Fantasy League start up soon and every team needs mining for possible talent. What do the San Diego Chargers have to offer?
A fifth Pro Bowl was validation enough that Philip Rivers is still one of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL, and also a reliable fantasy starter. With vow that a no-huddle attack is on the way, his numbers could see a significant jump in 2014.
With every top quarterback there is typically a top receiver to go with him. Keenan Allen emerged as one of the best receivers in the league (1,046 yards, 8 TDs) despite being a rookie 3rd round pick. Entering his second year he’s more experienced and poised to become the clear-cut #1 guy for Rivers.
For years it wasn’t a receiver who was Rivers’ favorite target but a tight end in Antonio Gates. For 11 seasons he has been one of the most consistent, productive pass catchers in football. At age 33 he should have another good year in the tank provided he stays healthy.
San Diego Chargers defense
It’s a unit that didn’t get a lot of respect in 2013 but has perhaps seen the most improvement of any defense in the league. Additions like Jason Verrett, Ryan Carrethers and Jeremiah Attaochu could give the San Diego Chargers a good enough core to challenge top offenses both in the division and abroad.
Buzz has been building around Chargers reserve tight end Ladarius Green for some time now. His 376 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 catches last season was a clear sign of his talent. At age 24 he might be ready for that next step, and fantasy owners should be quick to pounce on it.
Sixth round picks tend to not get noticed very much with any team, and the San Diego Chargers are no exception. However, the presence of Arizona State running back Marion Grice on the roster, with his home run speed and agility is the kind of offensive weapon that can create big plays from a lot of different positions, sort of like a Darren Sproles.