2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
San Diego Chargers
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Chargers just missed out on the playoffs last year and should be in a similar situation this year. This team isnâ??t in the elite category but just outside that group. The offense remains very productive and the defense can get it done on a weekly basis. The Chargers will be in most games and have a chance to make the playoffs this year. This isnâ??t a Super Bowl team, though, so donâ??t expect a deep run in the playoffs if they happen to get in this year.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
The Chargers used a first-round pick on running back Melvin Gordon, hoping to have found their starting back for the next several seasons. Gordon seems a great fit for the offense. He is a three-down back that catches the ball well. He is an explosive player with plenty of big-play ability. He is setup for the best rookie season of any running back, getting to start in a top offense from day on. Gordon has big total yardage potential in his current role, having a chance to top the 1,500 total yard mark if all goes well for him.
FANTASY DUD
He didnâ??t show signs of slowing down last year but you have to wonder how much tight end Antonio Gates has left in the tank. He has battled all sorts of injuries the last few seasons but just keep chugging along. It wouldnâ??t be a surprise to see him start to decline this year. He is another year older and doesnâ??t possess the speed of earlier in this career. He remains a favorite target of Philip Rivers but the big plays likely wonâ??t be there as much for him anymore. Gates is unlikely to repeat his huge season from last year, so draft accordingly.

Team Notes

Aug 01, 02:12 PM San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has struggled with pass protection through the first three days of training camp.

Fantasy Impact: Rookies tend to struggle with pass protection. Don't get too concerned with this. Gordon isn't going to play much on passing downs anyway. He is still going to get a bunch of carries as the stater for the Chargers.
Jul 31, 08:22 AM San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates spoke publicly Thursday, July 30, the first time since being suspended for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Gates said he was shocked to learn the news and that he didn't know how the substance entered his body. Gates said he tested positive for a substance that produced elevated testosterone levels. 'As you get older, you have to find a way to take care of yourself in terms of recovery,' Gates said. 'Unfortunately, certain things that you take in light of trying to do the right thing, in trying to make sure that when you're done playing that you can walk, talk and enjoy your family, is just not NFL approved.'
Jul 29, 09:33 PM San Diego Chargers LB Donald Butler said 2014 fell far short of his expectations, Wednesday, July 29. 'It wasn't good enough,' Butler said. 'I'm my own worst critic, so it wasn't good enough hands down. But I'm looking forward to this year. I'm back healthy and ready to go,' said Butler. The veteran linebacker was found to be in great shape when Chargers players reported to training camp.
Jul 29, 06:43 PM Dallas Cowboys LB Cameron Lawrence (undisclosed) and OT Ryan Miller (undisclosed) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, July 29.
Jul 23, 12:42 PM San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead will remain involved in the passing game and on third downs.
Jul 21, 09:12 PM Free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Chargers) told Sirius XM NFL Radio Tuesday, July 21, he wants to play in 2015 but it has to be in the right situation defensively.
Jul 20, 03:12 PM San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson will be used on the outside as well as in the slot this season.

Fantasy Impact: Don't forget about Johnson this year. He could surprise in this offense.
Jul 20, 08:42 AM San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers focused on core strengthening in his offseason training program after he played through back and rib injuries last season. 'Troy Aikman is a guy who really told me this years ago,' Rivers said. 'He said as he got older, doing more and more core stuff for your back, for everything, to him was of utmost importance. I've done that maybe a little more so, just the stability there with the core. Other than that, I've done a similar routine. No drastic changes.'
Jul 20, 08:32 AM San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has shown little urgency in signing an extension with the team.
Jul 10, 10:03 PM San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen's red zone targets fell from 19 in 2013 to 12 last year, and he caught just 18 passes that went at least 10 yards through the air a year ago compared to 29 in 2013.

Fantasy Impact: Don't get too down on Allen after last season. He still has a chance to produce big in this offense. He just didn't make many big plays last season. That can change this year.
Jul 09, 12:23 PM San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green said he is ready to fill in for TE Antonio Gates while he serves his four-game suspension. 'I'm always ready to make plays because you never know when it's your time to go out and make them for the team,' Green said.

Fantasy Impact: Green has a ton of potential but needs to get the playing time to produce. He is a risk because of his sporadic work the past few years.
Jul 08, 06:33 PM San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green is expected to take on an increased role in 2015, especially with the four-game suspension of fellow TE Antonio Gates. '[Green has] looked really good and he needs to be a bigger part [of the offense],' Rivers said. 'We need to have him be a weapon for us because he could be a heck of a matchup for us against some defenses.'
Jul 08, 06:03 PM San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green has looked faster than he's ever been, according to QB Philip Rivers. Rivers said he believes the main reason Green is playing faster is because he's more confident and feels more comfortable with the offense.

Fantasy Impact: We have heard this before but Green is someone to put on your radar. He can take a big step forward if he gets the playing time.
Jul 06, 02:13 PM San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson is expected to be used as the slot receiver this season and could see increased targets early in the season because of the suspension to TE Antonio Gates. Johnson said he does not care about where he lines up on offense.
Jul 03, 03:33 PM San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green likely will be the starting tight end with TE Antonio Gates being suspended for the first four games of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Green has tons of talent, so maybe getting a chance to start early in the season will get his career going in the right direction. He'll be worth using for fantasy teams.
Jul 02, 04:33 PM Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. It was previous reported that Gates had been suspended for substance abuse.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Orlando Franklin, G; Steve Johnson, WR; Jacoby Jones, WR; Patrick Robinson, CB; Jimmy Wilson, SS. 

Losses:
Seyi Ajirotutu, WR; Andrew Gachkar, LB; Marcus Gilchrist, SS; Ryan Mathews, RB; Eddie Royal, WR; Reggie Walker, LB; Shareece Wright, CB. 

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  15 Melvin GordonRB
 # 2  16 Denzel PerrymanLB
 # 3  19 Craig MagerDB
 # 5  17 Kyle EmanuelLB
 # 6  16 Darius PhilonDL
 Undrafted Dreamius SmithRB
 Undrafted Tyrell WilliamsWR

2015 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 4:05PM     Detroit
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at Cincinnati
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     at Minnesota
4     Oct 4 4:05PM     Cleveland
5     Oct 12 8:30PM     Pittsburgh
6     Oct 18 4:25PM     at Green Bay
7     Oct 25 4:05PM     Oakland
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     at Baltimore
9     Nov 9 8:30PM     Chicago
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 22 8:30PM     Kansas City
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
13     Dec 6 4:05PM     Denver
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     at Kansas City
15     Dec 20 4:25PM     Miami
16     Dec 24 8:25PM     at Oakland
17     Jan 3 4:25PM     at Denver
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