Team Grade:
San Diego Chargers
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Chargers had a terrible season last year, going just 4-12. The team battled all sorts of injuries, though, and the defense struggled much of the year. San Diego will be better by just staying healthy, but the team still seems to have a few holes. The offense is pretty solid with Philip Rivers leading the way, but the defense remains a bit of a concern. Rookie defensive end Joey Bosa might be a big key for the team. The Chargers need a better pass rush and Bosa is going to be counted on to provide that. The secondary is just so so, though, and the linebackers struggle at times. This looks like a team that could go 7-9.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Running back Melvin Gordon had a rookie season to forget. He made few big plays and failed to score a touchdown all season. He was a huge bust for fantasy teams. But we aren't giving up hope on him. He had a nagging knee injury much of the season, which didn't help matters for him. He had surgery in the offseason to repair the injury and should be ready for the start of the year. He is the starter in this explosive offense and has plenty of potential in that role. He also has a chip on his shoulder after last season. Things are looking up for Gordon this year. He can top 1,000 total yards and score six or so touchdowns, taking a big step forward from last year.
FANTASY DUD
Tight end Antonio Gates just keeps producing, but he has to slow down sooner than later. He has battled nagging injuries the last several seasons, which are likely taking a toll on him. He also has rookie Hunter Henry pushing him for playing time this year. We just don't see Gates having his usual season at this stage of his career. Things are going against him this year more so than past years. His stats are going to take a dip.

Team Notes

May 23, 03:23 PM San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) participated in individual drills during organized team activities Monday, May 23, and is rehabilitating well from microfracture knee surgery he had in January.
May 18, 10:13 AM San Diego Chargers QB Zach Mettenberger had failed waiver claims from the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants placed on him before the Chargers claimed him.
May 17, 06:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers TE David Reeves was waived Tuesday, May 17. Free-agent TE David B. Johnson (Chargers) was subsequently signed.
May 17, 05:13 PM San Diego Chargers QB Bryn Renner was released Tuesday, May 17, in light of the Chargers claiming QB Zach Mettenberger.
May 17, 04:33 PM Free-agent QB Zach Mettenberger (Titans) was claimed by the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, May 17.
May 16, 09:53 AM Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger was waived Monday, May 16.

Fantasy Impact: This is a bit of a surprise. He should find work in a hurry.
May 14, 04:03 PM San Diego Chargers OG Matt Slauson may play at center when he joins the Chargers, according to head coach Mike McCoy, with C Trevor Robinson (undisclosed) and OG Chris Watt (shoulder) working their way back from injuries.
May 14, 04:03 PM San Diego Chargers OG Matt Slauson may play at center when he joins the Chargers, according to head coach Mike McCoy, with C Trevor Robinson (undisclosed) and OG Chris Watt (shoulder) working their way back from injuries.
May 13, 06:03 PM San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa lined up at right defensive end at the start of practice Friday, May 13, but also received some work at left defensive end.
May 13, 04:03 PM San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen will be a focal point on offense in 2016, but he will have to show he can beat man coverage against some of the better cornerbacks in the league, according to offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

Fantasy Impact: Allen was having a huge season before getting hurt last year, so don't forget about him come draft day. He'll get a ton of chances in this offense as long as he is healthy.
May 13, 03:53 PM San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will all receive playing time in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt said there will be times that two of the running backs will be on the field at the same time. The team will have packages for each running back so they can put them in positions where they will succeed.
May 13, 03:53 PM San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will all receive playing time in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt said there will be times that two of the running backs will be on the field at the same time. The team will have packages for each running back so they can put them in positions where they will succeed.
May 13, 03:53 PM San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will all receive playing time in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt said there will be times that two of the running backs will be on the field at the same time. The team will have packages for each running back so they can put them in positions where they will succeed.
May 10, 09:03 AM Updating previous reports, San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee in January, and he was given a recovery timetable of four to six months. Gordon participated in on-field drills Monday, May 9, but admitted he's not yet 100%. 'I'm not where I want to be, but I think I'm ahead of schedule,' Gordon said. 'I'm sprinting pretty well. I'm cutting. No question, I'll be ready for training camp. I'm not even worried about that.'

Fantasy Impact: This is a pretty major surgery. You'll want to monitor his recovery.
May 09, 06:03 PM San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) said he is ahead of schedule and will be ready for training camp. Gordon is recovering from surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

Fantasy Impact: This is a concern, especially after last season. You'll want to keep an eye on his recovery.
May 07, 05:53 PM Free-agent OG Matt Slauson (Bears) agreed to a two-year deal with the San Diego Chargers Saturday, May 7, according to a source.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Travis Benjamin, WR; Casey Hayward, CB; Dwight Lowery, FS; Brandon Mebane, DT; Bryn Renner, QB. 

Losses:
Donald Brown, RB; Ladarius Green, TE; Ricardo Mathews, DE; Kendall Reyes, DE; Patrick Robinson, CB; Brandian Ross, SS; Eric Weddle, FS; Jimmy Wilson, SS. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  3 Joey BosaDL
 # 2  35 Hunter HenryTE
 # 3  66 Max TuerkOL
 # 4  102 Joshua PerryLB
 # 5  175 Jatavis BrownLB
 # 6  179 Drew KaserP
 # 6  198 Derek WattRB
 # 7  224 Donavon ClarkOL

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 11 1:00PM     at Kansas City
2     Sep 18 4:25PM     Jacksonville
3     Sep 25 4:25PM     at Indianapolis
4     Oct 2 4:25PM     New Orleans
5     Oct 9 4:25PM     at Oakland
6     Oct 13 8:25PM     Denver
7     Oct 23 4:05PM     at Atlanta
8     Oct 30 4:05PM     at Denver
9     Nov 6 4:25PM     Tennessee
10     Nov 13 4:05PM     Miami
-- Week 11 Bye --
12     Nov 27 1:00PM     at Houston
13     Dec 4 4:25PM     Tampa Bay
14     Dec 11 1:00PM     at Carolina
15     Dec 18 4:25PM     Oakland
16     Dec 24 1:00PM     at Cleveland
17     Jan 1 4:25PM     Kansas City
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