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Austin Ekeler Fantasy Football Value Holds Strong After Outscoring Melvin Gordon Again in Week 7

Jason Schandl
Los Angeles Chargers v Tennessee Titans
Los Angeles Chargers v Tennessee Titans / Silas Walker/Getty Images
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Since returning from his holdout, Melvin Gordon has dominated the ground work in the Los Angeles Chargers offense. That hasn't made him the superior fantasy producer though, as Austin Ekeler outscored Gordon 18.5 to 6.9 in standard and 25.5 to 8.9 in PPR scoring in Week 7's loss to the Tennessee Titans.

In three games since Gordon returned, the Chargers' backfield has only generated two performances of double-digit PPR points. Both of those belong to Ekeler, with 22.3 in Week 5 and 25.5 in Week 7. Gordon's highest score in that time is only 7.8.

Gordon did have the edge in carries in all three games, and is averaging 12 per game compared to only 4.3 for Ekeler. Ekeler has seen an average of 9.3 targets, though, catching 25 passes to Gordon's nine.

While Los Angeles seems insistent on keeping Gordon involved on offense, Ekeler has clearly been the more productive of the two this season, and that shines through in his still-excellent fantasy football value.

Gordon's fantasy value is tied closely to his rushing volume, and that means he's not going to be an every-week starter for a 2-5 team that is often playing from behind. Ekeler is the much safer play of the two, and he looks like he's going to remain a strong fantasy starter for the remainder of the 2019 season.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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