Fantasy Football: Which Chargers Players Should You Draft?

Don't worry, Nate. You'll get your chance to kick at those goalposts.

Unfortunately, the BFTB audience has swelled to a point where it's an uncontrollable mass of confusion and venom. Therefore, we could only accommodate a few of you for our BFTB Fantasy Football leagues on Yahoo! this year. Those leagues have been filled up, but here is your chance to get organized and create a few of your own Yahoo! Fantasy Football league. Here's why you want to us Yahoo! over the other guys:

  • Yahoo! Sports is the #1 FREE Fantasy Football game on the web.
  • Same day drafts
  • Custom playoff seeding
  • Game-time waivers
  • Player availability across all leagues
  • New Yahoo! Fantasy Football mobile app for 2012 season with better stabilization & increased features
  • Pro Leagues - step it up a notch and play in public cash prize leagues

Got it? Good. Let's move on. It's tough for fans of particular teams to avoid overvaluing the players from those teams. I'm here to tell you which Chargers players you should be drafting and which ones you shouldn't.

Philip Rivers - I keep getting asked by fans of other teams if they should take Rivers this year after he screwed over a bunch of fantasy teams last year. Despite having a worse WR corps and offensive line, the answer is yes. Why? Because Antonio Gates is back at full strength, which helps an incredible amount, and because you can probably get Rivers a round later than you did in last year's draft.

Last Year: 4,624 pass yards, 27 pass TDs, 20 INTs


Antonio Gates - This one should be obvious. Gates has been one of the top Fantasy TEs since coming into the NFL as an undrafted free agent, and he's healthier than he's been in years.

Last Year: 64 catches, 778 rec yards, 7 TDs


Malcom Floyd - Led the league last year in yards per reception. His stats are absurd whenever he plays, it's just the matter of if he can stay healthy. If you can get him late in your draft, he's a guy that could pay off huge. He could easily be a 1000 yd/10 TD guy.

Last Year: 43 catches, 856 rec yards, 5 TDs


Ryan Mathews - Probably would've been a Top 5 pick if he stayed healthy and had a strong preseason. Instead, there's questions about when he'll be able to get on the field. If you can scoop him up in the 3rd round or later, you have a guy that could put up MVP-like numbers for more than half the season.

Last Year: 1091 rush yds, 6 rush TDs, 455 rec yds


Le'Ron McClain - Last season, Mike Tolbert was trying to fill spots as the team's goal-line rusher and 3rd down RB. He was excellent at about half of that, and racked up 10 TDs along the way. McClain looks to be filling that role as goal-line weapon (in an offense that struggles to throw to WRs in goal line situations) and could put up similar numbers. You definitely won't have to use a high draft pick on him.

Last Year: 51 rush yds, 1 rush TD, 82 rec yds, 1 rec TD


There you go. Anyone else you want to grab (Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal, Ronnie Brown, DEF) is somewhat of an unknown. They could all certainly put up good numbers, but it's not as sure of a thing as the guys above.


Yahoo! Fantasy Football supports SBNation.com and fantasy league families everywhere. In addition to the great drafting, trading, scoring and research that makes it the #1 free fantasy football game, this season also features a brand new mobile app and Pro Leagues, where you can compete for cash! Get ready for kickoff by signing up now!

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