Fantasy Football: 5 potential team fits that could keep Austin Ekeler an RB1 in 2024

Austin Ekeler is having a rough season in 2023 and could be looking for a new opportunity next season.

Dec 3, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30)
Dec 3, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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Arizona Cardinals

When healthy, James Conner plays quite well for the Cardinals and he is younger than Ekeler. But the team does not have much in the way of a complementary back despite experimenting quite a but with the position this season.

The Cardinals have tried Keoantay Ingram, Emari Demercado, Tony Jones, Jr. and Michael Carter in that role this season. Ekeler would be a much better option than all of those guys.

The Cardinals will have a lot of questions to address this offseason when it comes to Kyler Murray and the quarterback position, particularly because of the fact that they could have a top-five pick in the draft. But a backfield combination of Conner and Ekeler could prove quite effective.

Kansas City Chiefs

Staying in the AFC West division, this would be a tremendous fit because of the way the Chiefs use their running backs.

Isiah Pacheco has become the pounder in the rushing attack, but he is capable of chipping in as a receiver too. The team also has Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon, but Ekeler would seem to be a sizeable upgrade over both of them.

Ekeler could run the ball between the tackles for this team but he would be a dangerous weapon in the passing game. And for a Chiefs team that can't seem to find the right mix of downfield options in the passing game, Ekeler could be a perfect answer.

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Alex Kay of Bleacher Report feels the same, making the prediction recently that the Chiefs will be the team to sign Ekeler in 2024.