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OC Joe Lombardi said that he expects WR Mike Williams to put up nice numbers this season. (Source: Gilbert Manzano on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Williams hasn't produced like an elite prospect that he was drafted to be. His sophomore season he caught 10 touchdowns, and then in his third season he finally broke the 1,000 yard mark. He will now try to produce his best season of his career with Justin Herbert as his QB. Hunter Henry is gone, so that will open up some more targets for Williams, but he has some competition with Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler. Williams is a big-play waiting to happen, but if he can find more consistency, he could be a nice WR3 for fantasy managers.

Category: Rumors

The Los Angeles Chargers have exercised safety Derwin James' fifth-year option, according to Albert Breer. (Source: Albert Breer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Picking up James' fifth-year option is a bet on his health, as the safety missed the entire 2020 season due to injury. In his first two seasons, though, James totaled 98 tackles, seven tackles for loss, six QB hits, three interceptions, and 14 passes defensed.

Category: Transactions

Justin Herbert spoke with NFL Network's Taylor Bisciotti Saturday, saying, "There's a lot to improve on. I think if I could master the offense [and] if I could go to the line of scrimmage and have a plan of exactly what we're going to do. I think I can always work on footwork as well, stepping up in the pocket, getting the ball out quickly. There's a lot of stuff to cover." (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Herbert burst onto the scene last season like an RKO out of nowhere. The then-rookie was fantasy football's QB7 on a points-per-game basis. Herbert, though, will have to learn his second offense in as many seasons with newly-hired Joe Lombardi replacing the departed Shane Steichen as play-caller. Herbert totaled a 66.6% completion percentage, 4,336 passing yards, a 31:10 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and 7.3 yards per attempt as a rookie in 15 games.

Category: Rumors

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that former Chargers DE Melvin Ingram is visiting the Chiefs this upcoming week. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Free agent defensive end Melvin Ingram is set to visit the Chiefs this week. He was limited to seven games in 2020 due to a knee injury. The free agent pass rusher racked up 10 tackles and one interception for the Chargers last season. Ingram spent nine seasons with the Chargers and will improve the Chiefs pass rush if he’s able to overcome his knee issues.

Former Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor has reached an agreement on a one-year, $12.5M deal with the Houston Texans. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There’s the official contingency plan for the Texans in case Deshaun Watson decides to hold out or gets traded. It’ll be interesting to see what shakes out on the Watson front in the upcoming weeks leading up to the NFL Draft. Hold on to your hats.

Category: Transactions

The New England Patriots have struck again and are signing former Chargers TE Hunter Henry to a three-year deal worth $37.5M

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots have gone from zero receiving weapons to signing the top-2 TE options available from this free agency period. Hunter Henry and teammate Jonnu Smith should now make up one of the most formidable TE duos in all of the NFL. Henry is coming off a productive season that saw him amass 60 receptions for 613 yards and four touchdowns, but injuries have played a part in capping his ceiling. As far as fantasy is concerned, this landing spot may not be ideal. Can an aging Cam Newton support two TE1s? Maybe if New England decides to run their entire offense around these two young and talented receiving options. The deal includes $25M in guaranteed money, so there is plenty of incentive to do just that.

Category: Transactions

Per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Chargers are resigning CB Michael Davis to a three year deal. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After releasing Casey Heyward just a few days ago, the Chargers have agreed to re up stand out corner Michael Davis. Last season, Davis played all 16 games in way to scoring a pick six while recording three interceptions and 64 tackles. The terms of the contract have yet to be announced.

Category: Transactions

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Chargers have released veteran CB Casey Hayward. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The release of Hayward has cleared up approximately $9.75M in cap space for the Chargers. Hayward will turn 32 in September and it is likely the Chargers want to get younger at the position while saving costs. Given the experience of Hayward he should have plenty of suitors come the start of free agency.

Category: Transactions

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Chargers have released OL Trai Turner after finding nobody to trade for the veteran lineman. (Source: Adam Schefter on twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After a month of trying to shop the lineman, the Chargers decided to release the veteran OL. The move comes at a bit of a surprise as the Chargers traded for him from the Panthers just last season. The move saves the team $11.5 million against the cap for 2021.

Category: Transactions

New Chargers OC Joe Lombardi compared RB Austin Ekeler to Alvin Kamara, Reggie Bush, and Darren Sproles. (Source: Los Angeles Chargers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lombardi comes from the Saints, who have historically gotten their running backs involved in the passing game better than almost any other team. The fact that he's comparing Ekeler to these players is a good sign for how he wants to utilize his versatile, new RB. With prized rookie Justin Herbert set to enter his second year as the starter, it's looking as if the sky is the limit for this Chargers offense. Ekeler is currently priced as RB10 in the very early 0.5 PPR rankings.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Chargers are hiring formers Rams DC Brandon Staley as their next head coach. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Staley continues his meteoric rise through the coaching ranks, landing a head coaching gig despite having just one season as a coordinator on his resume. He's considered one of the most progressive defensive minds in football right now, however. The pairing is an interesting one as the Chargers' best selling point has to be the future of the offense under Justin Herbert. It'll be crucial to see who is brought in as the offensive coordinator.

Category: Transactions

Chargers Justin Jackson rushed nine times for 72 yards and added one reception for 32 receiving yards in the Chargers' 38-21 win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson battled injuries this season and finishes with 59 rushes for 270 yards and 19 receptions for 173 receiving yards with no touchdowns in his third NFL season. He'll be in competition for backup duties next season as he didn't stand out when handed the feature role in the absence of Austin Ekeler early in the season.

Category: Game Recaps

Kalen Ballage rushed 13 times for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' 38-21 win over the Chiefs in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Ballage had his moments this season, but in the end, he was the same plodding back that he was with Miami. He totaled 303 yards on 91 totes with three touchdowns in 11 games this season. He was a serviceable RB and may find an opportunity on the open market as a free agentt in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps

Chargers WR Tyron Johnson had two catches for 35 yards in the Chargers' 38-21 win over the Chiefs in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson pulled in both of his targets and ends his season with 20 receptions for 398 yards and three touchdowns in his second NFL season. He played well late in the season but it's too early to tell whether he'll be a WR3/WR4 next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Chargers TE Donald Parham Jr. caught three passes for 37 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' 38-21 win over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Parham was a recommended DFS play with Hunter Henry out of commission and he came through for fantasy managers. He'll end his second season with 10 receptions for 159 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.

Category: Game Recaps

Chargers RT Bryan Bulaga has been ruled out against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17 due to a foot ailment. (Source: Daniel Popper on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bulaga started 10 games at right tackle for the Chargers but his foot injury will keep him on the sidelines in the season finale. T Storm Norton is likely going to replace him on the offensive line.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Chargers DE Joey Bosa will Sunday's game against the Chiefs in Week 17 as he remains in the concussion protocol.

Fantasy Impact: Bosa missed Week 16 as well so he's clearly not ready to return after going down with a concussion over a week ago. The Chargers have nothing to play for so there is no urgency in rushing one of their best defensive players back. Bosa ends his season with only 7.5 sacks, the second-lowest mark of his career.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

The Chargers placed WR Keenan Allen on the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Allen is officially out for Week 17, though he wasn't expected to play anyway due to his lingering hamstring injury. Fantasy managers should expect more targets for Mike Williams, Jalen Guyton, and Tyron Johnson.

Category: Injury Updates

Chargers WR Jalen Guyton had three receptions for 43 yards in the Chargers' 19-16 win over the Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Guyton received five targets but didn't go off despite the absence of Keenan Allen. Guyton is primarily a down-field threat that is worthy of being rostered in dynasty formats. It is possible that his role in the offense expands next season as he's developed a strong rapport with Justin Herbert after totaling 511 yards in his second NFL season through 15 games this year.

Category: Game Recaps

Chargers K Michael Badgley went 4-for-4 on his field-goal attempts and connected on his only extra point in the Chargers' 19-16 win over the Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Badgley had his struggles throughout the season but put together a strong game against the Broncos, hitting from 37,43, 25, and 37 yards - the last being a game-winner. He's not a reliable fantasy kicker, so don't expect him to be an asset next season in redraft leagues.

Category: Game Recaps