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Player Summaries Comparison
 
Experts' Pick
 
 
vs. NO, Sun 4pm EST
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
at BUF, Sun 1pm EST
 
 
Expert
Recommendation

Updated: Nov 28th, 2020
95%
Recommended by
141 of 149 experts
5%
Recommended by
8 of 149 experts
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 27# 89-
Best Rank# 19# 15-
Worst Rank# 35# 93-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. NO at BUF-
Matchup RatingThis is a 1 star matchup. RBs perform worse than their average vs NOThis is a 4 star matchup. RBs perform better than their average vs BUF-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rush Att17.121.5
Rush Yds57.2103.8
Rush TD0.41.2
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total95.045.2-
Avg Game10.611.3-
Avg Projection9.35.8-
Week 1118.4-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
Weather35 F, Clear48 F, Clear-
    
Expert Ranks 
Melvin Gordon IIIAustin EkelerAdd Player
    
Jacob GibbsJ. Gibbs
SportsLine
4 m
#31#90-
    
Jeff BoggisJ. Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
47 m
#30-
    
Steven PintadoS. Pintado
The Fantasy Coaches
1 h
#31#93-
    
Justin WeigalJ. Weigal
FantasySharks
2 h
#31-
    
Jon CollinsJ. Collins
Fantasy Sports LR
2 h
#30#75-
    
Patrick ThormanP. Thorman
Establish the Run
2 h
#30-
    
Andy HollowayA. Holl...
The Fantasy Footballers
2 h
#30#92-
    
John HestermanJ. Hest...
Dynasty League Football
2 h
#29#86-
    
Andrew EricksonA. Eric...
Pro Football Focus
2 h
#32#92-
    
Justin SablichJ. Sablich
5th Down Fantasy
4 h
#30-
    
Jared SmolaJ. Smola
Draft Sharks
4 h
#30-
    
Mike TagliereM. Tagl...
FantasyPros
4 h
#31-
    
Bart WheelerB. Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
5 h
#31-
    
Rudy GambleR. Gamble
Razzball
10 h
#36#24-
    
Christopher DellC. Dell
Betting Predators
10 h
#34-
    
Chris MeaneyC. Meaney
FTN
11 h
#27-
    
Dalton Del DonD. Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
11 h
#26#61-
    
Seth KleinS. Klein
Fantrax
12 h
#24#15-
    
SmittyS.
SleeperU
13 h
#20-
    
Jacob W. DunneJ. W. D...
New Life Fantasy
13 h
#25-
    
Dan HarrisD. Harris
FantasyPros
13 h
#31-
    
Des BielerD. Bieler
The Washington Post
13 h
#31#92-
    
Scott PianowskiS. Pian...
Yahoo! Sports
13 h
#19-
    
Matthew HillM. Hill
DataForce Fantasy Football
14 h
#31#18-
    
Huseyin AksuH. Aksu
Fantasy Couch
14 h
#28#81-
    
Pierre CamusP. Camus
RotoBaller
14 h
#31-
    
David ZachD. Zach
FantasyPros
14 h
#29#92-
    
Nick ZylakN. Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
14 h
#34#91-
    
Chris KennedyC. Kennedy
The Fantasy Headliners
14 h
#30-
    
Pat FitzmauriceP. Fitz...
The Football Girl
14 h
#33-
    
15 h
#33#91-
    
Geoff LambertG. Lambert
Going For 2
15 h
#28#94-
    
Jason MooreJ. Moore
The Fantasy Footballers
15 h
#26-
    
Mauricio GutierrezM. Guti...
Estadio Fantasy
16 h
#28#92-
    
Ken ZalisK. Zalis
Pressbox
16 h
#26-
    
Andrew SeifterA. Seifter
FantasyPros
17 h
#26#99-
    
Kevin TompkinsK. Tomp...
Fighting Chance Fantasy
18 h
#26-
    
Dan McLellanD. McLe...
WBLZ Media
18 h
#29#83-
    
Mike RigzM. Rigz
Gridiron Experts
18 h
#30#67-
    
Richard SavillR. Savill
Fantasy Six Pack
18 h
#29-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
Important Nonsense
18 h
#29#93-
    
Nick MarianoN. Mariano
RotoBaller
19 h
#31-
    
Matthew BetzM. Betz
BallBlast
19 h
#34#85-
    
Michael PetropoulosM. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
19 h
#28#92-
    
Tal MalachovskyT. Mala...
The Fantasy Scout
19 h
#30#86-
    
Seth MillerS. Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
19 h
#27#12-
    
Kelly SmelserK. Smelser
Punch Drunk Wonderland
19 h
#32-
    
Chris RaybonC. Raybon
The Action Network
19 h
#31-
    
Andy BehrensA. Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
20 h
#27-
    
Dominick PetrilloD. Petr...
Fantasy Hot Read
20 h
#27#90-
    
David BiggsD. Biggs
Drink Five
20 h
#28-
    
Brandon MurchisonB. Murc...
RotoBaller
20 h
#32#13-
    
Jody SmithJ. Smith
FantasyData
22 h
#29#90-
    
Jamey EisenbergJ. Eise...
CBS Sports
23 h
#28-
    
Kevin RobertsK. Roberts
Breaking Football
23 h
#29#94-
    
Elliot Berkovits E. Berk...
Packer Report
23 h
#23-
    
Drew DeLucaD. DeLuca
NFL Spinzone
24 h
#29#94-
    
Dave RichardD. Richard
CBS Sports
1 d
#27-
    
Ryan NoonanR. Noonan
FTN
1 d
#32#27-
    
Kevin HansonK. Hanson
EDSFootball
1 d
#33-
    
Site ProjectionsS. Proj...
numberFire
1 d
#27#33-
    
Matt BrandonM. Brandon
Matt Brandon
2 d
#31#103-
    
Mike KruegerM. Krueger
FFToday
2 d
#13-
    
Jeff RatcliffeJ. Ratc...
FTN
2 d
#33-
    
Justin BooneJ. Boone
theScore
2 d
#28-
    
Dave MajorD. Major
XN Sports
2 d
#31-
    
Nathan JahnkeN. Jahnke
Pro Football Focus
2 d
#33-
    
Sean KoernerS. Koerner
The Action Network
2 d
#35-
    
Anthony CervinoA. Cervino
Gridiron Experts
2 d
#24#93-
    
Elisha TwerskiE. Twerski
numberFire
2 d
#31#34-
    
Kevin WheelerK. Wheeler
The Draft Zone
2 d
#29#89-
    
Jake CielyJ. Ciely
The Athletic
2 d
#36-
    
Justin GeorgeJ. George
Take Your League
2 d
#30#91-
    
Gerson AguirreG. Aguirre
Going For 2
2 d
#30#95-
    
Raju ByfieldR. Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
2 d
#26#14-
    
Donkey TeethD. Teeth
Razzball
2 d
#32-
    
Justin DoddsJ. Dodds
Locked In Football
2 d
#29#95-
    
Heath CappsH. Capps
Fake Teams
2 d
#24#78-
    
Neema HodjatN. Hodjat
Real GM
2 d
#33#91-
    
Steven SpaccarotelliS. Spac...
SleeperWire
2 d
#30#93-
    
Jamie CalandroJ. Cala...
Fantasy Team Advice
2 d
#30#91-
    
Andy VandaA. Vanda
Take Your League
2 d
#31#73-
    
Andy SingletonA. Sing...
Expand The Boxscore
2 d
#33-
    
Matt SchaufM. Schauf
Draft Sharks
2 d
#32-
    
Jake ArthurJ. Arthur
Colts.com
2 d
#33#95-
    
Eric MoodyE. Moody
FantasyData
2 d
#30#92-
    
Brandon FunstonB. Funston
The Athletic
2 d
#25#93-
    
Marc CavigliaM. Cavi...
Bruno Boys
2 d
#30#90-
    
Michael HauffM. Hauff
Gridiron Experts
2 d
#33#95-
    
Robert WaziakR. Waziak
The Fantasy Footballers
2 d
#33-
    
Alex BlickleA. Blickle
Fantasy Team Advice
2 d
#31#87-
    
Nick HumphreysN. Hump...
Fantasy Victors
2 d
#28-
    
Dennis SosicD. Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
2 d
#25-
    
Rich PiazzaR. Piazza
Fantasy Shed
2 d
#33#92-
    
Mick CiallelaM. Cial...
Fantrax
2 d
#32#95-
    
Lawrence JacksonL. Jackson
Fantasy Football Lord
2 d
#29#92-
    
Bill EnrightB. Enright
Sports Illustrated
2 d
#31-
    
The FFGhostT. FFGhost
Dynasty League Football
2 d
#30#95-
    
Mike HarmonM. Harmon
Swollen Dome
2 d
#32#94-
    
Mike WrightM. Wright
The Fantasy Footballers
2 d
#32#106-
    
Craig PhillipsC. Phil...
FF Prophet
2 d
#30#93-
    
Brian StraitB. Strait
FTLS Fantasy Football
2 d
#29#95-
    
Matt De LimaM. De Lima
Sports Illustrated
2 d
#30#94-
    
DailyRotoD.
DailyRoto
2 d
#17-
    
Scott SmithS. Smith
RotoViz
2 d
#31#88-
    
Matt CampM. Camp
Bleacher Report
2 d
#32#94-
    
Morgan ColbyM. Colby
The Fantasy Champions
2 d
#28-
    
Richard KingR. King
King Fantasy Sports
2 d
#30#87-
    
Todd D ClarkT. D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
2 d
#30#94-
    
Tim JablonskiT. Jabl...
The Hateful 8
2 d
#31#94-
    
Staff RankingsS. Rank...
QB List
2 d
#34-
    
Mike RandleM. Randle
BettingPros
2 d
#31#94-
    
Mundo Fantasy MXM. Fant...
Mundo Fantasy
2 d
#29-
    
Garret PriceG. Price
Dynasty Nerds
2 d
#32-
    
Derek LoflandD. Lofland
FantasyPros
2 d
#29-
    
Michelle MagdziukM. Magd...
BallBlast
2 d
#33-
    
Thor AkerleyT. Akerley
Fantasy Team Advice
2 d
#29#86-
    
Dan YanotchkoD. Yano...
EDSFootball
2 d
#32#95-
    
Jason WillanJ. Willan
Gridiron Experts
2 d
#30#89-
    
Michael TomlinM. Tomlin
Fantasy Six Pack
2 d
#28#90-
    
Doug NorrieD. Norrie
Daily Fantasy Sports Rankings
2 d
#28-
    
Jeff PaurJ. Paur
RTSports
2 d
#25-
    
Mike MacGregorM. MacG...
Draft Buddy
2 d
#26#38-
    
Scott WhitfieldS. Whit...
Roto Rankings
2 d
#32-
    
Donald GibsonD. Gibson
FantasyPros
2 d
#30#93-
    
Tyler OrginskiT. Orgi...
Fantasy Hot Read
2 d
#30#93-
    
Jonathan StoneJ. Stone
The Hateful 8
2 d
#32#105-
    
Joe BondJ. Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
2 d
#32-
    
Matthew FreedmanM. Free...
The Action Network
2 d
#31-
    
Kyle YatesK. Yates
FantasyPros
2 d
#30-
    
Tozzi BrothersT. Brot...
Legion Report
2 d
#29#81-
    
Ben WasleyB. Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
2 d
#30#104-
    
John FergusonJ. Ferg...
FantasyData
3 d
#30#93-
    
Adam PfeiferA. Pfeifer
FTN
3 d
#30#99-
    
Isaiah SiroisI. Sirois
FantasyPros
3 d
#30-
    
Jason PetropoulosJ. Petr...
BRoto Fantasy
3 d
#33#14-
    
Peter RogersP. Rogers
Fake Teams
3 d
#37-
    
Dan ClasgensD. Clas...
Get Sports Info
3 d
#30#37-
    
Walter CherepinskyW. Cher...
WalterFootball
3 d
#33-
    
Scott EngelS. Engel
RotoBaller
3 d
#30-
    
Greg SmithG. Smith
TwoQBs
3 d
#31#96-
    
Liz LozaL. Loza
Yahoo! Sports
3 d
#31-
    
Wolf of Roto StreetW. of R...
Roto Street Journal
3 d
#35-
    
Matt MacCoyM. MacCoy
Fantasy Team Advice
3 d
#25-
    
Ryan SkolrudR. Skolrud
SkullKing Sports
3 d
#31#79-
    
Zachary HanshewZ. Hanshew
FantasyPros
4 d
#36-
    
Matt HarmonM. Harmon
Yahoo! Sports
4 d
#29#96-
    
Matthew BoweM. Bowe
Razzball
4 d
#31#86-
    
Chet GreshamC. Gresham
DK Nation
4 d
#30-
    
Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. TEN
15 rush, 78 yds, 1 td
3 tar, 3 rec, 8 yds, 0 td
at CIN
19 rush, 84 yds, 0 td
1 tar, 1 rec, 3 yds, 0 td
Week 2 at PIT
19 rush, 70 yds, 0 td
3 tar, 2 rec, 14 yds, 1 td
vs. KC
16 rush, 93 yds, 0 td
4 tar, 4 rec, 55 yds, 0 td
Week 3 vs. TB
8 rush, 26 yds, 0 td
6 tar, 4 rec, 12 yds, 0 td
vs. CAR
12 rush, 59 yds, 1 td
11 tar, 11 rec, 84 yds, 0 td
Week 4 at NYJ
23 rush, 107 yds, 2 td
3 tar, 2 rec, 11 yds, 0 td
at TB
2 rush, 12 yds, 0 td
1 tar, 1 rec, 2 yds, 0 td
Week 5BYE WEEK at NO
Week 6 at NE
BYE WEEK
Week 7 vs. KC
17 rush, 68 yds, 1 td
4 tar, 2 rec, 12 yds, 0 td
vs. JAC
Week 8 vs. LAC
8 rush, 26 yds, 0 td
7 tar, 6 rec, 21 yds, 0 td
at DEN
Week 9 at ATL
6 rush, 18 yds, 0 td
1 tar, 1 rec, 9 yds, 0 td
vs. LV
Week 10 at LV
11 rush, 46 yds, 0 td
2 tar, 0 rec, 0 yds, 0 td
at MIA
Week 11 vs. MIA
15 rush, 84 yds, 2 td
vs. NYJ
Week 12 vs. NO at BUF
Week 13 at KC vs. NE
Week 14 at CAR vs. ATL
Week 15 vs. BUF at LV
Week 16 at LAC vs. DEN
Week 17 vs. LV at KC
Player Projections Comparison
 
vs. NO, Sun 4pm EST
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
at BUF, Sun 1pm EST
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts13.65.6
Rush Yards50.624.7
Rush TDs0.40.1
   
Receiving
   
Receptions2.22.4
Rec Yards15.221.6
Rec TDs0.10.1
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points9.35.8
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
2020 Points 
Week 112.68.7
Week 214.414.8
Week 33.820.3
Week 423.81.4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 710.0
Week 84.7
Week 92.7
Week 104.6
Week 1118.4
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total95.045.2
Average10.611.3
Player Targets Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
2020 Targets 
Week 131
Week 234
Week 3611
Week 431
Week 5
Week 6
Week 74
Week 87
Week 91
Week 102
Week 110
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Notes for Player Combination
 
vs. NO, Sun 4pm EST
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
at BUF, Sun 1pm EST
Expert 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Saints have the best fantasy running back defense in the NFL, Gordon III is a low-upside flex option at home this week. 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
After what seemed like an eternity, the Broncos running backs had some success in Week 11, combining for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries against the Dolphins, as they led throughout the game. Neither of them were targeted in the passing game, which could be a real problem this week. The Saints are one of just five teams who've allowed fewer than 3.50 yards per carry on the season. It's not just that, either, as they've allowed a rushing touchdown once every 63.7 carries, which is the least often. On the ground, they've allowed just 8.4 fantasy points per game to running backs, which is the lowest in the league, and it doesn't bode well for someone like Lindsay, who isn't involved in the passing game. It's not great through the air, either, as running backs have averaged just 4.50 yards per target against the Saints, which ranks as the fourth-lowest mark in the NFL. So, the yardage is bad on the ground and through the air. What about the touchdowns? Nope, they've allowed a league-low five touchdowns to running backs this year. Of the fantasy production the Saints allow to skill-position players, running backs account for just 25.4 percent of it, which is the lowest mark in the league. That's led to them scoring just 17.4 PPR points per game against the Saints, which is the lowest number in the league. When you see the Saints have faced just 24.0 running back touches per game, and been so efficient against them (94.8 total yards per game), it's tough to say Gordon is anything more than a middling RB3 this week and not someone you should feel it necessary to play. 
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Gordon came out of nowhere last week to put together a dominant fantasy performance. After finishing as the RB33, the RB52, and the RB39 the previous three games, Gordon was the RB5 against Miami last week. Gordon's fantasy outlook seems to be dependent upon game-script, which isn't exactly a comfortable spot for fantasy managers to be in. Against New Orleans, it's highly unlikely that Denver plays with a lead for much of this game, which means that Gordon's unlikely to see anywhere close to the 15 carries he had last week. He's back to being a risky high-end RB3 play.