Los Angeles Chargers

AFC West

The Chargers and Travis Benjamin have agreed to a one-year extension through 2020. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Benjamin's deal includes a $5.5 million signing bonus while also reducing his 2019 salary from $5.25 million to just $1 million. The extension not only means that Benjamin's roster spot for 2019 is secure, but also gives the Chargers some salary cap relief for this upcoming season. With Tyrell Williams now with the Raiders, Benjamin should be the primary deep threat for the Chargers in 2019, making him worthy of a late-round pick in fantasy drafts.

Category: Transactions

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Tyrell Williams and the Raiders have agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He'll get $22 million guaranteed. Williams will join Antonio Brown and Jordy Nelson in Oakland's pass catching corps. The 27-year-old posted 653 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 41 catches last year. As always he'll remain a better "best ball" fantasy asset due to his volatility.

Category: Transactions

Chargers GM Tom Telesco says Mike Williams has the ability to catch 100 passes. (Source: Chargers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Williams broke out to score 10 TDs after not doing much in his rookie season. The Chargers have plenty of mouths to feed in their high-powered offense, but Williams' fantasy stock is heading in the right direction entering year three.

The Chargers and Melvin Gordon could explore a contract extension this off-season. (Source: Chargers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Gordon has already said he will wait for Le'Veon Bell to sign before he signs a new deal himself. The 25-year-old totaled 14 TDs in 12 games this year and will once again be a first round pick in fantasy. Gordon is entering the final year of his rookie contract this season.

The Chargers announced Wednesday that they will not exercise the 2019 option on defensive lineman Corey Liuget’s contract. Liuget, who has spent his entire eight year career with the Chargers, will become a free agent on March 13th. (Source: Los Angeles Chargers )

Fantasy Impact: Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco did not rule out the possibility that Liuget could still return to the team on a new deal in a statement Wednesday. “Corey’s made major contributions to this organization since being our first-round selection in 2011 both on and off the field,” said Telesco. “He was our Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee in 2018 for a reason and you won’t find a player who made a bigger contribution in the community than Corey. While we did not exercise the 2019 option in Corey’s contract and he will now become a free agent on March 13, the door is certainly not closed for a possible return in the future.” Liuget’s 2018 season ended prematurely in November when he suffered a torn right quad tendon in a loss to the Broncos. He finished the year with 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery in six games (three starts). He will turn 29 on March 18th.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco says the team is open to bringing back franchise icon Antonio Gates in 2019. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: The Chargers weren't planning on having Gates this past season but they re-signed him once Hunter Henry tore his ACL. Henry should be all systems go for 2019 so Gates would merely be his backup if he returns to Los Angeles. The 38-year-old hauled in 28 receptions and two touchdowns this year.

Category: Rumors

The Los Angeles Chargers D/ST was steam-rolled in the team's 41-28 divisional round loss to the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: The defense failed to record a turnover or even register a sack. Tom Brady and the New England offense were able to do whatever they pleased on a chilly afternoon in Foxboro. The Chargers had a good defense for most of the season, however, and they'll be on the fantasy radar in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps

Michael Badgley converted both of his PAT tries in the Chargers' 41-28 divisional round loss to the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: He didn't get a single field goal attempt as the Chargers fell down early. Game flow prevented the team from trying any second half field goals, and the offense started going for two after scoring a couple of garbage time touchdowns.

Category: Game Recaps

Hunter Henry failed to catch his lone target in the Chargers' divisional round loss to the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Henry played just 14 snaps in his first game action since tearing his ACL back in May. Still just 24 years old, Henry's fantasy stock heading into next year would rise considerably if Antonio Gates retires.

Category: Game Recaps

Keenan Allen caught two passes for 75 yards and a score as the Chargers fell to the Patriots 41-28 in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Allen took advantage of a busted coverage to score a 43-yard TD in the first quarter. That accounted for LA's only points for most the game. The Chargers simply couldn't get much going until the game was out of reach, which limited Allen's fantasy day. Still, the 26-year-old totaled nearly 1,200 yards in the regular season. Allen will enter 2019 as a low-end WR1 in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps

Austin Ekeler hauled in three receptions for 19 yards as the Chargers fell to the Patriots 41-28 in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Ekeler didn't get any carries as the Chargers were playing from behind all afternoon. Ekeler filled in admirably for Melvin Gordon at times and will enter 2019 as one of the best handcuffs in fantasy football.

Category: Game Recaps

Philip Rivers completed 25-of-51 passes for 331 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception as the Chargers fell to the Patriots 41-28.

Fantasy Impact: The divisional round loss dropped Rivers' career record versus Tom Brady to 0-8. The Chargers were simply overmatched in this one, entering halftime down 35-7. Most of Rivers' stats came in garbage time with the game well out of reach. The 37-year-old will be a borderline QB1 entering 2019 fantasy drafts.

Category: Game Recaps

Chargers safety Derwin James recorded five tackles (all solo) with one tackle for loss in Sunday’s 23-17 win over the Ravens.

Fantasy Impact: James’ terrific rookie season lives another week thanks in large part to the performance of the defense. The Chargers will head to Foxboro to take on the Patriots in the divisional round.

Category: Game Recaps

Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa recorded two tackles with one sack in Sunday’s 23-17 wild card victory over the Ravens.

Fantasy Impact: Bosa has been a sack machine since coming back from his foot injury that kept him out of the first nine games. He’ll look to continue his strong play in the next round against New England.

Category: Game Recaps

Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram recorded a team-high seven tackles (all solo) with two sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery in Sunday’s 23-17 win over the Ravens.

Fantasy Impact: Ingram was dominant on the afternoon, playing a key role in the victory. The Chargers will head to Foxboro for the divisional round as they will try to prevent the Patriots from going to their eight straight AFC Championship game.

Category: Game Recaps

Justin Jackson rushed six times for 10 yards in the Chargers' 23-9 win over the Broncos Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: With Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon active, Jackson saw a reduced workload Sunday. He has shown ability when given touches and is a valuable handcuff in a strong offense.

Category: Game Recaps

Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown recorded eight tackles (four solo) in Saturday night’s 22-10 loss to the Ravens.

Fantasy Impact: Brown is now up to 95 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and five passes defensed in 14 games (9 starts) this season. The Chargers close out the regular season with a road game in Denver next week.

Category: Game Recaps

Detrez Newsome rushed six times for 34 yards in the Chargers' 29-28 win over the Chiefs Thursday night. He added two receptions for 19 yards on two targets.

Fantasy Impact: Newsome was the backup to Justin Jackson Thursday with Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck, concussion) out. Newsome returns to irrelevance for the fantasy finals with Gordon expected back.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps

Denzel Perryman done for season

Tue, Nov 13th 12:20am EST
By Alex Johnson

Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman sustained an injury to his LCL in Sunday’s win over the Raiders. In addition to the knee, he will also need surgery on his hamstring. His season is over. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: He finishes 2018 with 51 tackles and one interception in nine games. Perryman, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, is expected to need three-to-four months for a full recovery. Jatavis Brown will likely move into Perryman’s spot in the middle while Uchenna Nwosu, Kyle Emanuel and Hayes Pullard will compete for additional snaps at outside linebacker.

Chargers cornerback Desmond King was named AFC defensive player of the week for his Week 9 performance. King recorded three tackles (one solo), two passes defensed, and had a key fourth quarter pick-six in the 25-17 win over the Seahawks. (Source: LA Chargers)

Fantasy Impact: King returned a Russell Wilson interception 42 yards to give the Chargers a late 25-10 lead. The 2017 fifth-rounder became just the sixth player in NFL history to record multiple pick-sixes and at least four sacks over the first two seasons of his career. King now has 27 tackles, three interceptions, six passes defensed, and two fumble recoveries in eight games (four starts) this season.