Los Angeles Chargers
Coach: Anthony Lynn
OC: Ken Whisenhunt
QB: Philip Rivers, Tyrod Taylor, Cardale Jones, Easton Stick
RBs: Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson, Detrez Newsome, Troymaine Pope,
FBs: Derek Watt, Jeremy Cox
WRs: Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Travis Benjamin, Dylan Cantrell, Geremy Davis, Artavis Scott, Andre Patton, Justice Liggins, Fred Trevillion, Jason Moore
TEs: Hunter Henry, Virgil Green, Sean Culkin, Vince Mayle, Daniel Helm, Matt Sokol, Andrew Vollert
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 3, Pick 91 – OT – Trey Pipkins – Sioux Falls
Round 5, Pick 166 – QB – Easton Stick – North Dakota State
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
FB – Jeremy Cox – Old Dominion
WR – Fred Trevillion – San Diego State
WR – Jason Moore – San Diego State
TE – Daniel Helm – Duke
TE – Matt Sokol – Michigan State
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
QB – Tyrod Taylor
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/24, Veterans 7/24
Anthony Lynn enters his third season as head coach for the Chargers. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is entering his fourth season with the team at this position. The Chargers finished 11th in total offense last year, 10th in passing and 15th in rushing. They will be one of the most balanced teams again this season. They also finished with the 9th best defense in terms of total yards. With veteran Philip Rivers as the helm for another season, the Chargers will be favorites to compete with the Chiefs for the AFC West title and should make another playoff run.
Philip Rivers was a fringe QB1 last year, finishing with 4,308 passing yards and 32 TDs. He has never been useful with his legs, so these are the two numbers we care about for fantasy. Rivers’ current ADP around QB16 presents us with value and is just another reason why it’s a good idea to wait on quarterback. The return of Hunter Henry could be a boost for his touchdown totals. We’re also waiting on the Melvin Gordon contract/hold-out. With Rivers facing the Chiefs and Raiders twice this year, I’m open to Rivers delivering a QB1 season for us this year.
I won’t talk too much about Melvin Gordon. If he gets his new contract, he’ll be a top ten pick. If he doesn’t and decides to hold out, this makes Justin Jackson the main back. Austin Ekeler is the pass-catching back and will likely stay in the same role, perhaps with just a slight uptick in volume. Ekeler is currently being drafted around the RB43 range, while Jackson is way of the radar. His ADP is sure to move up over the next few weeks while we have this standoff. Even if Gordon returns, Ekeler’s current ADP is a value for us. He finished as the RB25 in PPR leagues last year. Target both Jackson and Ekeler.
Keenen Allen was the WR12 in PPR leagues last year. He has an ADP around WR10. I love targeting Allen when he falls into the third round. He looks best as a WR2 on your fantasy team but can provide us with WR1 numbers. With Tyrell Williams now in Oakland, Mike Williams steps up as the clear number two option. He led the team last year with 10 receiving touchdowns and has a good chance to get close to that again. He finished as the WR32 and is now being drafted as the WR30. His targets, receptions and yardage totals should all increase, but it’s his touchdowns that might come down. Either way, Mike Williams looks poised to have a successful year three. After Allen and Williams, we have Travis Benjamin. Benjamin is more of a best ball pick and would only have redraft value if injury occurred to the top two guys. We’ll have to monitor the training camp battle for the fourth receiver spot, most likely between Dylan Cantrell and Artavis Scott. Other names trying to make the team are Geremy Davis, Andre Patton, Justice Liggins, Fred Trevillion and Jason Moore.
Hunter Henry returns after missing all of 2018. He’s currently being drafted as the fourth or fifth tight end off the board. Henry will be in competition with Mike Williams to lead the team in touchdowns. I think Henry is being drafted at his ceiling so I haven’t been targeting him in the fifth round where’s he going, but I get it. He is most likely a top five tight end this year. After Henry, we have Virgil Green and Sean Culkin. Nothing to worry about for fantasy. This team will run through Allen/Williams/Henry through the air, mixed with lots of running back passes.
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