After a big win against the Oakland Raiders in Week 6, the Los Angeles Chargers are looking to continue to turn around a thus unsuccessful season. Again, a win for the Chargers saw a couple significant fantasy performances, but it seems that things are now leveling out a bit.
In a close bout with the Oakland Raiders, the Chargers leaned heavily on running back Melvin Gordon, but other players stepped up as well. In the Chargers’ Week 7 matchup with the Denver Broncos, they face a tough defense, but many of the Bolts players are still viable starters.
But first, let’s look at some of the significant performances from last week:
In his debut game with the Bolts, receiver Mike Williams was used sparingly due to his lack of experience and the fact that he is still recovering from injury.
Although Williams saw limited usage, he did have an important 15-yard reception on a third down, so it is likely that he will be used more this week. While Williams is likely not yet a smart start in fantasy, watch for his numbers to see an increase in the coming weeks.
After yet another strong performance, Hunter Henry is quickly becoming one of the stronger fantasy plays at tight end position in the league. Although Henry did not score a touchdown as he did the previous two weeks, he did, however, have a season high 90 yards.
Henry’s week was highlighted by his play on the Chargers’ final drive of the game, where he pretty much single-handedly drove the Bolts all the way down the field to set up the game-winning field goal. Henry is becoming a very strong TE1, and remains one regardless of this week’s matchup against a tough Denver defense.
Gordon’s performance against Oakland marks his second two-touchdown week in a row, and while he performed well on the ground, Gordon has truly been shining through the air.
With an astounding stat line of nine receptions for 67 yards and a receiving touchdown against the Raiders, Gordon has truly proven just how useful he has become in the Chargers’ passing game. Although Denver has been a tough matchup in the past, they just gave up over 100 yards to Orleans Darkwa last week, so Gordon remains a must-start RB1 in this week’s game.
Start or Sit?
Here are the players previously mentioned along with some who were not, with the parentheses indicating the tier of each player in fantasy terms and my projection for them this week.
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- Philip Rivers – Start (QB1/QB2) – My Projection: 15 points (Standard)
- Melvin Gordon – Start (RB1) – My Projection: 16 points (Standard), 21 points (PPR)
- Keenan Allen* – Start (WR1/WR2) – My Projection: 8 points (Standard), 12 points (PPR)
- Tyrell Williams – Bench (WR3) – My Projection: 5 points (Standard), 8 points (PPR)
- Hunter Henry – Start (TE1) – My Projection: 8 points (Standard), 12 points (PPR)
- Travis Benjamin – Bench (WR4) – My Projection: 2 points (Standard), 4 points (PPR)
- Antonio Gates – Bench (TE2) – My Projection: 2 points (Standard), 4 points (PPR)
- Austin Ekeler – Bench (RB3/RB4) – My Projection: 1 point (Standard), 2 points (PPR)
- Branden Oliver – Bench (RB3/RB4) – My Projection: 1 point (Standard), 1 point (PPR)
- Dontrelle Inman – Bench (WR5) – My Projection: 1 point (Standard), 2 points (PPR)
- Mike Williams – Bench (WR3/WR4) – My Projection: 3 points (Standard), 5 points (PPR)
Note: Asterisk (*) indicates possibility of player missing game due to injury.
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