Austin Ekeler Injury Update Solidifies Week 12 Fantasy Outlook

Larry Rupp
Austin Ekelers' latest injury update solidifies his Week 12 fantasy outlook as he is set to play.
Austin Ekelers' latest injury update solidifies his Week 12 fantasy outlook as he is set to play. / Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Update, 11:35 a.m. EST: Austin Ekeler has been officially declared active for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

Fantasy football managers will be glad to hear that Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is expected to suit up and play this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. This would be Ekeler's first game back since suffering a major hamstring injury back in Week 4.

Ekeler is said to be at full health, but the Chargers may take a cautious approach when it comes to his immediate touches. He only recently returned to practice and may need time to get back associated with the offense. However, that doesn't mean he has no fantasy value.

Austin Ekeler Fantasy Outlook

In the three full games he played, Ekeler shined averaging 126.0 total yards per game to go along with an average of 21.0 touches per game. That is solid production that mirrors what an RB1 in fantasy football is trusted to produce.

While Ekeler may not be the workhorse running back he was before right away, he definitely brings a lot of upside into Week 12. Fantasy football managers most likely stashed Ekeler away eagerly awaiting his return, so it makes little sense to sit him now that he is back.

He draws a decent matchup this week going up against a Bills' defense that is giving up 135.0 rushing yards per game this season (No. 29 in the NFL). With current starter Kalen Ballage not expected to play, the opportunity is there for Ekeler to see some work.

It is risky to start Ekeler this week as no one truly knows how the Chargers will use him, but winning in fantasy football never comes without making some risky moves. If you have Ekeler on your roster, give him a shot in your FLEX spot this week.

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