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The Chargers signed star DE Joey Bosa to a five-year, $135 million contract extension. The deal includes $102 million guaranteed. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bosa, who just reported to camp on Tuesday will become highest paid defensive player in the NFL. The deal includes $102 million guaranteed, $78 at signing. Bosa earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2019 and has been a defensive force for the Chargers throughout his four-year career. The 25-year-old racked up 67 tackles, 11.5 sacks and a forced fumble across 16 games in 2019. Bosa is currently second among defensive linemen in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Transactions

First-round draft choice out of Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray has agreed to terms on his four-year, $13M contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Now both Chargers first round draft picks, Justin Herbert and Murray, are under contract for four years. Being first-round picks, both players’ contracts come with a fifth-year option. Murray had 303 total tackles and eight sacks in three seasons at Oklahoma, and should fit perfectly into Los Angeles’ defensive scheme.

Category: Transactions

The No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft Oregon QB Justin Herbert is finalizing his four-year, $26.6M guaranteed rookie contract with a fifth-year option with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Fantasy Impact: Herbert is expected to sign his contract soon once all terms are agreed upon. While head coach Anthony Lynn has come on record stating that Tyrod Taylor is his guy, it’ll be interesting to see if Herbert gets his shot this season. Taylor is a sneaky QB option for fantasy purposes with his rushing ability, but he may not make it past the Chargers Week 10 bye should the team be having a tough season. Herbert may not be ready to make an impact this season, but he’s got lots of potential going forward with a nice arsenal of offensive weapons in LA.

Category: Transactions

TE Hunter Henry is not expected to sign a contract extension before the July 15th deadline. (Source: Gilbert Manzano on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Henry signed his $10.6 million tender this off-season. He is not expecting a contract extension before the July 15th deadline. “I don’t think anything will get done, but we’ll see,” Henry said. “I’m not worried about it, I’m just going to go out there. I get a chance to play this year and do my thing this year. I’m pretty locked in on what I got ahead of me in the 2020 season. That’s what I’m locked in for, you know, I don’t like to look too far ahead.” Henry is “fine” playing on the franchise tag and is hoping look to get a deal done before the deadline. The 25-year-old hauled in 55 receptions for 652 yards and five touchdowns across 12 games in 2019. Henry is currently seventh among all tight ends in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Rumors

Daniel Popper of The Athletic writes that Justin Jackson's "leash won't be long" as the Chargers' No. 2 back this year. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Jackson dealt with injuries in 2019 but posted a highly efficient 6.9 yards per carry. Reports from Chargers camp have been pretty positive in regards to Jackson's role with the club this year, but fourth-round rookie Joshua Kelley will be pushing him for playing time. Jackson will begin the season as Austin Ekeler's primary backup, however.

QB Tyrod Taylor will almost “certainly be the Week 1 starter, barring an injury or something unforeseen,” per Daniel Popper of the Athletic. (Source: Daniel Popper of the Athletic )

Fantasy Impact: “I think Taylor will start at at least eight games this season, both because the Chargers are preaching patience above all else with QB Justin Hebert,” Popper added. Chargers HC Anthony Lynn recently stated that Taylor is not viewed as a “bridge QB.” The 30-year-old is expected to be the team’s starting QB for at least the first few weeks. His rushing ability gives him QB2 appeal, and he should be drafted in all Super-flex/Two-QB league formats. Taylor is currently 30th among all quarterbacks in the latest expert consensus rankings.

With Melvin Gordon now in Denver, Chargers RB Austin Ekeler sits atop the depth chart in Los Angeles, but head coach Anthony Lynn remains adamant that Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley will share the load in the backfield. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Coach Lynn doesn’t want to lose the versatility and flexibility Ekeler brings to the Chargers offense, and thus has said he will be the starter entrenched in a RBBC in Los Angeles. While this may sound like a fantasy downgrade for Ekeler, we’re not particularly worried. Even with the presence of Gordon last season, Ekeler still managed to finish as the fourth-highest scoring RB in PPR leagues. He might not be an every down back, but he’ll be lined up all over the field, and should see a production similar to what he saw last season. He’s currently ranked #14 in FantasyPros consensus RB rankings, but he could easily finish as an RB1 in PPR leagues this year. Draft Ekeler with confidence.

Mike Williams will have his fifth-year option picked up by the Chargers which will keep him under contract through the 2021 season. (Source: Albert Breer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The speedy Williams has shown glimmers or excellence in his three years as a pro after being selected seventh overall in 2017. While his targets, receptions, and yards have gone up in each of his three seasons, he struggled to find the end zone last year, scoring just twice after catching 10 touchdowns in his sophomore campaign. His 6.0 targets per game in 2019 were good for 36th among wide receivers and his air yards were 38th. There are a lot of weapons on the Chargers roster, but Williams should sit comfortably behind Keenan Allen as the team's number two wide receiver. Our experts have Williams as the 40th ranked wide receiver, but if the Chargers can find some consistent quarterback play between Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert, and Williams is able to find the end zone he can definitely outperform his ADP.

Category: Transactions

XFL TE Donald Parham is signing a deal with the Chargers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sources say that Parham had offers from five other teams, but ultimately decided to sign with the Chargers. He played last year for the Dallas Renegades, catching 24 balls on 43 targets for 307 yards and four TDs. The 6’8” TE will look to provide depth at the position behind Hunter Henry, and could be used in red zone packages with his elite size.

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Michael Davis officially signed his contract tender with the Chargers on Sunday. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Davis will make $3.3 million this season and will likely be in the mix for the CB2 role opposite shutdown corner Casey Hayward in 2020. He recorded 39 tackles with two interceptions across 12 games in 2019. Davis doesn't really hold much value in IDP leagues, but does bolster an already loaded Chargers' secondary.

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Daniel Popper of The Athletic writes "there's a chance" that the Chargers could trade cornerback Desmond King. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: King was All-Pro as a slot corner in 2018 before regressing last season. The Chargers also signed Chris Harris in free agency this off-season, which bumps King from a starting role. Perhaps the 25-year-old will be used as part of a draft day trade. King is set to enter the final year of his rookie contract.

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

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.

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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.

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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

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

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