Joshua Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
From Week 6 on last year, on a per-game basis in full PPR, Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon were top-10 fantasy backs. What this tells us is that even though the offense is changing with Philip Rivers gone, Gordon vacated a notable role when he signed with the Denver Broncos.
In Week 1, Kelley did well in his NFL debut against the Cincinnati Bengals, with 60 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. The rookie out of UCLA took some priority in the red zone, and his score came from five yards out.
Moving forward, Kelly serves two purposes for his fantasy football owners. Kelley is worth the attention of Ekeler owners as the handcuff. He also has immediate standalone appeal as a Flex option in leagues with 12 or more teams, with upside for even more.
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