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What to do with Austin Ekeler, Joshua Kelley in Week 3 fantasy football

The Chargers run the ball more than any team in the NFL and will be pitted against the Panthers’ horrendous run defense in Week 3.

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers are 1-1 after a losing a close game to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, but have an optimal matchup against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. Justin Herbert has had to step in for the injured Tyrod Taylor under center and had a threw the ball well against the Chiefs, but the Chargers have one of the better one-two punches in the NFL in their backfield so far this season.

Fantasy Football analysis: Chargers RBs Austin Ekeler, Joshua Kelley

Ekeler was expected to flourish this season following the departure of Melvin Gordon, but has been somewhat underwhelming in 2020. He’s been splitting work with rookie running back Joshua Kelley, and the two backs have 35 carries apiece. The Panthers have given up a ton of fantasy points to running backs this season, and Los Angeles has more rushing attempts than any team in the NFL. I expect the Chargers to continue leaning on their two versatile running backs.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Ekeler and Kelley are worth starting, but I’d give the edge to Ekeler because of his PPR upside.