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Expect Big Things From Austin Ekeler In 2021

Injuries plagued Austin Ekeler throughout the 2020 season. He produced when he was in the lineup, however, running and catching the ball out of the backfield, and he has tremendous value in PPR leagues in 2021. When Melvin Gordon III held out for contractual reasons in 2019, Ekeler stepped up big time, racking up 92 catches for nearly 1,000 yards and adding 557 yards on the ground and 11 total touchdowns. He was the waiver-wire pick-up of the year.

Early projections in fantasy mock drafts have the versatile running back being drafted between rounds two and three. Ekeler is a unique back in the NFL, as you have to worry about his pass-catching more than running the football. Having Justin Herbert under center is only going to help Ekeler’s production, and the two will make each other’s lives a lot easier on the field. The Chargers’ offense is dynamic all over the field, and with so many weapons out there, Ekeler will likely see plenty of one on one coverage with slower linebackers as Keenan Allen and Mike Williams occupy more talented defenders.

Draft Austin Ekeler Early In PPR

Ekeler is going to be a PPR stud in 2021, and you should definitely think about drafting him in the second round. Running backs with good pass-catching ability are valuable in PPR leagues, and Ekeler will provide production on the ground and through the air on a weekly basis. Barring injury, Austin Ekeler is a must-have in 2021 fantasy.

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