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Experts' Pick
 
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
at WAS, Sun 1pm EDT
Miles Sanders
RB - PHI
at ATL, Sun 1pm EDT
OUT
 
 
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Updated: Sep 29th, 2020
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 12-
Best Rank# 3-
Worst Rank# 18-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent at WAS at ATL-
Matchup RatingThis is a 5 star matchup. RBs perform better than their average vs WASThis is a 2 star matchup. RBs perform a little worse than their average vs ATL-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rush Att214190
Rush Yds902.5838.5
Rush TD77.5
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total111.3142.4-
Avg Game11.111.9-
2019 Average11.111.9-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Miles Sanders
RB - PHI
2021 Schedule 
Week 1 at WAS at ATL
Week 2
Week 3
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
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Miles Sanders
RB - PHI
2020 Points 
Week 18.7
Week 214.817.1
Week 320.310.7
Week 41.47.6
Week 521.9
Week 611.2
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 1011.5
Week 116.1
Week 1212.94.2
Week 136.83.1
Week 1414.625.6
Week 157.99.0
Week 1612.814.4
Week 1711.1
Total111.3142.4
Average11.111.9
Player Targets Comparison
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Miles Sanders
RB - PHI
2020 Targets 
Week 11
Week 247
Week 3118
Week 414
Week 54
Week 62
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 105
Week 115
Week 12163
Week 1391
Week 1495
Week 1542
Week 1636
Week 177
Notes for Player Combination
 
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
at WAS, Sun 1pm EDT
Miles Sanders
RB - PHI
at ATL, Sun 1pm EDT
OUT
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
The preseason was supposed to help us figure out which of Jackson/Kelley were going to be the No. 2 to Ekeler. Jackson is dealing with some sort of foot issue, so it could be Kelley. Whatever the case, Ekeler is going to be the guy. With Tyrod Taylor under center, this team won't be throwing the ball close to 600 times like they did last year. That hurts someone like Ekeler who got 73.5 percent of his production through the air last year. No other top-20 running back eclipsed 48.5 percent. The injury to Mike Williams helps his potential target share, as the Chargers are lacking pass-catching options behind Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry. The Bengals are a team that were demolished by running backs last year, allowing a massive 4.58 yards per carry and even more importantly, 7.40 yards per target. The acquisition of D.J. Reader in the middle of the defense will surely help, but they do have two new starting linebackers as well, so this unit is far from familiar with one another. Running backs averaged 29.1 touches per game against the Bengals last year, which leaves plenty of room for Ekeler to get 16-plus touches even if Kelley/Jackson are involved. Start him as a low-end RB1/high-end RB2 who should come with a high floor. 
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
The Bengals allowed the fourth-most rushing yards per game and the seventh-highest yards per carry to running backs last year. With Melvin Gordon now in Denver, Austin Ekeler is a weekly 20+ touch threat and a near-lock for 15+ touches. Mike Williams is banged up, as well, and with the Chargers' lack of depth at the receiver position, Ekeler should be very involved in the passing game. 
Isaiah Sirois
FantasyPros
My matchup-based rankings formula is high on Ekeler this week. The Bengals fielded a poor rushing defense last season, but they since added nose tackle D.J. Reader to compensate up front, but Ekeler's not a traditional through-the-tackles back, Against Cincinnati's beatable linebackers, he should see more than enough receiving-game work to have an impressive day for the Chargers. 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Bengals were just 24th against fantasy running backs last year, Ekeler should have a very good start to the season in a favorable matchup.