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Chargers players fantasy outlook in 2019 season

DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 and wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate a touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 and wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate a touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 02: Mike Badgley #4 of the Los Angeles Chargers kicks the game winning field goal with no time left on the clock in the fourth quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 02: Mike Badgley #4 of the Los Angeles Chargers kicks the game winning field goal with no time left on the clock in the fourth quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

Chargers defense and kicker

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Defenses are not always held in high regard in fantasy, and most drafters leave it to their last picks. But top defenses are always drafted a little higher than that, and that’s what the Chargers’ defense can be considered: A top defense. Top five, in fact; FantasyPros’ ADP has them being picked at 130th overall, fifth among defenses.

With a healthy Joey Bosa from the start, and interior pressure coming in the way of rookies Jerry Tillery and Cortez Broughton, as well as a healthy linebacker corps and an improved Derwin James in year two paired with rookie free safety Nasir Adderley, the Bolts’ defense should be nothing less than dominant.

Points for fantasy defenses come mostly in the way of sacks and turnovers. Opposing quarterbacks will have a hard time with constant pressure from a great defensive line, which should create lots of opportunities for the ball-hawks that roam the Chargers’ secondary.

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Last but not least is the Money Badger, who showed real promise as a rookie and can be even better in year two given an entire season as the starter.

For fantasy purposes, it helps he is attached to a great offense that will give him kicking opportunities often. He also has the confidence of the coaching staff, as shown in his franchise-record 59-yard field goal against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Chargers usually field great offenses with Philip Rivers throwing the ball, making the players around him very valuable fantasy assets every year. This season is no different, and several Chargers players can become fantasy stars. While drafting a favorite team’s players is not always the best idea, teams aren’t doing so bad if their favorite team is the Chargers.

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