Toomer saw a steep decline in defensive snaps last season with the Chargers, dropping from 544 in 2016 all the way to 266. His production unsurprisingly tailed off as a result, pushing him further off the IDP radar. With his new organization, Toomer's usage on defense could hinge almost entirely on the availability of Reuben Foster (neck), whose status for the 2018 season hangs in the balance following a pair of offseason arrests.
Toomer accumulated 48 tackles, a sack, two forced fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown across 15 games in 2017.
Toomer rotated with Hayes Pullard as the starting inside linebacker to start the season, but once Denzel Perryman returned from a preseason ankle injury in Week 10, the 29-year-old was essentially slotted as a special teams player. While Toomer racked up the numbers during his time in the starting lineup, the defense struggled to stop the run, only turning things around when Perryman made his 2017 debut. With Perryman expected to be fully healthy next season, Pullard still hanging around as a cheap backup and the tantalizing promise of second-year inside linebacker Jatavis Brown, it'll be interesting to see whether the Chargers make an effort to re-sign Toomer. An unrestricted free agent heading into the offseason, Toomer could be a serviceable option in deeper IDP leagues should he find a home as a starting inside linebacker.
Toomer tallied seven tackles (five solo), a sack and a forced fumble in the 14-7 win over the Jets on Sunday.
With Denzel Perryman missing Sunday's game due to a hamstring injury, Korey Toomer and Hayes Pullard shared the staring middle linebacker duties and performed well enough for the Chargers to pick up the win. While both Toomer and Pullard put together enough counting numbers to make their IDP owners proud, the Jets did manage to run for nearly 200 yards Sunday, a callback to the Chargers defensive woes earlier in the year while Perryman worked his way back from preseason ankle injury. Given Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reported Perryman could be on track to return in Week 17, both Toomer and Pullard would immediately become bench fodder for fantasy owners playing IDP roulette.
Toomer recorded two tackles and also returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown in the 54-24 win over the Bills on Sunday.
Toomer has seen his playing time slip dramatically with the emergence of Hayes Pullard (neck) and return of Denzel Perryman. The interception Sunday was the first of Toomer's five-year career.
Toomer racked up eight tackles (seven solo) in the 24-10 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
Not surprisingly, Toomer put together solid numbers with shockingly productive inside linebacker Hayes Pullard out thanks to a knee injury. With Denzel Perryman (ankle) nearing a return and Pullard unlikely to miss a second straight game, the days of relying on Toomer in IDP leagues may soon be coming to a close.
|2014||St. Louis Rams||7||3||1.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||13||75||53.0||22||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||15||48||30.0||18||1||1||59||59.0||59||1||3|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||13||0||0||3||0||1||2||1||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||15||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|