Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
AFC West | 5-11-0
Rank: 21st
Avg Yds
Rank: 11th
Avg PYds
Rank: 6th
Avg RYds
Rank: 27th
Posted 7/07/2020 10:45 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler's receiving grade of 94.2 over the last three seasons ranks No. 1 among all running backs, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Ekeler should handle the lion's share of the backfield duties all season and may become even more involved in the passing game with either of QB Tyrod Taylor or rookie Justin Herbert under center. He should be selected as a low-tier RB1.
Posted 7/07/2020 8:08 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams ranked second in yards while catching 47 percent of tight-window throws sent in his direction in 2019.
Huddle Up: Williams led the NFL with 20.4 yards per receptions last year but caught just 49 of 90 targets overall. He finished with a career-best 1,001 yards. His upside may be hampered at the beginning of the season with QB Tyrod Taylor expected to be the Week 1 starter, but he should be stashed until rookie Justin Herbert gets his chance. He should be viewed as a WR3 with some early regression in store with the QB change from Philip Rivers.
Posted 6/04/2020 2:27 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers first-round pick QB Justin Herbert is expected to compete for the starting job with QB Tyrod Taylor, according to quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton.
Huddle Up: The expectation here is that Taylor wins the job and starts the first quarter or half of the season. Herbert is a great chip in dynasty, but his single-year value appears minimal with the circumstances rookies face entering the league this season.
Posted 5/24/2020 2:16 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry said that he is 'fine' playing under the franchise tag for the 2020 season, although he would still like to agree to a long-term contract extension with the team. Henry said that contract talks have already taken place, although there have been no recent discussions. The NFL deadline for players with franchise tags to sign long-term deals is July 15.
Huddle Up: Despite his injury history and the Chargers' less-than-ideal quarterback situation, Henry should be viewed as a strong starting option in all fantasy formats heading into the 2020 season. The 25-year-old posted career highs in catches (55) and receiving yards (652) despite missing four games last year due to a knee injury.
Posted 5/23/2020 6:38 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry ranked seventh among all pass-catchers in 2019 with a plus-8.4 percent catch rate above expectation.
Huddle Up: Henry wound up finishing eighth among tight ends in total fantasy points in 2019 despite missing the first four games of the season with a knee injury. The 2020 wild-card, of course, is the departure of longtime Bolts QB Philip Rivers, but with top-shelf tight end options hard to come by, Henry remains a solid TE1.
Posted 5/12/2020 7:50 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor will hold onto the starting job for the entirety of the 2020 season, according to Michael Silver of NFL Network Tuesday, May 12.
Huddle Up: Taylor appeared in eight games last season but didn't make a single start. He totaled 1,575 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns across 43 starts for the Buffalo Bills from 2015-17, and his rushing abilities provide a high fantasy floor of production. He'll be drafted as a mid-range QB2, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him finish as a low-end QB1 if able to hold off rookie Justin Herbert all season.
Posted 5/09/2020 2:11 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers LB Kenneth Murray is expected to play the same position that Washington Redskins LB Thomas Davis played for the team last year, and Thomas finished 2019 with 112 total tackles, including 65 solo stops.
Huddle Up: Murray is expected to be an every-down player as a rookie, stepping into the middle of a talented defense. He has plenty of upside as an IDP option in dynasty leagues, and he could even be a sleeper option in standard leagues.
Posted 5/07/2020 2:11 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RBs Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and rookie Joshua Kelley are all expected to remain involved in the offense this season, according to comments made by office coordinator Shane Steichen. 'All three of those guys are going to share the load. They all bring something unique,' Steichen said.
Huddle Up: This figures to mean much more for Jackson and Kelley than Ekeler, who will operate as the clear lead back and was never going to be expected to handle a heavy workload anyway. Melvin Gordon left behind roughly 13.5 carries per game when he departed for Denver, and it will be up to Jackson and Kelley to split about 10 to 12 of those. Ekeler should be considered a high-end RB2 in 2020, while Jackson and Kelley may siphon enough work from each other to be hard to trust as flex options.
Posted 5/07/2020 12:26 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams said he is looking to post 1,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns this upcoming season.
Huddle Up: Williams posted his first 1,000-yard season in 2019 and appears to have a good chance to improve on his status in 2020. He will be working with a new quarterback but should still be at least a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Posted 4/30/2020 5:41 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert was selected to be the team's franchise quarterback, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. When he'll begin that journey as a starter has yet to be determined. 'I don't want to put a timetable on this young man. ... Does he need a couple of years? Does he need one year? Maybe he doesn't need any at all. I don't know,' Lynn said. 'They're [Herbert and Tyrod Taylor] going to go in and they're going to compete. The best guy is going to play.' With the COVID19 shut down, Lynn acknowledges Herbert's development may be slowed without the on-field piece. 'I don't care how smart you are, until you get in there and get those reps, especially with a new offense and maybe doing some things differently than you've done in the past, like playing underneath the center, that's going to be harder if we don't have camps,' Lynn added. Lynn noted he thinks Herbert is able to do everything, saying Herbert is mobile, fast and has a strong arm.
Huddle Up: It may take some time this year for Herbert to win the starting duties, but it is just a matter of time before the Chargers hand over the keys. He shouldn't be considered in re-draft leagues at this time, but definitely carries dynasty value if you can stash him until future seasons.
Posted 4/30/2020 4:53 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn continues to emphasize confidence in veteran QB Tyrod Taylor, who is expected to earn the QB1 job for the Chargers to start the season. How long Taylor holds onto the starting role will largely be determined by the development of rookie QB Justin Herbert, a first-round selection.
Huddle Up: Taylor shouldn't be considered during your fantasy drafts this year. While he's had moments during his career, he is simply keeping the seat warm until Herbert earns the starting job. Herbert's best value is in dynasty formats.
Posted 4/30/2020 4:20 pm UTC
The Los Angeles Chargers have picked up the fifth-year option on WR Mike Williams, who is now under contract with the team through the 2021 season.
Huddle Up: Williams is coming off his first 1,000-yard season with the Chargers, who will have a new quarterback under center in 2020. Consider Williams a low-end WR3 or flex option in fantasy football drafts this summer.
Posted 4/29/2020 10:43 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry said he is not sure how close he is to a long-term contract with the Chargers. Henry said the two sides were close earlier in the offseason, but the talks were delayed.
Huddle Up: Henry still has a few months to reach an agreement with the Chargers, so fantasy players can keep an eye on the situation. He will be working with a new quarterback in 2020 but should still be one of the better tight ends in the NFL. He can be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 4/20/2020 7:16 pm UTC
Los Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor is not considered a bridge quarterback by head coach Anthony Lynn, and Lynn believes Taylor can be a good NFL starting quarterback.
Huddle Up: The Chargers probably will select a quarterback at some point during the 2020 NFL Draft, but Taylor appears to be the leading candidate for the starting job. He could be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in leagues but is not a starting option.
Posted 4/16/2020 9:57 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry officially signed his franchise tag for the 2020 season Thursday, April 16.
Huddle Up: Henry is a surefire TE1 despite prior injury concerns and the Chargers' murky quarterback situation. Few at the position possess his upside.
Posted 4/16/2020 3:15 pm UTC
With veteran QB Tyrod Taylor expected to be the Los Angeles Chargers QB1 entering the season, he may need to rely more on TE Hunter Henry according to Jeff Miller, of the LA Times, as he adjusts to being a starting quarterback again. Taylor has been a backup for the most part the past two seasons, throwing just seven passes in the regular season dating back to Week 4 of 2018. Henry missed four games with injury last season, but still had 55 receptions for 652 yards and five touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Henry has high-end TE1 talent, but also carries major risk in the injury department. He has yet to play a full 16-game season in his career. Taylor should only be considered as a backup option in deeper leagues.
Posted 4/15/2020 7:32 pm UTC
The expectation is that the Los Angeles Chargers, per the LA Times' Jeff Miller, will eventually sign TE Hunter Henry to a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline. Henry, as reported, signed his one-year, $10.6 million franchise tender recently, but he wants to be with the team long term and the feeling from the Chargers is mutual.
Huddle Up: Henry once again missed time last season, which has become a norm for him, but he still cracked the top-10 in PPR formats. He remains a high-upside, high-risk option in fantasy circles.
Posted 4/13/2020 8:52 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers franchise free-agent TE Hunter Henry signed his one-year tender offer Monday, April 13, according to a source. He is scheduled to make around $10 million in 2020.
Huddle Up: Henry likely will see plenty of targets in the passing game and is one of the better tight ends in the NFL when healthy. He should be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 4/10/2020 6:23 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler in 2019 led all running backs with an average of 6.9 yards per touch.
Huddle Up: When a running back catches 92 passes -- and averages 10.8 yards per reception -- while carrying the ball a modest 132 times, a big YPT year was no surprise. Look for that number to dip some with Melvin Gordon now out of the picture in L.A., but definitely still bank on a RB1 season for Ekeler in PPR formats.
Posted 4/08/2020 2:40 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler had an 85.2 percent catch percentage last season, which was the best rate of anyone with 45 receptions.
Huddle Up: Ekeler had just one drop and 92 grabs for 993 yards. He rushed 132 times for 557 yards (4.2 yards per carry) as well, and with Melvin Gordon gone, he should remain one of the top five backs in PPR.
Posted 4/01/2020 9:37 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor is considered the leading candidate for the starting quarterback job but a final decision has not been made, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.
Huddle Up: Taylor has played well in the past when he has been a starter but may have to compete with a rookie quarterback during training camp for the Chargers quarterback job. He can be considered a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he wins the job.
Posted 3/18/2020 6:10 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor is in line to be the starting quarterback for the Chargers next season since the team is not expected to sign or acquire a veteran quarterback this offseason, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Chargers probably will draft a quarterback this offseason, but Taylor may open the season as a starter. Taylor has had some success during his career and would have some fantasy value because of his ability to run. Fantasy players could consider him a low-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
Posted 3/13/2020 5:26 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry on Friday, March 13, received the franchise tag.
Huddle Up: Henry finished 2019 with career highs in targets (76), receptions (55) and receiving yards (652) but still missed four games -- bringing his four-year total to 23. If he can stay reasonably healthy and the Bolts don't take a huge step back at quarterback, he'll be in the TE1 consideration this summer.
Posted 3/06/2020 7:18 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler on Friday, March 6, agreed to a four-year, $24.5 million contract. The deal includes $15 million in guarantees.
Huddle Up: Even while sharing most of the season with Melvin Gordon, Ekeler emerged as a PPR force last season, finishing second among all backs with 92 catches and 993 yards and pacing the position with nine receiving TDs. With Gordon now slated to bolt in free agency, Ekeler is a locked-in PPR RB1 pick and a borderline RB1 in standard drafts.
Posted 2/25/2020 8:34 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry is a candidate to receive the franchise tag for the 2020 season, according to general manager Tom Telesco Tuesday, Feb. 25. Telesco added the goal remains to sign Henry to an extension and talks are continuing.
Huddle Up: Henry started and played 12 games in 2019 and finished the season with 55 receptions for 652 yards and five touchdowns. He'll remain a high-volume target in the Chargers offense if he stays in Los Angeles, but the team's murky QB situation could lower his value.
Posted 2/24/2020 4:34 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler needs to see 15 to 20 touches per game, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.
Huddle Up: Ekeler is one of the more versatile backs in the NFL, and he finished 2019 with 92 catches and eight receiving touchdowns. There's a good chance he will be he unquestioned top back and a potential RB1 in 2020 if Melvin Gordon doesn't return, but even if Gordon is back, Ekeler can be a RB2 in PPR formats.
Posted 2/13/2020 9:32 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor could earn the starting spot for the 2020 season, according to head coach Anthony Lynn Thursday, Feb. 13. 'Tyrod Taylor is a heck of a quarterback,' Lynn told AM 570 LA Sports. 'We couldn't have a better backup right now, and now he has an opportunity to maybe step up into a starting role. I've had Tyrod before (in Buffalo), and I know what this young man brings to the table, in the passing game and the running game.'
Huddle Up: Lynn credited Taylor's ability to take care of the football as a strong point in his game. Taylor will turn 31 years old ahead of the 2020 season and has 54 career touchdown passes against 20 interceptions through 46 starts and 70 total appearances. He rushed for at least 427 yards in each of his three seasons as a starter for the Buffalo Bills and can certainly be a reliable QB1 in fantasy due to his safe floor of production as a result of his contributions on the ground.
Posted 12/23/2019 4:02 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry caught five of his seven targets for 45 yards in a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 16.
Huddle Up: It was actually one of Hunter's busier outings over the past month, and he had been held to just six total catches in the three previous games combined. Despite the downward trend, he's still a low-end starting option at a thin position.
Posted 12/23/2019 3:57 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams caught three of his four targets for 51 yards in a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Williams was unable to extend his touchdown streak to three games, but he topped 50 receiving yards for the eighth straight game. He's closing in on 1,000 yards for the year, and if not for the unusually low amount of touchdowns, he'd be a borderline WR2.
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