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Austin Ekeler Injury Update Boosts Week 1 Fantasy Outlook

Max Staley
Austin Ekeler injury update boosts his Week 1 fantasy football outlook.
Austin Ekeler injury update boosts his Week 1 fantasy football outlook. / Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Austin Ekeler fantasy managers were given a bit of a scare this week. The 26-year-old missed a few practices this week due to a hamstring issue, but it sounds like he'll be good to go for the season opener.

He should be viewed as a legit RB1 in PPR leagues this week.

Austin Ekeler Fantasy Outlook

Ekeler draws a really difficult matchup this week, as his Los Angeles Chargers take on the Washington Football Team. Washington was a top-12 defense against the run last year by DVOA, surrendering just 4.2 yards per carry, which also was a top-12 mark.

As a result, Washington surrendered just 18.78 PPR points per game to opposing RBs last year, which was the third-best mark in the league.

The matchup isn't ideal, but Ekeler's ability as a pass-catcher (5.8 receptions per game through nine healthy contests) should give him a high floor on a week-to-week basis.

With Ekeler at full strength, fantasy managers should be firing him up in the starting lineup this week. He checks in at RB10 in The Duel's Week 1 fantasy football rankings.

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