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NFL: AFC Divisional Playoff-Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Ranking all 32 NFL offenses by EPA per pass play in 2018 - Ben Linsey
Philip Rivers has had a career resurgence of sorts in recent seasons. His overall grade of 88.9 in 2018 was his highest since he recorded a 91.4 overall grade in 2010. Looking at the weapons at his disposal, it’s easy to see why. Keenan Allen is one of the best receivers in the game, and he recently took home our title as the NFL’s prototypical route runner. Second-year receiver Mike Williams took a big step forward in 2018. He became especially dangerous in the red zone, finishing with a top-five red-zone receiving grade among wide receivers. Adding Hunter Henry back from injury in 2019 should only improve the Chargers passing attack.

Tight Ends to Target Outside Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and George Kittle - FantasyPros Staff
Why am I targeting Hunter Henry? The answer is simple: Philip Rivers loves to utilize his tight ends in the red zone. In 175 games with Rivers, Antonio Gates was targeted an astonishing 184 times inside the 20. Henry himself saw 28 red zone targets in the first 29 games of his career. The 24-year-old has the size and athleticism to be a big-time weapon for a team that has attempted an average of 578.4 passes over the last five seasons. Gates and Tyrell Williams are no longer with the Chargers, putting Henry and Mike Williams in prime positions to produce. Getting consistent production from your tight end will give you an edge most weeks – especially if you got said tight end in the late 60s. Henry has Eric Ebron-like breakout potential and could very well be a league-winner.

Mike Tagliere’s 2019 Tight End Rankings With Notes (Fantasy Football) - Mike Tagliere
Prior to tearing his ACL, Henry's career arc was moving in the right direction. His per-target production is through the roof, as he's seen 115 targets in his career that have amounted to 81 receptions for 1,057 yards and 12 touchdowns. By comparison, Zach Ertz saw 156 targets in 2018 and finished with 1,163 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Poll: Who Is Patriots' Top AFC Challenger In 2019? - Sam Robinson
The Chargers still employ the key players responsible for 2018 top-10 rankings on offense and defense and are in line to have Joey Bosa and Hunter Henry healthy in Week 1. The Bolts still lack a comparable home-field advantage compared to their contender peers but compensated last year by going 8-0 outside of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Chargers undrafted rookie spotlight: Adarius Pickett - Travis Wakeman
Unless all 32 teams were just really slow, there’s a reason why Pickett wasn’t signed directly after the draft. That is likely because teams just don’t think he is big enough and fast enough to play at the next level.

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