Comments: 2013 Team Outlook: San Diego Chargers
The Chargers imploded last season with a 7-9 record, leading to a coaching change. San Diego canned longtime head coach Norv Turner and went with Mike McCoy, who brings his offensive game plan from Denver. Though the new guy brings solid coaching credentials, what the Chargers really need is a personnel overhaul, especially offensively. If Philip Rivers is to find his previous top-10 fantasy form, he'll need a revitalized Antonio Gates, an assertive (and healthy) Ryan Mathews and legitimate help from his wide receivers corps. Actually, the offensive line stands as San Diego's biggest concern, which is why first round D.J. Fluker should enter the lineup quickly at offensive tackle. Fellow rookie ILB Manti Te'o and pass rusher Dwight Freeney join a defensive unit that finished ninth overall last season. Don't expect any bolt sightings in the postseason.
Update 8/23/13 - Running back situation Woodhead vs. Mathews
San Diego's preseason was a mess. The protection schemes were so far off that a new strategy needs to be developed and implemented immediately or else Philip Rivers will spend more time on his back this season than standing. In terms of the running game, Ryan Mathews has looked good. However, many still believe his durability and the short passing game will also force the team to feature Danny Woodhead. With his current ADP, Woodhead is worth a look. His keeper league value is $0 and a steal. The wideout corps looks to feature Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen. Allen might move up on your draft radar, but if you need big yardage for points stay away.
Update 9/12/13 - San Diego lost their match-up, but looked better than anticipated in Week 1.
This week's match-up is not appealing considering the way we saw Philadelphia storm out of the gates last week during their season opener. Ronnie Brown surprised most fantasy owners with his workload that surpassed Danny Woodhead and Eddie Royal was the bright spot in terms of receiving. Keenan Allen, who was solid in the preseason, did not even see a target. Allen should still be on the fanatsy radar in very deep leagues, but might fall from this position soon if he does not get into the action. For me, Ronnie Brown is the one to watch - he might not be over the hill as many thought prior to Week 1.
Update 10/5/13 - check out Ben and Scott's Strategy Session article this week - Danny Woodhead featured - http://www.fftoolbox.com/football/article.cfm?article_id=1637Players listed in this article:
- QB Philip Rivers, SD
- QB Charlie Whitehurst, SD
- RB Ronnie Brown, SD
- RB Ryan Mathews, SD
- RB Le'Ron McClain, SD
- RB Danny Woodhead, SD
- WR Danario Alexander, SD
- WR Keenan Allen, SD
- WR Vincent Brown, SD
- WR Malcom Floyd, SD
- WR Eddie Royal, SD
- TE Antonio Gates, SD
- TE Ladarius Green, SD
- PK Nick Novak, SD
- San Diego Defense
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