With Melvin Gordon all but a lock to price himself out of Los Angeles, Austin Ekeler will be one of the hottest commodities in 2020 fantasy football. Ekeler deserves all the publicity he’ll get this offseason, considering he finished as fantasy’s RB6 overall in half point scoring. However at the 2020 NFL Combine, Anthony Lynn was pretty set on using two backs in 2020 and it wasn’t just coach-speak, it made sense.
“I feel like he [Ekeler] touched the ball a lot, around 20 times a game, whether it was hand offs or catches,” Lynn said about Ekeler. “I like his versatility. I like him in a tandem role. At times I had to use him as a starter and I wasn’t able to use him as receiver. And so I like it when he comes in and I can line him up in the slot, outside or out of the backfield. I need him with another guy.”
It’s clear Ekeler can handle a lead-back role and he proved that during the first four weeks with Gordon sitting on his couch when he put up 36, 20, 12, and 27 fantasy points. But, he also proved he was wildy effective as a receiver with Gordon in the lineup, seeing an obscene 16 targets in Gordon’s return and finishing the season with 993 receiving yards on 92 receptions.
So, will Jackson have a role in 2020?
“Justin is a good 1-2 punch,” Lynn said. “Before Melvin came back, Justin was running the ball and doing a good job. He has probably the best instincts in the backfield right now. I have a lot of confidence in Justin, he’s just got to stay healthy.”
Lots of “1-2 punch” and “tandem” speak by the head coach. Just sayin’.