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Justin Jackson Injury Update Boosts Kalen Ballage and Joshua Kelley Fantasy Outlook in Week 10

By michael obermuller
Justin Jackson's injury opens the door for players like Kalen Ballage and Joshua Kelley.
Justin Jackson's injury opens the door for players like Kalen Ballage and Joshua Kelley. / Harry How/Getty Images
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The Los Angeles Chargers backfield has been a roller coaster ride this season, and the latest twist and turn is the absence of Justin Jackson. With Austin Ekeler out long-term, Jackson has become the lead back for the Chargers, but now he's out as well.

With Jackson missing time, Joshua Kelley and Kalen Ballage are the two running backs that are the likeliest to get touches. Troymaine Pope might also be in the mix.

Joshua Kelley Fantasy Outlook

Anthony Lynn still employs a mixed bag of rushers, so no fantasy option is perfect right now, but Ballage and Kelley are still the best bets.

In Week 9, Ballage came in and dominated, running for 4.6 yards per carry with a touchdown. Kelley only amounted 28 yards on nine carries with Pope out.

Based on those recent results, Ballage has to be the play as of now. Lynn likes to go to whichever running back is the hottest, and there's no doubt that's Ballage. Kelley has disappointed in numerous different opportunities however, and it wouldn't be surprising if Pope came back and stole some of his touches.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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