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I don't think Ekeler would become a 3 down workhorse like most dream of so I think he'll have a role. No idea how good he is though and at 6ft 193lb he seems like he is pretty slender. Ekeler has been so effective in his current role that I don't see him getting over 15 carries (likely the majority of touches but nothing close to what Gordon was getting) with Jackson getting more change of pace touches. He probably isn't relevant outside of 16+ leagues. 

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From football guys this preseason: 

 

Justin Jackson, Chargers

Daniel Simpkins: Even though they picked up his fifth-year option, the coaching staff’s frustration with how average Melvin Gordon III has been almost palpable. Looking behind Gordon on the depth chart, there is only a seventh-round pick and two undrafted free agents. Of those options, seventh-round Draft selection Justin Jackson is the one that is most likely to earn the significant complementary role. Things that Jackson has that Gordon lacks are electric speed, the ability to change direction quickly, and elusiveness to make defenders miss. If Gordon ends up in the coach’s doghouse or if he gets hurt, Jackson could end up being a season winner for the owner who was willing to take a late flier on him.

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The Chargers said before the draft they wanted to upgrade "behind" Melvin Gordon.   

 

They brought in Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome.

 

It's been a strange series of events...Justin Jackson was injured most of the preseason.  Detrez Newsome did well all preseason.  They cut Justin Jackson to make room for Antonio Gates.  Then they brought Justin Jackson back and cut Detrez Newsome.   They just resigned Detrez Newsome earlier today.    

 

I think Justin Jackson is worth stashing in deeper leagues. His 4.52 40 isn't impressive for a guy his size but he had a lot of college production.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grUsh7jXjVQ

 

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48 minutes ago, ST. STEVEN said:

I think they only may slightly increase the workload of Ekeler and really give this kid plenty of run.

He might get close to double digit touches, but hard to play this time of year, unless last option.

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  1. At this point in the season you know who most guys are so I'd say he is worth a speculative add just for the "unknown" factor if you have the room but I wouldn't be expecting much. Ekeler definitely isn't going to just step into Gordon's role but he'll likely lead the backfield in touches. Jackson isn't some monster back either at a slender 6ft 193lbs so he likely isn't going to handle a ton of touches. The offense likely will go more pass heavy and with Bosa back the defense should step up in Gordon's absence. 
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We saw the distribution of touches against TEN when Gordon was out. Granted, it was a Rivers type of day, but what makes people more optimistic this time around? The offense will still run through Rivers so I can see a RB with Ekeler’s skill set being beneficial. Why do we think things will be different this time with Jackson? It’s only a 1 game sample size so definitely agree with previous posters about the unknown, but I want to see if there’s been any sort of news on him and his usage in Gordon’s absence. 

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16 minutes ago, mvttchew said:

We saw the distribution of touches against TEN when Gordon was out. Granted, it was a Rivers type of day, but what makes people more optimistic this time around? The offense will still run through Rivers so I can see a RB with Ekeler’s skill set being beneficial. Why do we think things will be different this time with Jackson? It’s only a 1 game sample size so definitely agree with previous posters about the unknown, but I want to see if there’s been any sort of news on him and his usage in Gordon’s absence. 

Well....

- It was a pretty late type of decision to rest MG

- They ran so few plays, it was a very atypical game flow, very little to glean from that sample

- Ekeler did not really stand out (but obv neither did JJ)

 

I just think that they believe Ek is better suited for what his role is--change of pace/passing game specialist.

Keeping him fresh in that role and letting a more traditional 3 down guy (akin to MG) in JJ absorb his carries might be the strategy here?

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I've been purposely avoiding this guy this week, but after doing some more research on him, I like his opportunity.

 

We can't be sure of when Gordon will return which means that this backfield could belong to Eck and Jackson well into the fantasy playoffs. I don't like Jackson this week as we take a wait and see approach on this situation, but if the coaching staff gives him an extended look and he runs with it, we could be talking about a difference maker for the fantasy playoffs.

 

Its hard to trust someone in week 14 but even just having him on your bench and away from other owners could be big.

 

Obviously, there are a lot of question marks and "ifs" but I would consider him the best waiver pickup "if" you are looking past week 13.

 

True lottery pick for teams crawling into the playoffs needing a BOOM.

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Great detailed write up on the kid:

 

 

 

 

 

VVVV Just a rumor running rampant. I cannot corroborate it but it does make for an interesting week of speculation:

 

 

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