Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
AFC West | 12-4-0
Avg PTS
26.8
Rank: 7th
Avg Yds
377.1
Rank: 15th
Avg PYds
267.1
Rank: 11th
Avg RYds
110.1
Rank: 17th
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Posted 8/16/2019 6:08 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers will not play in the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Aug. 18, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.
Huddle Up: Not surprisingly, the Chargers are playing it save with their veteran quarterback. Rivers is a high-floor QB2 who will deliver occasional QB1 performances.
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Posted 8/16/2019 10:08 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers is likely to play out the final season of his current four-year, $83.25 million contract in 2019 before he and the team address a new deal next offseason, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Rivers will turn 38 before the close of the 2019 regular season, but he is still posting some of the best numbers of his career and has a strong cast of weapons with TE Hunter Henry returning from injury. He's a safe QB2 option.
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Posted 8/15/2019 4:08 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during practice this week and could miss the last three preseason games, according to a source. He is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players should monitor the situation over the next few weeks to see if Allen is in any danger of missing Week 1. He will receive plenty of targets in the passing game and will be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 8/09/2019 5:08 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler gained 10 or more yards on 17.9 percent of his carries in 2018, which ranked the highest among all running backs with at least 100 carries.
Huddle Up: Ekeler's value keeps growing the longer Melvin Gordon's holdout lasts. He'll have handcuff value if Gordon returns, but for right now he's a low-end RB3 and climbing.
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Posted 8/09/2019 5:08 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler rushed five times for 40 yards and caught three passes for 29 yards in a 17-13 preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, Aug. 8. He also lost a fumble.
Huddle Up: Ekeler has averaged more than five yards per carry and more than 10 yards per catch in each of his first two seasons, and depending on how Melvin Gordon's contract situation plays out, he could have a chance to show what he can do in a much larger role. His ceiling is tied directly to Gordon's status, but Ekeler could be worth reaching for in the middle rounds.
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Posted 8/08/2019 5:08 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers will be held out of the team's preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 8. QB Tyrod Taylor is expected to start and be backed up by Cardale Jones and Easton Stick.
Huddle Up: No surprise here. In the meantime, the 37-year-old Rivers remains a solid QB2 in fantasy.
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Posted 8/05/2019 12:08 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (illness) returned to practice Sunday, Aug. 4.
Huddle Up: Henry is healthy and heads into the season as the clear No. 1 tight end for the Chargers. He should be a safe TE1 for fantasy owners, and he has a chance to finish as a top-five option at the position.
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Posted 8/04/2019 1:08 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (illness) exited during practice Saturday, Aug. 3, because of an illness.
Huddle Up: Injuries and Antonio Gates have prevented Henry from showing his full potential, but Henry is in line for a big role heading into the 2019 season. Target him in the middle rounds as a TE1 after the top options at the position are off the board.
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Posted 8/01/2019 4:08 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's agent, Damarius Bilbo, said Thursday, Aug. 1, he has requested that the Chargers explore trading Gordon. Ganeral manager Tom Telesco told Bilbo that Gordon is still highly valued by the team, and the agent was not given permission to seek any trade partners.
Huddle Up: Of the preseason holdouts, Gordon' seems to be among the more acrimonious. It could end end soon but if you're drafting now, Gordon has to moved into the RB2 range to account for the risk of missed games that matter.
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Posted 7/28/2019 3:07 pm UTC
RB Melvin Gordon and the Los Angeles Chargers are reportedly $2 million to $3 million apart in discussions on average salary.
Huddle Up: Depending on when your league holds its fantasy draft, Gordon's holdout could push him into RB2 territory due to the uncertainty of how long this stalemate will last. However, he remains a must-start option in all formats when he is active.
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Posted 7/26/2019 5:07 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers has one year remaining on his contract, and Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said Friday, July 26, that the two sides have discussed an extension. 'We're on the same page with Phil. We've talked about it,' Telesco said on NFL Network. 'He's our leader now and in the future. And we're in a good place. We'll still have those talks, but really right now we're focused on and he's focused on playing. Behind the scenes we'll probably have some talks but right now we're getting ready for the opening game with the Colts. But like I said, he's our quarterback now and in the future and I couldn't be more happy to have him right now.'
Huddle Up: Rivers will be 38 before the 2019 season ends, but he remains a high-end QB2 to covet in fantasy drafts if you wait on quarterback.
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Posted 7/26/2019 1:07 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler ran with the first-team offense in the first practice Thursday, July 26.
Huddle Up: Ekeler could be a nice value with Melvin Gordon's holdout expected to be a lengthy one. He's a useful RB3, but it's unknown if he can withstand the full-time role physically. He still has a lot of upside in PPR leagues right now.
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Posted 7/26/2019 12:07 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's holdout threatens to extend into the regular season, according to sources.
Huddle Up: There are much safer options with more upside to take as your RB1 unless you're drafting later in the preseason. This holdout could shift Gordon to the RB2 range.
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Posted 7/24/2019 8:07 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon was placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report list Wednesday, July 24.
Huddle Up: Gordon is looking for a new contract and appears to be willing to hold out for an extended period of time. He is a weekly starting option when he plays, but fantasy players need to monitor the situation to see if his availability for Week 1 is in question.
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Posted 7/24/2019 12:07 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon informed the team Wednesday, July 24, he won't report to training camp due to his desire for a new contract.
Huddle Up: Gordon is a talented back that has started to come into his own in recent years. He's a shaky RB1 because of inconsistency and durability concerns. If he holds out for a lengthy period, it could slot him more in the RB2 range.
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Posted 7/24/2019 1:07 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson will have 'a ton' of reps available to him if Melvin Gordon follows through on his holdout, according to head coach Anthony Lynn, who told NFL Network's Michael Silver that he is 'looking for big things' from Jackson.
Huddle Up: It's probably no coincidence this report is coming out when it is, as coaches have to preach "next man up" and front office personnel must do their best to create leverage in contract talks with potential holdouts on the brink of training camp. Still, Jackson did show he was at least a very capable committee partner with Austin Ekeler last season when Gordon was hurt. While Ekeler would be the favorite for more touches and a better fantasy option for however long Gordon sits, Jackson would be a strong flex option.
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Posted 7/13/2019 6:07 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon said he hopes to stay with the Chargers but believes it is time for him to receive a lucrative new contract. Gordon indicated he is willing to have a lengthy holdout.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see if the two sides can reach an agreement before the start of the season. Gordon has been a solid fantasy option over the last few seasons and will be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 running back in 2019 if he is on the field for Week 1.
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Posted 7/11/2019 1:07 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon will not report to training camp without a new contract. Gordon is entering the final year of his rookie deal, which would pay him $5.6 million in 2019.
Huddle Up: Gordon rushed for 885 yards and 10 scores while grabbing 33 passes for 192 yards in 12 games. He has RB1 ability, but he's better served as an RB2 in fantasy.
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Posted 6/24/2019 1:06 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry has been making impressive catches during spring practices, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. 'Hunter is just doing what Hunter Henry does,' Lynn said. 'He makes plays.'
Huddle Up: Henry's ability has never been questioned, but an injury derailed what was supposed to be a breakout 2018 campaign. A year later, his upside hasn't changed, and Henry should be viewed as a low-end TE1 candidate.
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Posted 6/24/2019 12:06 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler said he has focused on improving his route running during the offseason.
Huddle Up: Ekeler has shown some explosiveness as a change-of-pace back to Melvin Gordon, finishing with 959 total yards ad 39 catches last year. He he is too inconsistent to start as a long as Gordon is healthy, but Gordon owners will want to have Ekeler as a handcuff.
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Posted 6/16/2019 4:06 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams says he is preparing to take on an expanded role in 2019. 'We lost a big weapon in Tyrell (Williams), (so) a lot of people in the room have to step up,' Williams said Friday, June 14, on the the final day of the team's minicamp. 'I feel like me being the player that I am, I feel like I can do that... I feel like the role is going to change. I feel I'm going to get a lot more opportunities than I did last year. A lot more balls coming my way. I'm looking forward to it.'
Huddle Up: Williams was uber-productive last season as an NFL sophomore with 10 of his 43 receptions resulting in touchdowns and a league-best 83.7 percent of his catches going for first downs. Expect more targets and receptions for Williams this season but do expect a TD rate regression. He's a solid WR3.
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Posted 6/12/2019 11:06 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers is not expected to receive a lot of snaps in the preseason and could sit out the entire preseason to make sure he is ready for the regular season.
Huddle Up: Rivers has been one of the more consistent quarterbacks over the last several years and does not need to preseason snaps to prepare for Week 1. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 6/06/2019 10:06 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon said he plans to participate in the minicamp next week. Gordon also said his agent has started contract extension talks with the Chargers, but no deal is imminent.
Huddle Up: Gordon should continue to be a focal point on offense for the Chargers and should also be involved in the passing game. He can be a No. 1 or a high-end No. 2 running back in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 5/06/2019 11:05 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers said he is not worried about his contract situation and is willing to play out the last year of his current contract.
Huddle Up: Rivers has thrown for at least 4,000 yards in each of the last six seasons and has thrown 25 or more touchdowns in each of the last 11 seasons. He should be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 4/30/2019 2:04 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon did not participate in the voluntary workout Monday, April 29.
Huddle Up: Gordon should be there for at least the mandatory workouts and could participate in some other offseason workouts. He will continue to be a big part of the offense for the Chargers and can be a No. 1 running back in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 3/22/2019 1:03 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of OTAs, according to general manager Tom Telesco.
Huddle Up: Assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks, Henry should open the year as the starting tight end for the Chargers and a low-end TE1 candidate for fantasy owners.
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Posted 3/11/2019 8:03 pm UTC
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent QB Tyrod Taylor is expected to receive interest from the Miami Dolphins during free agency, according to source. One source said Taylor is the team's leading candidate to serve as a bridge quarterback in 2019.
Huddle Up: Taylor lost his starting job this past season but has played well at times over the last few seasons. His ability to run helps his fantasy value, but he should only be considered a low-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he starts for the Dolphins.
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Posted 3/01/2019 1:03 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams has the ability to catch 100 passes a year, according to general manager Tom Telesco, but Telesco said the offense has too many weapons for Williams to reach those type of numbers.
Huddle Up: Williams finished with just 664 receiving yards in 2018, but he hauled in 10 touchdowns. He should be a dangerous weapon in the red zone again next year, but he's likely a touchdown-dependent WR3 with Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon also in the fold.
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Posted 1/30/2019 11:01 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon said he wants to wait until free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell (Steelers) signs a new contract this offseason before he considers signing a contract extension with the Chargers.
Huddle Up: Gordon could ask for a lucrative extension this offseason if Bell signs a big contract. He has posted at least 1,200 total yards and 12 touchdowns in each of the last three seasons. Gordon will be a solid No. 1 running back in all leagues next season.
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Posted 1/27/2019 9:01 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen caught four passes for 95 yards against the NFC in the 2019 Pro Bowl.
Huddle Up: Allen has caught 199 passes over the last two seasons and has posted at least 1,150 yards in each of those seasons. He will continue to see plenty of targets in the passing game next season and can be a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.
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