Los Angeles Chargers

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2016-17 5-11 7-9 9-6-1 3,987 1,567 60.75% 39.25% 43%
2015-16 4-12 8-8 6-10 4,591 1,358 64.27% 35.73% 42%
2014-15 9-7 7-9 7-9 4,098 1,367 60.56% 39.45% 45%
2013-14 9-7 9-6-1 7-9 4,328 1,965 53.34% 46.66% 48%
2012-13 7-9 7-9 10-6 3,296 1,461 58.40% 41.60% 37%

Season Outlook

As long as QB Phillip Rivers is under center for the Chargers, his WRs will always benefit. In 2016, Rivers finished fifth in total passing yards (4,386), just 43 yards short of Aaron Rodgers' 4,428 passing yards. During the season prior, Rivers trailed only Drew Brees for the most passing yards in a season, racking up 4,792 yards. Though he is prone to throwing interceptions, the amount of yards he throws for each year is difficult to ignore. Rivers is an elite QB1 in fantasy. What's even more impressive about Rivers' past two seasons is the fact he's been without his top receiving option Keenan Allen, who tore his ACL during the first game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs. Allen has failed to stay healthy the past two seasons, but when he's healthy, he's proven he can produce. His first two seasons, he totalled 1,829 yards on 148 receptions and 12 scores. Allen just turned 25 and if he stays healthy Allen will positively impact the league's eighth best passing offense. Allen can be safely drafted as a WR2 and an attractive WR1. There are high expectations placed on rookie receiver Mike Williams, as he is expected to work the left side of the field. Williams is a big red-zone threat with his 6'3" and 225lbs frame and is coming off an exceptional season with the Clemson Tigers in the NCAA, totalling 1,361 yards on 98 receptions and 11 touchdowns. He's currently on the PUP and his status should be monitored throughout the season. TE Antonio Gates has been on the decline for a couple years now, but proved he can still ball. Gates was targeted 92 times and racked up 548 receiving yards. He's worth drafting late, but he may fail to return TE1 or TE2 value. The Chargers have struggled to create a successful run game the past two seasons, ranking 31st and 26th respectively. Melvin Gordon's fantasy numbers were solid and he was named to the Pro Bowl last season with 254 touches, 997 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. He's a stellar RB2 or FLEX option. Though the Chargers hired Anthony Lynn as the team's head coach, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is returning for another season and will continue to deploy the traditional yet deadly vertical offense.

Player Outlooks & Draft Analysis

Quarterbacks

Philip Rivers

The Chargers are loaded and Rivers will be directing one of the more talented offenses he's played with in his career. Even without Hunter Henry lost for the season, there's enough depth here that he feels like a lock for 4000+ yards and 25+ touchdowns once again.

Defenses

LA Chargers Defense

I'm personally very high on the Chargers defense this season and think they have plenty of upsides to go after in your drafts. They had 43 sacks and 18 interceptions last season, both of which were sixth or better for the league. The sacks should be there with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, backed by a strong secondary with Casey Hayward, Desmond King, and Jason Verrett. The Chargers spent their first four draft picks on defenders, showing they are committed to improving their already top-10 defense. They have the third easiest strength of schedule this season and should be in a spot to produce similar numbers this season. As we move down the list of top defenses, they are a team I'm comfortable with "reaching" for. If you are looking for upside, this is the team to go to, since they have a high sack and turnover potential.

Player Updates

Injury Update Hunter Henry, TE - Chargers send Hunter Henry (kidney) to IR
19 Dec 2017 - 6:33pm

Chargers placed TE Hunter Henry (kidney) on injured reserve, ending his season. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Dontrelle Inman, WR - Bears acquire WR Dontrelle Inman from Bolts
25 Oct 2017 - 4:40pm

Bears acquired WR Dontrelle Inman from the Chargers in exchange for a conditional 2018 seventh-round pick. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Derek Carr, QB - Derek Carr cleared to start against Chargers
13 Oct 2017 - 6:15pm

Derek Carr will start Sunday against the Chargers. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Mike K. Williams, WR - Mike Williams (back) on track for debut
13 Oct 2017 - 6:15pm

Mike Williams (back) is questionable for Week 6 against the Raiders. - From Rotoworld.

Player Update Mike K. Williams, WR - Mike Williams (back) expects to play Week 6
12 Oct 2017 - 11:29am

Chargers first-round WR Mike Williams (back) expects to make his NFL debut Week 6 against the Raiders. - From Rotoworld.

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