Going into the third week of the regular season, the Chargers have scored the second most points in the league and the fantasy football pundits have noticed, especially ESPN's Matthew Berry who says in his love/hate column *"I'm all-in on San Diego this week." *Here is what he and other notable fantasy experts are saying about Chargers going into their matchup vs. the Indianapolis Colts.
Melvin Gordon: Averaging 17 points per game in standard scoring leagues, only three other RB's have had more points this season than Gordon. He is ranked as a top 5 RB by the majority of experts this week which is laminated by NFL.com's Michael Fabiano saying Gordon is the "start of the week" and that "he's a virtual must-start runner this week against the *Colts, who have given up more fantasy points to running backs (34.5 PPG) than any other team in the league"* Gordon is on average going for $6,450 in daily fantasy leagues, to which ESPN's Tom Carpenter says "this is an ideal setup for Gordon in DFS. His price doesn't reflect the increased workload -- not only in touches, but also as a receiver and goal-line option."
Travis Benjamin:After leading the Chargers in targets, catches (the second week in a row for both) and receiving yards last week, Benjamin has become one of the hottest commodities in fantasy football. He is one of four Chargers listed as a "love" in ESPN's Matthew Berry's love/hate column- along with Rivers, Gordon and Tyrell Williams. Berry says "Benjamin has caught 13 of 14 targets this season and *Philip Rivers* *will definitely be working to get Benjamin and that speed in open space on the turf." * He is on average going for $6,050 in daily fantasy leagues.
Philip Rivers:Although he has a record of 5-1 vs. the Colts, Rivers has averaged just over 200 yards per game to go along with six total touchdowns. Just four touchdown passes away from tying Jonny Unitas, it would be fitting to get that mark this game as Jonny U was both a Colt and Charger. Like Gordon, Rivers is listed as a "starter" by multiple experts including SI.com's Michael Beller, who says "the Colts defense has been unable to slow down either the Lions or Broncos, and the Chargers have a lot more vertical ability than either of those teams. You may not have expected Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams to be the guys carrying the load at the opposite ends of Rivers' passes, but they're more than capable." Rivers is on average going for $7,350 in daily fantasy leagues.
Antonio Gates:While he caught his first touchdown pass of the season vs. Jacksonville, Gates is currently listed as doubtful for this weekend; he was listed as a potential "starter" by NFL.com's Michael Fabiano earlier this week saying "(Gates) was limited to just five targets last week but still found the end zone in a blowout win over the Jaguars. He should remain in your lineups." He is on average going for $5,150 in daily fantasy leagues.
Hunter Henry: With Gates listed as doubtful, Henry is the likely candidate to receive an up-tick in snaps and targets if Gates were to miss the game. Henry only has one catch for twenty yards this season but has received constant praise for his work ethic and potential from both teammates and coaches. Earlier this week Rivers said this of Henry "He is a guy that is going to be a complete tight end for us, he can really do everything. I told him, 'you're catches are coming' and they will." He is on average going for $3,500 in daily fantasy leagues.
Tyrell Williams: With a break out game vs. the Jaguars, Williams showed why he was the top add in ESPN leagues last week. This week he is listed by SI.com's Michael Beller as a "starter" saying "Volume won't be a problem, and Williams showed what he can do with the ball in his hands when he turned a simple crossing route into a 44-yard touchdown last week. Add in his size (6'4", 205 pounds) and matchup, and it's easy to see why you want him in your lineup." He is on average going for $5,200 in daily fantasy leagues.