Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
AFC West | 7-8-0
Avg PTS
25.6
Rank: 14th
Avg Yds
395.8
Rank: 6th
Avg PYds
284.2
Rank: 5th
Avg RYds
111.5
Rank: 17th
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Posted 7/17/2021 3:53 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen caught 16 of his 33 tight-window targets in 2020, per NFL Next Gen Stats, the best clip rate among receivers with at least 20 targets.
Huddle Up: Allen has been one of the steadiest receivers in the game in recent years, logging at least 97 catches, 992 yards and six touchdowns in each of the past four seasons. Outside of big-play speed, Allen is the total package. He is a high-floor WR2 with WR1 upside in PPR formats.
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Posted 7/02/2021 3:04 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert is going to have the offense 'run through' him this season, according to head coach Brandon Staley. 'I wanted him to make it work and I think that's what's been fun to sort of get started,' Staley said.
Huddle Up: Herbert put together an impressive rookie campaign, and it sounds like the Chargers are ready to give him even more responsibility in 2021. He should at least deliver low-end QB1 production.
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Posted 6/14/2021 12:25 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams will be playing the X position in offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's system. 'As much as this offense will resemble New Orleans, he plays the 'X' and the ball has always kind of found the 'X' receiver in this offense,' Lombardi said of Williams. 'I think that there will be some natural production that comes his way because of the nature of the offense.'
Huddle Up: Williams will essentially be playing the same position in Lombardi's offense that Michael Thomas has played for the New Orleans passing attack. Williams isn't Thomas, but a featured role in the offense and another year to work with quarterback Justin Herbert could lead to a breakout season. He has WR3 potential.
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Posted 6/14/2021 12:11 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen said he will be able to 'play more freely' in offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's system.
Huddle Up: Allen has been remarkably consistent, logging at least 97 catches, 992 yards and six touchdowns in each of the past four seasons. The veteran should continue to thrive as the go-to target for quarterback Justin Herbert in 2021. He is a high-floor WR2 with WR1 upside in PPR formats.
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Posted 6/13/2021 1:25 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers LB Kenneth Murray said he was never comfortable with the defensive scheme in 2020 but feels head coach Brandon Staley's defense plays to his strengths. 'The big emphasis from him was getting me to play more downhill,' Murray said. 'That's what I'm really excited about: playing downhill, blitzing a lot more and being aggressive.'
Huddle Up: Murray finished with 107 tackles as a rookie, and it sounds like he will be put in a position to top that total in 2021. He could become a valuable IDP option sooner rather than later.
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Posted 6/03/2021 2:11 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams should have 'nice numbers' this season, according to offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.
Huddle Up: Williams' 48 receptions last year were one shy of his career high, and an offseason to build more chemistry with quarterback Justin Herbert could push his numbers even higher. Williams will have WR3 upside in 2021.
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Posted 6/02/2021 4:36 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams should post 'nice numbers this year,' according to new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.
Huddle Up: Williams is immensely talented, but this sounds like the typical June coach-speak that a ton of players receive every offseason. Perhaps a full spring and summer working with Justin Herbert will improve their chemistry, but last year's Offensive Rookie of the Year leaned heavily on Keenan Allen when everyone was healthy. Consider Williams a high-end WR4 with WR3 upside.
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Posted 5/22/2021 5:46 pm GMT
Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert faces the challenge of adapting to a new coaching staff , including new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, in his second season.
Huddle Up: Herbert is coming off one of the more impressive rookie QB seasons in recent memory, finishing seventh in average fantasy points per game (26.3), but does face the transition to a new staff -- a situation that has hindered or derailed the development of many young promising QBs. The majority of analysts, though, are banking on Herbert's talent shining through, and he's a low-end QB1 consideration in drafts this summer.
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Posted 5/01/2021 2:10 am GMT
Tennessee WR Josh Palmer was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers with the 77th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Palmer could slide into the No. 3 receiver role as a rookie, using his speed to stretch the field. He probably won't have the consistency as a rookie to warrant a spot on fantasy rosters, but he is a decent lottery ticket in dynasty formats.
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Posted 3/18/2021 5:48 pm GMT
Free agent TE Jared Cook on Thursday, March 18, signed with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to a source, receiving a one-year, $6 million contract with $4.5 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: The soon-to-be 34-year-old Cook is coming off four-year lows in targets (60), receptions (37) and receiving yards (504) while finishing 17th among tight ends with 129.4 total PPR points. He's the presumed replacement for Hunter Henry in L.A. and gets a QB bump with second-year Justin Herbert at the helm, but he's still a mid-level TE2 for 2021 fantasy purposes.
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Posted 3/03/2021 10:11 pm GMT
Free-agent TE Jared Cook (Saints) could be a target for the New England Patriots this offseason, in the opinion of NESN's Zack Cox.
Huddle Up: The Patriots used multiple tight ends this season but none of them posted 200 receiving yards. Cook can still be a productive pass catcher for a team but probably will not be more than a No. 2 fantasy tight end.
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Posted 2/20/2021 10:16 pm GMT
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen is only one of two receivers in the NFL to post at least 100 receptions in each of the last two seasons.
Huddle Up: Allen barely missed his fourth straight 1,000-yard season in 2020 but did tie a season high with eight touchdowns. He has recorded at least 100 receptions in three of his last four season and should have a similar workload next season. He will be selected in early rounds of drafts and will be a weekly starting fantasy option.
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Posted 2/20/2021 6:11 pm GMT
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler leads all players with 1,432 yards after the catch since the start of the 2019 season, according to Pro Football Focus data.
Huddle Up: Ekeler finished with 54 catches last season -- way down from his career high of 92 in 2019 -- but don't forget he missed six games with a bad hamstring injury, and his averages of 6.5 targets and 5.4 receptions per game weren't too far off his 2019 figures. He's a solid low-end RB1 in PPR league drafts this offseason.
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Posted 2/17/2021 3:16 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen has registered 87 catches against single coverage since the beginning of the 2019 season - good for the second-best mark in the league over that span - according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Allen is about as good as it gets as a route-runner, and the ball seems to find sure-handed receivers like him who can consistently get open in one-on-one situations. The four-time Pro Bowler reached the 100-catch mark for the third time in four seasons in 2020 despite missing two games and appears to be back in elite territory with Justin Herbert as his quarterback. Allen should be considered a rock-solid WR1 in fantasy in drafts this spring and summer.
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Posted 2/15/2021 9:30 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints impending free-agent TE Jared Cook probably will not re-sign with the Saints this offseason because of the team's salary cap situation, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Mike Triplett.
Huddle Up: Cook has caught 16 touchdowns over the last two seasons and can still be a productive tight end for a team. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 or a high-end No. 2 fantasy tight end next season depending on his situation.
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Posted 2/07/2021 2:51 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert was named The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Saturday, Feb. 6.
Huddle Up: Herbert set a single-season record for touchdown passes by a rookie with 31 while throwing for more than 4,000 yards. The sample size is obviously small, but his QB1 potential undeniable.
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Posted 2/04/2021 4:45 pm GMT
Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert won the Pepsi Zero Sugar NFL Rookie of the Year award Thursday, Feb. 4.
Huddle Up: Herbert was the QB8 in fantasy in 15 games in a season in which he was thrust into action unexpectedly. He performed very well under the circumstances and will be viewed as a midrange to lower-middle QB1 in drafts next year.
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Posted 1/22/2021 2:58 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert was pressured on 230 dropbacks in 2020, the second most of any quarterback, and he recorded a league-best 99.4 passer rating on those plays.
Huddle Up: Herbert was one of the biggest surprises of the 2020 season, turning in a QB1 campaign as a rookie. A sophomore slump is always possible, but his poise under pressure suggests he is more than capable of delivering a repeat performance next year.
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Posted 1/16/2021 12:07 am GMT
New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook (back) was upgraded to a full practice Friday, Jan. 15, and no longer appears on the injury report for the NFC Divisional Round game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Cook has established a solid floor over the last three games with Drew Brees getting more comfortable following his return from injury, finishing with either three or four catches and at least 40 yards each time. The 33-year-old posted 5-80-0 (Week 1) and 2-30-0 (Week 9) lines against the Buccaneers earlier this season, inspiring some confidence as a mid-priced DFS play at tight end this weekend.
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Posted 1/15/2021 1:18 am GMT
New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook (back) was limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: Cook tied for the most targets on the team during the Wild Card playoff game but finished with only 40 yards. He should have a solid role against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and could be a possible low-end No. 1 tight end in some leagues.
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Posted 1/13/2021 9:46 pm GMT
New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook (back) was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: Cook has been targeted at least five times in three of the last four games but has posted at least 50 yards in only one of those games. He will see a handful of targets this week but can be avoided in most leagues.
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Posted 1/04/2021 2:14 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert completed 22 of his 31 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing score in a 38-21 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17. RB Austin Ekeler rushed seven times for 18 yards and caught six passes for 33 yards and a touchdown, and WR Mike Williams hauled in six of his seven targets for 108 yards and a score. RB Justin Justin Jackson rushed nine times for a team-high 72 yards, and TE Donald Parham caught three of his four targets for 37 yards and a touchdown.
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Posted 1/03/2021 11:23 pm GMT
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (concussion) suffered a concussion during the Week 17 game and will not return.
Huddle Up: Ekeler dealt with various injuries this season but should be the starting running back for the Chargers again next season. He should be a weekly starting option in 2021.
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Posted 1/02/2021 12:32 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers WR Jalen Guyton (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 1, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Guyton should be one of the starting receivers this week with Keenan Allen on the COVID-19 list. He likely will see a handful of targets in the Week 17 game and could be a possible flex option in deeper leagues.
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Posted 1/01/2021 1:20 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers WR Jalen Guyton (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 31.
Huddle Up: Guyton should have a decent role in the passing game with Keenan Allen on track to miss another game. He will see a handful of targets against the Kansas City Chiefs and could be a flex option in some leagues.
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Posted 12/31/2020 9:50 pm GMT
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Dec. 31.
Huddle Up: Allen was already unlikely to play in Week 17 with a hamstring injury that has bothered him since Week 15, so this announcement will seal the deal on him missing the season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mike Williams figures to take on a more prominent role and can be used as a WR3 in most leagues, while Tyron Johnson and Jalen Guyton could have some flex value.
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Posted 12/30/2020 10:53 pm GMT
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Huddle Up: Allen didn't play in Week 16 but needs just eight more yards to hit 1,000 for the season. It's tough to see him not taking the field in Week 17, but he may be left in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs just long enough for the milestone catch. He'll be a high-risk WR2 if active.
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Posted 12/28/2020 2:53 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams caught four of his 10 targets for 54 yards in a 19-16 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 16.
Huddle Up: The 10 targets were a season high, but Williams has just a single 100-yard effort and has not had more than five receptions in a game. He is a flex option, at best.
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Posted 12/28/2020 2:47 am GMT
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler rushed 10 times for 45 yards and caught all three of his targets for 23 yards and a touchdown in a 19-16 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 16.
Huddle Up: The touchdown reception was just his second score of the year, but between his 10-plus carries per game and impact in the passing game, Ekeler remains a high-end RB2, especially in PPR formats.
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