Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/3/12
It is tough to tell what the San Diego Chargers are doing with their franchise at this point therefore making it hard to predict how they will do in 2012.

The team is not looking too good. Phillip Rivers had an off year, injuries plagued the team and many expected that Head Coach Norv Turner would be fired.

Then moving into free agency they lost running back Mike Tolbert to the Carolina Panthers and No. 1 receiver Vincent Jackson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

To replace Jackson, the Chargers added former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem.

The 27-year-old was inked to a four-year deal worth just under $26 million, including $14 million in guaranteed money.

Similar to Jackson, Meachem’s yards per catch average is higher than most at over 16 yards per catch for his career.

Despite only starting in 25 games over his career, Meachem has caught 141 passes for 2,269 to go along with 23 touchdowns.

Meachem spent five seasons in a New Orleans offense that is loaded with wide receivers. Now that he is in San Diego he will have the opportunity to take over as the number one receiver and become a household name.

The changes made in both San Diego and New Orleans have not only impacted the two franchises, but the world of fantasy football.

After a subpar performance in 2011, Phillip Rivers’ fantasy stock was already spiraling downwards. To add on to that, Rivers lost his top receiver Vincent Jackson, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  

With Meachem replacing him, Rivers fantasy stock certainly will not be as high as it was going into 2011. This should be great news for people who like to focus on running backs and wide receivers early on as Rivers could wind up being a steal.

Malcolm Floyd and Vincent Brown will have their stock rise. Brown had a couple of solid games last season leading many to believe that he will get more targets. Floyd could wind up being taken a lot earlier than expected given that he will have a shot at being the No. 1 receiver.

Ryan Mathews stock will also rise, but not because of the addition of Robert Meachem. San Diego lost running back Mike Tolbert in free agency and will have to rely on Mathews who will see more carries, specifically around the goal line.

Antonio Gates is the one who benefits most from this when it comes to the fantasy football world. What Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham were able to do last season made many fantasy owners aware of the importance of having a good tight end.

You could easily make the argument that Gates was already Phillip Rivers’ number one target, but with Jackson now gone there is no argument that Antonio Gates will be Rivers number on target and if he is healthy, will have a solid 2012 campaign.  

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Brandon Marshall talks about how he can help Odell Beckham

Scherzer makes Tebow look silly in spring training at-bat

Lonzo Ball discusses headlines his father creates

NFL owners approve Raiders relocation to Las Vegas

Laettner taunts Kentucky after Elite Eight heartbreaker

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Chargers finally sell out season tickets after two months

Report: Heat still hoping to trade Bosh

Report: Kaepernick wants $9 million, chance to start

Jose Canseco to join NBC Sports California for A’s coverage

NFL owners to rake in absurd money in relocation fees

Report: Childs facing aggravated assault, pot possession charges

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker