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Chargers fantasy football: Who should you draft?

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands the ball off to Melvin Gordon #28 during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands the ball off to Melvin Gordon #28 during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

As the cursor thumbs over that favorite Chargers player in your fantasy draft, should you pull the trigger or resist the urge?

It is almost time ladies and gentlemen: Real football is only a few weeks away. While fans sit halfheartedly watching the preseason, some may also be participating in a favorite tradition in the month leading up to the NFL opener: Fantasy football drafts. Whether money, pride, or dignity on the line, there’s a lot of pressure to make the right calls as they select the players that will represent their team on the virtual gridiron. Often the differences between a championship team and a toilet bowl contender are a few key hits and misses in the year-opening draft. Whether selecting one player too high or waiting too long for another, these kinds of infuriating blunders can cause season-long devastation. What can make matters worse is preparing to make a selection, being confident of a certain pick, and right before making the call a player from your favorite team is staring you down just a little lower in the rankings. This dilemma is made especially difficult for fans of the Los Angeles Chargers, a team with plenty of talent that looks to be gobbled up early in fantasy drafts. A heart-wrenching decision looms as fans toss and turn between logic and loyalty. So how do you make that call?

For Chargers fans, these torturous choices will be frequent in their 2019 drafts. From Melvin Gordon to Hunter Henry, Mike Williams to ol’ faithful Philip Rivers, there are a ton of fantasy viable players on this roster. Making the right pick often boils down not to who is picked, but when they are drafted. In fantasy drafts this is called a player’s ADP, or Average Draft Position, and this article will be looking at some of the top Chargers by their ADP. Important disclaimer: If a player like Gordon were listed as “Avoid”, that does not mean that if he is still on the board by the fifth round that one should still back away. It just means there are better players available at his ADP. Also, this article draws ADP data from Fantasy Football Calculator, and ADP may vary among websites.

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