We're going back to Cali with the Team Talk series here at the Brain. Adam Filadelfo returns to profile the Chargers. You can follow Adam on Twitter: @Frostt24.
The weather in Southern California is alway nice. Too bad the same can't
be said about their football team. The Bolts do have fantasy relevant
players on their roster but is it enough to help your fantasy football
team? It hasn't helped the Chargers recently.
Philip Rivers - What happened to Rivers? A few years ago, he was one of
the top quarterbacks to be drafted. Now he's going undrafted in most
leagues. He can't be trusted as a starting quarterback anymore and will
have almost as many picks as touchdowns. While he is a durable player,
he just isn't a legit fantasy starter anymore.
Antonio Gates - When healthy, Gates is a big time fantasy tight end. Only
problem is he's almost never healthy anymore. He wouldn't be a bad
option as your second tight end but asking to get any more than a few
games out of him at this point is asking for too much. Grab a tight end
early then take a chance on Gates later as your backup.
Ryan Mathews - My opinion on Mathews is similar to my opinion on
McFadden. Both have all the talent to be top five backs but neither can
stay healthy long enough to prove it. A healthy Ryan Mathews is easily a
running back one that can help your team every week. The Ryan Mathews
you actually draft will probably be taken much later and won't
contribute much to your fantasy team. If he can stay healthy, owners
will have themselves a steal by getting him so late but he hasn't stayed
healthy for enough games to warrant taking him in any of my drafts.
Danny Woodhead - Woodhead can be useful this season even though he's most
likely going to be the third down back. I've seen him go in the middle
rounds of drafts but don't get carried away. While he will be valuable
in PPR formats especially, he's not going to be more than a flex option
at most and should be drafted in the later rounds. If/when Mathews gets
hurt (when), Woodhead will see more playing time so he's worth a roster
spot. In non PPR formats, he's probably not even worth drafting.
Vincent Brown - Brown was a highly touted fantasy receiver last year
before breaking his leg and missing the season. Once again fantasy
owners are talking about Brown. But this time it's for an entirely
different reason. With all the injuries to Chargers receivers, Brown may
be the number one receiver in 2013. He's definitely worth a late round
flier and if healthy should have a decent fantasy season. Draft him as
your fourth receiver and he could finish the season as a receiver three.
Malcolm Floyd - It's between Floyd and Brown as number one receiver.
Floyd has been around longer so he may have the edge in that department.
He has upside as a receiver three but not much more than that. He will
end up being more of a streaky fantasy player where he will have a big
week here and there and follow that up with a clunker. Grab him as a
late round flier but good luck figuring out when he'll go off.