Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/25/13

The San Diego Chargers have a number of players who are potential fantasy football options. Now that July is finishing up, it is time for people to start to draft their teams.  Fans of NFL teams always have to deal with the controversial topic of picking players that play for the teams they support.  People often draft these players too early, only to end up disappointed by the average performances.  The San Diego Chargers have some players who definitely fall into this category.  Here is a breakdown of each fantasy option in San Diego assuming the league is standard 12 team league. Danario Alexander (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images North America) Phillip Rivers With the elite four still active (Manning, Brady, Rodgers, and Brees), Phillip Rivers is already not even a top choice for quarterback.  Add all of the new young talent to the NFL, and Rivers doesn’t even make the top 12.  As he is not in the top 12, no one should draft him as a starting quarterback this year.  His numbers have been declining and the offensive line is still struggling as of the end of last year.  However, he is a good backup quarterback option because he has the potential to return to his old self again. Final Recommendation: QB2 Ryan Mathews Although in previous seasons experts loved the potential Ryan Mathews possessed, it seems that he has developed into somewhat of a fantasy bust.  Furthermore, has proven to be a big injury risk diminishing his value furhter.  Even though he is a starter in the NFL, he should not be a starter in fantasy football.  He has a small chance to breakout and become a great running back, but that small chance is really small. Final Recommendation: Flex/RB3 Danario Alexander Danario Alexander surprised everyone last season and was the best offensive threat for the Chargers.  Expect the same from him this season.  He isn’t one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, but will put up solid numbers if he can stay healthy.  He should easily be good enough to be a fantasy starter, and may be overlooked by many fantasy team owners. Final Recommendation: WR2 Malcolm Floyd Although the number 2 WR in San Diego, Malcolm Floyd would probably be a number 3 option on many other teams.  If the younger players step up this year for the Bolts, Floyd will see even less targets.  His value will be higher at the beginning of the season, rendering him a potential bust. Final Recommendation: WR4 Vincent Brown Vincent Brown has a lot of potential.  He could become the number two receiver soon after the season begins.  In fact, this is probably likely.  In my opinion, he possesses more fantasy value then Floyd and should be considered a solid sleeper this year. Final Recommendation: WR4 Vincent Brown (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America) Keenan Allen Although a rookie, Keenan Allen is ready to play well in the NFL.  Unfortunately, he is buried in the depth chart and probably won’t see many targets.  Don’t draft Allen, but keep an eye on his numbers as the season progresses. Final Recommendation: Keep an eye on Antonio Gates Even though he disappointed last season, Antonio Gates is great tight end.  He will easily put up solid numbers this season, even the offense struggles like last year.  He is not a top five TE anymore, but still way above average. Final Recommendation: TE1 Chargers Defense They are too young and inexperienced.  The front line will be solid and come up with a good number of sacks, but they will allow too many passing yards. While Eric Weddle is an amazing safety, the rest of the secondary won’t be able to shut down good wide receivers.  They aren’t a bad defense, but they aren’t good enough to be taken in a 12 team league. Final Recommendation: Don’t draft Nick Novak Kickers should always be drafted in the last round.  They are almost impossible to predict, but generally it is advised to select a good kicker on a great offense. Nick Novak is good, but the Chargers don’t have an offense that can promise numbers. Final Recommendation: Don’t draft   Related Articles San Diego Chargers: Five key players on defense San Diego Chargers: The future of Antonio Gates

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