The Chargers offense is full of strong fantasy options. With an improved offensive line, can Melvin Gordon improve on his breakout sophomore season?
Philip Rivers every single camp when his key offensive teammates drop like flies pic.twitter.com/iys4gdGqDq
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) August 2, 2017
Philip Rivers continues to be a solid fantasy option for owners who like to wait for their quarterback. Rivers is being drafted in round 11, a great value for a quarterback in a potent offense.
If you drafted Melvin Gordon last season, you know what it’s like to hit the lottery. After scoring zero touchdowns in his rookie season, he scored 12 last year. Heading into the 2017 season, Gordon is being drafted as RB5. With no real competition in the backfield and improvements on the offensive line, Gordon should produce another great season.
When healthy Keenan Allen is one of the elite fantasy wide receivers in the NFL. With multiple injuries, Allen is a risky pick heading into the season. His ADP of round four reflects that. He has the skills to be a WR1 but can’t be trusted with his injury history.
RELATED: Is Keenan Allen Worth the Risk?
— Todd Strain (@TODDSTRAINNBCSD) July 30, 2017
If you can draft Allen as your WR2, your team is stacking up well. With the injury to Mike Williams, Allen will enough targets to reach WR1 numbers.
Mike Williams is dealing with a back injury to start his NFL career. After being ruled out for the entire training camp, Williams’ draft position is tanking. While an extremely talented receiver, the lack of clarity in terms of when he will play makes him difficult to draft. Williams is worth using a late round pick on and stashing on your bench.
SLEEPER: Tyrell Williams
It looked like Tyrell Williams role on the team was gone with the drafting of Mike Williams. With his injury, Tyrell Williams will be in the WR2 role for the Chargers. I’m confusing myself with all these Williams, so bare with me.
Tyrell is being drafted in round ten and could be a potential steal. While the Chargers have a lot of mouths to feed, being their WR2 has real value.
BUST: Hunter Henry
If you buy into offseason hype from teams, Hunter Henry will be the top fantasy tight end this season. With Antonio Gates career winding down, Henry will be the Chargers main tight end this season. His catches and receiving yards should increase but his touchdowns may decline.
Gates’ role on the Chargers will be primarily third downs and redzone opportunities, hurting Henry’s potential to score. Also, that role for Gates makes him irrelevant to fantasy owners. Without a defined role, Gates can’t be counted on to provide consistent play.
Henry is being drafted in round 10, which is a little too high. Kyle Rudolph and Jack Doyle are being drafted after him, and provide clear roles and touchdown potential.