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Team: San Diego Chargers

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San Diego FS Eric Weddle practiced on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday's sessions, as is listed as "probable" for Week 12.
Weddle will provide help to the back-end of the San Diego defense that has been roughed up throughout the 2015 season. The Chargers have allowed opposing passers to throw for 301.5 yards per game over their last four contests, all San Diego losses. The Chargers D/ST will have a chance to create turnovers in Week 12 as they face Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles, who is tied for second among NFL quarterbacks with 12 interceptions this season. Despite the potential for turnovers, the Chargers D/ST is not worth fantasy consideration this week on the road at Jacksonville. Nov 28 - 2:52 AM

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San Diego linebacker Manti Te'o (foot) is expected to return to the field in Week 11 when the Chargers host the Kansas City Chiefs.

Te'o has been out since Week 5 with a foot injury and should provide help for the Chargers defense that has been largely disappointing in 2015. The San Diego defense is allowing 27.7 points per game and has created only nine turnovers in nine games this season. The Chargers D/ST won't be a viable fantasy option in Week 11, despite the return of Te'o.
Nov 22 - 2:59 AM

San Diego CB Jason Verrett is dealing with a groin injury suffered in Monday night's loss to Chicago.

Verrett had a solid night before exiting with the groin issue. "He was playing outstanding until he opened up and couldn’t really run. He felt a grab. (His play) is what we expect out of him. To make plays like that," said FS Eric Weddle. Verrett will have the Chargers' Week 10 bye to rest before San Diego hosts Kansas City in Week 11, when the Chargers D/ST will likely be a fantasy afterthought due to their struggles in 2015.
Nov 11 - 4:44 AM

The San Diego defense will look to bounce back from a rough Week 7 performance when they travel to Baltimore on Sunday.

The Chargers D/ST got lit up by Oakland in Week 7, allowing 37 points and 412 total yards at home. San Diego hits the road this week, as they will face Joe Flacco and the Ravens in Baltimore. The Chargers are getting killed in the running game, allowing 132.1 rushing yards per game and 5.3 yards per carry to opposing rushers. Fantasy owners would be wise to stay far from this group in Week 8.
Oct 31 - 3:41 AM

The San Diego defense will face Oakland quarterback Derek Carr on Sunday, who leads the improved Oakland passing game.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Carr's 2015 improvement comes from the lack of pressure allowed by his offensive line. "He gets the ball out fast: at 2.33 seconds after the snap, seventh-quickest in the NFL. He is the 30th-least pressured quarterback at 25.9 percent of his dropbacks." The Raiders have allowed just nine sacks this season as their offense has shown improvement from the Oakland offenses of past seasons. Even at home, the San Diego defense will not be a viable Week 7 fantasy option due to their lack of pass rush effectiveness and struggles stopping the run.
Oct 22 - 4:55 AM

The struggling run defense of the San Diego Chargers will face a stiff test in Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell on Monday night.

San Diego is 29th among NFL teams in run defense, allowing 126.8 yards per game this season and have given up a beefy 4.9 yards per carry to opposing rushers. In Week 5, the Chargers D/ST faces Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell, who has averaged 141 total yards per game since returning from suspension. The Chargers D/ST will not be a recommended fantasy play this week.
Oct 10 - 4:12 PM

The San Diego defense has allowed just 189.3 passing yards per game through three weeks.

The Chargers have limited Matthew Stafford, Andy Dalton, and Teddy Bridgewater so far in 2015 and will face Cleveland's Josh McCown this week. San Diego is also limiting opposing passers to just a 60 percent completion rate, a stat that bodes well with McCown and his 57.9 percent clip visiting Qualcomm Stadium this week. The Chargers are a nice streaming target and a borderline top-12 defense in Week 4.
Oct 3 - 10:22 PM

The San Diego Chargers are allowing 4.7 yards per carry on rushing attempts from opposing teams through two weeks.

The San Diego Union-Tribune also notes the Chargers defense is giving up 3.87 yards per rush before contact. Gio Bernard was the latest back to find success running on San Diego, as he wheeled his way to 123 yards on 20 carries in Week 2. With a Week 3 matchup against Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings looming, the Chargers will need to tighten up their run defense in a hurry. The San Diego D/ST is a mid-tier Week 3 fantasy option.
Sep 27 - 2:48 AM

SS Jimmy Wilson is expected to fill-in at strong safety for San Diego this week, with SS Jahleel Addae listed as doubtful for Sunday's game at Cincinnati.

Addae injured his ankle in San Diego's Week 1 win against Detroit, leaving Wilson to play alongside free safety Eric Weddle on Sunday. Chargers coach Mike McCoy told the Union-Tribune San Diego, "I think it makes it easier when you're playing back there with someone like Eric that is going to over-communicate everything." The benefit of playing with Weddle should help Wilson as he steps in, but the Chargers secondary will be challenged by Andy Dalton's top targets, A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert. The San Diego D/ST is not a recommended Week 2 start in fantasy leagues.
Sep 20 - 1:03 AM

The San Diego Union-Tribune lists the pass rush of the Chargers as the key to defensive success against Detroit in Week 1.

San Diego was 29th in the NFL with just 26 sacks in 2014, so an improved pass rush would go a long way in improving the Chargers fantasy D/ST unit. The Union-Tribune noted, "If the Chargers fail to muster a consistent or timely pass rush, a flaw that plagued them in 2014, they will place undue pressure on their defensive backs." The Chargers D/ST is a mid-range Week 1 option against Detroit.
Sep 11 - 11:22 PM

The San Diego Union-Tribune noted that Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram showed improved explosion throughout the preseason.

The Union-Tribune also stated that Ingram "seems capable of beating his career total of six sacks and also setting the edge versus the run." Improvement from Ingram would be huge for the San Diego defense, as DC John Pagano's unit recorded just 26 sacks in 2014. The Chargers D/ST will be a middling Week 1 option when they host the Detroit Lions.
Sep 5 - 1:19 AM

The Chargers defense kept the Seattle Seahawks offense out of the endzone on Saturday in a 16-15 loss.

The 16 points from Seattle came courtesy of three Steven Hauschka field goals and a Tyler Lockett punt return. The San Diego defense was formidable in yardage statistics in 2014 but struggled to record enough sacks and turnovers to be a weekly fantasy option. The Chargers are currently outside of the top-20 drafted fantasy D/ST units and begin the regular season with a tough Week 1 test against the Detroit Lions.
Aug 30 - 2:11 AM

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RB1Melvin Gordon
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3Donald Brown
GLB1Danny Woodhead
2Melvin Gordon
3RB1Danny Woodhead
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FB1David Johnson
WR11Malcom Floyd
2Dontrelle Inman
WR21Stevie Johnson
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3Tyrell Williams
WR31Dontrelle Inman
TE1Antonio Gates
2Ladarius Green
3John Phillips
LT1Chris Hairston
2King Dunlap
LG1Orlando Franklin
C1Trevor Robinson
2J.D. Walton
RG1D.J. Fluker
RT1Joseph Barksdale
2Kenny Wiggins
3Tyreek Burwell
K1Josh Lambo