LA Chargers: Early draft or pass on Bolts’ 2020 fantasy football options
By Jason Reed
LA Chargers fantasy football draft or pass, Austin Ekeler: Draft (but be careful)
Austin Ekeler is coming off of a tremendous season that might have every Charger fan chomping at the bit to draft him in fantasy football for the 2020 season. Gone are the days of him being a flex player that would have occasional big games as he could now be regarded as a consistent fantasy option.
Ekeler had the seventh-most fantasy points among running backs last season, which could intrigue players to draft Ekeler as high as the second round. The fantasy experts seem to be expecting a drop-off, though, as Ekeler is ranked as the 13th best fantasy running back by Fantasy Pros.
That is probably a fair estimate. I do think that Ekeler is going to slightly regress as his targets in the passing game will be down and that is where he really made his bread and butter as a fantasy player. However, I still think he absolutely has the potential to be a top-10 fantasy running back and I highly doubt he falls out of the top-15.
Barring an injury, Ekeler is going to be one of the consistent backs next season that you know what to expect out of. I would not expect a top-five fantasy performance, but as a late third-round/ early fourth-round pick, he would be excellent.
Do not get over-eager and select him any earlier than the third round, though. The best-case scenario would be to already have a WR1 and RB1 on the roster before selecting Ekeler.