Austin Ekeler Signs With Commanders - Fantasy Impact

Austin Ekeler leaves the Chargers, where he had a huge fantasy impact, to joining the Commanders offense. Ekeler has been a monster for fantasy, especially in PPR leagues, since taking control of the Chargers backfield. But, after a disappointing season, he was allowed to leave, signing a two-year deal with Washington.

Washington needed to make an impact, and Dan Quinn made sure that former Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury has a great receiver to use in the offense. Ekeler is the type of player that can really take the pressure off a young QB (regardless of if they draft one this season, or opt to stick with Sam Howell).

Last season, the Washington backfield was dominated by Brian Robinson, but he mainly did his work on the ground, Antonio Gibson thrown into passing downs. That hasn’t been the situation that Ekeler has been used to though, as he has been a workhorse for the Chargers.

Working in an offense that is likely to be struggling more than the Chargers and fewer touches. However, that reduced workload could see his productivity increase, especially with a new QB looking to check it down. For redraft, Ekeler’s value clearly takes a hit in this move. I could see him ending up as a value selection, as people overreact. At worst he could return to the type of role he had when working alongside Melvin Gordon. For dynasty, it’s hard to see this as anything other than a downgrade with the switch to an ineffective offense at his age.