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Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Chargers are actively shopping former Pro-Bowl guard Trai Turner. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Turner is due $11.5M this season. It's looking like he will either be traded or released in the near future. Turner has made five Pro-Bowls but only appeared in nine games last season.

Category: Rumors


Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic believes Hunter Henry could get $10.5 million per year in free agency. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: That is what Austin Hooper got from the Browns last offseason. Henry was relatively quiet in 2020 based off Justin Herbert's explosion as a rookie, totaling just four TDs and 613 in 14 contests. He'll remain fantasy relevant regardless of where he winds up next year. Donald Parham would become a sleeper for the Chargers if Henry moves on.

Category: Rumors


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 WR Mike Williams went off in his season finale for six receptions with 108 yards and a score in the Chargers' 38-21 win over the Chiefs in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Williams caught a 48-yard beauty from Justin Herbert down the sideline for his first touchdown in five games. He played well to end his season but was otherwise a major disappointment. His fourth-season ends with 48 receptions for 756 yards and five touchdowns in 15 games played.

Category: Game Recaps


Chargers QB Justin Herbert ended his rookie campaign on a high note, completing 22-of-31passes for 302 passing yards and four touchdowns (one rushing) in the Chargers' 38-21 victory over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Herbert was a top-10 quarterback this season and is neck-and-neck with Justin Jefferson for Rookie of the Year honors. He's the new record holder for passing TD's in a rookie season and finishes with a sparkling 4,336 passing yards with 31 TD passes and only 10 interceptions. He added another five rushing TDs and 234 rushing yards for good measure. He should be a QB1 and a mid-round upside pick next season.

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


The Chargers placed S Derwin James on the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Pro Football Talk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: James underwent season-ending surgery back in September. However, he is expected to be back to full health for the 2021 campaign.

Category: Injury Updates


Chargers' RB Joshua Kelley (foot) is inactive and will not play in Sunday's Week 14 contest against the Falcons. (Source: Los Angeles Chargers on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Kelley was dealing with a foot issue throughout the week and was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Look for Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and Kalen Ballage to lead the Chargers' backfield Week 14. Kelley is mainly a stash in dynasty leagues only.

Category: Injury Updates


Troymaine Pope will play in Sunday's game against the Patriots (Source: Los Angeles Chargers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Austin Ekeler back in the lineup and Joshua Kelley and Kalen Ballage back in the lineup, Pope shouldn't have been on your fantasy radar this week anyway.

Category: Injury Updates


Chris Harris Jr. has been activated off IR and will play in Sunday's matchup against the Bills. (Source: Chris Hayre on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Harris will make an immediate impact on defense and should lower the ceiling for Stefon Diggs. However, Diggs should still be started as a surefire WR1.

Category: Injury Updates


Chargers' DE Melvin Ingram III will miss at least three weeks with a knee injury after being placed on short-term IR. (Source: Los Angeles Chargers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ingram is eligible to return Week 15 in a Thursday night conference tilt against the Raiders. Ingram has been a shadow of his former self this season, struggling through injuries and only recording 10 tackles and zero sacks. With this being a contract year for the former Pro Bowler, One might wonder if this is the last we'll see of Ingram in a Chargers uniform.

Category: Injury Updates