Los Angeles Chargers – Best Bets 2021
2020 Los Angeles Chargers Review
Justin Herbert. That is the 2020 Los Angeles Chargers Review. What a revelation he was for the Chargers and the future. Justin Herbert took over as the quarterback for the Chargers because of a punctured lung to Tyrod Taylor by the team doctor. That is not the way fans envisioned Herbert taking over the quarterback duties but Herbert burst onto the scene and took home the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
The Chargers were also riddled by injuries last season. They did not have their star running back Austin Ekeler for six games. On the defensive side, the Chargers missed Derwin James all season due to an ACL injury. In addition, Joey Bosa missed a handful of games. Nonetheless, despite the injuries, Herbert led the Chargers to a 7-9 record and having fans excited for the future.
What’s New for 21/22
First, the Chargers cut ties with Anthony Lynn who then took a job with the Detroit Lions as the offensive coordinator. The Chargers hired former Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator, Brandon Staley. In addition, Brandon Staley added former New Orleans Saints quarterback coach Joe Lombardi, and Denver Broncos defensive backs coach, Renaldo Hill as defensive coordinator.
Next, the Chargers will have fans in their brand new stadium, SoFi Stadium. But as many people know there are not many home team fans that attend games. In fact, at times the road team has more fans than the Chargers do in their own building. Furthermore, the Chargers are healthy again. Derwin James and Nick Bosa return on the defensive side. However, the Chargers did lose Hunter Henry to the Patriots but added veteran Jared Cook to fill the tight end spot. Also, the Chargers added former Packers center Corey Linsley.
Strength of Schedule
The Los Angeles Chargers face the 11th easiest schedule this season. Despite having to face the Kansas City Chiefs twice a year, the Chargers battle the NFC East and AFC North this season. In addition, the Chargers face the Dallas Cowboys, the Houston Texans, and the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys and Texans certainly do not strike fear in anyone.
Super Bowl +3000
AFC West +450
To Make Playoffs +105
This team is loaded with all sorts of talent on both sides of the football. Led by Justin Herbert, Keenan Allen, and Austin Ekeler on the offensive side I expect the offensive to be near the tops in the league this year. The Chargers hired a defensive-minded head coach and if healthy this defense can make some noise. The Chargers play in the AFC West where they have to battle against the Kansas City Chiefs and we know they are the class of the division. However, I am a believer in this Chargers team. Let’s not discount the fact that the Chargers have a significant head coaching upgrade from Anthony Lynn to Brandon Staley.
Best Bet: Chargers to Make Playoffs +105
Los Angeles Chargers Player Prop Bets
Keenan Allen – O/U 98.5 Receptions
There is no other way to put it, Keenan Allen is a receptions machine. In the last four years, Keenan Allen has at least 100 receptions in three out of the four years. The only year he did not was in 2018 where he had 97 receptions. Last year, Keenan Allen played in 14 out of the 16 total games and still had 100 receptions. Allen is the #1 target in this wide receiving group and I expect Allen to dominate all season long.
Best Bet: Keenan Allen Over 98.5 Receptions
Jared Cook – O/U 4.5 Receiving Touchdowns
As I mentioned above, Jared Cook takes over for Hunter Henry at the tight end position. Cook was previously with the New Orleans Saints the last two years where he had a combined 16 touchdowns and crushed the 4.5 receiving touchdowns in both seasons. One can argue he is upgrading to a team with a better quarterback at this junction of his career. Cook stands at 6-5, 245 pounds, giving Justin Herbert a huge target in red zone opportunities.
Best Bet: Jared Cook Over 4.5 Receiving Touchdowns
Los Angeles Chargers Fantasy Preview
Every year Keenan Allen is a great WR2 in fantasy football drafts and every year he performs. Since the 2017 season, Allen has a minimum of six receiving touchdowns and has eclipsed over 1000 yards receiving. Last season he fell only eight yards short of reaching a 1000 receiving season. He did miss two games and no doubt if he played in at least one of these he would have reached that number. I believe the Herbert and Allen connection will be money all season long!
As much as I love the potential of Justin Herbert we may need to pump the brakes on him being a top 5 fantasy football quarterback. SGPN’s Fantasy Football Expert Nick Dant puts it nicely. Are you really going to draft Herbert ahead of Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen, Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson, and Patrick Mahomes? I didn’t think so! Yes the potential is there for Herbert but he is not there just yet!
Draft: Keenan Allen
Fade*: Justin Herbert (*Do not overvalue Justin Herbert)
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