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San Diego Chargers

AFC West

2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    SD @ KC

    09/11/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    JAC @ SD

    09/18/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 3

    SD @ IND

    09/25/16

    5:30 pm

  • Week 4

    NO @ SD

    10/02/16

    5:30 pm

  • Week 5

    SD @ OAK

    10/09/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 5

    DEN @ SD

    10/13/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 7

    SD @ ATL

    10/23/16

    5:00 pm

  • Week 8

    SD @ DEN

    10/30/16

    4:00 pm

  • Week 9

    TEN @ SD

    11/06/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 10

    MIA @ SD

    11/13/16

    4:00 pm

  • Week 11

    bye

  • Week 12

    SD @ HOU

    11/27/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    TB @ SD

    12/04/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 14

    SD @ CAR

    12/11/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    OAK @ SD

    12/18/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 16

    SD @ CLE

    12/24/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    KC @ SD

    01/01/17

    4:30 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

San Diego Chargers - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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San Diego is famous for several well known staples: Ocean Beach, Taco Stand #49, and Ron Burgandy.


 







 


Surprisingly, did you know that Mr. Ron Burgandy’s fame has gone beyond the west coast metropolis of San Diego? In fact, he is now an internationally renowned broadcaster. Check out his Australian debut.


 







 


 


Another unexpected treat to come out of San Diego last year was the return to fantasy notoriety of several players. To begin with, Philip Rivers had quite the resurgence in 2013. Through the first five games of the season, Rivers was rated as the 4th best fantasy quarterback for total points scored in that time span. In fact, he was just 9 points out of 2nd place. However, defenses were quick to adjust. In weeks 8 – 16, he was 9th in total fantasy points and 15th in fantasy points per game. Again, you want to identify trends, not just look at seasonal statistics, in which case, Rivers came in at #5 on the year. The fact that he had a tremendous down turn half way through the season is the main reason Pyro pegs him as a bust candidate for 2014. In his first 8 games in 2013, he passed for over 400 yards three different times. He went for over 300 yards in another game, and was under 200 yards only twice. In the last half of the season, he did not produce another 400 yard day, and only had one game over 300. Look, the guy still has Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead catching passes. But this year, Rivers is facing a 12th ranked passing strength of schedule, last year he faced #5. Rivers will still have some nice games, but he will not be a top 5 guy like last year. His current ADP as of mid-August is exactly where Pyro thinks he should be. As of our draft kit version 4, he is QB #15.


 


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Perhaps the biggest stunner in San Diego last year was the rookie, Keenan Allen. This could very well be the key to Rivers success. Keenan Allen became the 8th rookie in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards. Of the first seven to do it, only three did it again the following year- John Jefferson, Marques Colston, and Randy Moss. Joey Galloway was only 13 yards away his second season.  Two of the guys, Anquan Boldin and Terry Glenn were both injured the following year.  In fact there was only one of the seven that never got there again – Michael Clayton. So, as long as Allen remains healthy, the odds are in his favor to get to 1,000 yards again this season. Last year, the kid had 5 games where he went for at least 100 yards. This is unheard of for a rookie. He ended the season with 8 touch downs and averaged nearly 10 fantasy points a game. I am highest on Keenan Allen. Both Stagg and D-rx have him in the middle teens as of version 4 of the draft kit. Dawg is the lowest having him just outside the top 20 for WR. I understand the concern, especially when you look at the decline of Rivers over the second half of last season. But, while I agree about Rivers, because it is hard to argue with trends, I disagree with Allen. In his first 8 games (he did not play week 1), when Rivers was killing it, Allen ranked as WR #41 in fantasy. During that time, Allen averaged 8.7 fantasy points per game. He totaled 568 yards and 3 TDs. In his last 7 games, he was fantasy WR #12, he averaged 11 fantasy points per game. He had 478 yards (in 1 less game mind you), and a total of 5 touchdowns.  As of mid-August, his ADP shows him going in the 3rd round as the 11th WR off the board. To me, that sounds just about where he will finish.  He has a rough schedule right out of the gate, but then has some nice match ups the rest of the way. If you don’t land him in your draft, he is a guy to target in a trade after week 2 or 3.


 


Keenan Allen is so revered for his skills, other players have been known to bow in his presence.


 


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If the Chargers could only have a second WR emerge, it would be fantastic for all involved, including Allen. Currently however, no one seems to be stepping up. Number 2 on the depth chart is Malcom Floyd. Floyd’s 2013 season was cut short due to injury. He has the talent, and has been the talk of the camp so far. However, since the guy came into the league, he has played a full 16 game season just once. In all that time, he has one 200+ yard game, and just nine 100+yard games. He is one of those guys that will not make my rosters.


 


The Chargers also have Vincent Brown, Eddie Royal, Dontrelle Inman, Seyi Ajirotutu, and rookie Tevin Reese. There was some pre-draft talk last year about Brown, who was returning after an injury in 2012. Brown looked decent enough in 2011, his rookie year, to spur hopes for a productive 2013, it amounted to one game over 100 yards and one total touchdown. Of course we all know of the Eddie Royal super hype that burned some eager fantasy waiver wire bidders. It breaks down to this, in current ADPs, they rank the top 60+ wide receivers. As of mid-August, only Keenan Allen makes the list.


 


So, if the Chargers ranked 4th in the league for passing yards per game last year (270.5), who was catching those balls beside Keenan Allen? When all was said and done, only 52% of their passes went to wide receivers.


 


Without a doubt, Danny Woodhead saw the vast majority of those passes. In fact, if he would have had two more receptions, he would have led all RBs with receptions out of the backfield. As it is, he finished one behind Pierre Thomas with 76. Woodhead totaled 605 receiving yards and 6 receiving TDs. His receiving yards were second most in the league for running backs, behind Jamaal Charles. He had over 1,000 all purpose yards. He ran for 429 yards and an additional 2 TDs. This is a contract year for Woodhead. He is a PPR monster. In those leagues, he finished #12 in scoring, and going into 2014, Pyro likes him better than Ryan Mathews. Heck, in standard scoring he still finished at #19. Woodhead is going in the 8th round as of mid-August in 12 team leagues. He is going one round earlier in PPR formats. Even in standard scoring, he is going after guys like MJD and Darren Sproles. Pyro likes Woodhead better than both those cats. There is a very real possibility that Woodhead could lead all running backs with the most receptions this year. Personally, my money is on Shane Vereen for those honors.


 


Dawg has mentioned Woodhead’s video game like stats from college. And boy… he ain’t lying.


 


 


While Woodhead has an impressive NFL career so far, the guy just can’t get the recognition he deserves, literally. Check out this video from when he was a Patriot. He went undercover at a local sporting goods store trying to work the sales floor pushing his own jersey.









 


 


His counterpart in the back field is the divisive Ryan Mathews. Fantasy players either love him or hate him.  With Woodhead there, Mathews only caught 26 passes last year.2013 was the first time in his four year career he played all 16 games. He totaled 1,255 rushing yards on the season, scored 6 rushing TDs, and maintained a 4.4 average. Again, with Woodhead there, his role in the receiving game was reduced. He only caught 26 balls for 189 yards and one TD. Look, the guy had himself a year in 2013. He had six games with at least 100 rushing yards. But, that was something that did not happen once in just the previous season. He flat out scares me. He has real trouble staying on the field, and seems to be hot and cold when healthy. Woodhead goes in round 8 in standard formats (7 in PPR), and Mathews is going in round 4 in standard and round 5 in PPR. I still think Woodhead is a better value in a standard leagues and a flat out better player in PPR. Check out our latest PPR mock draft podcast.


 



 


 


In fact, I have moved Woodhead up since our PPR mock draft and would probably take him over Lamar Miller next time round. This is why mocks are so important. Especially when it is PPR, my tiers change considerably. In a standard league, I like Miller’s potential in B. Lazor’s offense this year, but you can’t argue with Woodhead’s value in PPR, it makes that much of a difference.


 


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If you buy into the handcuff philosophy, than you realize, Woodhead’s role would not change significantly if Mathews went down. Chances are, the work load increase would go to either Donald Brown, or Branden Oliver. Last year, when Ronnie Brown was in San Diego as the 3rd string guy, he only received 53 touches. Keep in mind, Mathews played in all 16 games in 2013. The team has said that Mathews will be their rushing back and the 3rd stringer will likely only receive 3-5 touches a game. They are paying Donald Brown a nice chunk of change for merely a backup role. This might mean they hope to get him more involved, but chances are this is just a high insurance policy in case the oft injured Mathews goes down. There is also rookie Branden Oliver. Man, you gotta love the preseason. It is far too easy to get excited about guys and think you have found a diamond in the rough. Oliver looked nice in the first preseason game. He had 64 yards on just 7 carries and scored a touch down. Going beyond the box score, the rookie looked good. He was decisive when he hit the holes and had a burst of speed when he got beyond the line of scrimmage. Then, there was the second preseason game. While he led all backs with 9 carries, he only had 14 yards. Look, if you are the brave soul that ends up drafting Mathews, chances are his handcuff will be on waivers… if you want him when the time comes.


 


For the first time in many a blue moon, Antonio Gates is not our favorite tight end in San Diego. Gates, although having a decent year in 2013 is rated in the early 20’s for version 4 of our draft kit




 


It has been a long, good run. Ladarius Green is ranked higher than old man Gates. Even most of the douche canoes sites are hip to this one. Now, some of the Pyro boys are still holding on and putting the two in the same tier. D-rx and Staggs are the highest on Gates, with Dawg the lowest. As of mid-August, in 12 team leagues, Green is being taken in round 10 and Gates in round 13.Green is entering his third year, which is generally when the light clicks for most NFL tight ends. Gates on the other hand has been in the league since 2003. Last year, Gates had 10 receptions once. That was his highest production in any game and that came early on in the season, week  #4. He broke 100 yards just twice (week #2 and week #4). In weeks #5 – #16, Gates ranked as the 20th best fantasy tight end. He averaged a mere 4.7 points per game in that span. That is not considered a trend at that point, that is writing on the wall.


 


Defensively, I am staying away. They do have a decent kicker. Nick Novak should finish just inside the top 10, but hey they are kickers, nobody really knows for sure with those guys. Generally, I like to go for kickers that are on high scoring teams. San Diego ranked 12th in offensive scoring last year with 24.8 points per game.


 


 


 


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The Seven Bandits

The NFL has seen dominant defenses throughout its glorious history, but one of the most dominant defenses to ever play was one that you most likely have not heard of. In 1961 the NFL was spilt between the NFL and the AFL, six years before the first Super Bowl, and the Chargers defense was the class of the AFL. Their front four was the first Fearsome Foursome, predating the Rams, and the linebackers and defensive backs were known as The Seven Bandits. The Bandits still hold the single season interception record with 49 as a team, a record that will never be broken.

The Chargers Fearsome Foursome of Ron Nery, Ernie Ladd, Bill Hudson and Earl Faison were a constant source of pressure, which forced opposing quarterbacks to make poor decisions that usually ended up in the hands of one of the Bandits. This dominating defense led the Chargers to the AFL Championship game where they lost to the Houston Oilers 12-3, but it was no fault of the Bandits. The Bandits forced seven turnovers in the game, with six interceptions!!! The only problem was that the Chargers offense returned the favor with six turnovers of their own.

In 1961 teams only played 14 games on the season, which makes this interception mark so impressive. The Seven Bandits were responsible for 42 of the teams 49 interceptions of the season: Charlie McNeil – 9, Bob Zeman – 8, Dick Harris – 7, Claude Gibson – 5, Chuck Allen – 5, Bob Laraba – 5 and Emil Karas – 3. The sheer amount of interceptions is impressive enough, but the Bandits also took nine of them back for touchdowns.

The defense was so impressive, they forced five or more turnovers in eight games with their worst performance coming in week four against Buffalo only forcing two turnovers. The Chargers broke the previous record of 42 interceptions, set by the 1943 Green Bay Packers. This record will never come close to being broken.

The NFL is now considered a passing league, and with the fact that teams play 16 games you might think I am wrong, but let’s check the recent defensive challengers. Going back to 2002 thru 2013 there have only been five defenses that had 30 or more interceptions, with 31 interceptions being the highest season total. That is still 18 behind this ridiculous record. The Chargers averaged 3.5 interceptions per game!!! No team in recent vintage has been able to average more than 2 interceptions per game, and in order to break the Chargers record a team would have to average 3.13 picks per game.

The 1961 Chargers defense is the best defense you have never heard of, and the Seven Bandits with their remarkable record deserve more credit in the annals of the NFL. To think they had six players with at least five interceptions is just incredible. I tip my cap to the greatest bunch of thieves this great game has ever seen, and a season for the ages.


 







 


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Marty Schottenheimer

When Marty Schottenheimer was fired in February of 2007, he had just finished a year where he led the San Diego Chargers to a 14-2 record, an automatic bid into the divisional playoff round, and had many predicting a Super Bowl Championship. Unfortunately, the Chargers lost in the divisional round to the Patriots, and Schottenheimer was fired a month later. Team president Dean Spanos cited that the termination was based on a "dysfunctional situation" between Marty and general manager A.J. Smith.



Upon Marty Schottenheimer being fired, it became the second NFL termination after a coach had gone 14-2 in a season.  You have to go back 80 years to find the only head coach in NFL history to win 14 (or more) games in a season and not return to that team the next year. Hall of Famer Guy Chamberlin led the 1926 Frankford Yellow Jackets to a 14-1-2 record as a player-coach, then moved on to coach and play in 1927 for the Chicago Cardinals. When the news reached the public, about Schottenheimer being fired, many probably speculated that the reason was Schottenheimer's record in the playoffs.



There is no doubt that he has had little success when the post-season hits. For comparison, his win rate as a coach is 63% (200-126-1), but his playoff percentage is much lower 38% (5-13). His 5-13 playoff record has taken on a life of its own. The 2006 loss to the Patriots was his sixth straight in the postseason dating to 1993, and the ninth time a Schottenheimer-coached team lost its opening playoff game. His teams have failed four times to capitalize on the home-field advantage, and has been on the losing end on several "Historic playoff games."
John Elway's "The Drive" and Ernest Byner's "The Fumble" were all under Schottenheimer. He took the Browns into the playoffs in the 1985-86 season, and had a 21-3 lead over the Miami Dolphins part way through the third quarter, but Dan Marino led Miami back for a 24-21 victory. In 1986-87 season, featured "The Drive" and the 1987-88 season was Byner's fumble. The 1998-99 post-season, Marty Schottenheimer's Browns, lost in the opening round to the Houston Oilers, mostly due to the fact, that Mike Pagel, the third-string quarterback was in, after Bernie Kosar was ruled out prior to the game, and back-up Don Strock was injured early in the first quarter.



After the loss, Schottenheimer moved on to the Kansas City Chiefs, and after missing the playoffs in his first year there, he led them to a 11-5 record only to lose in the opening round. This time, the Chiefs were winning 16-3 going into the fourth quarter against Miami, and again Dan Marino brought them back to win 17-16. In 1993, The Chiefs got to the AFC Championship game, but loss in a blow-out to the Buffalo Bills. After losing in the first round of the 1994 season, the Chiefs returned back to the playoffs for the 1995 season, this time with the number one seed. Not only were they the number one seed, but also held the best record in football (13-3). Unfortunately, they ran into the fifth seeded Colts, in the divisional match-up, and lost 10-7. Lin Elliot's three-missed field goals, contributed heavily to the loss. After missing the playoffs in 1996, the Chiefs returned in 1997, with again a 13-3 record, and the number one seed in the AFC, but again lost in divisional round, this time to the Denver Broncos, in which they had the lead, going into the fourth quarter. Marty then took some time away from the NFL and returned in 2001 with the Washington Redskins. He was fired after only one season and a 8-8 record.



In 2002, he was hired by San Diego.  It wasn't an easy beginning as Schottenheimer compiled a 12-20 record in his first two seasons there. However, in 2004, the Chargers went 12-4 and made the playoffs, but lost in the wild card round to the New York Jets in overtime 20-17. San Diego missed the 2005 playoffs, but in 2006, the Chargers went 14-2, but lost to New England. Again, it was an ugly loss for Schottenheimer and San Diego. The Chargers had a 21-13 lead late into the fourth quarter, when Marlon McCree intercepted a Tom Brady pass, which would have sealed the victory, instead, McCree fumbled and the ball was recovered by wide receiver Reche Caldwell. Brady, then threw a touchdown pass to Caldwell four plays later. New England then converted a two-point conversion to tie the game. The Patriots then forced the Chargers to punt, and with 1:10 left, Gostkowski connected for the game winning margin. Three days after the 24-21 playoff loss to New England, Schottenheimer declined the team's offer of a $4.5 million, one-year extension through 2008, which came with a club-option $1 million buyout. Spanos and Smith seemed visibly angry that the coach turned them down. A month later, Marty was fired.



"This decision was so hard because Marty has been both a friend and valued coach of our team," Spanos said in a statement. "But my first obligation is always to do what is in the best interest of our fans and the entire Charger organization. I must take whatever steps are necessary to deliver a Super Bowl trophy to San Diego. Events of the last month have now convinced me that it is not possible for our organization to function at a championship level under the current structure. On the contrary, and in the plainest possible language, we have a dysfunctional situation here. Today I am resolving that situation once and for all." For Schottenheimer's relationship with Smith, Schottenheimer said: "I don't know why it was so bad. Every time I tried to get an explanation of why there was such a bad reaction, he always had the same rebuttal ... he didn't want to talk about it."

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Kellen Winslow

In what could easily be the greatest NFL game ever played, the Chargers outlasted the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in a humid early January post-season game. The Dolphins were the AFC East division winner with a 11-4-1 record, while the Chargers finished with a 10-6 record and winners of the AFC West. It was meant to be an offense versus defense style of game, where the Chargers offense was explosive, and the Dolphins were rated fifth on the defense side of the ball.

It started ugly for Miami, as the Chargers showed every bit of their offense capability, scoring 24 points in the first quarter, while Miami couldn't get anything going, putting up a goose-egg. In the second quarter the game became quite the reverse. Miami scored 17 points, and held the Chargers to a goose-egg of their own. The Dolphins biggest score came on a hook-and-lateral play. Don Strock hit wide receiver Duriel Harris at the 20 yard line, and Harris pitched the ball to Tony Nathan who was trailing on the play. Nathan took the ball 25 yards for the score with no time remaining in the half. In the third quarter, Strock hit Joe Rose with a 15 yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 24. This time, Dan Fouts drove the Chargers down-field and connected with Kellen Winslow for a 25 yard touchdown. Strock returned the favor and hit Bruce Hardy for 50 yards to tie the score at 31. Miami then scored again to take their first lead in the game, but San Diego fired back quickly, and a pass attended for Kellen Winslow, the ball was overthrown but caught by James Brooks in the back of the end zone. At the end of the fourth quarter, Von Schamann attempted to kick the game winning field goal, however, with a 6'5 frame, Kellen Winslow blocked the game winning kick.

When overtime started both teams were entirely dehydrated, and it didn't take long for the Chargers to drive down to the 10 yard line and attempt a game winning field goal, but Rolf Benirschke had his kick go wide left. Miami then took the ball down the field for Von Schamann and his winning kick was again blocked, this time by Leroy Jones. Fouts then took San Diego 74 yards down field, and this time the Benirschke kick was good.

Both teams had great performances by great players, but the MVP most likely belonged to Kellen Winslow. In addition to his blocked field goal, he recorded an NFL playoff record 13 receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown, despite suffering numerous injuries. During the contest, he was treated for a pinched nerve in his shoulder, dehydration, severe cramps, and a gash in his lower lip that required three stitches. A picture of an exhausted Winslow being helped off the field by two teammates after the game is an enduring image in NFL lore and has been replayed constantly ever since.


 


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FLASH... MELVIN GORDON

Short sample size or not, the lone drive by the Bolts’ first team offense went as well as the team could have hoped, as the seven-play drive culminated with a 44-yard touchdown catch and run by Melvin Gordon to take a 7-3 lead.

Pyro's take: Short sample size or not, the lone drive by the Bolts’ first team offense went as well as the team could have hoped, as the seven-play drive culminated with a 44-yard touchdown catch and run by Melvin Gordon to take a 7-3 lead. Gordon did not have a touchdown over his rookie year, and also rushed the ball three times for 12 yards (4.0 yards per carry).

Fantasy Goo: While Gordon was at Wisconsin I thought for a guy who busted out so many 20 yard runs, why was he getting caught from behind so often before he could make it to the end zone. Last year Gordon ran for 3.5 yards per carry. He will need to get to that magical 4.0 YPC to start soothing Charger coaches and the owner’s nerves in 2016. I am far from convinced in Gordon for 2016 but, I will not give up on him yet. The Chargers typically are a high octane passing team which could soften run defense for Melvin to begin claiming the starting spot for good. The jolt in this bolt of lightning is that he is quietly going in the 6th round of 12 team mock drafts as the 27th RB taken. San Diego is desperate to finally find a workhorse RB and will give Melvin a lot of rope.


08/14/16, 07:14 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.chargers.com

Stevie Johnson Out for 2016

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Pyro's take: Stevie Johnson is officially put on ice for the 2016 NFL season. The Chargers WR will need season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

fantasy goo: We could see more 2 TE sets. But if anything, I see this boosting Allen's production all the more. In deeper leagues, this could also boost Tyrell Williams role. It is certainly a development to watch over the preseason.


08/12/16, 07:40 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.nfl.com

Next Man Up In Chargers Camp As WR Stevie Johnson Goes Down

After starting wideout

Pyro's take: After starting wideout Stevie Johnson went down with a knee injury, second-year receiver Tyrell Williams stepped it to take some reps with the starters. Williams didn't see much action in his rookie season but did show off his 4.3 speed on an 80-yard score from Philip Rivers in the final game of the season. (Chargers.com)

Fantasy Goo: Despite Williams seemingly intriguing coaches, it's reasonable to think his role will remain small even if Stevie Johnson does miss extended time. Travis Benjamin is the starting wideout opposite Keenan Allen but was sitting out of practice with a hamstring injury. At this point there just won't be enough targets to go around to make Williams a viable target outside of the deepest leagues.

08/02/16, 09:13 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.chargers.com

NFL History a Motivation for Gates

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Pyro's take: Tony Gonzalez has the most TDs for any TE in NFL history. His record stands at 111. Well, for awhile at least. Antonio Gates needs just 8 TDs to break that record. In so doing, he will then have the 6th most receiving TDs all time as well. Rivers has spoken about getting his TE to this goal in the 2016 season.

Fantasy goo: This is going to be a huge motivational factor. Gates, if healthy, should be in line for double-digit TDs in the 2016 season. As of early August, his ADP is the 11th round. Currently, there are 12 other TEs going in front of Gates. That spells value as you can scoop up your mid-round RBs and still come away with a top 5 upside TE. Last year, there were only 3 TEs that caught double-digit TDs, all of them were in the top 6 for total fantasy points.


08/01/16, 01:34 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Antonio Gates And Hunter Henry To Rotate Snaps With Chargers In 2016

Heading into 2015

Pyro's take: Heading into the 2015 season, Chargers TE Antonio Gates stated that he would like to reduce his overall snap count. However, nothing ever materialized of those hopes as he found himself on the field for a majority of the teams' snaps. He hauled in 56-of-84 targets for 630 yards and five touchdowns. After the team selected rookie Hunter Henry in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft, Gates' wish could come fruition. According to Eric Williams of ESPN the Chargers are expected to rotate snaps for the two playmakers rather than rolling with two-TE sets. (Eric Williams on Twitter)

Fantasy Goo: As the most trusted weapon in the San Diego offense, Antonio Gates will still surely be utilized in red zone packages and third down work. He is currently ranked as the 12th tight end overall in our standard ECR rankings and is a safe bet as a low-end TE1. Hunter Henry is currently 39th.

07/27/16, 02:29 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: twitter.com

Chargers Expect Melvin Gordon To Be 100% For Training Camp

San Diego Chargers

Pyro's take: San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is expected to be "100 percent healthy" for the team's training camp that begins on July 29. (Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union Tribune)

Fantasy Goo: Melvin Gordon is entering his second NFL season and is coming off of a disappointing rookie campaign. Gordon appeared in 14 games in 2015 with the Chargers and finished the year with only 833 total yards, zero touchdowns, and four lost fumbles. Gordon is expected to lead San Diego's backfield once again but don't be surprised if he is replaced by Danny Woodhead or Brandon Oliver if he was to struggle early on in the season.

07/01/16, 08:44 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Danny Boy Expected To BE A Go For Chargers Camp

San Diego Chargers

Pyro's take: San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) is expected to be ready for the team's training camp that begins on July 29. (Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union Tribune)

Fantasy Goo: Danny Woodhead is coming off of a solid 2015 season with the Chargers where he led the team's running backs in statistical production. Woodhead appeared in all 16 games last year with San Diego and finished the season with 335 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The vast majority of his numbers came as a receiver out of the backfield where he caught 81 receptions for 756 yards and six scores. For fantasy purposes, Woodhead is a PPR goldmine and should continue his fortune in the upcoming campaign. Consider the veteran rusher a low-end RB2 with tremendous upside as it is still unknown if Melvin Gordon could handle being a lead back in the NFL which translates to more touches for Woodhead. A point of interest: Woodhead was targeted 106 times in 2015.



07/01/16, 08:39 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Melvin Gordon Expected To Have A Productive Sophomore Season

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Pyro's take: According to Eric Williams of ESPN, the hope and expectation is that sophomore running back Melvin Gordon has a similar year for the San Diego Chargers to the one Ryan Mathews had with them back in 2013.

Fantasy Goo: During that season, Mathews ran for a career-best 1,255 yards and six touchdowns under the tutelage of Ken Whisenhunt, who is now back with the team as offensive coordinator. The coaching staff has done and said all the right things in regards to making sure Gordon sees more opportunities and schemes that fit his running style. He is a quality post-hype RB2 option and could be a nice addition to your fantasy roster at the right draft price. He is currently the 27th RB in MFL10'S rankings going in the 8th round.

06/20/16, 09:45 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.espn.com

Danny Woodhead Rolls his Ankle

Danny Woodhead

Pyro's take: Danny Woodhead got his ankle rolled up under a defensive lineman in camp. Woodhead is expected to be healthy going into training camp after the San Diego Charger's 6 week break.

Fantasy Goo: Woodhead lead the Chargers in 2015 with 80 receptions, 755 rec yards, and 6 touchdowns. Woodhead will be 32 this season but has little to no wear on his body. He has amassed 923 touches in his career. Expect some regression from Woodhead with a healthy Keenan Allen cutting into his targets.

06/15/16, 05:52 PM CDT by The Archer
Source: www.sandiegouniontribune.com

Philip Rivers 'fired up'

"I feel like it didn't end the way we wanted it to record-wise or season-wise, but the way it ended at Qualcomm, what could've been the end, I think will hopefully carry over into this new season," Rivers said

Pyro's take: Philip Rivers talking about staying in San Diego. "I feel like it didn't end the way we wanted it to record-wise or season-wise, but the way it ended at Qualcomm, what could've been the end, I think will hopefully carry over into this new season," Rivers said. "That emotion and that atmosphere, I know you can't really recreate that from a 'farewell' sense. I know a lot of the emotion was built with that. But just the energy and feel in the stadium was crazy.

Fantasy Goo: Philip Rivers will be 34 years old for most of the 2016 season. Some of us might feel like he should be older as he has seemingly played a very long time. Only one time since 2008 has Philip not thrown for over 4,000 yards with him blazing 4,793 this past season. This season could be just as good or even better with Keenan Allen back (if he stays on the field) and someone that I am intrigued with playing his first season in San Diego, Travis Benjamin. Rivers to Benjamin on deep routes may offer BOOM potential for a draft choice that will not break the bank.


06/12/16, 08:54 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.sandiegouniontribune.com

Keenan Allen Hits Paydirt Signs Four Year Extension With San Diego

Allen, 24

Pyro's take: Allen, 24, figures to play a prominent role in the Chargers offense through 2020 with the deal, worth $44M, The Chargers played it smart as 2016 was the last year of his rookie deal and he was woefully underpaid. A win-win for all sides.Way to stay classy San Diego.

Fantasy Goo: Allen had a wonderful season last fall until it was cut short be a kidney injury. He should be all-systems-go this year and can be counted on to have at least 110 receptions during the 2016 campaign.

06/11/16, 05:22 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.nfl.com

Melvin Gordon Participating In Drills Despite Being Less Than 100%

With many worried

Pyro's take: With many worried about the long-term health of running back Melvin Gordon, it has been slightly promising that he has been able to participate in some individual and team drills during the recent voluntary OTA's. However, according to Tom Krasovich from the U-T San Diego "Gordon isn't scheduled to be at 100 percent at this stage of the offseason. And, he's not."

If Gordon can make a full recovery by the start of training camp it will be a big breath of fresh air for fantasy owners. However, it remains to be seen just how much of the workload he will be given due to his rookie struggles and ball security issues. With that being said he should be able to earn the early-down work to begin the season, but he will have to earn some red zone touches to increase his fantasy value heading into his second season.

06/01/16, 12:06 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.utsandiego.com

RB Melvin Gordon participating in OTA's

San Diego Chargers

Pyro's take: San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was spotted participating in individual drills at the start of OTAs.

Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune went on to say that Gordon has progressed well since undergoing microfracture surgery. All signs point to Gordon being ready for the start of training camp. With the support of the coaching staff behind him, Gordon should have no problem improving on his mediocre rookie season numbers as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks during his recovery.

05/23/16, 05:27 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: sandiegouniontribune.com

Melvin Gordon admits he was terrible in his rookie season

MG

Pyro's take: “It was terrible. I was terrible.”

He carried the ball 184 times for 641 yards, averaging 3.5 yards per carry without a touchdown before his season came to a close in Week 14 after sustaining a knee injury.

Not all the blame can rest on his shoulders as the offensive line was garbage last season. Gordon still has his confidence, and if the Chargers can retool that line, he can be in a good place to rebound from last season.

A standard league guy only however as he is not known for catching passes.

04/21/16, 07:03 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.chargers.com

Travis Benjamin hopes to have a new deal with the Browns before hitting the open market.

TB

Pyro's take: Benjamin had a breakout year in 2015. His 68 catches, 966 receiving yards and five touchdown catches were all career bests. He’d always been a punt return threat but hadn’t been a full-time wide receiver before last season.--PFT

“Football is my life, my pride and joy,” Benjamin said. “I leave it up to my agent to figure out where I’m going. Once I’m in the building it’s all about getting better and going forward.”

02/04/16, 10:27 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Melvin Gordon (knee cartilage surgery) suggested he'll be back to 100 percent in two months.

MG

Pyro's take: Melvin Gordon, a visitor to the Bay Area for this week's Super Bowl festivities, said he's pleased with his comeback from knee-cartilage surgery in early January.

02/04/16, 09:46 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.sandiegouniontribune.com

Michael Gehlken reports "all indications" suggest impending free agent Antonio Gates will not retire.

AG

Pyro's take: The Chargers want Gates back. He wants to retire a Charger, and all indications are he isn't ready for retirement yet. Gates, who will turn 36 in June, is confident he can still produce in the NFL. Last year, he caught 46 passes for 630 yards and four touchdowns. That was despite being suspended the first four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy and missing a fifth game to an Oct. 18 knee injury.

"The way we played today, for a team with nothing to gain, nothing to lose, nothing, says a lot about us, man," Gates said afterward. "This is the type of team I would love to finish my career with. To make a long story short, I'd love to finish my career here. I know one thing: we're going to fight despite whatever we're going through. We'll see how it goes."

02/03/16, 01:10 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.sandiegouniontribune.com

Chargers have applied to trademark "Los Angeles Chargers."

PR

Pyro's take: Nathan Fenno has reported via LA Times The Chargers applied to trademark “Los Angeles Chargers” and “LA Chargers” two days after NFL owners approved the Rams’ relocation to L.A. last week.

The Chargers have an option to join the Rams in L.A. that expires Jan. 15, 2017. The option can be extended one year if voters approve public financing for a new stadium in San Diego.

The Rams, who are developing a stadium in Inglewood that’s expected to be ready for the 2019 season, started formal negotiations with the Chargers on Monday to share the venue.

01/19/16, 04:24 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.latimes.com

Frank Reich is traveling to Philadelphia Tuesday night to meet with Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

FR

Pyro's take: Howard Eskin via Twitter "Frank Reich coming to Phila tonight to talk w #Eagles HC Doug Pederson about OC job @FOX29philly"

Frank Reich never really established himself in San Diego and injuries made his offense look worse than it was.

01/19/16, 04:07 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Chargers signed coach Mike McCoy to a one-year extension.

NN

Pyro's take: Michael Gehlken via Twitter "Chargers GM Tom Telesco announces one-year extension for Mike McCoy. Contract now through 2017 season."


Mike McCoy will be much needed stability entering next season, especially if they move to Los Angeles, and have many returning players from injury.


01/09/16, 01:53 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

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