in 2022. He wrapped a bow on the 2021 season as the RB3 in points per game and RB2 overall in half-point scoring.
4 weeks ago
Isaiah Spiller Note
Isaiah Spiller photo 54. Isaiah Spiller (at DEN)
The Chargers are no strangers to taking shots on bigger but unathletic running backs on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. Joshua Kelley was the guy in 2020 and Larry Rountree was the guy in 2021.

Isaiah Spiller represents the latest rehash of the Chargers trying to find an appropriate thunder to Austin Ekeler's lightning, and I for one think Spiller is already the best bet currently on the roster. The former Texas A&M running back has the capacity for three-down spot start duties with an all-encompassing skill set and desirable size - 6-feet and 217 pounds .

Spiller should be a solid producer for the Chargers if given the opportunity although his lack of top-notch speed could keep him from being elite. He had only eight carries of 20-plus yards in 2021.

But I'd be hard-pressed to ignore his impressive age-adjusted production as one of his most encouraging traits. Since Day 1 at Texas A&M, Spiller has been the lead dog for the Aggies.

As a true freshman in 2019, he scored 10 rushing touchdowns and finished 16th in the nation in yards after contact per attempt en route to a 22% dominator rating.

The power running back capped off his first year in impressive fashion with back-to-back seasons of 1,000 rushing yards and 100 missed tackles. Spiller also displayed receiving prowess, commanding at least an 8% target share and an average of 25 receptions per season.

With Justin Jackson still an unsigned free agent, Spiller looks slated for instant impact in Year 1.
4 weeks ago
Sony Michel Note
Sony Michel photo 67. Sony Michel (at DEN)
Give credit to Sony Michel after he ranked third in rushing yards and first in carries over the final six weeks of the 2021 season. The former Rams running back performed admirably in relief of Darrell Henderson Jr., but he was immediately supplanted by Cam Akers once the second-year back was deemed healthy enough to play a full-time role.

He signed a 1 year, $1.75M contract with the Miami Dolphins this offseason, joining a backfield with Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert. Michel offers the least explosiveness of the bunch but has the most proven track record of shouldering a workload that translates into fantasy production at 5-foot-11 and 216 pounds.

However, that was not enough to secure a roster spot, as he was released by the Dolphins.

Michel did not stay on the FA market for very long, signing with the Chargers almost immediately after his release.

Michel has super interesting appeal as late-round RB target in a high-powered L.A. offense as a nice compliment to starting RB1 Austin Ekeler. Chance he carves out some standalone value with the Chargers looking to lighten Ekeler's load.
4 weeks ago
Joshua Kelley Note
Joshua Kelley photo 77. Joshua Kelley (at DEN)
Larry Rountree III Note
Larry Rountree III photo 144. Larry Rountree III (at DEN)
Zander Horvath Note
Zander Horvath photo 179. Zander Horvath (at DEN)