Is Austin Ekeler playing on Thursday night time? Fantasy injury update for Chiefs-Chargers Week 15 Thursday Night Football


Austin Ekeler tweaked his ankle in opposition to the Giants final week, and his standing is up within the air for the Chargers’ Week 15 matchup in opposition to Kansas City. He will seemingly be “questionable,” at greatest, for the Thursday Night Football showdown, and his availability may have an enormous impact on fantasy RB rankings and begin ’em, sit ’em selections. Knowing the most recent injury updates — and Ekeler’s handcuff(s) — can be key forward of your first lineup name of the week.  

We’ll proceed to update this text with information on Ekeler up till the official energetic/inactive report comes out on Thursday round 6:50 p.m. ET. For all the most recent fantasy updates, comply with us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.

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Is Austin Ekeler playing on Thursday night time?

UPDATE: Ekeler was restricted in follow on Tuesday, which is an efficient signal for his potential availability this week.

UPDATE 2: Ekeler additionally was restricted in follow on Wednesday and is formally “questionable” for Thursday’s sport.

UPDATE 3: NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Thursday morning that Ekeler is expected to play in opposition to Kansas City.

The Chargers didn’t follow Monday, however the injury report listed Ekeler as a “DNP.” It would be the Tuesday injury report that may inform us extra about this example, although it nonetheless won’t inform us every thing. There’s actually an opportunity he would not follow on a brief week and performs, however he might simply as simply log restricted practices and never play, so we’ll simply have to observe this example main as much as Thursday.

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If he performs, you are beginning him, even on the danger of the Week 13 Darrell Henderson or Boston Scott state of affairs the place they have been energetic however barely noticed the sphere. We’d be stunned if the Chargers, who’ve actual Super Bowl aspirations, determined to play with Ekeler’s well being on a brief week, so we’re snug taking that danger. Kansas City is only a impartial matchup for RBs, however we all know Ekeler’s receiving work units him aside from most different backs, particularly in PPR leagues.

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If he would not play, we’ll seemingly see a near even cut up between Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley. Jackson seems to have a slight edge and has a greater receiving profile, so he is the most effective play right here on paper. Of course, groups aren’t shy about doing one thing fantasy house owners by no means anticipated (just like the Lions that includes Craig Reynolds in Week 14), so we cannot fake there isn’t any danger concerned right here. Unfortunately, we’ll need to make a few of these dangerous selections it doesn’t matter what occurs right here.

With Ekeler at present out of our rankings, we have now Jackson because the RB29 in standard and RB25 in PPR leagues. Kelley is available in at RB36 in PPR and RB34 in commonplace. Again, it is robust to know precisely what to anticipate right here, as each might see goal-line touches and receiving alternatives.

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