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San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers



Overall Outlook
After winning five of their final six games, and crushing Cincinnati in a divisional playoff game, the Chargers are flying high coming in to 2014. The club did well adding value in Donald Brown and rookie Jason Verrett during the offseason, and look to build upon their 2013 run.  We expect the offense to be strong again with the return of Malcolm Floyd from injury and the emergence of Ladarius Green at TE.  On defense we see some weaknesses in the defensive backfield, but overall improvement in 2014.  We expect the Chargers to put together another impressive season and compete for a playoff spot.

Offseason Moves
Key additions: RB Donald Brown, TE David Johnson, ILB Kavell Conner, QB Kellen Clemens, CB Brandon Ghee
Key losses: NT Cam Thomas, QB Charlie Whitehurst, FB LeRon McClain, CB Derek Cox, CB Johnny Patrick, G/T Steve Schilling, WR Lavelle Hawkins

Offensive Outlook
Philip Rivers has plenty of weapons at all of the skill positions, but with so many options, it's tough for fantasy owners to get a true stud out of this team outside of Keenan Allen.  We recommend grabbing Chargers throughout your fantasy draft at value spots, but do not reach for them as the TDs in this offense will be tough to gauge.

Projections - 2014
QB1 - Philip Rivers - Passing - 4300 yds / 30 tds 
RB1 - Ryan Mathews - Rushing - 1100 yds / 6 tds  Receiving - 25 recs / 225 yds / 0 tds
RB2 - Danny Woodhead - Rushing - 400 yds / 1 td  Receiving - 70 recs / 575 yds / 5 tds
WR1 - Keenan Allen - Receiving - 80 recs / 1225 yds / 8 tds
WR2 - Malcom Floyd - Receiving - 55 recs / 800 yds / 3 tds
WR3 - Eddie Royal - Receiving - 40 recs / 575 yds / 3 tds
TE1 - Antonio Gates - Receiving - 60 recs / 625 yds / 6 tds
TE2 - Ladarius Green - Receiving - 50 recs / 575 yds / 5 tds

Defensive Outlook
The San Diego defense held it's own in 2013, ranking 11th in the NFL in points allowed, and 23rd in yards allowed. The addition of Jason Verrett should help the passing game, but this squad will continue to allow yards in an attempt to make big plays.  We see similar production to last year as a DST.  As for IDP options, Butler, Te'o, Weddle, and Verrett all should be viable assets.

Projections - 2014
DE1 - Corey Liuget - 50 total Ts / 6 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 4 total TOs
DE2 - Kendall Reyes - 35 total Ts / 5 sacks / 1 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
DT - Sean Lissemore - 25 total Ts / 2 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 1 total TO
OLB1 - Dwight Freeney -  40 total Ts / 7 sacks / 3 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
OLB2 - Jarret Johnson - 50 total Ts / 4 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
ILB1 - Donald Butler - 120 total Ts / 3 sacks / 5 passes defensed / 5 total TOs
ILB2 - Manti Te'o - 110 total Ts / 2 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
CB1 - Jason Verrett - 80 total Ts / 0 sacks / 16 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
CB2 - Richard Marshall - 75 total Ts / 0 sacks / 14 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
S1 - Eric Weddle - 115 total Ts / 1 sack / 8 passes defensed / 5 total TOs
S2 - Marcus Gilchrist -  80 total Ts / 1 sack / 2 passes defensed / 3 total TOs

Schedule
@ARI / SEA @BUF / JAX NYJ @OAK / KC @DEN / @MIA / BYE / OAK STL @BAL / NE DEN / @SF / @KC
See HERE for schedule analysis.

Depth Charts
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Offense
LWR13Allen, Keenan 13/316Ajirotutu, Seyi SF1215Inman, Dontrelle SF1484Reese, Tevin 14/78Herndon, Javontee CF14
RWR80FLOYD, MALCOM CF0411Royal, Eddie U/Den86Brown, Vincent 11/33Allen, Torrence CF146Chancellor, Brelan CF14
WR7Hatfield, Micah CF14
LT77Dunlap, King U/Phi69Smith, Willie SF1367Becton, Nick CF13
LG78Rinehart, Chad U/Buf72Wiggins, Kenny SF1360Johnson, DJ CF14
C61HARDWICK, NICK 04/374Ohrnberger, Rich U/Arz62Wilkes, Khalil CF14
RG65Watt, Chris 14/363Troutman, Johnnie 12/564Watts, Craig CF14
RT76Fluker, DJ 13/179Harris, Michael CF1270Sirles, Jeremiah CF1470Sirles, Jeremiah CF14
TE85GATES, ANTONIO CF0389Green, Ladarius 12/483Phillips, John SF1388Johnson, David U/Pit81Byrne, Jake P/KC
TE82Otten, Ryan SF1346Flacco, Michael CF14
QB17RIVERS, PHILIP T/NYG10CLEMENS, KELLEN U/SL4Sorensen, Brad 13/7
FB88Johnson, David U/Pit45Boren, Zach SF14
RB24Mathews, Ryan 10/139Woodhead, Danny U/NE34Brown, Donald U/Ind43Oliver, Branden CF1428Grice, Marion 14/6
RB27Williams, Kerwynn SF13
Defense
LDE91Reyes, Kendall 12/271Guy, Lawrence W/Ind73Tjong-A-Tjoe, Ricky CF14
NT98Lissemore, Sean T/Dal95Geathers, Kwame CF1392Carrethers, Ryan 14/570Alecxih, Chas W/KC
RDE94Liuget, Corey 11/175Scafe, Damik CF1168Palepoi, Tenny CF14
LOLB96JOHNSON, JARRET U/Bal58Williams, Tourek 13/690Keiser, Thomas SF1349Underwood, Colton CF14
LILB50Te'o, Manti 13/252Walker, Reggie SF1359Gachkar, Andrew 11/7
RILB56Butler, Donald 10/353Conner, Kavell U/Ind57Aiyewa, Victor SF14
ROLB54Ingram, Melvin 12/193FREENEY, DWIGHT U/Ind97Attaochu, Jeremiah 14/299Law, Cordarro SF1451Hamilton, Adrian SF14
LCB29Wright, Shareece 11/322Verrett, Jason 14/120Butler, Crezdon SF1335Cromartie, Marcus CF1333Ducre, Greg CF14
30Rose, Lowell SF14
SS38Gilchrist, Marcus 11/237Addae, Jahleel CF1340Darby, Alden CF14
FS32Weddle, Eric 07/225Stuckey, Darrell 10/444Phillips, Adrian CF14
RCB26Flowers, Brandon SF1431Marshall, Richard SF1327Williams, Steve 13/541Ghee, Brandon U/Cin42Davis, Chris CF14
Special Teams
P5SCIFRES, MIKE 03/52Tenpenny, Chase CF14
PK9NOVAK, NICK SF10
LS47Windt, Mike SF1083Phillips, John SF13
H5SCIFRES, MIKE 03/532Weddle, Eric 07/2
PR11Royal, Eddie U/Den13Allen, Keenan 13/38Herndon, Javontee CF1442Davis, Chris CF14
KR34Brown, Donald U/Ind8Herndon, Javontee CF1427Williams, Kerwynn SF1384Reese, Tevin 14/7
KO9NOVAK, NICK SF10

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