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CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his touchdown in the second quarter to take a 14-10 lead against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his touchdown in the second quarter to take a 14-10 lead against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 30: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers jogs off the field after a 23-9 win over the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 30: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers jogs off the field after a 23-9 win over the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Chargers: Hold tight

There are not many players in the league that will give you a consistent floor of at least 15 PPR points while also providing an elite ceiling. That is, however, what Ekeler has provided your team if you were lucky enough to draft him.

Through four games he trails only Christian McCaffrey in fantasy points. If you have him, you have to hold him at this point, unless you get a stellar offer that you absolutely cannot refuse.

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The perceived threat of going back to his former role likely means it would be tough to get good value for him. But as I mentioned with Gordon, if this were close to a 50/50 split (which it probably will be at least for a few games) then Ekeler will still be a flex-worthy starter on your team. He has proven to be a hyper-efficient player, and if he gets six to eight carries and three to five targets a game, he can still be a reliable player for your team. So hold tight to Ekeler for now.

The main theme here is that trading in fantasy football is team dependent. If you’re feeling great about your team and have Allen or Ekeler leading the way there is no reason you should go out and trade them just to simply make a trade.

However, if your team is really hurting in other positions then you might want to consider moving on from your favorite Charger in order to increase depth and ultimately give yourself a better chance of making the playoffs. Good luck!

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