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Melvin Gordon's absence couldn't have come at a worse time for fantasy football owners as the playoffs are right around the corner. With the superstar back expected to miss a few weeks with an MCL injury, owners are rightfully scouring their leagues for a replacement. They can easily find one in the same backfield as both Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson are now fantasy viable. 

Both have upside in fantasy with Gordon out of the way, but you're going to want the best bet out of this backfield with the season on the line. 

Austin Ekeler is the bigger name in the backfield, but it was Jackson who really impressed in Gordon's wake. The rookie had a number of nice runs and ended with the stat line above. Fellow rookie Detrez Newsome also got a shot, but only had 15 yards on four carries. The number of touches plus the yard output should give Jackson the nod, but both could see touches. 

It's promising for Jackson owners that he had more carries than Ekeler, but he still had fewer opportunities as Ekeler has the receiving opportunities on lock for the Chargers. 

With 103 total yards, 10 catches, and a touchdown, Ekeler is going to get a ton of touches. 

Ekeler is still the top dog to own, but that doesn't mean you should shy away from Jackson. He's likely to get more carries once again than Ekeler and is going against an Arizona defense that is one of the worst against running backs in fantasy this season. They've allowed 100+ rushing yards in eight of their 11 games this season, giving you a reason to trust both backs this week.

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