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Experts' Pick
 
  Austin EkelerA. Ekeler
RB - LAC
Austin Ekeler
vs. CAR, Sun 4pm EDT
Saquon BarkleyS. Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
vs. SF, Sun 1pm EDT
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Updated: Sep 26th, 2020
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 14-
Best Rank# 7-
Worst Rank# 20-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. CAR vs. SF-
Matchup RatingThis is a 5 star matchup. RBs perform better than their average vs CARThis is a 2 star matchup. RBs perform worse than their average vs SF-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rush Att17.721.7
Rush Yds8594.7
Rush TD20.7
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total23.59.4-
Avg Game11.84.7-
Avg Projection13.7-
Week 214.82.8-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
Weather75 F, Partly Cloudy74 F, Mostly Cloudy-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
  Austin EkelerA. Ekeler
RB - LAC
Austin Ekeler
Saquon BarkleyS. Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 at CIN
19 rush, 84 yds, 0 td
1 tar, 1 rec, 3 yds, 0 td
vs. PIT
15 rush, 6 yds, 0 td
9 tar, 6 rec, 60 yds, 0 td
Week 2 vs. KC
at CHI
4 rush, 28 yds, 0 td
Week 3 vs. CAR vs. SF
Week 4 at TB at LAR
Week 5 at NO at DAL
Week 6 vs. NYJ vs. WAS
Week 7 at MIA at PHI
Week 8 vs. JAC vs. TB
Week 9 vs. LV at WAS
Week 10BYE WEEK vs. PHI
Week 11 at DENBYE WEEK
Week 12 at BUF at CIN
Week 13 vs. NE at SEA
Week 14 vs. ATL vs. ARI
Week 15 at LV vs. CLE
Week 16 vs. DEN at BAL
Week 17 at KC vs. DAL
Player Projections Comparison
  Austin EkelerA. Ekeler
RB - LAC
Austin Ekeler
vs. CAR, Sun 4pm EDT
Saquon BarkleyS. Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
vs. SF, Sun 1pm EDT
IR
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts12.2
Rush Yards58.0
Rush TDs0.4
   
Receiving
   
Receptions4.0
Rec Yards40.0
Rec TDs0.3
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points13.7
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  Austin EkelerA. Ekeler
RB - LAC
Austin Ekeler
Saquon BarkleyS. Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
2020 Points 
Week 18.76.6
Week 214.82.8
Week 3
Week 4
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Week 11
Week 12
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Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
Total23.59.4
Average11.84.7
Player Targets Comparison
  Austin EkelerA. Ekeler
RB - LAC
Austin Ekeler
Saquon BarkleyS. Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
2020 Targets 
Week 119
Week 240
Week 3
Week 4
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Notes for Player Combination
  Austin EkelerA. Ekeler
RB - LAC
Austin Ekeler
vs. CAR, Sun 4pm EDT
Saquon BarkleyS. Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
vs. SF, Sun 1pm EDT
IR
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
Guess who ranks sixth in the NFL in carries? Ekeler... and Kelley. They both have 35 carries through two games. Ekeler has been more efficient and has two more targets, but Kelley is a real thing in fantasy. He has the same number of carries as fellow rookies Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jonathan Taylor. Here's a crazy stat: Kelley totaled 23 carries in Week 2. Melvin Gordon didn't hit that number in any game through his last two years with the Chargers. Want more good news for these backs? A robust 56.1 percent of the production the Panthers have allowed to skill-position players has gone to running backs. No other team in the league has a number higher than 50.2 percent. Running backs have averaged 34.9 more PPR points per game than quarterbacks have against this Panthers defense. It's a limited sample size, sure, but you get the point. They've now allowed 33 rushing touchdowns to running backs over their last 18 games, while no other team in the league has allowed more than 19 in that span. Kelley has eight carries inside the red zone, while Ekeler has four to his name. I'm still siding with Ekeler as the one to play considering his passing-game usage, but the gap is shrinking. Ekeler needs to be played as a sturdy high-end RB2 while Kelley should be considered a high-end RB3, at minimum with the role he's walked into. 
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Are you ready for the Austin Ekeler explosion that's about to happen? Ekeler bounced back from week one and saw a significant workload in the receiving game with Herbert at QB, which will be the case against for week three. The Chargers are going to look to run the ball over and over again in this matchup and they should have no problem doing so against the Panthers defense that ranks 1st in fantasy points allowed to opposing RBs. Ekeler has overall RB1 upside in this matchup. 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Panthers are the worst fantasy running back defense in the league, which should bode well for Ekeler. He is a RB1, even with Joshua Kelley in the mix.