Our breakdown of the AFC West continues with one of the more interesting offenses in the AFC: The Los Angeles Chargers. Is there fantasy value to be had here? Let’s take a look and find out.
At this point, you know what you’re getting with Rivers. He’s a reliable low end QB1 that will have another solid season. His arsenal is as strong as ever with 3rd year receiver Mike Williams growing into a dangerous NFL weapon and the reliable Keenan Allen still at his disposal. While the Chargers did lose Tyrell Williams, they regained Hunter Henry and should still have one of the most potent air attacks in the league. Of course, the Chargers may have lost Melvin Gordon, which would be a blow to the offense as a whole. However, Rivers’ value may actually go up without Gordon. Gordon is a monster in the red zone and without him, Rivers may have more opportunities to throw to Mike Williams and Hunter Henry down there. In conclusion, Rivers is a value like every year and is worth taking as a Low End QB1 in the later rounds.
Now this is where it gets interesting. Can anyone say how this will turn out? Absolutely not. But we can see where the value for players is. Spoiler: It is not in Melvin Gordon. Everything has to go right in order for Melvin Gordon to be effective and worth his value. However the chances that everything goes swimmingly decrease each day. Austin Ekeler’s ADP is an accurate representation of his value. He’s solid flex in PPR leagues whose value increases slightly without Melvin Gordon. At the moment, the biggest value lies in Justin Jackson. Currently with an ADP of 150.78, he is a STEAL at the moment. Of course, the longer the Gordon holdout continues he higher that ADP will climb. But even in the 9th round, he is a steal with the Gordon situation looming. He isn’t a major investment and he could pay big dividends as a solid RB2 in this explosive offense. Picking Jackson is the type of low risk, high reward move that wins leagues.
Keenan Alen is a solid, reliable WR1 that only gets better as the season goes on. We all know that. Mike Williams, however, could be on the verge of showing us why he was a First rRound pick in 2017. He’s coming off a season in which he scored 10 touchdowns on only 43 receptions. That will not happen again, but he is still going to be a favorite of Phillip Rivers’ down in the red zone. That alone gives him value. Add in the fact that he is going to be more involved in the offense as the WR2 and he has a high floor and a high ceiling. He’s worth taking a chance on as your WR3 with the potential to be much more.
Hunter Henry has a lot to prove. But the fact is he is a 3rd year TE in an explosive offense with a Hall of Fame QB throwing to him He’s got potential but his current price , I’m not touching him. This has more tod with the TE position as a whole but if I miss out on Kittle and Kelce, I’d rather have a committee of high upside Tes than using a 5th round pick on Henry. He’s still largely unproven and being drafted in the same round as players like David Montgomery, Evan Engram, and D.J Moore., all of whom I’d rather have than Henry. Henry is worth the price in dynasty ;leagues but in redraft leagues, invest elsewhere at the TE position.