Los Angeles Chargers: Fantasy football advice for Week 2

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers passes out of the pocket against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers passes out of the pocket against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Starting with Week 2, every week we will be giving our Los Angeles Chargers fantasy football advice for you, the reader.

The Los Angeles Chargers are one of the most intriguing fantasy football teams in the NFL this season. Los Angeles has so many weapons and tools on the team that there really is production at every level.

From the running backs to the wide receivers to even the defense, the Chargers have at least four common names that are on most fantasy football teams.

And that is being generous. Overall, the Chargers have around seven to even 10 players that will be on any given roster in your fantasy football league next week.

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Whether it is season-long fantasy or daily fantasy, there will be some valuable players on the Los Angeles Chargers, as well as some that may disappoint. I learned my lesson with the Chargers defense last week, which ended up losing me my Week 1 matchup.

Negative three points. C’mon man.

Anyways, we are going to do the traditional start ’em, sit ’em and sleeper that has been synonymous with every fantasy football post of the last five years.

We are also going to throw in our budget pick and last minute waiver pickup. While these are not the same as sleepers, they will be a good selection when you are running out of funds on daily fantasy and don’t want to sacrifice elsewhere and need a last-minute pick up before your fantasy matchup.

Start ’em: Los Angeles Chargers D/ST

A lot of people are shying away from the Los Angeles Chargers defense after the Week 1 performance that put the defense in the negative. The Chargers’ D was dropped in two percent of ESPN Fantasy Football leagues and might not be a popular choice in daily fantasy.

However, the Chargers are coming up against rookie Josh Allen, who is making his first pro start. Allen was known for throwing interceptions and may struggle against a good pass-rushing defensive line and secondary.

While it may not be like last year’s matchup, the Chargers should be several turnovers and hold the Bills to a reasonable score.

Sit ’em: Philip Rivers

I had to pick someone to sit and it had to be Philip Rivers. Rivers is being started in 50.2 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football leagues and is one of four players to be above 50 percent started.

Out of those four, Rivers is the biggest choice simply because I do not think he will throw the ball a lot. While he will have a good game from a pure efficiency standpoint, this game should get out of hand soon and the offense should turn over to running the football and eating away at the clock.

Rivers will probably be good for about 14-18 points this week. If you have no other option, start ’em. However, there are better options out there.

Sleeper: Austin Ekeler

Austin Ekeler is already gaining attention as a sleeper after his Week 1 performance that netted him 22 fantasy points on ESPN. Still, he is only being started in 2.2 percent of leagues and is an understandably risky start.

Ekeler did get a lot of targets in the passing game because of the constant drops that the receiving corps had. And while he may not have as many receptions in Week 2, as the game gets out of hand, the Chargers will turn to him to run the ball more to keep Melvin Gordon healthy.

I genuinely think we will see Ekeler produce in the high teens against Buffalo, which makes him a great flex option.

Budget pick: Virgil Green

I do not love Virgil Green next week, but as a budget pick, he does have the upside to give you some decent points on daily fantasy.

Green hauled into two receptions last week for 21 yards and will likely have the same 3-5 targets. Against a shoddy Buffalo defense, this is hoping that each of those targets can be converted for 10 or so yards and that Green can add in a red zone touchdown as well.

For $4,600 on FanDuel, this is a pretty good price for what could be a decent showing out of Green.

Last minute pick up: Caleb Sturgis

If you are in a 12-team league and are in need of a kicker after Week 1, look no further than Los Angeles Chargers kicker Caleb Sturgis. Sturgis is owned in just 2.9 percent of ESPN leagues and will be better than his week 1 showing.

Chances are the Los Angeles Chargers are going to be in scoring range a lot. Whether those are converted for extra points or stall out for late field goals, Sturgis should get plenty of action in Buffalo on Sunday.

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While the kicker is not overly important, a big day out of a kicker can shift the tide of a fantasy matchup. I expect a big day out of Sturgis.