Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson Fantasy Outlooks Get Huge Boost Following Austin Ekeler Injury Update

Jason Schandl
Austin Ekeler's injury update boosts Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson's fantasy outlooks.
Austin Ekeler's injury update boosts Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson's fantasy outlooks. / Harry How/Getty Images

The 2020 NFL season has already brought a ton of serious injuries, especially at the running back position. That has shaken up the fantasy football landscape every week, and things are no different heading into Week 5.

Los Angeles Chargers RB is dealing with a "serious" hamstring injury, which will land him on the injured reserve. That means that Joshua Kelley and even Justin Jackson should see hugely increased fantasy football value.

A true workhorse when healthy, Ekeler had averaged 21.0 opportunities (15.7 carries plus 5.3 targets) per game through the first three weeks of the season. in Week 4, he went down after playing just 3 snaps (receiving an opportunity on all three).

Already the RB2 when Ekeler was healthy, Kelley was clearly the next man up, playing 57 percent of the Chargers' offensive snaps in the game. Jackson wasn't far behind, however, playing 40 percent.

Their volume followed a similar pattern, with Kelley tallying 9 carries plus 3 targets and Jackson seeing 6 carries plus 2 targets. Odds are this is going to be a backfield with a relatively even split, and we can expect Kelley to serve as the leader with Jackson as the No. 2.

That means both guys are viable fantasy football plays at this point. Kelley is already rostered in most leagues, but if he's on your waiver wire he should be a top priority add this week.

Jackson is a little less exciting, but he also makes for a solid Week 5 waiver add.

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