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The San Diego defense has forced 11 turnovers in four games since Week 7.
San Diego is tied for the NFL-lead in turnovers over the last five weeks, which includes the Chargers' bye. While the Chargers D/ST has recorded just three sacks in that same span, the turnover binge has made the unit a top-five fantasy performer in three of San Diego's last four games. The Chargers D/ST is worth a start again in Week 13 at home against Tampa Bay. Nov 30 - 4:58 PM

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The Chargers D/ST has turned in three top-10 fantasy finishes in the last four weeks.

San Diego's recent defensive surge includes six turnovers and three defensive touchdowns in their last two games. Miami will visit San Diego in Week 10, bringing a revamped rushing attack led by RB Jay Ajayi. Despite the encouraging fantasy output in recent weeks, the Chargers D/ST will be a mid-tier fantasy option against Miami, as the Dolphins have been an extremely tough matchup for fantasy defenses over the last month.
Nov 12 - 12:39 PM

San Diego will look to repeat a solid Week 6 defensive performance when the Chargers and Broncos face off for the second time in 18 days.

The Chargers topped the Broncos 21-13 in Week 6, racking up two sacks and two turnovers along the way. San Diego is 2-6 against Denver under coach Mike McCoy and could creep back to .500 with another victory. Led by rookie star DE Joey Bosa, the Chargers D/ST is trending in the right direction but is a mid-tier fantasy option in Week 8 on the road.
Oct 25 - 7:41 PM

The San Diego defense will miss CB Jason Verrett, who is out for the year with a partially torn ACL.

San Diego's pass defense is 27th among NFL teams, allowing 289.5 yards per game through four weeks, and will certainly be worse without the services of Verrett. The Chargers D/ST has allowed a 300+ yard passer in three of four games this season and will not be a viable fantasy option in Week 5 on the road at Oakland.
Oct 5 - 5:20 PM

San Diego DE Joey Bosa (hamstring) missed practice on Wednesday and hasn't practiced with the team since August 30th.

Bosa missed San Diego's Week 1 loss at Kansas City and is now questionable at best for the Chargers' Week 2 matchup against Jacksonville. After coughing up 363 passing yards to Alex Smith in Week 1, the Chargers D/ST will be well off the fantasy radar this week.
Sep 15 - 10:51 AM

The San Diego defense has allowed just 175.0 passing yards per game over the last four weeks.

The recent run of success has come against Brock Osweiler, Alex Smith, Ryan Tannehill, and Derek Carr but the improvement is encouraging nonetheless. This surge allowed the San Diego defense to creep into the top-10 in NFL pass defense although the Chargers went 1-3 in those four games. The Chargers D/ST is a middling Week 17 fantasy option on the road at Denver.
Jan 3 - 2:04 AM

The San Diego defense held Miami to 231 total yards and 44 rushing yards in Week 15.

Both the total and rushing yardage allowed were season-best marks for the San Diego defense that has routinely been trampled on the ground this season. The Chargers D/ST has allowed 100 or more rushing yards in 11 of 14 games this season and will be a bottom-tier fantasy option on a short week against Oakland.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 02:47:00 AM

The San Diego defense is 27th among NFL teams in run defense this season, and has given up over 100 rushing yards in 11 of 13 games this season.

The last four weeks have been particularly rough, as San Diego has allowed 134.8 rushing yards per game in that span. Week 15 brings a matchup with Miami and running back Lamar Miller, who is more than capable of taking advantage of the soft Chargers defensive front if given enough opportunities. The Chargers D/ST remains off the fantasy radar this week.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 04:09:00 AM

The San Diego defense has record just four turnovers since Week 5.

San Diego checks-in at 29th among NFL defenses in turnovers this season, with just 11 on the year. The lack of turnovers, in addition to the fact that San Diego has held their opposition under 100 rushing yards only twice in 12 games, has hurt this defense and kept them far off the fantasy radar. The Chargers D/ST will be a bottom-tier option in Week 14 at Kansas City.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 03:31:00 AM

The San Diego defense has been gouged for 405.6 total yards and 29.2 points per game in their last five contests.

The Chargers won just one of those games and currently sit at 3-8 on the season. Week 13 brings the Denver Broncos to San Diego, who have run for 174.5 yards per game over the last two weeks. San Diego is 26th in the NFL in run defense, so fantasy owners should stay far from the Chargers D/ST this week.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 03:26:00 AM

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.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 02:52:00 AM

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.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 02:59:00 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.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 04:44:00 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.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 03:41:00 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.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 04:55:00 AM

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PosRoleName
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
RB1Melvin Gordon
2Dexter McCluster
3Kenneth Farrow
GLB1Melvin Gordon
2Kenneth Farrow
3RB1Melvin Gordon
2Dexter McCluster
FB1Derek Watt
WR11Travis Benjamin
2Jeremy Butler
WR21Dontrelle Inman
2Tyrell Williams
3Geremy Davis
WR31Tyrell Williams
TE1Antonio Gates
2Hunter Henry
3Sean McGrath
4Asante Cleveland
LT1King Dunlap
2Chris Hairston
LG1Orlando Franklin
2Kenny Wiggins
C1Matt Slauson
2Max Tuerk
RG1D.J. Fluker
2Spencer Pulley
RT1Joe Barksdale
K1Josh Lambo