Mike Williams - WRPosted 8/9/18 9:34am ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams said he's been given a sizable red-zone role this offseason.
Huddle Up: Williams could be the Chargers' primary threat near the end zone with Hunter Henry out for the season. The big question will be how much can Williams produce in between the twenties? Becoming too dependent on touchdowns is dangerous, but Williams merits WR4 attention at worst.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 8/9/18 9:28am ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon is expected to be used more as a pass-catcher this season. Head coach Anthony Lynn admitted one of his regrets last year was not using Gordon more in the passing game. Gordon said his goal is to achieve more explosive plays going into his fourth year.
Huddle Up: Gordon doesn't get enough credit as a top fantasy running back. All he's done the last two seasons is average 1,500 total yards and 12 total touchdowns. Gordon has top-five running back appeal in all league types.
Austin Ekeler - RBPosted 8/8/18 12:47pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler is listed as the team's top backup running back on the first unofficial depth chart of training camp.
Huddle Up: Ekeler came on last season as an effective pass catcher out of the backfield during his rookie campaign. However, he suffered a broken hand which shut him down early. He has some late-round value in standard fantasy leagues, especially as a handcuff to Melvin Gordon. Ekeler also could be a useful option in deeper PPR formats.
Virgil Green - TEPosted 8/8/18 2:42pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Virgil Green is starting to find his groove with new QB Philip Rivers in the team's passing game. '(Our connection) is growing,' Rivers said Wednesday, Aug. 8. 'We're working through how I like things, what I'm expecting on certain routes. He's getting a feel for this offense.'
Huddle Up: Green has been known mostly as a blocking tight end in the past, but he is locked in as the team's No. 1 tight end and expected to see more targets than ever before. However, until he proves he is an effective weapon in the passing game, he should be treated more as a low-end TE2 with some potential.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 8/7/18 6:35pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams was listed with the second-team offense on the team's initial depth chart release Tuesday, Aug. 7. Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams are listed as the first-team receivers.
Huddle Up: Tyrell Williams is likely getting the nod because he has been with the team longer and proved capable of holding his own as the lead receiver in 2016. He is good enough to potentially keep Mike Williams out of the lineup all season, but make no mistake about it: the former Clemson star will make an impact if he can stay healthy this time around. While the two Williams may cancel each other out for fantasy purposes, both are very worthy of roster spots in all leagues.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 7/21/18 7:55am ET
The Los Angeles Chargers have continued to express interest in re-signing free-agent TE Antonio Gates, according to general manager Tom Telesco.
Huddle Up: The 38-year-old Gates has slowed down in recent years but is familiar with the club's offense and would make a better fantasy option than the healthy tight ends currently on the Chargers' roster. He should be viewed as a TE2 in most leagues.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 7/5/18 7:11pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen will be relied on more heavily in the red zone and on third down this season because of the injury to TE Hunter Henry (knee), according to Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Allen had a career-high 102 catches for 1,393 yards last year, and he will have a shot to repeat those impressive numbers in 2018. He has a bit of an injury history, but he needs to be treated as a WR1.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 6/13/18 7:50pm ET
Free-agent TE Antonio Gates (Chargers) has recently been contacted by the Los Angeles Chargers, according to general manager Tom Telesco.
Huddle Up: Gates probably is one of several tight ends the Chargers are considering at this point, but Gates would play right away if he re-signs with the Chargers. He has not been a great fantasy option over the last few seasons and would only be a No. 2 fantasy tight end if he returns to Los Angeles.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 6/11/18 10:02am ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon could receive a bigger role in the passing game this upcoming season, according to offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
Huddle Up: Gordon recorded 58 receptions and 476 yards last season but could see more work because of Hunter Henry's season-ending injury. Gordon should be an attractive option in point-per-reception leagues but likely will be a No. 2 running back in all leagues.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 6/9/18 8:41pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has never averaged more than 3.9 yards per rush in his first three NFL seasons.
Huddle Up: On the plus side, Gordon has averaged more than 284 touches per year, proving to be one of the few every-down, workhorse backs. Efficiency doesn't matter was much when he is touching the ball around 300 times. Don't hesitate to grab him as a RB1.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 5/31/18 9:13am ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen may see more snaps from the slot this year due to TE Hunter Henry (knee) being out for the season. General manager Tom Telesco said the Chargers need to adapt and move on without Henry. Part of that adaptation will be implementing more three-wide receiver sets. In such scenarios, WRs Mike Williams and Tyrell Williams would likely line up on the outside with WR Keenan Allen in the slot, according to ESPN.com's Eric Williams.
Huddle Up: Allen is a tough matchup wherever he plays, but playing from the slot gives him a more diverse route tree. As long as the Chargers' standout receiver avoids injury, he should easily produce WR1 numbers again.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 5/30/18 8:20pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers said he would be in favor of free-agent TE Antonio Gates (Chargers) re-signing with the Chargers this offseason. Rivers said he talked with Gates last week.
Huddle Up: Gates was not expected to return to the Chargers, but he is now an option for the team because of Hunter Henry's injury. Gates probably would have a decent role in the passing game but would only be a No. 2 fantasy tight end in most leagues.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 5/26/18 9:17am ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams has looked more confident and explosive during offseason workouts, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams.
Huddle Up: Williams was limited to only 11 receptions and 95 yards last season because of injury, but he should have a solid role in 2018 if he can stay healthy. Williams has a chance to be a late-round option in deeper leagues but probably will not be a weekly starting option.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 5/26/18 9:18am ET
Updating a previous report, free-agent TE Antonio Gates (Chargers) is a player the Los Angeles Chargers have discussed re-signing this offseason because of TE Hunter Henry's (knee) injury.
Huddle Up: Gates knows the offense and is probably the most likely candidate to be signed by the Chargers this offseason. He has slowed down over the last several seasons but would have a solid role in the offense if he rejoins the Chargers. He could be a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Hunter Henry - TEPosted 5/22/18 6:47pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) suffered a torn ACL during a drill in OTAs on Tuesday, May 22. While he is scheduled to get a second opinion Wednesday, May 23, he is expected to miss the 2018 season.
Huddle Up: It's a crushing blow for the Chargers and fantasy owners alike, as Henry was primed to take the next step into the elite group of tight ends this season with Antonio Gates no longer around. While they could see if Gates is in interested in a reunion, this injury leaves Virgil Green atop the depth chart for now. Assuming things stay the same as they are now, the Chargers may utilize more three- and four-wide sets.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 5/22/18 11:43pm ET
The Los Angeles Chargers are likely to consider re-signing free-agent TE Antonio Gates, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Gates had previously been told he would not be brought back, but TE Hunter Henry (knee) suffered what's believed to be a season-ending knee injury Tuesday, May 22.
Huddle Up: Gates, who is currently unsigned, has spent all 15 of his seasons with the Chargers, so he knows the offense and has the trust of Philip Rivers. If Gates is brought back and looks poised to be the primary pass catcher at the tight end position he could have some TE2 value and maybe even a little upside.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 5/5/18 8:34pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers believes they have the 'pieces to do something special' in 2018.
Huddle Up: Rivers might be one of the most underappreciated fantasy quarterbacks, and he's coming off a year when he finished second in passing yards and tied for fifth in touchdowns. He has solid weapons around him, and he's a reliable QB1 who is typically still around in the middle rounds.
Hunter Henry - TEPosted 5/1/18 12:49am ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (abdomen) is healthy now from the lacerated kidney he sustained last year in Week 14, which cost him the remainder of the season. 'It's something where I can't push my rehab to try and get back on the field and something I can't play through because I kind of look at myself like, if it's an injury, I feel like I can play through it,' he said. 'I just kind of have that tough factor about me. But with something internal, it's hard. You can't play around with that.' Henry was present during the second phase of the club's offseason program Monday, April 30, running routes on the field with the first-string offense.
Huddle Up: With Antonio Gates no longer in Los Angeles, that means Henry is now the only main tight end in town and could be primed for a huge third season with the Chargers. He's already displayed a ton of potential, and with Gates not around to steal numbers and touchdowns from the youngster, Henry looks like he's going to be one of the most impactful TE1 options in the year ahead.
Justin Jackson - RBPosted 4/28/18 3:43pm ET
The Los Angeles Chargers selected Northwestern RB Justin Jackson with the 251st overall selection (Round 7) in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Jackson was productive and durable, and he is the leading rusher in Northwestern history. He also became just the ninth player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in four different seasons. He has a chance to challenge for a spot as a backup, but his hands need some work.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 4/27/18 2:06pm ET
Free-agent TE Antonio Gates (Chargers) wants to continue his playing career but has been told that the Los Angeles Chargers do not plan to re-sign him, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Chargers will be going with Hunter Henry as their starting tight end, and he will continue to be a solid contributor in the passing game. He should be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 fantasy tight end. Gates probably will be able to find a one-year deal with a team but will not be a strong fantasy option.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 4/27/18 8:27pm ET
Free-agent TE Antonio Gates (Chargers) said Friday, April 27, that he wants to continue playing, even though the Los Angeles Chargers informed him in the offseason that they do not intend to sign him.
Huddle Up: It would be weird seeing Gates wearing another uniform, but if he plays in 2018 that's exactly what you'll see. It's possible he could get a sniff from the Dallas Cowboys, as Jason Witten retired and they had their pocket picked by the Philadelphia Eagles for Dallas Goedert in Round 2 of the draft. Stay tuned.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 4/24/18 5:24am ET
Free-agent TE Antonio Gates (Chargers) hasn't had any recent contact with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to general manager Tom Telesco. The chances are slim that he re-signs with the team.
Huddle Up: Gates is about to turn 38 and doesn't have much sizzle left on the fantasy burner. Perhaps he could be a TE2 in the right spot.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 4/24/18 9:16am ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams told the team's website he feels '100 percent' after dealing with a back issue for the majority of his rookie season in 2017.
Huddle Up: The Chargers' depth chart is still pretty stacked at receiver and Keenan Allen is still Philip Rivers' top option, but Los Angeles can find a sizable role for Williams if he can stay on the field this season. While he may not to produce enough to be a regular fantasy starter as a NFL sophomore, he should be able to begin displaying the talent that made him the No. 7 overall selection in last year's draft.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 4/23/18 1:01pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers restricted free-agent WR Tyrell Williams signed his tender Monday, April 23, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Williams was a bust last year as Keenan Allen stayed healthy and essentially monopolized the Chargers' passing game. More so, Mike Williams is returning from an injury-riddled rookie year and could only make matters worse for his fellow Williams. Don't view Tyrell Williams as more than a late-round flier.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 4/23/18 3:58pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's fifth-year option is being picked up Monday, April 23, according to general manager Tom Telesco.
Huddle Up: When Gordon is at full health he's one of the most dangerous multip-purpose running backs in the NFL. He deserves to be one of the first half dozen players drafted at his position.
Austin Ekeler - RBPosted 3/10/18 6:38pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler's (hand) broken hand has fully healed, and he has resumed a workout regimen.
Huddle Up: With Melvin Gordon handling a bulk of the snaps for the Chargers, Ekeler is only worth stashing on the end of your bench in case Gordon suffers an injury.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 3/1/18 9:43am ET
Los Angeles Chargers impending free-agent TE Antonio Gates' agents will meet with the Chargers this week at the NFL combine, according to general manager Tom Telesco. Telesco said he believes Gates, who will turn 38 years old this summer, can still play in the NFL.
Huddle Up: The Chargers really don't have a need for Gates. He will be 38 years old when the season starts and they already have one of the best, young tight ends in the league in Hunter Henry. They could use him in two tight end sets and near the goal line, but from a fantasy perspective Gates is ostensibly washed up.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 3/1/18 10:02am ET
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers could play into his forties, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Rivers is 36 years old and has not missed a game since 2006.
Huddle Up: Rivers is an iron man and has produced with whoever has been around him. Aside from Drew Brees, he has been the most consistent quarterback in the NFL over the last decade-plus. There's no reason to not draft Rivers as a QB1 again this year.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 2/27/18 8:50pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams has a lot of work to do this offseason before emerging as the No. 2 option at wide receiver, according to beat writer Eric D. Williams, who believes that job is still held by WR Tyrell Williams.
Huddle Up: Williams was on the shelf for a good chunk of 2018 due to injury, and he still has Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams to contend with for targets behind Keenan Allen. As such, Mike Williams is a bit of a risky fantasy play with a murky fantasy outlook heading into the offseason.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 2/27/18 8:49pm ET
The Los Angeles Chargers would like to help RB Melvin Gordon with a stable of running backs with different skill sets, and they might be looking for a bigger, more powerful back to spell Gordon during the year.
Huddle Up: Gordon is a fantasy stud, but he has been dinged up during his NFL career. Austin Ekeler is a nice change of pace option, but the team might be looking for a bruiser in the draft or free agency to take some of the weight off of Gordon's shoulders. He'll still be a fantasy stud, however.
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