Gameday update: With coach Anthony Lynn giving Kalen Ballage his stamp of approval earlier this week, it is safe to say that Ballage is a quality starting option in fantasy. Ballage has outplayed rookie Joshua Kelley, averaging 4.2 YPC since being called up from the practice squad. Kelley is only averaging 3.2 YPC and has gotten pushed further down the depth chart. This season, the Jets’ defense has been bad, allowing 12 rushing touchdowns, and 20 fantasy points to opposing running backs. ESPN projects Ballage, Kelley to score 11.3 and 7.7 fantasy points.
The Los Angeles Chargers have struggled with late collapses and generally tough losses, but they might catch a break in Week 11. They host the winless New York Jets and while no game is a gimme, they really can’t afford to lose this game.
The question will be how they approach it on the ground or through the air. The Jets are bad in both regards, giving up the seventh most fantasy points to running backs and the tenth most fantasy points to wide receivers. They come into this game with running back Justin Jackson sidelined and Kalen Ballage and Joshua Kelley topping the depth chart.
So, which do you want in your fantasy lineup with a potential lead to run out?
Fantasy Football analysis: Chargers RBs Kalen Ballage, Joshua Kelley
Joshua Kelley was firmly behind Justin Jackson on the depth chart after Austin Ekeler was lost to injured reserve. Kelley got some opportunities, but has struggled to get going with any consistency. He’s averaging 3.2 yards per carry with highs of 5.4 per carry in Week 3 against the Panthers and 4.6 per carry in Week 8 against the Broncos.
The Chargers signed Kalen Ballage to their practice squad heading into Week 5, and he made a quick impact when he was promoted to the active roster in Week 9. He wasn’t spectacular, but he was better than Kelley. Over the course of two games, he rushed for 137 yards, averaging 4.15 yards per carry. Nothing great, but it was something.
Anthony Lynn has voiced support for Ballage this week, saying on Wednesday, “I’m gonna give him more looks … with KB, right now I would say he’s the primary guy,” according to Gilbert Manzano. In his Thursday conference call with Jets media, Lynn was effusive in his praise, per Manish Mehta:
“He’s answered the call. He’s stepped up. He’s made some tough yards. And he’s definitely helped that rushing attack. He’s a very important part of our offense right now. We’re glad we have him.”
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Kalen Ballage as RB2/Flex
Sit Joshua Kelly outside of the deepest leagues