Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
AFC West | 1-1-0
Avg PTS
18
Rank: 29th
Avg Yds
428.5
Rank: 5th
Avg PYds
259.5
Rank: 15th
Avg RYds
169
Rank: 5th
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Posted 9/21/2020 8:32 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (chest) missed the team's Week 2 game versus the Kansas City Chiefs after experiencing complications from a pregame injection that was administered to address a rib injury, according to multiple sources. Taylor's status for Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers is not yet clear, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Justin Herbert shined in his first pro start against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 and nearly led the Chargers to an upset of the reigning Super Bowl champions. Considering their upcoming opponent and the fact they will be without Christian McCaffrey, it may be the prudent move for the Chargers to turn to the rookie yet again. With that said, only fantasy owners in superflex or two-quarterback leagues should consider Herbert this week.
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Posted 9/21/2020 6:43 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (chest) will remain the team's starting quarterback, according to head coach Anthony Lynn, provided that Taylor is '100 percent, ready to go.'
Huddle Up: Despite what Lynn said, it sure feels like Taylor's days as QB1 is numbered. Taylor didn't look good in Week 1 against a Bengals defense that got rolled over by the Browns just a few days later, while Justin Herbert threw for 300-plus yards against the defending Super Bowl champions.
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Posted 9/21/2020 4:44 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams caught two of four targeted passes for 14 yards in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Coming on the heels of a solid opener, Williams was a distant third in the pecking order Sunday behind Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry. He's still worth owning, but Williams isn't a weekly lock at this stage.
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Posted 9/21/2020 4:36 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry had six receptions (on eight targets) for 83 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Sept. 20.
Huddle Up: After posting 5-73-0 in Week 1 with Tyrod Taylor at the helm, Henry went for 6-83-0 with Justin Herbert. Henry has proven capable of producing no matter who is at quarterback, making him a steady TE1 option going forward.
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Posted 9/21/2020 4:33 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen caught seven passes for 96 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2.
Huddle Up: There seemed to be immediate chemistry with Allen and Justin Herbert, who threw into traffic and trusted his Pro Bowl receiver to make plays. It was an encouraging performance after a quiet Week 1, but we'll see what happens next Sunday if the team goes back to Tyrod Taylor, who struggled badly in the opener.
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Posted 9/21/2020 4:23 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Joshua Kelley posted 23 carries for 64 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Kelley also caught two passes for 49 yards, including a team-high 35-yard reception.
Huddle Up: Kelley did a lot of the grunt work Sunday, resulting in an unsightly 2.8 yards per carry, but he finished with 113 combined yards as Justin Jackson (quad) was inactive. It's clear the Chargers are going to operate with, at minimum, a two-back approach. The question is will Kelley continue to operate in the No. 2 role behind Ekeler once Jackson returns. If Kelley is still on waivers, he's worth grabbing in case that answer is yes.
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Posted 9/21/2020 4:16 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler carried the ball 16 times for 93 yards in a Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He also caught four passes (on four targets) for 55 yards.
Huddle Up: Ekeler was effective once again in Week 2, even though he's not getting the volume of receptions he did in 2019 when Rivers was under center. The problem with that is he's not a big back, which could limit his short-yardage work and scoring opportunities as a runner -- to that point, he has eight career rushing TDs in 300-plus carries compared to 14 receiving scores. Despite his yardage totals, Ekeler feels more like an RB2 right now.
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Posted 9/21/2020 4:05 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert completed 22 of his 33 passes for 311 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Sept. 20. Herbert also ran four times for 18 yards and a score.
Huddle Up: Pressed into action by a pre-game health scare involving Tyrod Taylor, Herbert showed poise and good decision making in pushing the defending champion Chiefs to overtime. He consistently found his playmakers (Allen, Henry and Ekeler logged 17 of his 22 completions) and just looked like he belonged -- something Taylor didn't do in Week 1 against the Bengals. Head coach Anthony Lynn said after the game that Taylor, if healthy, is the team's starter, but you have to wonder how long that can possibly last given what each man has put on tape this season. If you have the room to stash Herbert on your bench it could be worth scooping him up off of waivers.
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Posted 9/20/2020 2:38 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson (quadriceps) is not expected to play in Week 2's game versus the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Jackson had been listed as doubtful on the injury report after being unable to participate in any of the team's three practice sessions during the week. RB Josh Kelley could see a workload similar to what Jackson would normally receive but makes a risky fantasy option this afternoon versus the Kansas City defense.
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Posted 9/18/2020 10:11 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 18, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.
Huddle Up: Williams is coming off a solid Week 1 performance and may be targeted a lot this week if the team is losing in the second half. He can be a No. 3 receiver or flex option in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 9/18/2020 10:07 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (ribs) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 18, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.
Huddle Up: Taylor threw for 208 yards in the Week 1 game and was limited to only eight rushing yards on seven attempts. He probably will have to throw more this week in order to try to match the Kansas City Chiefs on the scoreboard but should only be a starting option in two-quarterback leagues.
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Posted 9/17/2020 11:39 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: Williams was targeted a team-high nine times in the season opener and finished with 69 yards. He should continue to be one of the main options in the passing game and can be a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 9/16/2020 10:55 pm UTC
Los Angeles WR Mike Williams (shoulder) practiced in full Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: Williams caught four of nine targets for 69 yards in Week 1. He should be a viable WR3 in most matchups with a large target share.
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Posted 9/14/2020 8:47 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler will remain a priority in the offense moving forward, but head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters Monday, Sept. 14, that the new scheme will limit check downs to running backs.
Huddle Up: Ekeler carried the ball 19 times but was targeted only once in the opener. If Lynn sticks to this approach moving forward, it will likely crush any hopes fantasy owners had about Ekeler posting another RB1 season after 108 targets a year ago. This edition of the Chargers is shaping up to be a grinding and ball-control offense, which is almost a complete 180 of what it was with Philip Rivers under center. Ekeler may be a good sell-high candidate in fantasy after games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers over the next two weeks.
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Posted 9/14/2020 6:44 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (shoulder) had four catches for 69 yards in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Williams was a game-time decision due to a shoulder injury he suffered in camp. He looked healthy, though, finishing second on the team in both receptions and receiving yards. He rates as a solid WR3, even with a seemingly fluid situation under center.
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Posted 9/14/2020 6:33 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry had five receptions (on eight targets) for 73 yards during the team's Week 1 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Given the play styles of Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert, it should be a big year for Henry, who can operate as a safety valve for game managers and inexperienced rookies alike. He was solid in Week 1 and looks like a quality week-to-week TE1.
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Posted 9/14/2020 6:27 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen caught four passes for 37 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1. He was targeted eight times.
Huddle Up: It was a day to forget for pretty much everyone involved in the Chargers passing game, including Allen, whose 37 receiving yards were less than half of what he averaged per game last season. He'll try to rebound against the Chiefs in Week 2.
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Posted 9/14/2020 6:22 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Joshua Kelley carried the ball 12 times for 60 yards and a score in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: With Justin Jackson (quad) knocked out with a quad injury, Kelley took over as the No. 2 back behind Austin Ekeler. He performed well, averaging 5.0 yards per carry and scoring the team's only touchdown. If Jackson's injury is serious, Kelley would become a priority addition as Ekeler isn't suited to a heavy workload on a weekly basis.
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Posted 9/14/2020 6:15 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler had 19 carries for 84 yards on Sunday, Sept. 13, against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also caught one pass for three yards.
Huddle Up: On paper, Ekeler's status as arguably the NFL's preeminent receiving back was a nice fit with Tyrod Taylor's risk-averse approach. For at least one week it didn't play out that way as Ekeler caught just one pass for three yards -- a season ago, Ekeler's low-water marks were two receptions (twice) and 14 yards. At least he ran effectively, salvaging some value. He entered 2020 as a borderline top-10 fantasy RB. He needs much more work in the passing game to generate that kind of value.
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Posted 9/14/2020 6:00 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor completed 16 of 30 passes for 208 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1. He also gained seven yards on six runs.
Huddle Up: Surrounded by talented playmakers and facing the NFL's worst team from 2019, Taylor could hardly have been less impressive in a game where the Chargers were lucky to escape with a win. Everyone knows he's only keeping the position warm for Justin Herbert, which is the same role he filled for Baker Mayfield in Cleveland in 2018. That year he gave way to Mayfield in Week 3. It wouldn't be shocking to see something similar in 2020.
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Posted 9/13/2020 6:51 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (shoulder) is officially active for the team's Week 1 game.
Huddle Up: Williams will see plenty of targets in the passing game and should have a favorable matchup. He can be a No. 3 receiver or flex option in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 9/11/2020 10:36 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (calf) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 11, and is not on the injury report for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Taylor is a starting quarterback for the first time in several seasons and should have a favorable matchup this week. He should be a starting option in two quarterback leagues and could also be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues.
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Posted 9/11/2020 10:31 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 11, and is listed as questionable for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Williams will be a game-time decision for Week 1, so fantasy players will need to check the inactive list before deciding on their lineups. He would have a favorable matchup if he is able to play and could be a No. 3 receiver or flex option in leagues.
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Posted 9/10/2020 10:53 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 10.
Huddle Up: Williams is expected to be a game-time decision for the Week 1 game, so fantasy players will need to check the inactive list. He will be working with a new quarterback this season but should still be an important part of the passing game. He can be a No. 3 receiver or flex option if he plays.
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Posted 9/09/2020 10:46 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (shoulder) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 9.
Huddle Up: Williams was previously called a game-time decision but Wednesday's practice status may have him headed in the right direction. He'll begin the season as a WR3/FLEX play when active.
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Posted 9/09/2020 10:44 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (calf) was listed as a full participant in the practice report for Wednesday, Sept. 9.
Huddle Up: Taylor doesn't appear to be at risk of missing Week 1. He'll be a mid-tier QB2 option against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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Posted 9/05/2020 6:29 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen on Saturday, Sept. 5, agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension worth $80 million, per his agent.
Huddle Up: Allen is hitting his prime having just turned 28 this spring, and despite having to make the adjustment to a new quarterback, remains a solid WR2 option, particularly in PPR leagues.
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Posted 9/03/2020 5:38 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (shoulder) could play in the team's Sept. 13 regular-season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, offensive coordinator Shane Steichen said Thursday, Sept. 3. 'Mike's gotta be ready to play,' Steichen said. 'I think Mike has got that mindset to be ready to play, . . . We look forward to having him on September 13.'
Huddle Up: Aside from health, Williams also is adjusting to a new QB in Tyrod Taylor and that leaves him a low-end WR4 consideration for now.
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