Saturday, June 15, 2019

Los Angeles Chargers 2019 Fantasy Football Projections

In addition to viewing our 2019 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2019 fantasy football projections for the Los Angeles Chargers.




Philip Rivers546.8366.44456.430.0713.1216.718.40.08274.62
Rivers has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in nine of the past 11 seasons. On the other hand, he has finished outside the top 10 in four of the past five. While I currently have Rivers projected to finish top 10 in the league in both passing yards and passing touchdowns, his virtual non-existent rushing production (five scoreless yards in his past 32 games) means that he's outside my top 15 fantasy quarterbacks for the 2019 NFL season.
Tyrod Taylor5.5337.

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Melvin Gordon243.81048.310.3658527.82.9237.17
Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Gordon has now missed multiple games in three of his four NFL seasons. MG3's YPC average spiked to 5.1 in 2018 and he set a career high in touchdowns (14). After a scoreless rookie campaign, Gordon has finished with 12-plus touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. Only Todd Gurley averaged more fantasy points per game than Gordon last season (standard scoring) so there is plenty of upside from his current rankings, projections and ADP if he's able to stay healthy for a full season.
Austin Ekeler101494.93.2836.8360.62.94122.87
Once again, Ekeler averaged more than five yards per carry and 10 yards per reception. But as he nearly doubled his workload (74 to 145 touches), MG3's complementary back finished as the RB27 (RB25 in PPR) last season. Given Gordon's injury history, there is a better chance than not that Ekeler will get an opportunity to make a start or two, but he has stand-alone value even if Gordon stays healthy.
Justin Jackson31.3131.51.16.449.90.1925.88
Derek Watt5.
Detrez Newsome2.

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Keenan Allen98.61212.86.666.347.90.06166.39
Playing full 16-game slates in back-to-back years, Allen saw his numbers dip year-over-year, but he still put up a healthy 97/1,196/6 stat line (WR14, WR12 in PPR). A top-15 fantasy wide receiver in any format, Allen is about as steady and consistent as it gets.
Mike Williams54.7804.16.564.218.90.08122.14
Williams had a breakout second season as he hauled in 10 touchdowns in 2018. While I expect a drop in his red zone production with the return of a healthy Hunter Henry, the departure of Tyrell Williams to the Raiders should lead to a bump in targets, receptions and yards for the third-year receiver.
Travis Benjamin28.3435.
Losing Williams in free agency will open up a few more looks for Benjamin, but it's difficult to trust his week-to-week consistency. Benjamin is better as a late-round flier in best-ball formats as it would be nearly impossible to know which weeks to start him in season-long formats.
Dylan Cantrell13.5153.90.7400019.83
Artavis Scott2.530.50.150003.95

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Hunter Henry57.17286.85000113.9
Before missing the 2018 regular season with an ACL injury, Henry ranked sixth (eighth in PPR) in fantasy points per game among tight ends in 2017. Returning for limited action in the playoffs, Henry will be fully healthy for the start of the 2019 season and only Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, George Kittle and O.J. Howard are ahead of him in my early 2019 rankings.
Virgil Green16.2183.10.8900023.65
Sean Culkin2.226.40.110003.3

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