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Ekeler will be an RB1 if Gordon gets hurt...wait

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Flex at best. Very weak handcuff

 

Gonna see if I can trade him to the Gordon owner

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28 minutes ago, jtbgator said:

 

12 PPR points for me today, not terrible as my flex. TD would be gravy.

 

9.3 in half point ppr. Not great or week winning either. Even more sad as Gordon wasn't around to take touches. Agreed with flex position but he's not week winning by any means and definitely not a must start

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7 minutes ago, Dr. Whom said:

Ekeler will be an RB1 if Gordon gets hurt...wait

 

To be fair, he had an extremely negative game script.  Chargers ran a grand total of 42 offensive plays. 

 

Otherwise, the usage was there and he was playing the vast majority of Snaps.  Had Chargers ran an average number of plays, I think we see ~18 carries, 9 targets in that game - possibly more.  Ekeler was getting bellcow treatment.  

 

7 targets in the passing game is solid.  Maybe low-end RB1 was too aggressive, but with that kind of usage he's in the upper echelon of RB2s.  

 

Nonetheless, he's just a handcuff when Gordon is healthy and I'm dropping at that juncture.  

 

He's going to regress his per-touch efficiency so he has zero flex appeal barring a Gordon injury - as I've been saying for 3 weeks now.  

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Just now, oscars2212 said:

he had 17 touches on 42 total plays?  That's pretty damn good.

 

It's amazing.  That's why game script was so frustrating.  

 

He played virtually every play, was very active in running routes, and Rivers looked to him a lot.  

 

I can't blame myself for starting him over Cohen (although I regret it) because the usage was there.  The offense just didn't have the volume.  

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3 hours ago, Rainyy said:

 

To be fair, he had an extremely negative game script.  Chargers ran a grand total of 42 offensive plays. 

 

Otherwise, the usage was there and he was playing the vast majority of Snaps.  Had Chargers ran an average number of plays, I think we see ~18 carries, 9 targets in that game - possibly more.  Ekeler was getting bellcow treatment.  

 

7 targets in the passing game is solid.  Maybe low-end RB1 was too aggressive, but with that kind of usage he's in the upper echelon of RB2s.  

 

Nonetheless, he's just a handcuff when Gordon is healthy and I'm dropping at that juncture.  

 

He's going to regress his per-touch efficiency so he has zero flex appeal barring a Gordon injury - as I've been saying for 3 weeks now.  

 

So you are dropping him?

 

What happens if that hamstring to Gordon lingers longer then one week? They generally do not go away all that fast.

 

I could see the chargers trying to split the carries possibly more so in Ekelers favor to help keep Gordon healthy

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Definitely can't carry the torch and perform like Gordon if he's the workhorse.  He needs Gordon to shine in an auxiliary role.

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Rivers had 2 quick long touchdown passes, and titans were moving football taking time off the clock 

 

ekeler could have had a bigger game in ppr and standard 

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Ekeler is a 'satellite back' .. 3rd down specialist and someone to give a workhorse back like Melvin Gordon a breather on the sidelines with a few carries of his own.

 

Very disappointed today. Expected a big game without Gordon, but it was clearly obvious he is small and undersized to carry the mail between the tackles. All I saw was a bunch of 1-4 yard gains and a cloud of dust.

 

Ekeler shines when Melvin shines, but as others  said above, a flex at best (whether Melvin plays or not)  I rather have a WR with massive upside like golladay in my flex. I have short bench in a 10 team so I might be dropping for someone with upside.

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Still don't think today was his ceiling game as the lone guy. Chargers barely ran plays and Chargers also had bomb touchdowns. Weird overall game. I think Ekeler is capable of producing double of what he did and be a RB1 when the game is more normal. 

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17 touches out of 42 plays is 40%. That is legit.

 

I didn't watch the game, but it sounds like an odd game flow, as a lot of these international games seem.

 

I am disappointed with his numbers today while Kerryon was on my bench, but I believe in him as a high end RB2 or mid to low end RB1. I'll take it.

 

Gordon is a top 2-3 RB so Ekeler is coming nowhere close to that...

 

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I love the negativity in this thread. Even MG would have had a mediocre game with today's game flow. Chargers couldn't stop the Titans on 3rd down, it was pathetic and burned so much time off the clock. I don't think the chargers even had the ball at all in the second quarter. 

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RB1 is too hopeful. RB2 at best with Gordon out. Flex play or bye week filler otherwise. Rivers will just air it out if Gordon isn't around. 

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This was a good example of why you don't just assume the talented complimentary back will just produce the same as the stud feature back... He's very good in his normal role.

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4 hours ago, n4sa said:

I love the negativity in this thread. Even MG would have had a mediocre game with today's game flow. Chargers couldn't stop the Titans on 3rd down, it was pathetic and burned so much time off the clock. I don't think the chargers even had the ball at all in the second quarter. 

 

Oh, please.  Gordon is a far superior running back in every right.

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2 hours ago, kdko said:

 

Oh, please.  Gordon is a far superior running back in every right.

 

I never said he wasn't a superior RB to Ekeler. My point was the game flow. The Chargers only had the ball for 9 minutes in the first half. Both touchdowns were 50+ yard bombs. Titans had 10+ minutes more time of possession and Ekeler still manages 17 touches. The Chargers could NOT stop the Titans from converting on 3rd downs, it was horrible. Any running back would have suffered in this situation. Ekeler helps Melvin Gordon believe it or not. A lot of big plays that turn into 1st down situations are because of Ekeler, and Melvin Gordon feasts off those.

 

People saying Ekeler sucks because of this game, clearly didn't watch it. Ekeler doesn't suck but the same can't be said about the chargers defense.

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Are you guys dropping Ekeler this week if you see a player on waivers you like that has high upside and/or bye week fill-in QB, etc? I’m strongly considering it. It’s not that I don’t think Ekeler has value. I just don’t think he has a ton of upside even with Gordon out. If Gordon were to remain out, the Chargers would be working other RBs into the mix. Frankly Ekeler’s highest upside is likely when Gordon is in the game.

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31 minutes ago, ff062018 said:

Are you guys dropping Ekeler this week if you see a player on waivers you like that has high upside and/or bye week fill-in QB, etc? I’m strongly considering it. It’s not that I don’t think Ekeler has value. I just don’t think he has a ton of upside even with Gordon out. If Gordon were to remain out, the Chargers would be working other RBs into the mix. Frankly Ekeler’s highest upside is likely when Gordon is in the game.

 

No way. I'll admit that I had high hopes for him in the last game with MG out but the game flow was just not in his favor. It was disappointing but does not change my outlook of Ekeler. 

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18 minutes ago, ADDwithFF said:

 

No way. I'll admit that I had high hopes for him in the last game with MG out but the game flow was just not in his favor. It was disappointing but does not change my outlook of Ekeler. 

 

Especially until we see what happens after the bye first game...

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Yeah Ekeler is currently RB24 in PPR PPG and RB17 in total points on the year.  No way this guy is getting dropped.  I know he's not a Gurley/Hunt-esque stud muffin, but RB24 is still pretty valuable IMO.  Especially now RBs are dropping (Gordon, Yeldon, Lynch, Breida, Michel, Conner if Bell comes back).  All these guys aren't on IR obviously, but RB is a very though position to play given the constant punishment a body takes.  And at this point in the season I'm hanging on to any somewhat productive RB I have.  

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7 minutes ago, Fort4242 said:

Yeah Ekeler is currently RB24 in PPR PPG and RB17 in total points on the year.  No way this guy is getting dropped.  I know he's not a Gurley/Hunt-esque stud muffin, but RB24 is still pretty valuable IMO.  Especially now RBs are dropping (Gordon, Yeldon, Lynch, Breida, Michel, Conner if Bell comes back).  All these guys aren't on IR obviously, but RB is a very though position to play given the constant punishment a body takes.  And at this point in the season I'm hanging on to any somewhat productive RB I have.  

 

Yeah. Ekeler still a low-end RB2 on PPG, and that's with complimentary back / bad game last week status. People need to look beyond the box score.

 

Of course Gordon is more talented. That's why he gets the bell-cow work. But Ekeler could've been a RB1 last week if a few more things went his way, like game flow, not long TD bombs, etc.

 

Ekeler is a must-hold for Gordon owners, but if you feel that there's a RB1 on the waivers to drop him for, by all means. If anything, he's becoming cheaper due to the bye and underwhelming game for those Gordon owners who don't own him. 

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