2014 Fantasy Football Sleeper: San Diego Chargers D/ST
The San Diego Chargers made a big move to compete in the AFC West by signing former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers. The Chargers were one of the worst fantasy defenses last season. With Flowers, the defense will be a nice sleeper on draft day.
The Chargers were 28th in fantasy, tied with the Houston Texans. The front seven were decent, racking up 35 sacks (23rd). It was the secondary that opposing offenses feasted on. The team had just 11 interceptions all season, 26th in the league. The defense allowed 258.7 passing yards per game, fourth-highest among all 32 teams.
Flowers was cut by the Chiefs two weeks ago. He had a down season, picking up just one sack and one interception. It was obvious he didn’t fit in the man scheme. Flowers will succeed in the Chargers current system by not having to press up on wide receivers and play more of a zone defense.
The addition of Flowers will give the secondary a much-needed boost. The Chargers face Peyton Manning twice a season and he usually has a field day against San Diego. In two games last season, Manning passed for 619 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Alex Smith passed for 294 yards, three scores and a pick in one game last year.
The Chargers defense have not been ranked as a top-10 defense in years. Flowers added to the current safeties of Eric Weddle and Marcus Gilchrist and the defense could sneak into the top 10 during the season.