|Offense||3rd||116.0 (11th)||329.0 (3rd)|
|Defense||9th||95.0 (14th)||232.5 (13th)|
|37||Addae, Jahleel||DB||5-10||195||1/24/1990||6||Central Michigan|
|12||Benjamin, Travis||WR||5-10||175||12/29/1989||7||Miami (FL)|
|99||Bosa, Joey||DE||6-5||280||7/11/1995||3||Ohio State|
|48||Dzubnar, Nick||LB||6-1||240||8/15/1991||4||Cal Poly-S.L.O.|
|30||Ekeler, Austin||RB||5-10||200||5/17/1995||2||Western State (Colo.)|
|51||Emanuel, Kyle||LB||6-3||250||8/16/1991||4||North Dakota State|
|36||Facyson, Brandon||DB||6-2||197||9/8/1994||R||Virginia Tech|
|85||Gates, Antonio||TE||6-4||255||6/18/1980||16||Kent State|
|54||Ingram, Melvin||DE||6-2||247||4/26/1989||7||South Carolina|
|33||James, Derwin||DB||6-2||215||8/3/1996||R||Florida State|
|23||Jenkins, Rayshawn||DB||6-2||220||1/25/1994||2||Miami (FL)|
|91||Jones, Justin||DT||6-3||309||8/28/1996||R||North Carolina State|
|89||Jones, J.J.||WR||5-10||173||12/6/1992||R||West Georgia|
|8||Kaser, Drew||P||6-2||206||2/11/1993||3||Texas A&M|
|77||Lamp, Forrest||G||6-4||310||2/20/1994||2||Western Kentucky|
|46||Landrum, Chris||DE||6-2||245||9/14/1992||3||Jacksonville State|
|90||McGill, T.Y.||DT||6-0||299||11/23/1992||4||North Carolina State|
|38||Newsome, Detrez||RB||5-10||210||3/6/1994||R||Western Carolina|
|76||Okung, Russell||T||6-5||310||10/7/1987||9||Oklahoma State|
|52||Perryman, Denzel||LB||5-11||240||12/5/1992||4||Miami (FL)|
|17||Rivers, Philip||QB||6-5||228||12/8/1981||15||North Carolina State|
|98||Rochell, Isaac||DE||6-4||280||4/22/1995||1||Notre Dame|
|68||Scott, Trenton||T||6-5||320||1/25/1994||R||Grambling State|
|3||Smith, Geno||QB||6-3||221||10/10/1990||6||West Virginia|
|44||White, Kyzir||LB||6-2||218||3/24/1996||R||West Virginia|
|16||Williams, Tyrell||WR||6-4||205||2/12/1992||4||Western Oregon|
|24||Williams, Trevor||CB||5-11||191||9/15/1993||3||Penn State|
|60||Crabtree, Zachary (IR)||T||6-7||310||9/16/1994||R||Oklahoma State|
|60||DeBoer, Dillon (IR)||C||6-5||300||7/26/1994||R||Florida Atlantic|
|59||Hekking, Brock (IR)||LB||6-3||250||10/6/1991||2||Nevada|
|70||Johnstone, Tyler (IR)||T||6-5||301||9/29/1992||R||Oregon|
|29||Mager, Craig (IR)||CB||5-11||200||6/11/1992||3||Texas State|
|42||Roberts, Austin (IR)||TE||6-2||230||12/3/1995||R||UCLA|
|10||Scott, Artavis (IR)||WR||5-11||195||12/12/1994||1||Clemson|
|22||Verrett, Jason (IR)||DB||5-10||188||6/18/1991||5||TCU|
|27||Watkins, Jaylen (IR)||DB||5-11||194||11/27/1991||4||Florida|
|84||Cantrell, Dylan||WR||6-3||226||6/29/1994||R||Texas Tech|
|Jones, Cardale||QB||6-5||250||9/29/1992||3||Ohio State|
The 2013 second-round pick completed four of his six attempts for 16 yards in Thursday's 23-21 preseason win over the 49ers; hardly eye-popping totals, but the performance was evidently enough to solidify Smith's position as the No. 2 QB on the depth chart. Smith would be an intriguing fantasy option situated alongside a plethora of talented weapons such as Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon, but given Philip Rivers has never missed a game since taking over as the starter 13 years ago, it's somewhat unlikely he'll get that opportunity in 2018.
This accounts for the unspecified upper-body injury Gordon suffered during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 31-20 win over the Bills. His full participation Wednesday suggests he'll be fine for a difficult Week 3 contest against the Rams.
The fourth-year linebacker didn't do much in this contest, as the Chiefs used a plethora of movement in and around the line of scrimmage to force their opposition to run from sideline to sideline. Perryman did leave the game at one point with what appeared to be a lower back injury, but the 24-year-old managed to return to the game. Perryman's much-maligned injury history makes him a risky IDP option at best, but he'll have a fantastic matchup against the Bills in Week 2.
When healthy enough to play, Benjamin has the speed to break off the occasional big play, but weekly volume figures to be an issue for him with Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Tyrell Williams also on the Chargers' wideout depth chart.
Gates should recover in time to suit up Sunday against the Rams, but with just two targets through the Chargers' first two games, the veteran tight end is off the fantasy radar until or unless he recaptures his previous red-zone chemistry with QB Philip Rivers.
Williams surpassed his Week 1 receiving totals Sunday, but that's hardly a positive sign for fantasy owners as the fourth-year wide receiver has put together a modest 56 yards through two weeks. Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen once again received the largest share of the targets, relegating Williams to merely the fourth or fifth receiving option. And given Mike Williams continues to make waves, this time catching his first touchdown pass, it remains to be seen if Tyrell can wiggle his way back into prominence in the Chargers' explosive offense.
Verrett tore his Achilles last week, and with the cornerback now officially on injured reserve, his season is over. It's another dose of bad luck for the young corner, who is coming of a torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2017 season and will now have appeared in just five games since the start of the 2016 season.
The Chargers exercised caution with Liuget by pulling him out of the game. He faces a four-game ban for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs to start the season, so there's little chance the injury will linger into Week 5.
As an undrafted rookie last season, Ekeler surpassed 90 scrimmage yards just one time, despite cranking out 7.3 yards per touch. He hasn't been lacking for opportunity this year, though, totaling 24 touches through two games. Ekeler earned six of them after Melvin Gordon left this contest with 11:56 remaining in the fourth quarter. If Gordon's health is impacted moving forward, Ekeler would be the main beneficiary out of the Chargers backfield.
Sturgis' lone field-goal attempt was from 24 yards, so he obviously wasn't asked to do too much in this contest. With a difficult Week 3 matchup against the Rams on tap, Sturgis might struggle to see many kicking opportunities once again.
Thursday will be Lamp's first in-game action since tearing his ACL during the 2017 preseason, an injury which ruined the guard's rookie campaign. The 24-year-old is expected to act as a swing lineman as he continues to work back into shape for the regular season.
Ingram had a poor showing in Week 1 against the Chiefs, securing just a single tackle. His 1.5 sacks are more in line with what we've come to expect from him over the past three years, where he's averaged over nine sacks per season. He'll look to get after Jared Goff in Week 3 as the Chargers face off against the Rams.
2018 first-round pick, Derwin James, had been held out of training camp the first week due to a hamstring injury, which likely prompted the surprising depth chart alignment. So long as James remains healthy the rest of the preseason, Jenkins is expected to be relegated to a situational "box safety," a role he performed admirably in 2017.
The rookie outside linebacker got the start over Jatavis Brown and promptly tied for the team lead in tackles, playing in 79 percent of the team's defensive snaps. White was one of many young players to stand out during the preseason for the Chargers and will try to carry that success into Week 2 against the Bills.
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.
Still just 24 years old, Brown is coming off a disappointing, injury-plagued 2017 campaign in which he recorded just 79 tackles and failed to register a single sack. However, the third-year player appears to be entering the new season in better shape, looking "thicker" than he has in the past thanks to a change in his diet. Brown's speed and lateral quickness are tantalizing qualities for a defense that isn't known for its quickness, but he'll certainly have plenty of competition for a starting role, as the Chargers opted to bring back utility linebacker Nick Dzubnar and selected Uchenna Nwosu in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Given Denzel Perryman, the nominal starting inside linebacker, has yet to play a full 16-game season in his career, Brown could still have value in IDP leagues even if he's unable to win a starting job out of training camp.
Toner, whose injury situation remains behind closed doors, is now free to sign a contract with another organization.
James has now recorded two sacks in as many games. His eight tackles were a marked improvement over his three-tackle performance in Week 1. Thus far, the first-round safety has showcased the talent that made him a top-20 selection. Looking ahead, James and the rest of the Chargers defense will have their hands full in next week's tilt against the Rams.
Davis had made the Chargers roster the previous two seasons, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise to see the 26-year-old on the team once again. Davis will act as depth at the wide receiver position, but with a plethora of players above him on the depth chart, he's unlikely to draw much fantasy consideration.
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.
Watkins is battling for snaps with the Chargers, but he'll likely settle for a special teams role if he makes the 53-man roster. A serious injury would derail those plans altogether, though. The results of his evaluation should be available in the next day or two.
Okung is tasked with protecting Philip Rivers' blindside, so the Chargers were taking no chances. The nature of his injury is still unclear, but he should be ready for Week 1 against the Chiefs.
While covering teammate Mike Williams on a go route, Hayward pulled up and grabbed at his hamstring. Since signing with the Chargers during the 2016 offseason, Hayward has put together back-to-back second-team All-Pro campaigns, accumulating 98 tackles and 11 interceptions without missing a game. Due to his prowess as an IDP, this potential injury could hinder his prospects to begin the regular season.
Crabtree was waived with an undisclosed injury Tuesday and is likely stuck on IR through the end of the league year, barring an injury settlement.
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn suggested a few days earlier that Bosa would be sidelined for "the next couple weeks" after the star defensive end was diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left foot when he met with Dr. Robert Anderson on Wednesday. It appears Lynn's estimation of the extent of Bosa's injury may have been a tad generous, with the timeline Schefter offered implying the 23-year-old's recovery may sit in the 3-to-4-week range, if not longer. Either way, the Chargers likely won't be able to pinpoint a target date for Bosa's return until he's able to practice in some capacity. While Bosa is sidelined, Isaac Rochell will likely be the primary beneficiary of increased snaps opposite Melvin Ingram.
McGill has embraced the journeyman role thus far during his four-year NFL career. It's unlikely to expect that the Chargers have any great plans for McGill other than him being a big body to help out during practice. McGill's value could wind up being on special teams as the season progresses.
The Chargers offense demonstrated remarkable balance Week 2, attempting 27 passes versus 26 runs. Rivers directed it admirably, posting the second-highest completion percentage in a given game (85.2) in his lengthy career. Moreover, he posted his 10th performance (in 194 starts) with three touchdowns, no interceptions and at least 9.5 yards per attempt. He'll upgrade opponents significantly Week 3, exchanging the dismal Bills for the rampaging Rams in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Duarte will remain on call for the Chargers should the team require the services of another tight end. He has played in just one career game since going pro in 2016, recording two offensive snaps for the Dolphins in 2016.
Rochell earned the start in the season opener, recording four tackles (two solo) while playing 51 of 56 defensive snaps. Coach Anthony Lynn said Bosa will "probably be gone for the next couple weeks," keeping the window open for Rochell. It looks as though the 23-year-old will continue to play a heavy role in the Chargers' defensive line rotation while Bosa is sidelined.
Newsome led the Chargers with 42 preseason carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns, marking the second consecutive year an undrafted rookie running back earned his way onto the Chargers roster. It's unclear where Newsome ranks in the depth chart, as along with Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, the team also opted to keep 2018 seventh-round pick Justin Jackson, who missed three exhibition games with a hamstring injury. An injury to Gordon would likely open up a plethora of carries, but Newsome wouldn't automatically be the running back to own in that scenario, as Ekeler and Jackson would likely chip in on the workload as well.
Barksdale is progressing in his recovery from a knee injury sustained in the Chargers' season opener, but is not yet ready to retake the field. Sam Tevi will serve as the team's starting right tackle against a dominant Rams defensive front.
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.
There were fewer passes to go around this week as opposed to the season opener with the Chargers firmly in the lead from the outset and opting to drain the clock, but Allen picked up a larger target share (29.6 versus 21.6 percent). The former is actually closer to his number from 2017 (27.3 percent), so it's difficult to argue with Sunday's result. Allen will now focus on preparation for a Week 3 matchup with the cross-town rival Rams.
Jones hasn't played since injuring his ankle back in the beginning of August , but the third-round pick is evidently healthy enough to hit the practice field Tuesday. Given the draft capital invested in jones, he's a virtual lock for the the 53-man roster. However, it's unlikely he sees much playing time this year, unless a plethora of injuries occur to others above him on the depth chart.
Phillips appeared back in full form Friday, breaking up a would-be touchdown pass. The 26-year-old has a full preseason of first-team reps ahead of him, so staying healthy will be the No. 1 priority. He accrued 63 tackles, five pass breakups and two interceptions in a situational role last season, and logging starter snap counts could render him a solid IDP option.
The return of Antonio Gates likely means that Culkin will be primarily a special teams player. The second-year tight end is firmly behind Gates and Virgil Green on the depth chart.
Jackson was drafted by the Chargers in the seventh round but was unable to earn a spot on their 53-man roster to start the year. However, he is now set to work on the practice unit throughout the season and could potentially work his way up to the roster depending on injuries ahead of him on the depth chart.
Mager sat out a week of practice nursing a hamstring injury before falling on injured reserve. Primarily a special teams piece, the depth cornerback's absence should not significantly impact the Chargers' defense. With Mager sidelined, Michael Davis and Brandon Facyson are presented with the opportunity to claim increased special teams snaps going forward.
The Chargers made curious moves by placing Henry on the PUP list at the start of training camp and keeping him there after cutting the roster to 53 on Sept. 1. Despite tearing the ACL in his right knee on May 22, there seemed to be some hope that he'd be able to return during the postseason, but Friday's development may move up that timetable by the sound of Lynn's comments. While Henry continues his recovery, Antonio Gates and Virgil Green will split the TE reps between them.
Schofield was claimed off waivers by the Chargers last September and was expected to serve in a depth role, but endued up starting five games for the team in 2017. He should settle back into a reserve role in 2018 but could be given an opportunity to battle for the starting job at right tackle if Joe Barksdale is released.
The extent of Watt's injury is unknown, but should he not return, we will likely garner a better idea of his availability moving forward with next week's practice report.
It was a bit disappointing to see Williams only targeted twice as No. 3 wide receiver Travis Benjamin (foot) was inactive for Sunday's contest. Still, Williams corralled his first career touchdown early in the first quarter, holding onto the catch despite being hit by two different defenders. After the game Williams hinted the pass was drawn up specifically for him, which would seem to suggest the second-year player is becoming a more prominent target in the red zone. Given his large frame (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) it wouldn't be a surprise to see Williams gain more looks near the end zone as the season progresses.
Addae took over his normal role at strong safety while 2018 first-round pick Derwin James manned the free safety spot, and both players played up to their potential despite the high-scoring affair. Addae set a career high in tackles (96) in 2017, and situated in arguably one of the deepest secondaries in the NFL, the 28-year-old appears poised to repeat similar numbers. Addae is expected to have a nice matchup against the struggling Bills next week.
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.
Scott injured his ankle in the Chargers' preseason finale. It's unclear what the specifics of the injury are but the 23-year-old receiver will be out for the season unless he reaches an injury settlement with the team.
Roberts, who just signed with the Chargers at the end of May, tore his ACL during practice Saturday, and landing on injured reserve officially ends the tight end's season. The rookie will have to wait another year before making his NFL debut.
Green has caught 55 or more yards just two other times in his career, so it's safe to say the blocking tight end has been able to flex his receiving muscles a little more in Los Angeles. While the eighth-year veteran has a modest 76 receiving yards through two games this year, he's already approaching his career high in receiving yards (237), which he set in 2016. More importantly, Green drastically out-snapped Antonio Gates, 42 to 11, suggesting the Broncos transplant seems to be fitting in nicely with the Chargers. That being said, the sheer amount of potential weapons on offense for quarterback Philip Rivers to target makes Green an unreliable fantasy option in most leagues.
Cantrell was bothered by a bone bruise in his right knee during the preseason, but he'll join the Chargers' practice squad after failing to make the 53-man roster.
It was an ugly debut for the undrafted rookie wide receiver, as Jones' pivotal fumble set up Kansas City for an easy touchdown on the ensuing play. Head coach Anthony Lynn evidently won't take Jones out of the starting returning role, a fact made apparent in a recent report by Jack Wang of the Orange County Register. But the decision to stick with the rookie wide receiver also means Travis Benjamin will continue to be used almost exclusively as an offensive weapon. In previous seasons, Benjamin had been considered the Chargers' main special teams weapon which gave him a bit of fantasy value in leagues that accounted for return yardage.
Williams has been dealing with a sprained ankle since late July, but the Chargers' starting cornerback could return in limited fashion prior to the team's third preseason game versus the Saints on Saturday. There's a decent chance he fails to see any snaps during the final two preseason contests, but his potential availability for Week 1 is becoming clearer.