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Below you will find our 2023 fantasy football projections for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Justin Herbert: Through three seasons, Herbert has averaged a 17-game pace of 4,696 yards, 31.3 touchdowns and 11.7 interceptions with another 237 rushing yards and three touchdowns. In his three seasons, he has finished as fantasy's QB9, QB2 and QB11, respectively. First-round rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston adds a big-play weapon to this offense, and a new offensive scheme that encourages more shots down the field should boost Herbert's upside. Of the 36 quarterbacks with a minimum of 200 dropbacks in 2022, Herbert ranked 34th in ADOT, per PFF.
Austin Ekeler: Granted permission to seek a trade early in the offseason, Ekeler enters 2023 with some fresh incentives added to the final year of his contract. As one of the league's best receiving backs, Ekeler's elite production is game-script independent. In addition, he has led the NFL in touchdowns in each of the past two seasons with a total of 38 during that span. Ekeler led all running backs in half-PPR fantasy points in 2022, and he finished second behind Jonathan Taylor in 2021.
Keenan Allen: Through Week 10, Allen appeared in only two games during which he played 45 offensive snaps. In eight games from Weeks 11-18, however, he had a minimum of five catches every week and tallied 60 receptions for 675 yards and four touchdowns during that eight-game span. Only Davante Adams, Justin Jefferson and A.J. Brown scored more fantasy points during that stretch. The Athletic's Daniel Popper wrote near the end of training camp that "Allen has been the focal receiver in Kellen Moore's offense during camp."
Mike Williams: Excluding his rookie season (2017), Williams has averaged at least 14.2 yards per reception every year. While he missed four games last year, his 4.8/68.8 per-game numbers in 2022 were nearly identical to his 2021 career highs (4.8/71.6). Per PFF, Williams averaged 1.93 yards per route run in 2022, and that was just shy of his 2021 career high (1.97). Within the team's new offense, Williams should be moved around more often including more opportunities from the slot.
Quentin Johnston: Johnston battled drops at TCU, but his combination of size and speed will allow him to make big plays. Per PFF, Johnston had 532 yards after the catch (eighth among WRs) and 8.9 YAC/REC (11th among qualified WRs) in 2022. Given the new-look offense, the rookie has the potential for several big games, but there may be week-to-week inconsistency as long as Allen and Williams are healthy, especially since Josh Palmer could be ahead of him early in the season.
Gerald Everett: Everett either set or tied career highs across the board — 58 catches for 555 yards and four touchdowns — in 2022. Despite a career season, Everett ended the year as fantasy's TE15 in half-PPR scoring. Assuming better health from Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and given that the Chargers drafted Quentin Johnston in the first round, however, it's possible that Everett is targeted less than he was last season (87 targets).
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