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Tyrod Taylor “is in the driver’s seat to start, but nothing is finalized,” said Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn. (Source: Gilbert Manzano on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Taylor is expected to be the Chargers’ starting quarterback for 2020. With Cam Newton and Jameis Winston available in free agency, there were rumors swirling around that the team would bring in another quarterback to compete with Taylor. This could change, but for now Taylor has the inside track as the team’s starting QB. The 30-year-old is currently 36th among all quarterbacks in the expert consensus rankings.

Category: Rumors


According to agent Drew Rosenhaus, former Chargers LB Jatavis Brown is signing a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brown was drafted in the fifth-round of the 2016 draft by the Chargers and has played four seasons with the organization. He had a down year in 2019, but recorded 158 tackles a year prior during the 2018 season. He’ll look to get back on track with the Eagles in 2020.

Category: Transactions


Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports the Chargers have decided to franchise tag Hunter Henry. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, the Chargers have franchise tagged Henry, keeping the talented tight end around for at least one more season. He caught 55 passes for 652 yards and five touchdowns across 12 games in 2019. With injury issues and questions at quarterback, Henry is a borderline top-10 tight end in fantasy for 2020. The 25-year old is currently eighth among all tight ends on the expert consensus rankings.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Austin Ekeler and the Chargers have come to terms on a four-year, $24.5 million contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Schefter adds that the deal includes $15 million guaranteed. The 24-year-old back made the most of his opportunity during Melvin Gordon's holdout last Fall. For the season Ekeler compiled 92 receptions and 11 total touchdowns. It was reported earlier this week that Gordon is planning to test the free agent market. He will now have to as the Chargers are moving forward with Ekeler as their guy.

Category: Transactions


Josina Anderson of ESPN reports Melvin Gordon is planning to test the free agent market. (Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: This isn’t a huge surprise after the Charger declined to give into Gordon’s contract demands during his holdout last Fall. Gordon didn’t help his case either by averaging 3.8 yards per carry following his return. He is set to turn 27 in April and it’s unclear what teams might be willing to pay him what he’s looking for.

Category: Rumors


Travis Benjamin and the Los Angeles Chargers have mutually agreed to part ways, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Travis Benjamin unfortunately didn't do much for fantasy football last season with a WR166 finish on the season. Only appearing in 5 games, this was an expected move for the Chargers to make. With that being said, this does open a need for the WR position for that offense opposite Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Don't be surprised if the Chargers look at WR on day two of the draft.

Category: Transactions


Philip Rivers and the Chargers have agreed to part ways, and Rivers will become a free agent in 2020. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The writing was on the wall for the aging veteran, who led his team to a disappointing 5-11 record in 2019. Over the course of his 16-year tenure with the Chargers, Rivers earned eight Pro-Bowl selections. He compiled plenty of statistical accomplishments, passing for 59,271 yards and 397 touchdowns — both sixth-most in NFL history. He should draw interest from at least a few quarterback-needy teams, if not as a starter, then as a top-tier backup and locker-room leader.

Category: Transactions


The Los Angeles Chargers D/ST allowed 336 yards and had one interception in a 31-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: The Chargers were a disappointment for fantasy this season due to a litany of injuries. This unit should rebound and be a strong option in 2020,

Category: Game Recaps


Michael Badgley was 3-for-3 on extra point attempts in the Chargers' 31-21 loss to the Chiefs Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Badgley did not see a field goal attempt in Sunday's loss. His fantasy outlook is dependent on the direction the team goes at quarterback next season.

Category: Game Recaps


Mike Williams had two receptions for 38 yards on five targets in the Chargers' 31-21 loss to the Chiefs Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Williams failed to live up to his draft billing this season and will enter 2020 as a WR3/4.

Category: Game Recaps


Keenan Allen had nine receptions for 82 yards and one touchdown in the Chargers' 31-21 loss to the Chiefs Sunday. He was targeted ten times.

Fantasy Impact: Allen finished the season with a nice game against the Chiefs Sunday. He enters next season as a WR1.

Category: Game Recaps


Joey Bosa could not break his personal best in sacks on Sunday, registering two solo tackles, one assisted tackle, and two QB hits, as the Chargers fell to the Chiefs, 31-21.

Fantasy Impact: Though Bosa didn't impress in Week 17, he still had his third double-digit sack season in just four years. More importantly, he proved his durability by playing all 16 games after missing nine games last year. Bosa heads into 2020 as one of the top IDP options across all formats.

Category: Game Recaps


Justin Jackson rushed five times for 15 yards and caught both of his targets for two yards in the Chargers' 39-10 loss to the Vikings Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson is the third option in the backfield for the Chargers and is not worth considering for the fantasy finals.

Category: Game Recaps


Derwin James totaled four solo tackles, two assisted tackles, one TFL, and one pass defended in a 45-10 blowout of Jacksonville.

Fantasy Impact: If you've held on to James this whole time, the early results are somewhat promising. After playing 55 total snaps last weekend, James saw the field on 65 snaps against the Jaguars. As long as the dynamic safety can stay on the field, his fantasy production will be sure to follow. He and the Chargers have a date with the Vikings next Sunday.

Category: Game Recaps


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Chargers LT Russell Okung (groin) is expected to play in Week 13. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Okung is expected to make his return against the Broncos to protect Philip Rivers' blindside after missing one game with a groin injury. While Rivers has looked atrocious under pressure this season, Okung's return should be a tremendous help for the veteran signal-caller and his supporting cast.

Category: Injury Updates


Melvin Ingram recorded four solo tackles, one assisted tackle, two TFLs, one sack, two QB hits, and two passes defended, but the Chargers fell to the Chiefs in Mexico City, 24-17.

Fantasy Impact: After starting the season off slowly, Ingram has been on a roll as of late. In the last three games, he has recorded 4.5 sacks and six QB hits. He and the Bolts will try to end their two-game losing streak against the Broncos after their bye week.

Category: Game Recaps


Chase McLaughlin was 1-for-2 on field goal and 2-for-2 on extra points in the Chargers' 17-16 win over the Bears Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: McLaughlin missed once Sunday but has fantasy upside as the kicker on a strong offense going forward.

Category: Game Recaps


Virgil Green brought in his lone target for nine yards in the Chargers' 23-20 loss to the Titans Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Green is not a viable fantasy option and is used primarily as a blocking TE.

Category: Game Recaps


Dontrelle Inman (quad) has been placed on the injured reserve. (Source: Daniel Popper on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin out last week, Inman’s role was set to expand. He suffered a quad injury in Sunday’s Week 4 contest against the Dolphins and was later placed on the IR. This leaves Keenan Allen, Geremy Davis and Andre Patton as its only top healthy wideouts.

Category: Injury Updates


Troymaine Pope rushed 10 times for 20 yards and had two receptions for 14 yards in the Chargers' 30-10 win over the Dolphins Sunday. He was targeted twice.

Fantasy Impact: Pope handled 12 touches with Justin Jackson (calf) out and Melvin Gordon active but not playing Sunday. He has little fantasy appeal going forward with Gordon expected to log touches next week.

Category: Game Recaps


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