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Chargers fantasy football: Who should you draft?

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 09: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a short run in the first quarter in front of free safety Jessie Bates #30 of the Cincinnati Bengals at StubHub Center on December 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 09: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a short run in the first quarter in front of free safety Jessie Bates #30 of the Cincinnati Bengals at StubHub Center on December 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (ADP: 64, Running Back 29): Take

Literally right after Williams in the ADP pecking order is pass-catching savant Austin Ekeler, and my opinions of the each could not possibly be any more different. Ekeler is a personal must-draft Chargers player in this year’s draft, currently selected as the 29th running back. If Gordon sits until Week 11 (still very likely), Ekeler has the potential to be a top-10 back for those first 10 weeks. I don’t care if he then drops in value after Gordon returns, you are getting a first or second round value for more than half a season and all it costs you is a sixth rounder. That’s an easy purchase. Ekeler has his doubters for sure; some may point to games last year and claim that Justin Jackson will be the top back in Gordon’s absence. That’s not what the first preseason game said: Ekeler and Jackson had five carries apiece, but Ekeler produced 40 yards (8.0 yards a carry) as opposed to Justin Jackson’s 22 yards (4.4 a carry). Even if the Chargers grant Ekeler the top spot, there are strong options around him, and there are some justifiable nerves about a change-of-heart in the Gordon situation, but the risk of a sixth-rounder and the potential reward of a second-round value is well, well worth it.

Pick him over: See Mike Williams section

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