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Chargers Fantasy Preview: Austin Ekeler could break records

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball as cornerback Kendall Fuller #23 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball as cornerback Kendall Fuller #23 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 22: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs after breaking a tackle from Will Compton #51 of the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 22: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs after breaking a tackle from Will Compton #51 of the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chargers Fantasy Preview: The running and receiving game

The Running Game

Ekeler looks to keep up his torrid fantasy pace in 2019 at Arrowhead, whereas Melvin Gordon just hopes to get to the end zone. Gordon has been a really tough fantasy play from week to week, as it really all comes down to whether or not he gets into the end zone since his yards per carry has decreased dramatically from 2018.

The Chiefs are mid-tier in the league around 20th in the league in opponent rushing touchdowns. Gordon could really put up five points or 20 fantasy points, with practically no in-between.

Ekeler on the other hand tries to aim for history, with both 1,000 receiving yards and Faulk’s record in reach. He’s one of Rivers’ favorite targets and it’s certain he’ll try to get him the ball on some screens or downfield plays.

Ultimately, the trust fantasy players should have in Ekeler just exceeds the touchdown-dependent nature of Gordon to me. Ekeler’s the option to go with here, but if the Chargers do knock on the goal line a few times, Gordon isn’t bad either.

The Receiving Game

The Keenan Allen and Williams show continues. Both have gotten at least over 50 yards in the last five games and in most PPR formats, that works pretty well. Combined, they’ve found the end zone four times in the last five games, which isn’t optimal, but it’s more because of how sluggish the Chargers’ offense is than them specifically.

It’s a tougher decision to play them than it might normally be though. Rivers’ struggles coupled with the fact that the Chiefs are 9th in fewest opponent passing yards allowed make it complicated.

Both are still plays if fantasy teams have them, but it’s hard to see both going off at Arrowhead. If both keep their consistency they’ve had over the last five games though, they feel like high floor options at the least.

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