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Fantasy football busts: Running backs who could fall based on ADP - Daniel Kelley
Gordon’s risks are clear. If we’re entering a Le’Veon Bell situation, his floor is zero points. But even if he sees the field, the presence of Austin Ekeler and Gordon’s injury risk give him a lower floor than some of the other backs going in his range.

96 stats -- 3 fantasy football stats for every NFL team for 2019 - Scott Barrett
1. Last season Austin Ekeler ranked:
1A. Sixth of 61 running backs in PFF grade (83.6);
1B. Seventh of 56 running backs in elusive rating (67.6);
1C. Sixth of 56 running backs in yards per carry average (5.23);
1D. Seventh of 31 running backs in yards per target average (7.62).
1E. All of these numbers ranked better than Melvin Gordon, who hit 4.0 yards per carry for just the first time in his career last year, and is now threatening to holdout.
1F. Ekeler ranks just 31st among running backs in ADP.

Fantasy football keepers: Deep keeper options for 2019 - Daniel Kelley
Ekeler poses more risk than most backs in this piece, but he also poses significant reward. If Melvin Gordon’s holdout lingers or he’s traded away from the Chargers, Ekeler suddenly becomes the best back on the roster (if he isn’t already), even if he doesn’t profile as a bell-cow type and we’ll see Justin Jackson get plenty of run. With Gordon, Ekeler’s draft stock at this level is valuable. Without Gordon, this could be an incredible steal.

Fantasy football busts: Wide receivers who could fall based on ADP - Daniel Kelley
Real talk: The top of the heap at wide receiver is both really good and really trustworthy. There really aren’t any great candidates to drop a tier. If we’re nitpicking, Allen has a lower ceiling than the other receivers at the top, has a 37-year-old quarterback, and if Mike Williams and Hunter Henry both realize their ceilings in 2019, there might not be enough for Allen to reach his too. On top of that, Allen is kind of the allergic-to-the-end-zone receiver people like to pretend Julio Jones is; he hasn’t even reached a 5.0% touchdown percentage since his rookie season.

10 running backs to target if you go WR early in fantasy football - Daniel Kelley
Ekeler is roughly the inverse of Miller, in that he has a very low floor but a huge ceiling, and it mostly comes down to the status of his backfield mate. If Melvin Gordon holds out into the season or is traded elsewhere, Ekeler’s ceiling skyrockets; he might not get as many carries as Gordon typically has managed in Los Angeles, but Ekeler’s been a monster with the touches he’s gotten in his career. And even if Gordon sticks around, Ekeler has shown he can be a fantasy contributor even sharing the backfield — he was the No. 25 PPR back just last year.

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