When Austin Ekeler popped up on the NFL injury report on Wednesday with a hamstring issue, it was immediately concerning for fantasy football managers.
However, it appears news has gotten better each day for the Chargers running back since then.
According to NFL Network, Ekeler will play today barring any setbacks during warm-ups. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but apparently was good enough Friday to inspire confidence that he can play on Sunday.
The Chargers travel to Washington to face a formidable Washington Football Team defense. That matchup paired with any question of health makes Ekeler a tough decision for fantasy managers considering their Week 1 lineups.
Ekeler’s injury designation moved him down in The Action Network fantasy football consensus rankings, where he sits at No. 23 for the week. Before the injury, he was RB13 for the week according to expert Sean Koerner.
As more information about Ekeler’s status is revealed, the fantasy rankings will be updated accordingly.
The betting line has been active for the game. The Chargers opened as 1-point favorites against Washington, but the line has flipped all the way to the Football Team being a 2-point favorite.
There are some 2.5’s in the market as well.
Follow real-time odds across all sportsbooks here.
Austin Ekeler Fantasy Football Advice
Ekeler is expected to play after missing practice with a hamstring injury. The 26-year-old running back missed six games in 2020 due to hamstring and knee issues.
Ian Rapoport on NFL Network’s GameDay Morning reported that Ekeler will be a “full go” against Washington this week and that his previous absences were “precautionary.”
Even against a tough Washington run defense, you’re starting him as a low-end RB1.
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