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Los Angeles Chargers June Scouting Report
Brad Willis

The Los Angeles Chargers, the team you love to hate. While we here in San Diego support the players on an individual basis, we despise the move and hold owner Dean Spanos in great contempt. Still, life goes on. The team actually has the potential to be decent, although they’re going to have to avoid the injury bugs that have plagued them in the past. Here’s a look at the team, by position.


QB: Chargers QB Philip Rivers is closer to the end of his career than the beginning, but still you should expect another good year from Rivers, as the Chargers play in a tiny L.A. soccer stadium (heh heh). Rivers should still be near the top of his game, he rarely gets hurt, and he has a cadre of excellent targets. Even though Rivers is a well-known player, he may actually be a slight sleeper. Consider him and extremely strong QB2 in smaller leagues and a QB1 in most leagues.


RB: Obviously RB Melvin Gordon is the man to own, and he should be a top pick at the position in most leagues. RB Melvin Gordon has looked explosive in camp and may be a sleeper. Consider him in the lower rounds. RB Kenjon Barner has potential, but his role may be limited if Gordon is healthy.


WR: The Bolts likely have one of the better group of wideouts in the league, although prior injury problems are a legitimate concern. WR Keenan Allen has star potential, but injury history limits his potential. If you grab him, it’s a bit of a dice roll. If healthy, the production should be there, but do you feel lucky? WR Tyrell Williams is expected to be the #2 or #3 receiver and should be considered a fantasy WR2 or perhaps a strong WR3. If Allen is injured, always a distinct possibility, Williams value would increase. Word is that WR Travis Benjamin has looked very good in off-season camp. Consider him a sleeper WR3 with deep threat potential. WR Mike Williams is a rookie, but the Chargers didn’t select him in the first round without a good reason. Frankly, I’m not so sure that wideout was the Bolts top need in the draft, but Williams comes with impressive credentials. Still, Williams started off-season practices on the sidelines with back injuries, so between that, his rookie status and the fact that Rivers has so many other more experienced targets, I wouldn’t chase him.


TE: Don’t write off "old man" TE Antonio Gates just yet. He’s long in the tooth, but should have enough in the tank for strong TE2 numbers. TE Hunter Henry has star potential, but his value may be limited while sharing time with Gates.


PK: I’m assuming that PK Josh Lambo will be the Chargers’ kicker, but they are also looking at Korean-born PK Younghoe Koo.


DEF: Expect the Chargers defense to be above average. All eyes will be on DE Joey Boas, who has superstar potential. CB Jason Verrett also has star potential, if he can stay healthy. DE Melvin Ingram is a versatile and intelligent player with good speed rushing ability, but not quite up to Bosa’s standards.



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