After his 60-yard, one-touchdown performance on Sunday afternoon, however, he’ll be one of the most-sought after waiver wire pickups in all of fantasy football, especially after Jackson went down with a quad injury early in the second half.
“Who will be the No. 2 RB for the Chargers?” was one of those questions we were hoping to get an answer to early in the season, and I may have received an emphatic answer Sunday,” said Towers. “Justin Jackson got the first two carries after Austin Ekeler opened the game, but it was Joshua Kelley almost exclusively after that.”
Going into next week’s matchup with the Chiefs, regardless if Jackson is healthy again, Kelley has earned the right to more of a role in this offense. While Ekeler led the team in rushing with 84 yards on 19 carries, Kelley averaged a team-best five yards per carry on 12 totes. His biggest play, aside from the lone touchdown, was a 26-yard scamper to help the Bolts get into Bengals territory, but Badgley missed the 50-yard field goal three plays later.
Even though he didn’t see a single target in the passing game, Kelley’s best trait may come in the form of goal line carries, especially knowing how much Lynn values guys who can grind out the tough yards near the end zone.
#Chargers RB Joshua Kelley is so fun. Smart decision-maker, who anticipates openings. Run patience to allow blockers to do their job, quickly accelerating once he sees daylight. pic.twitter.com/qjlDeK9dON— Gavino Borquez (@GavinoBorquez) September 14, 2020
We all knew going into the season that all three running backs would see playing time every week, but after just one game, we already have a much-clearer picture into the Chargers’ backfield going forward.