Which San Diego Chargers player will have a breakout fantasy football season?

Stephen Dunn

Buffalo Wild Wings asked me to write about which San Diego Chargers player will have a breakout fantasy football season in 2013. I thought it was going to be easy. It wasn't.

When it comes to the San Diego Chargers, it's not a matter of which players might have a "breakout" fantasy football campaign as much as who you should trust. Will the new offense fix Philip Rivers? Will Ryan Mathews or Antonio Gates or Malcom Floyd be able to stay healthy?

At first, this was going to be a post about Ryan Mathews. He's looked so good in the preseason, and the right side of the offensive line has looked so dominant, that it's hard to imagine Mathews not being the team's #1 weapon once when get into the red zone. However, before I wrote the post, I decided to do a bit of research. Here's what I found.


Denver Broncos 2010-2012

Total TDs: 118

TDs by Running Backs: 33

Arizona Cardinals 2007-2012

Total TDs: 202

TDs by Running Backs: 73


So, maybe not Ryan Mathews.

I actually like the choice of Vincent Brown as a sleeper pick. You have to trust that he can stay healthy, but he's a good candidate to have a breakout season. In training camp, he's gotten reps at the #1, #2 and #3 WR spots, due to various injuries around him, and has looked good in all of them. He has had good chemistry with Philip Rivers since before even being drafted by the Chargers. He's a good fit for this offense that values players that can get open quickly and make tough catches in traffic. He also probably won't be drafted in the first ten rounds of your fantasy football draft.

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