San Diego Chargers Preview
LT’s getting older. Shawne Merriman should be going under the knife. Antonio Gates is limping. So what. They still are one of the best teams in the NFL, which could easily be holding the Lombardi Trophy at season’s end.
Offensively they are a powerhouse. LaDainian Tomlinson is the best Running Back in the league. He is so versatile and elusive. Michael Turner has moved on the Hotlanta, but Darren Sproles and Jacob Hester are ready to jump in and fill that role. Philip Rivers appears recovered from his knee injury. So much so that at times he can’t remember which one he hurt. He has had more time to develop a rapport with Chris Chambers and Vincent Jackson will probably hit this year since last year was his supposed “breakout year”. All too often that happens a year late. Antonio Gates should be fresh once he gets the rust off from missing the preseason with a toe injury. Their Offensive Line is Rock Solid and Nate Kaeding is one of the best Kickers in the game.
Defensively it all depends on how Shawne Merriman holds up. Personally, I think he should have surgery, but I’m not the one who makes that decision. As stupid as it is for Merriman to risk his career on it, it’s equally negligent for the Chargers to allow it. Stephen Cooper (108 Tackles), Matt Wilhelm (97 Tackles), and Shaun Phillips (8.5 Sacks) complete one of the best Linebacking units in the league. Luis Castillo anchors their Defensive Front. Antonio Cromartie picked off 10 passes last year. Clinton Hart (85 tackles) was solid at Safety.
They are going to go as far as Shawne Merriman allows them. Sure, they can win withouth him, but it’s going to be an emotional blow. If they decided before the season started to shut him down, they could have prepared better. I still think they will win the AFC West and make it to the AFC Title Game.
Fantasy-wise they are loaded. LT is your #1 pick. Antonio Gates is the first or second Tight End selected. Philip Rivers is a fantasy starting QB. Chris Chambers makes a great #2 or #3 wideout. Vincent Jackson is good for WR depth. Nate Kaeding should be one of the first Kickers taken (in the last round of course). San Diego Defense should be one of the first taken as well.