Chargers operating again Austin Ekeler opened a giant can of worms on Yahoo’s Fantasy Soccer Forecast with Matt Harmon. Ekeler commented on his stat line from Week 1 in opposition to the Raiders and admitted that he must play higher, then went as far as to welcome “constructive criticism” from fantasy soccer followers.
Anybody who’s spent 30 seconds on any social media platform is aware of this most likely received’t finish properly for Ekeler. Answering crazed followers and speaking backwards and forwards with them privately is alright in case you’ve bought the abdomen for it. However to exit publicly and welcome any and everybody is actually what Austin’s performed. The floodgates are formally open.
Hopefully, Ekeler is mentally ready as a result of there might be different video games the place he doesn’t play in addition to he would’ve favored. Ekeler’s Week 1 efficiency wasn’t excellent, however L.A. received the sport. Austin produced 36 yards speeding and 36 receiving in opposition to the Raiders. He is aware of 72 complete yards isn’t getting it performed in actuality or the fantasy soccer world, which prompted his DM invite.
Within the first sport of Week 2 on Thursday Evening Soccer, the Chargers (1-0) face the Chiefs (1-0) in Kansas Metropolis. Division matchups are at all times enjoyable, however these groups could possibly be preventing for the AFC West crown all season. Some specialists have picked the Chargers to take over the division this yr. The final time this division had a champion that wasn’t the Chiefs was in 2015 when the Broncos did it en path to a Tremendous Bowl win. The Chiefs have received this division six years in a row.
No doubt the Chargers are looking for Ekeler to bounce back against the Chiefs, especially with Pro Bowl wide receiver Keenan Allen missing in action with a hamstring injury. Ekeler’s dual-threat capabilities will undoubtedly need to be displayed in KC Thursday night.
So, we’ll find out soon how this open invite of Ekeler’s pans out. If he comes out and has a great game, the fantasy football crowd will be happy, win, lose or tie. But if Ekeler has a stinker and fails to touch the end zone in consecutive games, this could get ugly. He mentioned blocking those who bring negativity, but we’ll see if he can keep up with the rate at which they come.
Last season Ekeler scored 12 touchdowns on the ground and added another eight TD receptions. A 20-TD campaign will make any player a fantasy darling which is why Ekeler is such a valued draft pick in 2022. Ekeler had a breakout season in ’21 with 911 rushing yards which is his career-high. Austin also had 70 catches out of the backfield, the second most of his career. Fantasy football fans want that same production and more out of Ekeler this year.
If he can’t meet their high standards, now they have free rein to bug him directly every week.