Player Outlook
Herbert has proven to be among the best Fantasy quarterbacks over the past two seasons, and he should be among the best again this year. He's worth drafting as a top-three quarterback as early as Round 3 in one-quarterback leagues and potentially as a top-five overall pick in two-quarterback and Superflex formats. In two seasons in the NFL, Herbert has averaged at least 26.3 Fantasy points per game. He's coming off an amazing campaign in 2021 when he had just the 14th 5,000-yard passing season in NFL history. With a trio of stars in Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler on his side, as well as a standout offensive line, Herbert has the chance for another monster season in 2022.

Fantasy Stats

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2022
2021 5014 38 15 302 3 45626.8
2020 4336 31 10 234 5 39426.3
3y Avg. 4675 34 12 268 4 42326.4
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Fantasy News

  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Unlikely to play Saturday

    Herbert and other starters aren't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, Elliott Teaford of The Press-Enterprise reports. It's a strong bet both teams rest starters, or at least the key players. The Chargers have a second-year head coach in Brandon Staley and a core group of skill-position players that were together for at least one year before that. Herbert will again look to Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler as his primary threats, leading what figures to be one of the better offenses in the NFL this year.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Trying to improve footwork

    Herbert believes he'll benefit from a full offseason of practices, with improving his footwork in the pocket being a key point of emphasis, Jeff Kerr of CBSSports.com reports. Herbert is in the midst of his first "normal" offseason, as his first two years in the NFL coincided with the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chargers also had a major coaching staff change between Years 1 and 2, with Los Angeles bringing in head coach Brandon Staley and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi last winter. Both are back for 2022, as are Herbert, running back Austin Ekeler and wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. The biggest offseason loss might be tight end Jared Cook, who was replaced by Gerald Everett, while the key addition could be first-round pick Zion Johnson at right guard. On paper, the Chargers have their best offensive line in years, with 2021 first-round pick Rashawn Slater entrenched at left tackle and 2021 free-agent additions Corey Linsley and Matt Feiler joining Johnson on the interior. If the offense has a weakness, it's either tight end or right tackle, though even that might be nitpicking. In other words, Herbert is well positioned for another top-five fantasy showing among quarterbacks.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Easily secures win

    Herbert tallied 22 completions on 31 attempts for 237 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 34-13 victory over the Broncos. Herbert and company didn't need to do much with the Broncos defense decimated by COVID-19 as the quarterback easily knifed through a vulnerable unit. As a result, it was hardly a banner day for the second-year quarterback, but Herbert's second touchdown pass did lock up the franchise record for most touchdowns thrown in a single season. Up next is a critical divisional matchup with the Raiders that will likely determine one of the few remaining AFC playoff spots.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Racks up yardage against Houston

    Herbert completed 27 of 35 passes for 336 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 41-29 loss to the Texans. Herbert managed an efficient 9.6 yards per attempt, though he threw multiple interceptions for the first time since Week 12. One of those picks came in the final moments with the Chargers on a drive to potentially close their deficit to one possession, instead resulting in the Texans icing the win. In addition to his mistakes, Herbert also failed to throw for multiple scores for the first time in his last five games, and his lone touchdown came on a three-yard strike with only 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Given his recent form, it should be expected that Herbert will bounce back in Week 17 against Denver, though it is a relatively tough matchup.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Three TDs in loss

    Herbert completed 22 of 38 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns to go along with one interception in Thursday's 34-28 overtime loss to the Chiefs. He also carried the ball five times for 16 yards and another score. The Chargers offense wasn't particularly explosive, but fantasy managers certainly have to be happy with the outcome regardless. Despite Herbert tallying three total touchdowns for the fourth time in the last five games, the biggest story will be the missed opportunities as the Chargers dropped sure-fire touchdown passes on two separate first-half drives, not to mention a slightly overthrown deep pass to Keenan Allen on the team's final possession which could have dramatically altered the contest. With a playoff spot still in full view, expect the Chargers and Herbert to pull no punches in Week 16's matchup against the hapless Texans.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Another strong showing

    Herbert completed 23 of 31 pass attempts for 275 yards and three touchdowns against the Giants on Sunday. Herbert established control from start to finish against the Giants, making productive targets out of secondary receivers Jalen Guyton (three catches for 87 yards and one touchdown on three targets) and Josh Palmer (five catches for 66 yards and one touchdown on seven targets) while lead target Keenan Allen sat due to COVID-19 protocols. Herbert's case for elite quarterback status continues to get stronger -- both in real football terms and in fantasy -- and with this game he has 300 or more yards passing in eight games this year, including five of the last six. The Chargers will face off against the Chiefs in Week 15, making for what could be the most important game on the slate. Herbert lit up the Chiefs for four touchdowns the first time around in Week 3 at Arrowhead, but the Chiefs defense has played better in recent weeks than it did to open the year.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Sensational first half

    Herbert completed 26 of 35 passes for 317 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 41-22 win over the Bengals on Sunday. The Chargers defense took over in the first quarter, setting the stage for Herbert to toss three first-half touchdowns in what appeared to be an easy win before typical Los Angeles shenanigans complicated matters somewhat. Herbert's lone interception was essentially fluky as it came on a gorgeous deep ball that simply slid off Josh Palmer's hands into the defending corner's flailing arms. The second-year quarterback now has three straight games with at least 300 yards passing and two-plus touchdowns and figures to be in line for another solid performance next week against the struggling Giants.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Inconsistent outing in loss

    Herbert completed 28 of 44 attempts for 303 yards and two touchdowns to go along with two interceptions in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Broncos. He also led the team in rushing with 36 yards on four carries. Fantasy managers will be happy enough with Herbert's performance, but much of his production came in junk time, and a a poorly thrown checkdown to Austin Ekeler in the fourth quarter bounced off the running back's hands and turned into a game-sealing pick six. That wasn't the only bad throw for the 23-year-old, as Herbert also made an uncharacteristically bad throw with the game within reach to begin the fourth, missing Jared Cook on a red-zone throw that turned into an interception and helped turn the momentum in favor of the Broncos. Herbert now has thrown an interception in seven games this season and is dangerously on pace to exceed his interception figure (10) from last season.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Incredible performance in win

    Herbert completed 30 of 41 attempts for 382 passing yards and three touchdowns to go along with one interception in Sunday's come-from-behind 41-37 win over the Steelers. He also carried the ball nine times for 90 yards. The Chargers appeared to be cruising to an easy win before the Steelers stormed back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead, in part because of a tipped pass turned interception that represented the lone blemish in an otherwise sterling performance from Herbert. The second-year quarterback time and again stepped up into the pocket and routinely extended drives with his legs, rushing for multiple first downs, including a pivotal fourth-quarter 36-yard scramble that set up what figured to be the game-sealing touchdown before the aforementioned comeback ensued. It's hard to envision a defense losing containment to that extent the rest of season, but Sunday's primetime performance is a reminder of Herbert's athletic capabilities. The 23-year-old figures to have a more difficult matchup next week against the Broncos.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Held in check by Vikings

    Herbert completed 20 of 34 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Vikings. He also gained 22 rushing yards on two carries. His two-yard TD toss to Austin Ekeler in the third quarter gave the Bolts a 17-13 lead, but the game was all Minnesota down the stretch. Herbert has not taken the big step forward in his second season some expected, but he still sports a solid 19:7 TD:INT through nine games heading into a Week 11 tilt against the Steelers.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Returns to full practice

    Herbert (right hand) practiced fully Thursday. Herbert was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, but his return to a full session Thursday paves the way for him to start Sunday's game against the 3-5 Eagles. He'll look to rebound from back-to-back subpar efforts in consecutive losses to the Ravens and Patriots. Prior to that, Herbert had recorded an 11:0 TD:INT in his three previous games (all wins).
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Flops in Baltimore

    Herbert completed 22 of 39 passes for 195 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 34-6 loss to the Ravens. He added 12 yards on two rushing attempts. Herbert started 8-for-17 for 71 yards and an interception through five drives as the Chargers fell behind 17-0, but he came alive with a one-yard touchdown to Jared Cook on the following possession. That momentum was short-lived, however, as Baltimore answered with a third-quarter touchdown, followed by a Herbert incompletion on 4th-and-1 in his own territory that all but decided the result with more than a quarter to play. Considering the second-year signal-caller had previously thrown for at least 300 yards or three-plus touchdowns in every game this season, this dud can be written off as a one-game blip against an elite defense. Expect Herbert to bounce back once Los Angeles comes out of its Week 7 bye.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Another impressive outing

    Herbert completed 25 of 38 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns in Monday night's 28-14 win over the Raiders. Herbert started with a couple of touchdowns to his tight ends before hitting tailback Austin Ekeler on a 14-yard score to end the first half. He then helped the Chargers maintain their lead after halftime, playing turnover-free ball for the second straight game. With seven TDs over that span to go with a couple of key divisional wins, Herbert has been one of the standout performers league-wide thus far. The second-year signal-caller will strive to keep his strong play going in Week 5 versus another playoff-caliber club in the Browns.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Not on injury report

    Herbert is not listed on the Chargers' Week 4 injury report. Herbert had his throwing hand wrapped and iced before he left Arrowhead Stadium in the wake of the Chargers' 30-24 win over Kansas City in Week 3. At the time, the issue was downplayed, and his absence from Thursday's injury report puts him firmly in line to start Monday night's home game against the 3-0 Raiders.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Hurts hand in heroic win

    Herbert had his throwing hand wrapped and iced before he left Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, but he's expected to be okay, NFL.com reports. Herbert played every snap in Sunday's 30-24 win over Kansas City, including a four-yard, game-winning TD pass to Mike Williams on the final play of the afternoon for the Chargers offense. Williams' fifth-year breakout has aided the second-year QB's average of 318.7 passing yards per game, though Herbert has perhaps been a bit disappointing in fantasy due to turnovers (four) and a lack of rushing production (27 yards, zero TDs). In any case, he'll have an extra day to recover from his hand injury before the Chargers host the Raiders on Monday in Week 4.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Masterful in signature win

    Herbert completed 26 of 38 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Chiefs. He also registered 16 yards on four carries. The Chargers benefitted from a turnover-prone Chiefs offense as Herbert and company scored 20 points off miscues. The second-year quarterback has picked up right where he left off following his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2020, throwing for 951 yards and a sterling 6:3 TD:INT ratio through three contests while benefitting significantly from a new-look offense that seems designed to primarily move the ball through the air (just 21 designed runs Sunday). The emergence of Mike Williams (7-122-2 in Sunday's win) as a co-No. 1 wideout opposite Keenan Allen has been a revelation and given Herbert a key red-zone target that he simply didn't have last season. At this point, Herbert might simply be matchup-proof in terms of fantasy and certainly should be primed for another great outing next week against the vulnerable Raiders defense.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Centerpiece of new offense

    Chargers head coach Brandon Staley wants the offense to "run through Herbert," according to Hayley Elwood of the team's official website. Formerly the Rams' defensive coordinator, Staley figures to primarily focus on the other side of the ball, yet he clearly understands that Herbert is his most important player by a mile. The fifth overall pick from the 2020 draft set an NFL rookie record with 31 passing touchdowns, also adding five additional scores (and 234 more yards) on the ground. Herbert will again have Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and RB Austin Ekeler at his disposal this season, while Jared Cook is replacing Hunter Henry (Patriots) as the top tight end. Perhaps most important, the Chargers added three new starters for the offensive line, signing center Corey Linsley and LG Matt Feiler before using a first-round pick on Northwestern LT Rashawn Slater. The unit may need some time to gel, but it's the best collection of blocking talent the Chargers have put together in years. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi couldn't have asked for a better situation, getting his second shot as an OC after a respectable stint with the Lions in 2014-15.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Caps record-setting rookie year

    Herbert completed 22 of 31 pass attempts for 302 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 38-21 win over the Chiefs. He also carried the ball six times for nine yards and an additional score. Herbert ends the season with NFL rookie records for most passing touchdowns (31), most total touchdowns (36), most completions (396), most 300-yard games (eight) and most games with multiple passing touchdowns (10). He was also 39 yards shy of setting the single-season record for most passing yards by a rookie. Those accolades become all the more impressive when considering the 22-year-old started only 15 games, losing out the training-camp battle to veteran Tyrod Taylor before an unfortunate medical accident pressed the rookie into action. The main question to be answered in 2021 will be if Herbert can continue this type of production with a new coordinator and head coach, or if the Chargers will opt to bring back Anthony Lynn for one more season despite numerous strategical gaffes during his tenure in that role. Whatever does end up happening on the coaching side of things, it's clear Herbert has cemented himself as one of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Struggles in loss to Patriots

    Herbert completed 26 of 53 pass attempts for 209 yards and two interceptions during Sunday's 45-0 loss to the Patriots. Herbert completed less than half of his pass attempts and averaged a dismal 3.9 yards per attempt. He threw interceptions on back-to-back drives to start the third quarter with his team down big and failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in his young career. Herbert had an excellent 8:2 TD:INT over his previous four games and should bounce back next Sunday in an inviting matchup with the Falcons.
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  • Chargers' Justin Herbert: Inefficient in loss

    Herbert converted 31 of his 52 pass attempts for 316 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Bills. Herbert was able to benefit from a junk-time drive that nearly yielded a touchdown despite horrendous clock management. The end result saw the rookie post his sixth game with at least 300 passing yards and a touchdown, but the gaudy yardage total masked what was an overall lackluster effort from the Chargers offense. The rookie relied heavily on the newly healthy Austin Ekeler (hamstring) as opposed to Keenan Allen or Mike Williams, but that might have been by design thanks to the Bills' aggressive secondary. It won't get much easier next week when the Chargers host a suddenly lively Patriots defense.
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