Los Angeles Chargers July Scouting Report
Not a lot of newsworthy occurrences at the Chargers camp, but that’s nothing new. Here’s where the team currently stands.
QB: Chargers QB Philip Rivers would like to ink a contract extension, but that should come in time. There’s no risk of a holdout and Rivers is rarely injured, making him a top 15 fantasy option for 2019. QB Tyrod Taylor looks to be Rivers’ backup, but has limited fantasy value as long as Rivers remains healthy. However, Taylor is an upgrade at the backup quarterback position and definitely gives the team improved depth.
RB: Starting RB Melvin Gordon wants a new contract or a trade. He is willing to holdout if he doesn’t get one. Obviously, this is a substantial problem, as Gordon does you no good if he doesn’t play. My assumption is that he will work out something, but as much as Gordon has improved, there is a history of injuries. The short of it is that as long as a threat of possible holdout looms, Gordon’s fantasy value is diminished. Monitor the news and exercise good discretion with this one. If you take him, there should be some discount when taking a possible holdout into consideration. Both RB Austin Ekeler and RB Justin Jackson look to be competent backups, but they don’t have Gordon’s talent. Both are worth a flyer, but don’t chase them.
WR: The Bolts receivers are solid, but the loss of former free agent WR Tyrell Williams hurts more than most probably realize. WR Keenan Allen should continue to be a standout, if he can remain healthy. Look for more looks and continued improvement from WR Mike Williams, who could be on the verge of a breakout season. WR Travis Benjamin should see more looks, but I still don’t trust him due to a history of inconsistency. We’ll probably see one more receiver emerge to some extent, but I’m not sure who that will be just yet.
TE: There’s no one to talk about other than TE Hunter Henry, who missed 2018 due to injury. I’ll draft him as a TE1 if you don’t.
PK: The starter will be PK Michael Badgley and he brings a consistency that we haven’t seen in a while. Badgley is most like a top 10 fantasy kicker this season.
DEF: I think the Chargers defense will be somewhat improved. DE Joey Bosa and DE Melvin Ingram are probably the most formidable duo of ends in the league. S Derwin James had a terrific 2018 and should get even better this year. There is some weakness on the corners and on the defensive line. They should be above average, but are not complete enough to be a top-tier option at this time.
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