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Kalen Ballage named Chargers' 'primary back'

Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage will most likely be the "primary back" moving forward, head coach Anthony Lynn said.

What It Means:

Ballage has emerged as the Chargers' lead back the past two weeks with 42 combined opportunities. He rushed 18 times for 68 yards in Week 10 and paced the Chargers with 5 receptions (6 targets) for 34 yards. Austin Ekeler (hamstring) will undoubtedly take back over as the Chargers' No. 1 back when he returns, but Ballage will lead the way until then. He gets a fantastic matchup in Week 11 against his former team in the New York Jets.

Per FanDuel Sportsbook, the Chargers have a fantasy-friendly implied total (28 points) as 8.5-point home favorites against a Jets defense allowing the seventh-most (23.7) FanDuel points per game to opposing running backs this season. That all adds up to a potential smash spot for Ballage. He is the RB14 in numberFire's Week 11 fantasy rankings and has a salary of $5,800 on FanDuel's main slate.