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Experts' Pick
 
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
at TB, Sun 1pm EDT
Chris Carson
RB - SEA
Chris Carson
Chris Carson
RB - SEA
at MIA, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
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Updated: Oct 1st, 2020
91%
Recommended by
113 of 124 experts
9%
Recommended by
11 of 124 experts
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 13# 62-
Best Rank# 8# 9-
Worst Rank# 27# 60-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent at TB at MIA-
Matchup RatingThis is a 1 star matchup. RBs perform worse than their average vs TBThis is a 4 star matchup. RBs perform better than their average vs MIA-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rush Att1820.5
Rush Yds52.8100.3
Rush TD0.81.3
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total43.843.0-
Avg Game14.614.3-
Avg Projection12.79.4-
Week 320.37.6-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Chris Carson
RB - SEA
Chris Carson
Chris Carson
RB - SEA
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 at CIN
19 rush, 84 yds, 0 td
1 tar, 1 rec, 3 yds, 0 td
at ATL
6 rush, 21 yds, 0 td
6 tar, 6 rec, 45 yds, 2 td
Week 2 vs. KC
16 rush, 93 yds, 0 td
4 tar, 4 rec, 55 yds, 0 td
vs. NE
17 rush, 72 yds, 0 td
3 tar, 3 rec, 36 yds, 1 td
Week 3 vs. CAR
12 rush, 59 yds, 1 td
11 tar, 11 rec, 84 yds, 0 td
vs. DAL
14 rush, 64 yds, 0 td
3 tar, 3 rec, 12 yds, 0 td
Week 4 at TB at MIA
Week 5 at NO vs. MIN
Week 6 vs. NYJBYE WEEK
Week 7 at MIA at ARI
Week 8 vs. JAC vs. SF
Week 9 vs. LV at BUF
Week 10BYE WEEK at LAR
Week 11 at DEN vs. ARI
Week 12 at BUF at PHI
Week 13 vs. NE vs. NYG
Week 14 vs. ATL vs. NYJ
Week 15 at LV at WAS
Week 16 vs. DEN vs. LAR
Week 17 at KC at SF
Player Projections Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
at TB, Sun 1pm EDT
Chris Carson
RB - SEA
Chris Carson
Chris Carson
RB - SEA
at MIA, Sun 1pm EDT
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts11.611.3
Rush Yards51.050.4
Rush TDs0.30.3
   
Receiving
   
Receptions4.82.2
Rec Yards44.616.7
Rec TDs0.20.2
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points12.79.4
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Chris Carson
RB - SEA
Chris Carson
Chris Carson
RB - SEA
2020 Points 
Week 18.718.6
Week 214.816.8
Week 320.37.6
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total43.843.0
Average14.614.3
Player Targets Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Chris Carson
RB - SEA
Chris Carson
Chris Carson
RB - SEA
2020 Targets 
Week 116
Week 243
Week 3113
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
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Week 10
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Notes for Player Combination
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
at TB, Sun 1pm EDT
Chris Carson
RB - SEA
Chris Carson
Chris Carson
RB - SEA
at MIA, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
It's clear that this is a timeshare, but you need a positive gamescript in order to trust someone in Kelley's role as anything more than a touchdown-dependent RB3. If we can't trust them to be in a positive gamescript against the league's worst run defense (Panthers), how can we trust him against the league's best run defense (Bucs) who are coming off wins of 14 and 18 points? The Bucs have been the best run defense in the league since the start of last year, allowing just 1,057 rushing yards on 357 carries over a span of 19 games. That amounts to just 2.96 yards per carry and 55.6 rushing yards per game. Whew. Here's the list of running backs who've finished as top-12 options over their last 19 games: Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Todd Gurley, and Leonard Fournette. If there's any hope for Ekeler, it's through the air, as the Bucs have had some trouble slowing pass catchers out of the backfield. They've actually allowed 51.1 PPR points through the air alone, which ranks as the fourth-most in football. If the Chargers want to slow the Bucs pass rush, they'll need to involve Ekeler in the screen game. Knowing Herbert has targeted him 15 times over the last two weeks, that's a step in the right direction. Ekeler should be in lineups as a mid-to-high-end RB2 this week even though it is a tough matchup. Kelley is going to have a much tougher time in this matchup, as he's not heavily involved in the passing game (four targets through three games). The Bucs have allowed just 13 running backs finish as top-30 options against them since the start of 2019, which is now a span of 19 games. The odds of two running backs getting there when their team-implied total is just 19 points is highly unlikely. Kelley has still totaled six carries inside the 10-yard-line compared to just one for Ekeler, so we can't write off the possibility that he scores a touchdown. But even if he does, you're looking at what might be RB3 numbers. He's just a mediocre RB4 this week in what's projected to be a negative gamescript. 
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Ekeler delivered like many predicted last week against the Panthers and he appears like he's back to being one of the main target options in this offense. Ekeler saw 11 targets in week three and finished as the RB5 on the week. He's a locked-and-loaded low-end RB1 every single week moving forward if he continues to get the target volume that he's been seeing recently. While this is a tough matchup for RBs, Ekeler's still worth starting confidently. 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Buccaneers are just 18th against fantasy running backs, Ekeler is averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game and he is a solid low-end RB1 on the road.Carson sustained a minor knee sprain last week, but it may keep him out of Week 4. It also remains to be seen if the Seahawks even risk him against a very winnable AFC opponent. I would consider Carson a boom / bust flex option if he is able to play.