Update: Austin Ekeler has officially been ruled OUT vs the Raiders.
Austin Ekeler has become a very important player in multiple ways. Most importantly, Ekeler is an engine for the LA Chargers offense that finds the end zone more frequently than any other player in the league. But in the digital world, Ekeler has taken on the role of being the best fantasy football running back since 2021.
Ekeler picked up right where he left off in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins. However, Ekeler tweaked his ankle late in the game and was forced to miss the Chargers' Week 2 and Week 3 games.
Ekeler's status for Week 4 has been up in the air as the Chargers are heading into their last game before a bye week. It would be reasonable for Ekeler to sit one more game with the bye in Week 5. That is the direction he was seemingly going on Friday, as Ekeler was a limited participant and was listed as doubtful.
But it looks like something may have changed and Ekeler might play. Nothing has yet been ruled official but two separate social media posts — one from Ekeler and one from his mother — are hinting at the star running back suiting up on Sunday.
Is Austin Ekeler playing today for the Chargers? Social media posts hint at a yes.
It is worth noting that Ekeler did not post anything of similar nature on gameday in Week 2 or Week 3. Add in the fact that Ekeler's mother posted calling this game "Day 2 Game 2" and it seems likely that Ekeler will be on the active roster.
Fantasy football managers should still be cautious in expecting too much out of Ekeler, though. While he undoubtedly provides a boost if he plays, he likely will be on some kind of snap count if he does indeed play on Sunday.
The Chargers already limit his snap count throughout the regular season. With a lingering ankle issue, Ekeler may only play 30-40% of the offensive snaps against the Raiders. Los Angeles will likely reserve him for key moments late in the game or key snaps in the red zone.
Ekeler can still provide a lot of fantasy value in that role. He is a certified end zone finder and even in limited snaps it would not be surprising at all if Ekeler managed to find the end zone not once, but twice.