Ekeler carried the ball six times for 29 yards and also caught both of his targets for 40 yards in the 23-22 loss to the Broncos on Sunday. Ekeler had three separate plays of 10 yards or longer, continuing to reprise his role as an explosive change of pace back. Given the second year player has seen just one game with more than 10 touches in the last six contests, he remains a fringe fantasy option, but his fantasy value would obviously take a substantial jump if Melvin Gordon were to miss any time.
Ekeler carried the ball three times for 19 yards in the 20-6 win over the Raiders on Sunday. He did not record a target. Only five players actually received a target as Philip Rivers efficiently dissected a mundane Raiders defense all afternoon. Ekeler actually had a touchdown called back on a holding penalty, which would have aided an otherwise disappointing fantasy performance, but he remains a comfortable change-of-pace option behind starter Melvin Gordon.
Ekeler carried the ball three times for 21 yards and also caught one of his two targets for 13 yards in the 25-17 win over the Seahawks on Sunday. This marked another disappointing outing for Ekeler, but this time the second-year player wasn't the main back as Melvin Gordon (hamstring) handled the majority of the touches out of the backfield. After recording 13 receptions in the first four weeks of the season, Ekeler has totaled just seven in the four subsequent weeks and appears to have fallen out of favor in the passing game. He's still worth rostering in most formats, but with the majority of teams done with their bye weeks next week, Ekeler's value might be higher for owners who also lay claim to Gordon.
Ekeler will likely move into the No. 2 role out of the backfield Sunday against the Seahawks with Melvin Gordon (hamstring) expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Gordon sat out the Chargers' Week 7 game against the Titans in London, allowing Ekeler to assume the starting gig for the first time all season. While the elevated role yielded Ekeler a season-high 42 offensive snaps, his output was somewhat underwhelming (12 carries for 42 yards, five receptions for 26 yards) against a tough defense. Gordon retains a questionable designation heading into Sunday's contest, but after the Chargers were on bye in Week 8 and he put in a full practice Friday, there doesn't seem to be much concern about his availability. It's thus expected that Gordon will take back his usual ample workload, though Ekeler should still offer utility in deeper formats based on what he's been able to do in a change-of-pace capacity this season. Over the first six games in which both backs were active, Ekeler compiled 263 yards on 41 carries and another 207 yards to go with three touchdowns on 14 receptions.
Ekeler rushed for 42 yards on 12 carries, and hauled in five of seven targets for 26 receiving yards during Sunday's 20-19 win against Tennessee. With Melvin Gordon (hamstring) inactive, Ekeler collected 17 of 20 running back touches, but he was relatively inefficient on the ground in rushing for 3.5 yards per carry against a stingy Titans defense. The second-year man continues to command a respectable target share (3.4 targets per game), but he's been less productive on the ground of late after an electrifying start to the season. Ekeler has averaged 4.3 yards per rush over his past four outings, compared to 8.2 yards per carry through his first three appearances of the year. Should Gordon prove healthy enough to play in Week 9 (following a bye), Ekeler will likely slide back into his complementary role against a Seattle defense that ranks in the bottom 10 of the league against the run (120.7 yards allowed per game entering Week 7).
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