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 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.
It was 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 among the NFL's bottom-10 rush defenses (120.7 yards allowed per game entering Week 7).
Considered a game-time decision heading into the Week 7 tilt, Gordon's injured hamstring didn't respond well to an on-field workout earlier in the day, prompting the Chargers to hold him out for the first time all season. While Ekeler has already enjoyed a degree of fantasy relevance due to his outstanding play in a part-time role, he'll be a strong lineup option even in shallower formats this week with the promise of an enhanced workload. Neither of the two healthy options behind him on the depth chart -- seventh-round rookie Justin Jackson and recent practice squad callup Detrez Newsome -- have factored into the Chargers' game plans this season, so Ekeler should handle the overwhelming share of backfield snaps as he enters the starting lineup. The 23-year-old has scored three touchdowns and has amassed 470 yards from scrimmage on just 55 touches (41 carries, 14 receptions) through the team's first six games.
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