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Is Joshua Kelley worth adding with Austin Ekeler struggling ahead of Week 14?

We examine whether or not Joshua Kelley is worth a pickup in fantasy football leagues.

Los Angeles Chargers running back Joshua Kelley (25) during a game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers on December 3, 2023, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Chargers will take on the Denver Broncos in Week 14 of the NFL season. The Chargers have a 5-7 record heading into Week 14 and haven’t gotten off to the start that was expected of them. The offense has struggled, and part of that has been from starting running back Austin Ekeler. He looks like he is running through quicksand and is the overall RB27 in half-PPR scoring formats.

Head coach Brandon Staley mentioned in a press conference this week that there could be a competition for carries. This suggests that Ekeler’s grasp on his role as the lead back is slipping and backup RB Joshua Kelley could be seeing some more work moving forward.

Chargers RB Joshua Kelley: Week 14 waiver wire

Kelley is rostered in 9.8% of ESPN leagues. He has played in 12 games and has 376 yards and two touchdowns on 94 carries. Kelley hasn’t been much of a factor in the passing game, adding 26 yards on seven receptions.

Ekeler has played in only nine games and has 446 yards and four touchdowns on 126 carries. He is typically one of the most targeted running backs in the league, but has brought in only 31 of his 47 targets for an additional 295 yards and a touchdown.

If I had told you in August that you should fade Ekeler and consider prioritizing Kelley instead, you would’ve called me crazy. At this point, the fantasy football playoffs are on the horizon, and I don’t think it’s a bad idea to scoop Kelley. Even if you have Ekeler, see if there is a spot on your bench for Kelley. Denver’s defense allows the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, so leaving him on waivers and seeing how he does in the game could result in you not being able to roster him by the time waivers process next week.