Fantasy managers were concerned when Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler became a late addition to the injury report on Thursday. Ekeler has been dealing with a hip injury and is officially listed as questionable, but he posted on social media that he is ready to go.
The dynamic running back shared a picture showing that he is starting himself in fantasy football, which is just about as clear as it gets. Ekeler will play a major role on a Chargers' offense that will attempt to get some revenge on a New England Patriots team that beat them 45-0 last year.
Austin Ekeler Fantasy Outlook
Ekeler has been nothing short of dominant this season, averaging 99.7 total yards on 16.7 touches per game. The Chargers' ball-carrier has scored 5 touchdowns over the last three games and ranks as the RB4 in PPR scoring leagues despite already going through an early bye week.
The Chargers will be hungry to win this game and that bodes well for Ekeler's fantasy value. The 26-year-old is facing a Patriots defense that has been torched by pass-catching RBs. In fact, New England has given up the fourth-most receiving yards to the position this season (416).
Fantasy managers shouldn't hesitate and slide Ekeler right where he belongs in the starting lineup. The fifth-year pro is putting up over 20 PPR fantasy points on a weekly basis. He checks in at RB5 in The Duel's Week 8 fantasy football rankings.
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