Ranking each RB move from day one of NFL free agency

Several running backs found new homes on Monday. How do those moves rank in the world of fantasy football?

Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs for yardage against the Eagles.
Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs for yardage against the Eagles. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Austin Ekeler, Washington Commanders
Jan 7, 2024; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) runs against the Kansas City Chiefs. / Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

3. Austin Ekeler, Washington Commanders

Austin Ekeler is going to be leaving the Los Angeles Chargers after a terrific run there. He has signed with a team that no one really predicted for him and one that is not known for having big games out of running backs.

Ekeler has agreed to a two-year deal worth a little over $11 million with the Washington Commanders. I may catch some heat for having him so high on this list, but I still see him as a PPR machine. In addition, the Commanders don't have a deep backfield, especially after losing Antonio Gibson to the New England Patriots in free agency.

That move would be No. 8 on this list, by the way, while Gus Edwards joining Ekeler's former team in Los Angeles would come in at No. 7.

Ekeler will only have to compete with Brian Robinson and Chris Rodriguez for reps. He should see a good amount of touches and be able to be a huge weapon for the team out of the backfield, especially for a team that will likely take a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.

Ekeler still has something left in the tank, despite how many detractors he has that seem to multiply by the day.