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Los Angeles Chargers fantasy preview

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Who to target and avoid in fantasy football from the Los Angeles Chargers.   

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Warren Sharp’s Strength of Schedule: Warren Sharp projects the LA Chargers to face a middling 17th-easiest overall offensive schedule in 2019 with a difficult 12th-hardest slate of run-defenses.

Must Draft

With Melvin Gordon’s return likely slated for Week 10, to accrue a full season, the first half of the season belongs to Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. Preseason usage that the highly efficient Ekeler will assume roughly ⅔ of the running back touches with Jackson scooping up the rest. Ekeler is safely an RB2 for the duration of Gordon’s absence and should retain Flex appeal upon Gordon’s return. Jackson is a matchup-dependent Flex. Gordon cannot continue to be drafted at his current 3rd Round/4th Round turn ADP. He needs to drop another two rounds or more before savvy drafters should pounce.

Keenan Allen and Mike Williams should immediately absorb most of Tyrell Williams’ vacated targets, keeping Allen as a safe back-end WR1 and Williams as a back-end WR2/Flex with upside, should Allen’s possibly high-ankle sprain last into the season.

It’s known that Hunter Henry is a talented tight end. It’s lesser known that Henry tops Warren Sharp’s list of Success Rate (a measurement of efficiency on a play-by-play basis) at the tight end position and took the No. 2 overall spot for Success Rate for all positions. Draft Hunter Henry.

Good Values

Philip Rivers remains a high-floor QB2 option.

Monitor

As stated above, Melvin Gordon should not be drafted before the 6th Round.

Avoid

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