Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Fantasy Football Projections 2021: Los Angeles Chargers

Our 2021 Fantasy Football Projections will be viewable by both position and team.

Below you will find our 2021 fantasy football projections for the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Justin Herbert622.8417.34577.630.8310.5956.3244.93.94333.37
Chase Daniel25.917.5168.40.820.

Justin Herbert: The reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Herbert had at least 300 passing yards and/or multiple touchdowns in 13 of his 15 starts as a rookie. Even with a new coaching staff in place for the upcoming season, the second-year quarterback should benefit from a more normal offseason as he enters the season already entrenched as the starter. Not to mention, the offense should be more QB-friendly in 2021. It wouldn't surprise me if he makes a sophomore leap that catapults him into the top five or so QBs.


Austin Ekeler213.1948.34.7976.1664.44.2253.26
Justin Jackson81.4362.21.6715.2106.80.768.72
Larry Rountree III62.3267.91.48.764.10.649.55
Joshua Kelley47.9201.20.9314.1104.40.646.79
Gabe Nabers2.

Austin Ekeler: Missing a significant chunk of time due to injury and playing at less than 100 percent when returning to the field, Ekeler averaged 5.5 yards per touch and scored only three touchdowns, both of which were career lows. With Joe Lombardi coming over from New Orleans to run the offense, Ekeler's immense receiving upside makes him a top-10 back across all formats and arguably a top-five option in full PPR formats.

Justin Jackson: Could Jackson be the odd-man out in L.A.'s running back rotation? That's what ESPN's Shelley Smith predicted earlier this offseason, but SI's Fernando Ramirez writes that Jackson "will be second in command" behind Ekeler if he stays healthy. The fourth-year back has played in only 29-of-48 career games.

Larry Rountree III: Roundtree has some sleeper appeal if he's able to beat out both Jackson and Kelley to be the early-down complement to Ekeler. The sixth-round rookie of Missouri rushed for 3,720 and 40 touchdowns over his collegiate career.


Keenan Allen110.91148.56.314.20.02208.64
Mike Williams67.4932.
Josh Palmer29.3367.
Tyron Johnson14.1199.31.42.611.70.0436.79
Jalen Guyton13187.
Joe Reed2.230.80.20005.38
K.J. Hill2.226.10.20004.91

Keenan Allen: Allen missed a couple of games and was limited in others, but he finished with 100 catches for the third time in four seasons despite playing with a rookie quarterback. Although just shy of the 1,000-yard mark and averaging a career-low 9.92 Y/R, Allen tied his career high (set as a rookie in 2013) with eight touchdowns. Along with Davante Adams and Diontae Johnson, Allen was just one of three receivers to get double-digit targets in 10 games in 2020.

Mike Williams: Williams' 2020 numbers were a bit disappointing (48/756/5) and he finished as a top-36 (half-PPR) weekly wide receiver in only four of 15 weeks played last year. Before that, however, Williams scored double-digit touchdowns in 2018 and led the NFL in yards per reception (20.4) in 2019, his only 1,000-yard season. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi has said that he'd "bet on nice numbers coming from [Williams] on the stat sheet, that's for sure."

Josh Palmer: The team's third-round pick in April should earn the team's WR3 role behind Allen and Williams in short order. Poor quarterback play at Tennessee limited Palmer's collegiate production, but he has the skill set to be a more productive pro even if he becomes more fantasy-relevant in 2022 -- Williams is a free agent after this season.


Jared Cook42.4474.63.400089.06
Donald Parham28.3332.22.600062.97
Tre' McKitty4.347.50.30008.7
Stephen Anderson3.335.60.20006.41

Jared Cook: Cook replaces Hunter Henry atop the Chargers' depth chart, which disappointed fantasy managers hoping for a Donald Parham breakout season. Entering his age-34 season, Cook has 22 touchdowns over his past three seasons combined, but he averaged only 33.6 YPG -- a five-year low -- in 2020. At this stage of his career, Cook offers little more upside than a streaming option at the position.

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