In my last article, I wrote about the Chargers that you should keep in your keeper league. The biggest thing that I stress in planning your keeper league team is VALUE. If you picked up someone like Philip Rivers, or Danny Woodhead, in a late round last year, you have nothing to lose because you'll be burning a terrible draft pick anyways. I'll continue with the San Diego Chargers Wide Receivers in this edition.
99% of people who had Keenan Allen on their roster at the end of the season did not pick him up by drafting him. I obviously am pulling that percentage out of somewhere down south, but I'm sure that it's pretty close to reality. I believe, correct me if I'm wrong, that if you pick up someone off of the waiver wire, and use them as your keeper, it burns a last round pick... but I'm not sure. I would say it is nearly impossible to get more value with such a low pick, and I strongly urge you to use a keeper slot on Keenan Allen. You'll regret it if you don't, I promise. He should only improve off last year, especially considering he didn't really play in the first 3 games this season.
Chances are, Malcom Floyd wasn't on any active rosters at the end of last season. For that reason, he wouldn't be a keeper. Even if he was on your roster, there's a pretty high chance he can't return from his neck injury and his career is unfortunately over. If Malcom Floyd comes back, he's not going to play as big of a role anymore (considering Tom Telesco will probably draft another WR), and even if Floyd does play a big role, no one is going to draft him high due to his inability to play a full season throughout his career. There is little value here no matter what way you look at it.
Verdict: Draft reaaallyyyy late, but wait and see if he'll even be back
Eddie Royal was probably drafted by no one, and he exploded onto the scene last season, but then quickly cooled off with the emergence of Keenan Allen. If he would have kept up his production, he not only would have had one of the greatest seasons ever by a WR (He had 5 TD receptions through the first 2 games), and would be on everyone's radar, and would have even more value than Keenan Allen. Sadly, that is not the case, and he was a low end WR2 in fantasy last year. If you really want him, I would recommend drafting him, not using a keeper slot on him. You can use your slots on someone you picked up off the waiver, or in a late round.
Many people drafted VBrown, including me, as a sleeper for this past season. He did not live up to standards, and thus, does not warrant a keeper slot. I don't see enough value, even though he was normally a pretty late draft pick. Remember, he will be 3rd on the depth chart at the very best, and there's a good chance he'll be our #5, behind Allen, Floyd, Royal, and a rookie yet to be drafted.
No one drafted him, and he had 3 receptions last season. He won't get more targets this season, he's mainly a Special Teamer.
Next week, I'll take a look at our 3 main TEs, and our defense. I feel like there is one guy worth keeping in that group, and you might be surprised at who it is! Let's be honest, everyone knows which TE I have high hopes for next season, especially if you've read my past articles.