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NFL: Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Chargers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Secret Superstars – Week 1 - Neil Hornsby
Ekeler was only on the field for 22 snaps but was so dominant in that time he rated a 93.1 grade as a receiver and 85.1 as a rusher. Whether it was making the Chiefs regret leaving a linebacker on him on his touchdown grab or lowering his shoulder to bowl over a player the caliber of Reggie Ragland, he made the most of nearly every one of his snaps. When they lined him up wide left, he blew past Steven Nelson easily enough that if Philip Rivers had not underthrown the ball, he’d probably have had another score.

Leaders in expected fantasy production entering Week 2 - Scott Barrett
Earlier in the offseason, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn told ESPN reporter Dan Graziano that one of his biggest regrets of 2017 was “not getting Gordon more work in the passing game.” Lynn quickly rectified that error in Week 1, targeting Gordon 12 times – and Gordon too delivered, totaling 102 receiving yards. He was also handed 15 touches on the ground.

NFL Offensive Line Rankings – after Week 1 - Michael Renner
We projected the Chargers offensive line to take a big step forward this season with Forrest Lamp and Feeney in Year 2, but Lamp hasn’t seen the field yet and Feeney was a nightmare in Week 1. He allowed six total pressures and had a pass-blocking grade of 12.9 – the lowest of any offensive lineman in the NFL this past week.

Per-target and per-touch fantasy leaders entering Week 2 - Tyler Loechner
Last year’s top three running backs in terms of FP/T: Alvin Kamara, Chris Thompson, and Austin Ekeler.

This season’s top three running back in terms of FP/T: Kamara, Ekeler, Thompson. Same players, slightly different order.

32 NFL Observations, Week 1 - Mark Chichester
Running back Austin Ekeler caught all five of his targets in the passing game in Week 1, an impressive feat considering two of those passes were contested by a defender at the catch point. Ekeler ended his team’s season opener averaging 5.80 yards per route run – the third-best mark ever recorded by a running back in Week 1.

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