|Offense||5th||99.7 (23rd)||276.9 (1st)|
|Defense||15th||131.1 (30th)||197.2 (4th)|
|37||Addae, Jahleel||SS||5-10||195||1/24/1990||5||Central Michigan|
|97||Attaochu, Jeremiah||DE||6-3||252||1/17/1993||4||Georgia Tech|
|12||Benjamin, Travis||WR||5-10||175||12/29/1989||6||Miami (Fla.)|
|99||Bosa, Joey||DE||6-5||280||7/11/1995||2||Ohio State|
|33||Boston, Tre||FS||6-1||205||6/25/1992||4||North Carolina|
|43||Davis, Michael||CB||6-2||196||1/6/1995||R||Brigham Young|
|48||Dzubnar, Nick||LB||6-1||240||8/15/1991||3||Cal Poly-S.L.O.|
|30||Ekeler, Austin||RB||5-9||200||5/17/1995||R||Western State (Colo.)|
|51||Emanuel, Kyle||OLB||6-3||250||8/16/1991||3||North Dakota State|
|85||Gates, Antonio||TE||6-4||255||6/18/1980||15||Kent State|
|54||Ingram, Melvin||OLB||6-2||247||4/26/1989||6||South Carolina|
|25||Jenkins, Rayshawn||SAF||6-1||220||1/25/1994||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|7||Jones, Cardale||QB||6-5||250||9/29/1992||2||Ohio State|
|8||Kaser, Drew||P||6-2||206||2/11/1993||2||Texas A&M|
|29||Mager, Craig||CB||5-11||200||6/11/1992||3||Texas State|
|84||McGrath, Sean||TE||6-5||259||12/3/1987||3||Henderson State|
|76||Okung, Russell||T||6-5||310||10/7/1987||8||Oklahoma State|
|52||Perryman, Denzel||ILB||5-11||240||12/5/1992||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|50||Pullard, Hayes||MLB||6-0||235||4/18/1992||3||Southern California|
|17||Rivers, Philip||QB||6-5||228||12/8/1981||14||NC State|
|98||Rochell, Isaac||DE||6-3||280||4/22/1995||R||Notre Dame|
|79||Wiggins, Kenny||G||6-6||314||8/8/1988||4||Fresno State|
|16||Williams, Tyrell||WR||6-4||205||2/12/1992||3||Western Oregon|
|24||Williams, Trevor||CB||5-11||191||9/15/1993||2||Penn State|
|89||Burse, Isaiah (IR)||WR||5-10||187||12/8/1991||3||Fresno State|
|63||Clark, Donavon (IR)||G||6-4||315||11/12/1992||2||Michigan State|
|45||Cleveland, Asante (IR)||TE||6-5||260||3/21/1992||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|60||DeBoer, Dillon (IR)||C||6-5||300||7/26/1994||R||Florida Atlantic|
|96||Eulls, Kaleb (IR)||DT||6-4||309||6/28/1991||2||Mississippi State|
|27||Farrow, Kenneth (IR)||RB||5-9||219||3/7/1993||2||Houston|
|59||Hekking, Brock (IR)||LB||6-3||250||10/6/1991||2||Nevada|
|86||Henry, Hunter (IR)||TE||6-5||250||12/7/1994||2||Arkansas|
|70||Johnstone, Tyler (IR)||T||6-5||301||9/29/1992||R||Oregon|
|77||Lamp, Forrest (IR)||G||6-4||310||2/20/1994||R||Western Kentucky|
|46||Landrum, Chris (IR)||DE||6-2||245||9/14/1992||2||Jacksonville State|
|50||Moore, Charmeachealle (IR)||LB||6-0||235||1/30/1993||R||Kansas State|
|9||Novak, Nick (IR)||K||6-0||200||8/21/1981||10||Maryland|
|68||Slauson, Matt (IR)||G||6-5||315||2/18/1986||9||Nebraska|
|22||Verrett, Jason (IR)||CB||5-10||188||6/18/1991||4||TCU|
|44||Williams, Andre (IR)||RB||6-0||220||8/28/1992||3||Boston College|
|Bowman, Braedon||TE||6-3||240||1/30/1994||2||South Alabama|
|Onwualu, James||LB||6-1||235||9/4/1994||R||Notre Dame|
|Richards, Jeff||DB||6-2||210||1/3/1991||R||Emporia State|
|Simmons, Jalen||RB||5-8||220||4/1/1992||1||South Carolina State|
Ola will join the Chargers for a second stint after previously suiting up for the team in 2015. The 6-foot-5 veteran tackle is expected to serve in a depth role along the Chargers' offensive line.
You couldn't tell Gordon was limited in practice all week with a sprained ankle, as the third-year running back posted his second highest yards-per-carry average (5.5) of 2017 in a dominating performance to close the season. While the 24-year-old missed out on averaging at least four yards-per-carry for a third consecutive season, Gordon did cross the 1,000-yard threshold for the first time in his career, and also set a career-high in receptions and receiving yards. The do-it-all running back appears to be entering his prime, and in an offense hellbent on featuring its running back both on the ground and through the air, Gordon's projected usage rate will once again have him slotted among the first handful of picks in fantasy drafts come the new campaign.
It's a pretty generic line, but important to note given the conversation initially started with a discussion about starting quarterback Philip Rivers, and how long he might be able to play. Jones joined the Chargers during the opening week of the preseason, but failed to make much of an impression, with a handful of analysts suggesting the former Ohio State product could even be part of the team's final cuts. While Jones remained on the roster, the Chargers did retain the services of Kellen Clemens, who once again acted as the backup behind Rivers. With Clemens expected to hit free agency this offseason and a full year in the system, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Jones compete for a backup role behind Rivers this autumn.
Sidelined for the Chargers' Week 16 win over the Jets, Perryman gained clearance for the regular-season finale after putting in a trio of limited practices this week. Perryman's return to action will result in fewer snaps to go around for depth linebackers Jatavis Brown and Korey Toomer.
Williams was hardly utilized during the 2017 season, carrying the ball just nine times despite being active for eight games. A restricted free agent entering the offseason, it appears as if Williams opportunity for a larger role in the offense has fallen to the wayside, thanks to the development of undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler, and the continued improvement of starter Melvin Gordon. While nominal backup Branden Oliver is expected to depart this offseason, should the Chargers choose to retain Williams, it would likely be more so for depth, as opposed to expected increase in opportunities.
Week 17 wound up being one of the best of the season for Benjamin, as the sixth-year receiver only crossed 50 receiving yards four times during the year, including Sunday's performance. With all of the Chargers' major receiving options healthy for the majority of the season, Benjamin simply saw a reduced role in 2017, acting as a glorified gadget player throughout much of the campaign. So long as the Chargers retain their squadron of weapons heading into 2018, Benjamin's fantasy worth may be best suited merely for best ball leagues.
Gates quietly faded into a backup role behind emerging young tight end Hunter Henry, but a lacerated spleen in Week 14 to the aforementioned starter thrust the 37-year-old back into the spotlight. Despite a noticeable lack of speed, Gates was still a receiving force to end the campaign, totaling 10 receptions (14 targets), 127 receiving yards and a touchdown over the final two weeks of the season. Gates himself seemed to be pleased with the performance, suggesting it "reinforced" he could still play in the NFL: "Sometimes when you're in a backup role, you're not sure what you can do because you're not put in position to do it. I had an opportunity these last two weeks to see what I could do physically, and I felt good." An unrestricted free agent entering the offseason and already boasting a resume worthy of a future Hall of Famer, Gates appears set to look for an elusive Super Bowl win, whether it be on the Chargers or another team on the brink of contention. While a starting workload might be too much to ask of Gates, who will turn 38 in June, the veteran tight end could be a serviceable member for any team in need of a reliable receiving threat and a positive leader in the locker room.
Burse's head injury seems like it could be more serious than we originally thought. He'll need to make a full recovery before returning to action.
Hairston was expected to serve as a backup tackle for most of the 2017 season. The team signed offensive lineman Tyler Marz from the Titans' practice squad to take over that role in Hairston's absence.
Williams burst onto the scene in 2016, racking up over 1,000 receiving yards as seemingly the lone explosive option in an offense decimated by injuries. With players such as Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen able to play a full 16-game seasons in 2017, Williams was simply relegated to the fourth or fifth option on offense, and as a result his target count took a dramatic turn for the worse (50 less targets this season). A restricted free agent heading into the offseason, Williams is expected to return to the Chargers in 2018, but with 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams in tow, as well as speedy receiving option Travis Benjamin, it wouldn't exactly be a surprise to see the third-year receiver leave should the team be properly compensated.
Verrett missed all but one game of the 2017 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL, the second time in as many years the fourth-year corner had surgery on his troublesome knee. With Verrett on track to play come 2018, the Chargers could boast one of the best secondaries in the NFL, led by standout corner Casey Hayward.
Liuget will miss his second consecutive tilt due to a grade 2 PCL sprain, which he suffered in Week 15. Darius Philon and Damion Square could see expanded roles at defensive tackle next to starter Brandon Mebane.
Onwualu was let go as the team opted to bring back cornerback Craig Mager to bolster its secondary depth. The undrafted rookie contributed mostly on special teams with the Chargers this season.
It would have been interesting to see Ekeler's final numbers if not for a broken ring finger that forced the 22-year-old to essentially miss the final two games of the regular season. Given it took until Week 7 for the undrafted rookie free agent to see more than eight touches in a game, Ekeler's final statistics were nothing short of remarkable. Given his small frame and relatively unheralded pedigree, Ekeler doesn't project to be anything more than multi-faceted scatback in Los Angeles. But given the success of Danny Woodhead and Darren Sproles in the past, Ekeler could easily develop into a capable asset in points-per-reception leagues, even with Melvin Gordon around to siphon off the majority of the touches from the backfield.
Eulls will have to sit out his second season following the IR designation. The Mississippi State product was not expected to have any significant role coming into this season.
The 2017 second-round pick underwent surgery in August to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, but it looks as if the lineman should be ready to practice heading into the next campaign. Projected as a starting guard prior to the injury, the emergence of Kenny Wiggins will likely make it more difficult for Lamp to find a starting spot along the offensive line.
The 10.5 sacks tied a career-high mark for Ingram, as the 28-year-old came on strong to end the season, tallying two sacks in the final four weeks of the campaign. Alongside dominant edge rusher Joey Bosa, Ingram figures to be in prime position to repeat his performance in 2018.
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 this season, Toomer could be a serviceable option in deeper IDP leagues should he find a home as a starting inside linebacker.
With Hunter Henry placed on injured reserve due to a spleen injury, McGrath seemed set to receive a larger volume of targets Sunday. That didn't end up being the case, as Antonio Gates rekindled the flames of old with quarterback Philip Rivers, turning back the clock to put together a vintage performance (six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown). Given both McGrath and third-string tight end Jeff Cumberland saw less than 30 snaps Sunday, it seems unlikely either player will find themselves in a position of fantasy relevance in Week 17.
Slauson is slated to undergo surgery Wednesday or Thursday to address the torn biceps, which he suffered in Sunday's win over the Broncos. With Slauson out for the season, rookie Dan Feeney is expected to take over as the Chargers' starting left guard.
Hekking was waived with an injury designation by the Chargers and placed on IR after he cleared waivers. He'll look to remain healthy and catch on as a depth linebacker and special teams player in 2017.
Landrum hurt his shoulder in training camp and wasn't available for either of the Chargers' first two preseason games. He's likely stuck on IR all season unless he agrees to an injury settlement.
Farrow was waived/injured Saturday due to an ankle injury that kept him out since the team's second preseason game. The injury ended up being a costly one, as it appears to have cost him a chance at the No. 3 spot on Los Angeles' depth chart.
Brown was all over the field on Saturday for the Chargers, registering eight tackles. However, he seemed to suffer an abdominal injury in the process. Given his full participation Thursday, the linebacker should be ready to go Sunday against the Jets.
After serving three games of a four-game suspension at the end of the 2016 season, Palepoi was reinstated after sitting out Week 1. He projects to provide depth on the Chargers' defensive line going forward.
Toner, whose injury situation remains behind closed doors, is now free to sign a contract with another organization.
Since being promoted back to the Chargers' 53-man roster, Davis has made just one appearance for the team, logging six offensive snaps in the Week 13 win over the Browns. With fellow wideout Mike Williams (knee) back in the fold Sunday, however, Davis will don street clothes as usual.
Jefferson had sports hernia surgery in the latter portion of June, and it appears the Ravens are exercising caution before fully deploying him in training camp. Although head coach John Harbaugh held him out of practice again Friday, he did indicate that Jefferson is ready to go. The 25-year-old played the first four seasons of his career with the Cardinals before signing with the Ravens over the offseason. He tallied 96 tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles across 15 games last season. Barring any setbacks, he projects to be the Week 1 starter at free safety.
Clark's knee injuries have derailed his on-the-field progression over the last several years and will likely strip him of any 2017 impact.
Though he never advanced from limited participation in practices this week, Okung will be able to return from a one-game absence to start for the Chargers with their playoff hopes on the line. Sam Tevi will settle back into a reserve role with Okung available.
Hayward was voted second-team All-Pro for the second consecutive season, perhaps underscoring another dominant campaign from the 28-year-old. Hayward has clearly emerged as one of the better cover corners since coming over from Green Bay in 2016, but he likely doesn't post enough consistent counting numbers to be a reliable IDP asset in shallow leagues.
Boston signed a one-year deal with the Chargers in the offseason and promptly led the unit in interceptions (five), including one in the team's final game against the Raiders. The 25-year-old was also tied for the second-most tackles on the team, registering a career-high 79 tackles in Gus Bradley's multi-faceted 3-4 defense. Given the variety of talented safeties already locked in on the Chargers defense, it's unlikely the team would pay an exorbitant amount to keep Boston around, but given the fourth-year safety put together his best statistical season with his the club, it might be in Boston's best interest to return to Los Angeles for a second season.
Novak, one of four kickers the Chargers trotted out during 2017, was placed on injured reserve in Week 13 after suffering from a reoccurring back injury. While the team did sign Roberto Aguayo to a future/reserve contract Wednesday, it appears as if Novak could still be a part of a competition down the road. The 36-year-old made nine of his 13 field-goal attempts in seven games this season.
Ringing in with the fifth-most sacks (43, tied with the Titans) in the NFL by the end of the regular season, the Chargers were spearheaded by Bosa's team-high 12.5, which surpassed his total as a rookie by two. While his sacks per game reduced slightly from 0.88 in 2016 to 0.78 this year, he clearly was a better all-around defender, racking up 70 tackles, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 16 contests. The extent of the finger injury isn't known, but it likely won't impact his availability once the offseason program begins in April.
It wasn't enough for the Chargers to clinch a spot in the playoffs, but Rivers continued his excellent play to end the year, tearing apart a beleaguered Raiders secondary to the tune of 387 passing yards, his second highest total of the season. The 36-year-old hardly lost a step in 2017, throwing only five fewer touchdowns compared to the year prior while shaving off a whopping 11 interceptions from his 2016 figures. While there were rumblings in the offseason that the Chargers were intent on finding a replacement for their aging quarterback, yet another 4,000-yard passing season should pave the way for Rivers to start another campaign, so long as the veteran quarterback is interested in coming back for his 15th season.
Rose, the fourth kicker the Chargers brought in during the regular season, struggled to make much of an impact during his two weeks as the starter. General manager Tom Telesco made a point of emphasizing the need to find a capable kicker in his final press conference of the season, which likely means Rose won't be around to begin the 2018 campaign.
The Chargers already have four tight ends on the roster, suggesting that Cumberland's addition may be a byproduct of one of those other options at the position dealing with a yet-to-be-disclosed injury. Whether that's in fact the case or not, Cumberland will still be buried on the depth chart and is unlikely to see an abundance of snaps on offense. Cumberland last appeared in the league with the Jets in 2015, hauling in five of 14 targets for 77 yards and no scores.
Barksdale was held out of practice both Wednesday and Thursday, though he was able to register a limited session on Friday. He'll be expected to see his typical role as a starting tackle for the team.
Not only did King lead the team in tackles against the Redskins, but Sunday's 10 tackles was also a career high for the 22-year-old rookie. Given he's now recorded at least a sack or an interception in four of the last five games, the Iowa product has quietly solidified himself as a IDP option in deeper leagues. So long as the Chargers continue to operate with three safeties on the field in Gus Bradley's exotic 3-4 defensive scheme, King has the potential to rack up more numbers in the weeks to come.
Finally healthy after two seasons ruined by serious injuries, Allen capitalized on his immense potential by recording 102 receptions and 1,393 receiving yards, easily career-highs for the 25-year-old. So long as veteran quarterback Philip Rivers returns for his 15th season in the NFL, Allen projects as a potential early-round selection in redraft leagues come the fall, particularly in points-per-reception leagues given the 25-year-old's immense usage rate (159 targets in 2017).
Phillips injured his ankle last week against the Jets and wasn't available to practice this week. He'll finish the 2017 season with 63 tackles, five defensed passes, two interceptions and one forced fumble across 15 games.
McCain's only practice reps this week came in a limited session Friday, so he is likely a game-day decision at this point. Hayes Pullard (neck) and James Onwualu (quadriceps) are listed as doubtful, so if McCain is unable to play Sunday, the Chargers' linebacking corps will have their depth severely tested.
Oliver was projected for a larger role in Week 17 with Melvin Gordon seemingly limited by an ankle injury, but the 2015 first-round pick exploded for over 120 total yards in the dominant win, relegating Oliver to his usual diminished workload. The 26-year-old was slotted to be the de-facto backup behind Gordon entering the year, but was quickly passed by explosive undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler, and was moved further down the depth chart after sustaining a broken wrist. An unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, Oliver might be a candidate to move on from the Chargers given the emergence of Ekeler and the potential return of Andre Williams (wrist), who hit injured reserve in Week 14. A small but stoutly built running back, Oliver doesn't figure to be anything more than a change-of-pace option for whatever team he joins.
Pullard filled in admirably for starting middle linebacker Denzel Perryman, who missed Sunday's game due to a hamstring injury. Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reported Perryman could be available in Week 17, meaning Pullard likely would lose his luster as an IDP option if he returned to his role as a backup linebacker.
Mager played 21 games, starting 10, for the Chargers over the previous two seasons. He could see some time on the 53-man roster this season depending on injuries in front of him.
The Chargers added Hansbrough from the practice squad Friday as insurance at running back, but with starter Melvin Gordon (ankle) cleared to play, the team didn't have a need to keep Hansbrough active. Branden Oliver and Austin Ekeler will dress as Gordon's backups in Week 17.
Henry was placed on IR with a small laceration on his kidney, which he suffered in Saturday night's loss to the Chiefs. His season comes to an end after 14 contests in which he recorded 45 receptions for 579 yards and four touchdowns. Look for the Chargers to deploy some combination of Antonio Gates, Jeff Cumberland and Sean McGrath for the final two games of the regular season as they fight to stay in the playoff hunt.
Simmons has bounced around on practice squads since entering the league in 2016, but he has yet to receive a promotion to an active roster. He'll need quite the camp to make the 53-man roster come fall, as the Giants now have five total running backs on their roster.
Watt managed to take a simple check down in the first quarter 53 yards, nearly scoring as he was tackled just before the end zone. That play set up the Chargers first touchdown, as Philip Rivers was able to connect with Antonio Gates for a touchdown just three plays later. Watt has primarily been used as a lead blocker for Melvin Gordon, and as a result has next to zero fantasy value as he hasn't been in a position to put together fantasy friendly stats.
Attaochu was questionable for the season opener due to a hamstring injury and ultimately did not play. He appeared recovered from the issue prior to Week 2, as he logged full practices all week. However, he was ruled inactive for the team's loss to the Dolphins. It's unclear if he suffered a setback or just wasn't in the team's game plan. The 24-year-old is on track to make his season debut Sunday against the Chiefs unless he sees another healthy scratch.
Disappointing doesn't begin to describe Williams' rookie season, as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft had a hard time even getting on the field, much less factoring in on offense. A herniated disc in Williams' back suffered during the preseason essentially ended the rookie's season before it even began, as the 23-year-old never got in much of a rhythm with quarterback Philip Rivers and was firmly behind Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin on the depth chart by the time he was activated from the PUP list in Week 6. The Chargers presumably invested enough draft capital in the Clemson product to give him an extended run at a starting spot in the near future, but with Keenan Allen locked in as the team's No. 1 receiving option, and Tyrell Williams (restricted free agent) and Benjamin both lingering as potentially receiving threats for seasons to come, it's hard to pinpoint Williams' fantasy worth come 2018.
For the first time since his rookie season, Addae managed to stay healthy for the entire campaign, acting as an in-the-box safety for an opportunistic Chargers defense. Not surprisingly, the fifth-year safety posted a career-high in tackles, a figure that also slotted in as the sixth most among safeties this season. Long heralded as an intriguing prospect thanks to his reputation as a hard-hitting safety, Addae figures to be one of the better IDP options at his position heading into 2018, even despite his ability to force turnovers (one interception in five seasons).
Mebane was a welcomed addition to the defensive line during his first season with the Chargers in 2016, producing 21 tackles, a sack and an interception across 10 games. While he unfortunately suffered a torn biceps in Week 10 that forced him to finish the season on injured reserve, his return to full health should allow him to participate in the majority of the team's offseason program.
With Joey Bosa continuing his holdout, Philon has stepped in and performed well during first-team reps. While the second-year pro will likely take a back seat once Bosa arrives to camp, it appears as if Philon has likely worked his way into San Diego's defensive line rotation and should see an increase in snaps heading into the 2016 season.
Cleveland had been waived/injured Monday due to an undisclosed injury. Unless he agrees to an injury settlement with the Chargers, he's likely stuck on IR throughout the end of the 2017 season.
Scott went undrafted out of Clemson during the 2017 Draft. He subsequently signed with the Chargers before ultimately being waived prior to Week 1. After a season on their practice squad, he will look to earn himself a role on the 53-man roster in 2018.
Bowman was waived by the Saints at roster cutdowns in September and was trying to make the team as a long snapper. The 23-year-old will likely be more involved at tight end in the Chargers' offseason program, but the versatility is valuable nonetheless.
Clemens once again played sparingly for the Chargers, making only one meaningful appearance in 2017, a Week 10 mop-up performance against the Bills. The long-time backup has entered free agency in the past only to re-sign with the Chargers, but with the team trading for Cardale Jones in the preseason, there's a chance the 34-year-old may simply not have a roster spot available come the fall.
Wiggins sprained his ankle Tuesday, but any worry was short-lived. The 29-year-old will continue as the starting right guard.