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Los Angeles Chargers offseason wish list for fantasy

By Walton Spurlin
Feb 16, 2018

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Oct 2, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Hunter Henry (86) and quarterback Philip Rivers (17) react after a touchdown during the first half of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers’ first season in Los Angeles got off to a shaky start as they dropped their first four games. To their credit, Los Angeles rebounded with a vengeance and were actually tied for the division lead heading into Week 15. A 30-13 drubbing by the Chiefs that week took the Chargers’ playoff hopes out of their hands and they would finish on the outside looking in with a 9-7 record.

The Chargers are in good shape at most of the offensive skill positions as they head into 2018. At 36 years old, Philip Rivers continues to play at a high level, throwing for more than 4,000 yards for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons and topping 25 touchdown passes for the 10th consecutive year. Melvin Gordon finished as a top-10 fantasy running back for the second straight season and wide receiver Keenan Allen finally played a full schedule, posting top-five totals. Tight end Hunter Henry finished just outside the top 10 in scoring and should see an increased role in his third season.

Three additions we want to see for fantasy

Select a quarterback in the first round of the draft: The time is now for the Chargers to address their quarterback of the future needs. I’m no draft expert, but selecting Lamar Jackson out of Louisville at 17th seems like a great fit if he slides that far. The youngster can groom behind Rivers for a year or two and has the potential to be a fantasy star with the offensive weapons Los Angeles boasts.

Get Mike Williams healthy: Let’s have some addition from within, shall we? The rookie battled through a herniated disc suffered in the offseason and was never able to get on track last season. At 6-foot-4 and 218 pounds, a healthy Williams lining up opposite Allen is a fantasy breakout season waiting to happen.

Graham Gano, K: The Chargers went through four kickers last season and need a steadying force at the position. Gano fits the bill as he was 29/30 on field goals last season and 34/37 on extra points. Yes, kickers are people too and still a part of most fantasy formats.

PFF Fantasy’s offseason wish list calendar
AFC NFC
East East
Buffalo Bills Feb. 8 Dallas Cowboys Feb. 12
Miami Dolphins Feb. 17 New York Giants Feb. 20
New England Patriots Feb. 19 Philadelphia Eagles Feb. 21
New York Jets Feb. 20 Washington Redskins Feb. 25
North North
Baltimore Ravens Feb. 8 Chicago Bears Feb. 9
Cincinnati Bengals Feb. 10 Detroit Lions Feb. 13
Cleveland Browns Feb. 11 Green Bay Packers Feb. 13
Pittsburgh Steelers Feb. 22 Minnesota Vikings Feb. 18
South South
Houston Texans Feb. 14 Atlanta Falcons Feb. 7
Indianapolis Colts Feb. 14 Carolina Panthers Feb. 9
Jacksonville Jaguars Feb. 15 New Orleans Saints Feb. 19
Tennessee Titans Feb. 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Feb. 23
West West
Denver Broncos Feb. 12 Arizona Cardinals Feb. 7
Kansas City Chiefs Feb. 15 Los Angeles Rams Feb. 16
Los Angeles Chargers Feb. 16 San Francisco 49ers Feb. 22
Oakland Raiders Feb. 21 Seattle Seahawks Feb. 23

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