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Joshua
Kelley (#27)

RB - Los Angeles Chargers

Age 22
Exp Rookie
HT/WT 5'11" / 213 LBS
Bye 6
Rank
ADP
FPTS
TIER
2020 Week 6 Projections
Updated: Sunday, October 18, 2020 12:45 PM
2020 Season Projections
Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 4:44 PM
2020 Keeper/Dynasty Rankings
Updated: Thursday, October 15, 2020 2:53 PM

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2020 Stats
GAME RUSHING RECEIVING FUMBLES
Week OPP ATT YDS Y/A LG TD REC TGT CAT% Y/C YDS LG TD TOT LOST
1 @CIN 12 60 5.0 26 1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2 KC 23 64 2.8 7 0 2 2 100.0 24.5 49 35 0 0 0
3 CAR 8 43 5.4 16 0 2 2 100.0 4.5 9 6 0 1 1
4 @TB 9 7 0.8 3 0 3 3 100.0 8.7 26 17 0 1 1
5 @NO 11 29 2.6 9 0 1 1 100.0 9.0 9 9 0 0 0
Career Stats
SEASON RUSHING RECEIVING FUMBLES
YEAR GP ATT YDS Y/A LG TD REC TGT CAT% Y/C YDS LG TD TOT LOST
2020 5 63 203 3.2 26 1 8 8 100.0 11.6 93 35 0 2 2
Preseason player profiles are written in July and do not reflect in-season updates.

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Joshua Kelley Struggles In Week 5

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Los Angeles Chargers rookie running back Joshua Kelley struggled on Monday versus the New Orleans Saints. Many expected the rookie to the start with Austin Ekeler (hamstring) sidelined, but the Chargers elected to go with Justin Jackson. The workload in the backfield was pretty even and Kelley had 11 rushes compared to 15 for Jackson. Kelley did little with his opportunities and only picked up 29 yards on the evening. He also caught one pass for nine yards. Kelley has now struggled in three straight games and Justin Jackson looked like the better running back on Monday. Kelley should still be expected to have a role in the offense, but Jackson should have more value for now. Kelley is worth rostering in all formats, but splitting work with Jackson lowers his overall ceiling. The Chargers are on a bye-week next week and Kelley will look to bounce back when the Chargers face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7.

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Joshua Kelley Should See Expanded Role In Week 5

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Los Angeles Chargers rookie running back Joshua Kelley is lined up to see an increase in his workload with Austin Ekeler (hamstring) sidelined in a Week 5 battle against the New Orleans Saints. Kelley started the year strong and split the ball pretty evenly with Ekeler in Week 1 and Week 2, but has seen a decrease in usage over the past two games. Some of this can be attributed to having a fumble the last the two games. The Saints Defense has been very good against the run in 2020 and have only more than 100 yards on the ground once this season. The good news for Kelley managers is that the Saints have allowed a rushing touchdown in three straight games. The bad news is that Justin Jackson should cut into the workload and could see goal line carries in the Chargers are concerned about the recent fumbling issues by Kelley recently. Kelley should be rostered in all formats and considered a RB2 until Ekeler returns. Kelley has RB2 potential against the Saints, but with the Saints tough defense against the run, Kelley should be best suited as a flex option with upside.

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Joshua Kelley Struggles In Week 4

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Los Angeles Chargers rookie running back Joshua Kelley struggled in Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kelley was given an extended look after Austin Ekeler (hamstring) exited with a hamstring injury, but only picked up seven yards on nine carries and had a costly fumble near the end zone. Kelley also picked up three catches for 26 yards. Ekelers injury didnt look good and more shown be know about his status before Week 5. Despite the rough game, Kelley would be a low-end RB2 versus the Saints in Week 5. He should be owned in all leagues with Ekelers status unknown.

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Joshua Kelley Should Be Avoided In Week 4

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Los Angeles Chargers rookie running back Joshua Kelley should be avoided in Week 4 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The rookie has looked impressive in three weeks, but he saw his snap count decrease after a fumble in Week 3. The rookie was in a nearly equal split with Austin Ekeler in Week 1 and Week 2 but was scaled back in Week 3. Kelley spoke earlier in the week about how fast the NFL is, but he has looked good early on and could be a flex option with the right matchup. Even with Ekeler ahead of him on the depth chart, Kelley deserves to be owned in 12-team leagues, but he should be on the bench in Week 4 in those same formats.

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Joshua Kelley Posts A Dud

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Joshua Kelley posted his worst outing of the season in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers. The Bolts No. 2 running back was coming off of a Week 2 performance that saw him see 52% of the backfield snaps, but only received eight rushing attempts and two receptions on Sunday. The rookie rushed for 43 with yards, but had a costly fumble. He also picked up nine receiving yards. Kelley has proven that he will have a role in the Chargers offense and managers should be confident that Sunday's contest was just a bump in the road. Kelley remains a solid flex option in deep leagues and should be owned in all formats. The rookie will look to get back on track against the Buccaneers in Week 4.

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Joshua Kelley Continues To Get Carries

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Joshua Kelley continues to get work as the No. 2 running back. Kelley received 52% of the snaps out of the backfield and 23 carries compared to the 16 that starter Austin Ekeler got. Kelley has now recorded 124 rushing yards on 35 attempts and has scored one touchdown in two games. He has also chipped in with a pair of catches for 49 yards. The Chargers have a favorable matchup against a Panthers Defense that has given up the sixth most points per game this season. Kelley is a solid option at the flex position for managers in Week 3.

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Joshua Kelley Continues To Provide Value

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Los Angeles Chargers rookie running back Joshua Kelley continues to be a valuable option for fantasy managers. Kelley entrenched himself as the No. 2 running back in Week 1 and continued the momentum against the Chiefs on Sunday. The rookie rushed 23 times compared to Austin Ekelers 16 attempts and put up 64 yards with a pair of catches for 49 yards. Ekeler remains the No. 1 runner in the backfield for the Chargers, but Kelley is getting enough run to warrant being owner across the board. Expect Ekeler to get most of the catches out of the backfield, but Kelley receiving seven more rush attempts was a positive sign. Kelley should be owned and considered as a flex in Week 3 versus the Panthers.

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Joshua Kelley Looks To Build Off Week 1 Momentum

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Los Angeles Chargers No. 2 running back Joshua Kelley is coming off of a nice Week 1 performance and will look to solidify himself as part of the backfield in Week 2 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Although starting running back Austin Ekeler led the team with 67% of the snaps, Kelley chipped in with 24% and made the most of the opportunity presented to him. The rookie rushed 12 times for 60 yards and a touchdown in his Week 1 matchup versus the Bengals. Kelley has been making a strong impression on the coaching staff since training camp and has leap frogged Justin Jackson for the number two spot behind Austin Ekeler. Jackson did have 11 snaps, but that could decrease with the way Kelley is running. Kelley is shaping up to be one of the better insurance policies for managers and should be considered in leagues of 10-12 managers. He also makes for a cheaper option in DFS leagues for the time being.

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Joshua Kelley Has Productive Debut

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Joshua Kelley ran for 60 yards and a touchdown off of 12 carries during the win over the Bengals in Week 1. The rookie was productive in his first game as a professional, maintaining an efficient 5.0 YPC on the day. Unsurprisingly, he conceded touches to Austin Ekeler, who had 19 attempts for 84 yards, but the fourth-round selection should continue to produce at times moving forward, although possibly not at the level we saw on Sunday. For those in deeper formats in need of a back, feel free to pick him up off the waiver wire, as long as he's available.

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Joshua Kelley Could Have Big Role In First Season

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Los Angeles Chargers rookie running back Joshua Kelley flashed his potential in training camp this year and could have a big role behind Austin Ekeler in his first year in the NFL. Head coach Anthony Lynn has been impressed with Kelley, especially his versatility as a pass-catcher. Even Ekeler thinks the UCLA product will be a factor this year in the running backs room. With Justin Jackson (toe) missing the tail end of training camp with an injury, Kelley might actually have a leg up on the No. 2 job heading into Week 1 against the Bengals. The Chargers are going to run a lot this year and will take some of the load off Ekeler, so the rookie back could easily have some standalone RB3/flex appeal in PPR leagues. The season opener should give fantasy managers more of an idea of how LA plans to use the 22-year-old, so he'll be more of a dart throw in season-long formats this weekend.

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