By Tyler Ruby on June 20, 2014
Under Mike McCoy, the San Diego Chargers made the playoffs in 2013 after a rather disappointing 2012 season. The driving force behind their success was the vast improvement of their offense. In 2014, you should expect a similar output, and these five players could lead you to a fantasy championship.
Two years ago, it seemed certain that Antonio Gates' career was coming to an end, but he responded with an outstanding 2013 season. He was the most targeted receiver on the Chargers' roster last year with 116 targets. He caught 77 balls for 872 yards. While he may not be able to stretch the field as well as he used to, he is still valuable inside the red zone.
Ryan Mathews had the best year of his short career in 2013, and that is because he remained healthy for most of the season. Also, with Danny Woodhead coming out of the backfield, Mathews doesn't need to carry the ball 300 times. He ran for over 1,200 yards last year with six touchdowns. I would expect similar output in 2014 just as long as he stays healthy.
This may seem like a bit of a stretch now, but the Chargers have Antonio Gates' heir already on their roster. Ladarius Green showed flashes of what he is capable of last year. While he only had 17 catches, he averaged 22 yards per catch. He can stretch the field, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him split out wide, similar to how the Saints use Jimmy Graham.
After an extremely poor 2012 campaign, Philip Rivers thrived under Mike McCoy and his offensive scheme. He had the highest passer rating of his career with a 105.5 rating, and he threw for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns. I don't see this output changing, and Rivers should continue to have success just as long as McCoy is the head coach.
Keenan Allen was the main recipient of Philip Rivers' renaissance season, and Allen had a legitimate argument to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year. He had 71 receptions for 1,045 yards with eight touchdowns. He's only going to get better, and he has become the No. 1 option for Rivers. Expect a massive year out of Allen in 2014.
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