Hello everyone! Before I get started, I'd like to introduce myself, so you know who it is behind the screen!
My name is Aaron Woolley, if you couldn't tell from my username! I'm currently a student at UCLA studying music and education. I am single (ladies, form a line!) and my dorm has many leather bound books and smells of rich mahogany. All kidding aside, I am a fiery supporter of the Chargers, and will stand by them win or lose, rain or shine.
I have been a Charger fan since the 2006 season, and have been playing fantasy football starting the year after that. For all of you wondering, my favorite player is Philip Rivers, but Keenan Allen is really starting to garner some serious consideration for that title! I have been pretty darn successful playing FF, as I scour the Waivers many times each week, seeing if I can find a possible gem based on match ups.
Now into the good stuff:
I obviously had to start here. After a "poor two seasons," by El Capitan, not many people had faith in him. I didn't even pick him! I had picked up Matt Ryan in the 6th, and Russell Wilson fell to the 9th. After the draft, I dropped the Titans DST, and picked up Rivers, because I had a good feeling about him. I ended up starting Rivers every single week! (except for bye week of course)
Philip Rivers went from Undrafted, to the 7th highest scoring player in Fantasy Football last season! He was also the 6th highest scoring quarterback!
Stats: 4478 yards, 32 TDs, 11 INT for 287.4 points.
Forecast: Expect Rivers to be taken around the 4th or 5th rounds next season. People know that this Chargers team means business.
With the 57th pick in my fantasy league, Ryan Mathews was selected (not by me). I had him pretty far down on my draft board, and I assumed that most people would forget about Mathews, considering the pedestrian year he had in 2012. Unfortunately, there must have been another Charger fan in my league, who reached for Mathews, and actually ended up dropping him at one point during the season. Ryan Mathews really turned it on the last 6 weeks of the season, scoring 12 or more points 5 of those weeks. He was clutch in the Fantasy Playoffs, and this is why he is one of the Chargers fantasy stars of the 2013 season. He was the 12th overall running back in Fantasy Football this past season.
Stats: 1444 total yards, 7 total TD's, and ONLY ONE FUMBLE!
Forecast: Expect Mathews to go in the first 3 rounds. He will be on everyone's board.
What kind of guy would I be if I didn't include Sproles 2.0 on this list? This year, Danny Woodhead out-did Darren Sproles! This will be one of my favorite free agent signings for a long time. Danny Woodhead went undrafted, and unnoticed in my league until October 9th! This was after week 5 of the regular season! He shot onto everyone's radar and ended up being the 19th best RB in fantasy. This being said, he was incredibly inconsistent from a fantasy standpoint, and I would not recommend him, or Sproles as a season starter. I would put them in based on match ups, and he is a great bye replacement for a #2. Consider him a flex option.
Stats: 1034 total yards, 8 Total TD's, 2 Fumbles
Forecast: He will probably go around the 5th or 6th round, but I would not go higher than a 7th rounder for him.
Everyone's gotta love this guy. After a shaky start (no snaps week 1, and negative points week 3), he exploded onto the scene. Winning the Pepsi Next Rookie of the year is no small feat, and he definitely deserved it. Keenan Allen had one of the best seasons for a rookie WR in the last 10 years. He even beat Megatron's rookie numbers! He ended up the #17 WR in fantasy. He ended up only being owned in 81% of NFL.com leagues, and was only started by 67.4%! Expect that to change!
Stats: 1046 yards, 8 TD's, 2 Fumbles
Forecast: I believe he will be picked in the 4th or 5th rounds. He's got so much promise, and combine that with him actually playing 16 games, and you have one good receiver.
Novak went undrafted in my league, and stayed that way all season, despite being the 6th rated kicker in fantasy. He converted 92% of his field goals last year, and went 100% on PATs. Novak made all field goals he attempted from 20-29 yards, 40-49 yards, and from 50+ yards. That is impressive! This being said, kickers don't go very high in draft, even though they are fairly valuable.
Forecast: Expect him to go in the 14th or 15th round, or not at all. He will be a steal once again.
Next friday, I will publish an article with the biggest BUSTS of the Chargers 2013-2014 fantasy season. Hope you all have a great week.