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LA Chargers: Projecting Bolts’ 2020 running back fantasy value

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 27: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown in front of Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field on October 27, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 27: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown in front of Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field on October 27, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

RB Joshua Kelley

A common strategy I’ve seen in a few of my drafts is people attempting to get both Kelley and Jackson in deep leagues. This may not be a bad strategy if an injury happens for player value, or if you’re just really not sure which one will break out.

Kelley also could get looks in dynasty formats. With Jackson set to become a free agent after the year, it’s only fair to think about just how close we might be to the former UCLA product becoming the second running back on the depth chart.

My guess is that Jackson will get a large chunk of the RB2 snaps throughout the first eight games or so.

After the midway point, Kelley gets about even touches with Jackson the rest of the way, assuming they both remain healthy. The Chargers wouldn’t have drafted him with their first Day 3 draft pick at the running back position if they didn’t have plans for him immediately.

In a deep 12-14 man league, Kelley might be worth a look with a 14th or 15th round draft pick. If he goes undrafted, definitely look for him in the free-agent pool and see if there’s anyone on your team worth replacing.

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A Ryquell Armstead or Bryce Love rarely falls into your lap, so try to project out for the future with Kelley.

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