Deconstructing: San Diego Chargers
It wasn't too long ago that the Chargers offense ran through
This is now
It's time to "Deconstruct" the Chargers' offensive cogs.
Rivers was the third ranked QB in fantasy football last year throwing for 4,009 yards and 34 TDs. Amazingly, he posted these numbers while throwing less than 500 times (478 passing attempts/12th most in the league). You would think these numbers would have earned him respect at draft tables. Nope, I even saw Rivers coming off the board after
The Chargers offensive line has been a
Rivers has thrown for 1,519 yards and seven TDs. He's currently ranked as the 11th best QB despite the fact he has already had his bye. Make a move for Rivers if you can pry him away from a dense owner. As we will discuss, the Chargers are stacked with receiving weapons. Further, Rivers faces the following teams in Weeks 12-16: Chiefs, Browns, Cowboys, Bengals, Titans. Guess what? Each one of those squads is ranked in the bottom third in passing defense. Bombs away.
Rivers is a must-start against a poor Chiefs pass defense (25th ranked in the league). That said, this is one week the Chargers will run the ball more as a result of a big lead, and in attempt to establish offensive balance.
Tomlinson is no longer an elite RB. From 2002-2007, Tomlinson was a model of consistency finishing as a Top Three RB every year. Unfortunately, some owners just don't get it -- success in fantasy depends on future performance. The past performance of a player, even if it was magical and earned you more bragging rights than
L.T.'s year-to-date statistics -- 170 total yards and one TD. Ouch. The formerly dynamic RB used to post those numbers in three quarters of play. Tomlinson has missed time with an ankle injury and has struggled when carrying the rock (3.7 YPC). Understandably, L.T.'s owners are primed and ready to jump ship. Should you buy?
You're probably expecting a resounding "NO" from me based on my previous comments. To the contrary, I am urging you to scoop him up on a value buy, and live with a RB2 with upside. Despite the fact he didn't have spectacular numbers Monday night against the Broncos (100 total yards/0 TDs), Tomlinson looked hungry and was showing some of his former burst.
L.T. is going cheaper than
Tomlinson will bust out in this game against a bottom-tier rush defense. Well, as much as Tomlinson can bust out considering his diminishing skills and offensive line. The Chargers are eager to get his confidence back and will feed him the ball in a blowout. L.T. will have two scores in this game. Book it.
Do you ever watch Chargers games and ponder why
Jackson will have a massive height and strength advantage over Chiefs' CBs
Gates will find plenty of room to roam against a defense that his peers