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Los Angeles Chargers Daily Links: Travis Benjamin Was One of NFL’s Best On Corner Routes

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Fantasy football sleepers: Low-ADP players worth a draft pick in 2018 - Scott Barrett
At age 38, Gates might not find his way onto an NFL roster this year but he’s still worth consideration in the last round of your drafts. He underwhelmed last year working in a committee with Hunter Henry but has finished as a top-12 fantasy tight end in each of the previous 13 seasons. Los Angeles has yet to fill the void left by Henry (who suffered a season-ending ACL injury earlier this offseason) and Gates is a good bet to sign there.

Top NFL WRs on corner routes - Mark Chichester
Last year, Benjamin’s average depth of target on corner routes sat at an impressive 34.4 yards downfield, which not only ranked first among receivers, it was the third-deepest mark that we’ve ever seen. This gave him the opportunity to rack up the receiving yards on his receptions, and he did so, as he hauled in 3-of-5 passes for 108 receiving yards and one touchdown. Over the course of the year, 80.0 percent of his targets were positively graded, which was good for the third among the league’s receivers and his average of 36.0 yards per reception was good for first.

Key fantasy questions around the AFC West - Patrick Thorman
Otherwise, there is not an ancillary weapon who is likely to meaningfully syphon the workloads of Allen and Gordon. They are expensive for a reason, but both high-floor assets benefit from the best Chargers offensive line in recent memory, and still have room to return a profit on their draft cost. As the 14th quarterback chosen, typically into the double-digit rounds, Rivers’ rock-solid passing volume means he does as well, no matter the game script.

Chargers wise to take it slow with Forrest Lamp at training camp - Eric Williams
"We're all human," Teleso said. "We were moving our families still at the same time we were getting ready for training camp, and even though you have that football mentality that nothing is going to affect us -- it really didn't feel like it did -- but when you look back, yeah, it was unique, to say the least.

The six NFL teams most likely to improve in 2018 - Bill Barnwell
Relying on takeaways can be a risky way to build a great defense; ask the Raiders and Buccaneers, who ranked second and third in takeaways during the 2016 season and then finished 2017 ranked 29th and 32nd in defensive DVOA, respectively. The good news for the Chargers is that they were also a great pass defense even when they weren't intercepting passes. If you strip interceptions out of the equation, the Chargers allowed a Total QBR of 76.6 over their final 12 games, which was the third-best rate in football.

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