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Austin Ekeler Injury Update Boosts Joshua Kelley Fantasy Outlook

Max Staley
Austin Ekeler injury update could erase his 2020 fantasy value.
Austin Ekeler injury update could erase his 2020 fantasy value. / Harry How/Getty Images

Austin Ekeler went down with what looked to be a serious injury in the Los Angeles Chargers' Week 4 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had to be carted off the field, and this could be a devastating blow for his fantasy football managers.

If he's looking at an extended absence, Joshua Kelley would get a significant boost in fantasy value.

Austin Ekeler Injury Update

Ekeler is currently listed as questionable to return with a hamstring injury. There's no concrete word on his status beyond that, but this will be an important situation to monitor.

Joshua Kelley Fantasy Outlook

Kelley has been a surprisingly big part of the Chargers' offense thus far. He's turned 15.6 opportunities (14.3 carries plus 1.3 targets) into 75.0 yards from scrimmage per game. Kelley has added 1 touchdown.

If Ekeler is out for any period of time, Kelley would instantly become a must-add player for Week 5. He's currently rostered in just 54% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues, though that would increase significantly if Ekeler misses time.

The Chargers draw a tough matchup in Week 5, playing the New Orleans Saints, but things lighten up quickly as they face the New York Jets in Week 6.

This will be a situation to monitor as it develops.

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