By: Fantasy Football Dude
- Philip Rivers
- Geno Smith
- Cardale Jones
- Rivers over the course of his career has been a pretty solid and consistent fantasy contributor. He doesn’t usually crack the Top 5 but he is almost always in the Top 10 of fantasy QBs. If you are the type of person who likes to wait on a QB that doesn’t put much value in them then Rivers is one of those QBs you will want to target on your team.
- Now over the last five years Rivers has put up over 4,000 yards and at least 28 TDs in every season the one thing about him is that he likes to gamble and he is a very aggressive QB which leads to turnovers. This year I think he will keep that streak going and hit over 4,000 yards and over 30 TDs this year given all the weapons the Chargers have on offense. Rivers might not be the sexy QB to draft but he give you consistent production every week from the position and that is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
- Melvin Gordon
- Austin Ekeler
- Justin Jackson
- Russell hansbrough
- Gordon over the course of his career has been the poster boy for running backs who get volume and who are not very effective. Over his first 3 years in the league Gordon has never averaged over 4 ypc but has been a RB1 in fantasy because of his volume in the running & passing game, along with the fact that he has a nack for getting into the endzone. But last year he finally crossed the 1,000 yard rushing mark and each year he has shown improvement and this year should be no different for him.
- If you are looking for an RB1 Gordon is the bottom end of those RB1 this year. No doubt he will get his volume but my once concern about Gordon is will his body be able to take the abuse, last year he was able to finish all 16 games but had injury issues all year and the other 2 years he missed time. Gordon has taken a lot of punishment for the volume they have given him but the one thing they have going for him is that he is still young and might be able to withstand the abuse for now. This year I would still trust Gordon to do what he has been doing.
- Ekeler was a nice surprise for the chargers last year, when he got his chance he was able to make some big time plays but injuries and fumbles costed him a little bit during his rookie year but he did show promise. Now Ekeler is a guy no one should be sleeping on this year because I am a big believer that his role will increase substantially, especially given the fact that Gordon has taken such a heavy workload. Ekeler gives them something they haven’t had since Danny Woodhead a very effective runner who can beat defenders in the pass game.
- To me Ekeler will have his own standalone value along with being Gordon primary handcuff. Keep in mind that last year Ekeler was only a rookie last year and is going to enter this year a whole lot more prepared and ready to shoulder the load with Gordon in the backfield.
WR & TE
- Keenan Allen
- Tyrell Williams
- Travis Benjamin
- Mike Williams
- Allen was finally able to stay healthy for all 16 games and he ended up having a career year catching over 100 passes and 1,300 yards. Now there has never been a question about Allen talent but the problem has always been some sort of injury knocking him out and missing time. Now entering this year the expectations for Allen is that he should come back and put up the same numbers but i’m Here to tell you don’t get to high on him so fast.
- Now when I view elite WR1 you look at guys like Julio, Brown, OBJ, even Green at points of his career. Now the one thing they all have in common is that they are all pretty consistent year in year out. Allen has never been able to put together back to back great seasons and I am not expecting him to do what he did last year. He doesn’t have elite speed and can’t beat people for jump balls but he is just a damn good WR. I am just no sold on him being my WR1 if it comes down to it. I believe there are better options than Allen but that is just me.
- Williams suffered a huge drop off from his 1,000 yard breakout year but that was to be expect given Allen was coming back and the Chargers drafted Mike Williams. Tyrell still ended up having a pretty solid year as a bye week filler and matchup play if you needed him.
- Now for Williams this could be a big year for him to prove that he can be another 1,000 yard WR on this offense and he has the skill set to be able to do so. He is 6’4” with blazing speed which not many guys in the league have at that height. Now with Hunter Henry out for the year this could me more opportunities for the other WRs on this offense which is going to end up being huge for Williams to make plays all over the field. Now there are not many WR handcuffs but Williams is exactly that. If anything were to happen to Allen I would expect Williams to go back to what he was doing when he first crossed 1,000 yards.
Mike Williams / Travis Benjamin
- Last year the Chargers spent their first round pick on WR Mike Williams and it did not work out the way they planned. Williams spent most of the year hurt and when he finally was cleared to play didn’t end up seeing much playing time. Now this year everything looks to be good and Williams could see a huge increase in the redzone given they don’t have a TE with the receiving ability of Henry. Williams has a chance to have a nice little breakout year and I think the chargers will be in a lot of 3 WR sets.
- Travis Benjamin is a speedster that the Chargers love to use and create mismatches but unfortunately isn’t really a fantasy relevant player and doesn’t have much upside to him the way Mike Williams might have this year. The only way you could consider Benjamin is if Injuries just destory this WR group but I wouldn’t be counting on that.