Chargers fantasy preview: Tight ends and Pittsburgh players
With Hunter Henry questionable for the game on Sunday instead of being ruled out preemptively again, it seems like he will give it a go. He’s a risky play considering there’s not much to go off of to determine how many snaps he’ll play or how many red-zone targets there will be for him.
If there is a Chargers tight end to actually play in fantasy though, it’s definitely him as opposed to Virgil Green or Lance Kendricks. Rivers simply loves targeting Henry downfield, and he may only be second to Allen in that respect.
It’s probably not much more than a touchdown-dependent option, but starting him may not be the worst idea if he can get open down the field for a big play or two. Unless you really have a top-five tight end talent like Zach Ertz, Austin Hooper, Travis Kelce, or George Kittle, Henry is an alright option in a season where tight ends have disappointed for the most part.
Steelers players vs. Chargers
With Hodges starting, all eyes will be on James Conner. Another thing that helps Conner in terms of fantasy value is the news that Jaylen Samuels will be out for a month. Other than Conner and perhaps No.1 receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, there’s not much to really go with in a Pittsburgh offensive attack that will be restrained and simplified to some degree for Hodges. Vance McDonald has underperformed mightily in fantasy this season.
Pittsburgh’s defense should be avoided at all costs with all the injuries in secondary. Artie Burns starting at corner is a tough ask vs. this Chargers offense and the Steelers’ run defense has been subpar all year. Chris Boswell may be a decent start at kicker though.
The Chargers should bounce back fairly well against the Steelers after a tough loss vs. Denver. Allen and Rivers look to bounce back from lesser fantasy performances last week. All eyes are on how the carries between Gordon and Ekeler are split. In the meantime, both are starter options.
Williams at wide receiver is a decent flex option while Allen is set to dominate in the slot vs. a hurt Steelers’ secondary. The defense is a must-start in fantasy leagues, as Hodges is starting his first NFL game. For Pittsburgh options, go with Smith-Schuster and Conner. Think about going with Henry, unless your team has one of the top fantasy tight ends.