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Which Chargers are Trendy Fantasy Plays in Week 1?

It's the first Sunday of the season, so everyone who participates in a Fantasy Football league is now analyzing and over-analyzing who to start, sit, add via the waiver wire and target in a trade.  Here is what notable fantasy experts are saying about the Chargers heading into this weekend:

Keenan Allen:  Allen did not play in either game against Kansas City last season, but in three career games vs. the Chiefs has averaged 90 yards and 6.6 receptions.  Allen is a consensus must-start and will likely stay that way for the entire season.  Allen is on average going for $7,700 in daily fantasy leagues, and if you are targeting a high-profile WR for your team they recommend KA13 – especially due to the points-per-reception format in daily fantasy leagues.

Melvin Gordon:  Gordon should get a healthy share of touches as the Chargers look to show a renewed commitment to the run-game.  Since the Bolts often split carries, Gordon is considered the number two or three RB on season-long teams and is recommended as either a RB or Flex-option. Via Lauren Boguslawske of "Gordon looks to be a potential breakout candidate for owners that drafted him and will look to make an immediate impact."  He is on average going for $5,150 in daily fantasy leagues.

Philip Rivers:  When Ken Whisenhunt was the OC in 2013, Rivers averaged over 300 yards and threw six TDs in two games vs. the Chiefs.  When Keenan Allen was on the field last year, Rivers averaged over 370 yards per game. He is on average going for $7,150 in daily fantasy leagues and is one of the least expensive notable QB's. 

Antonio Gates: While father time is undefeated, experts are not holding Gates to that adage.  Jeff Brubach from and has Gates ranked as the #5 TE and Paul Maland from says, "until we see a drop in production on the field I am not ready to write him off as a valuable asset in both real life and fantasy." Gates is on average going for $5,200 in daily fantasy leagues and is the 8th ranked TE on both of the major daily fantasy sites.

Travis Benjamin:  Benjamin is listed as one of ESPN's Matthew Berry's breakouts for this season saying "now with a top QB and a consistent role, Benjamin becomes a weekly big play waiting to happen." Benjamin is on average going for $4,850 in daily fantasy leagues.

*Tyrell Williams: *Last season, three different Chargers had 50+ yard games vs. the Chiefs – Dontrelle Inman, Malcolm Floyd and Stevie Johnson.  ESPN's Matthew Berry recently listed Tyrell Williams as someone's who stock has increased throughout the preseason.  Williams is on average going for $3,750 in daily fantasy leagues and could be a sneaky option to fill out your team if it is close to going over the team salary.

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