For a franchise that has delivered fantasy superstars of varying high-end degrees over the years, things have really changed for the San Diego Chargers. I was trying to figure out if there is any NFL team with players whom fantasy owners are less enthusiastic about drafting, and I couldn't come up with one. The Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars have starting fantasy-caliber running backs and wide receivers. The Cleveland Browns have a fantasy first-round running back, the Arizona Cardinals a potential top-10 wide receiver. And the Chargers have Ryan Mathews and Vincent Brown?
That's not to say the Chargers will be terrible this season. They're never terrible. The Chargers tend to disappoint, especially in the early months of the season, but it has been a decade since the franchise won fewer than the seven games it won in 2012. In terms of the individuals and their fantasy prowess, wow, think about what used to be: LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson and yes, even Philip Rivers used to be dominant fantasy options as Chargers.
Now we're stuck with a turnover-prone Rivers, the brittle and underachieving Mathews, a 54-year-old Gates (or so it seems) and a bunch of wide receivers nobody has heard of. Perhaps that's a tad mean, but are you really coveting any Chargers this season? Think about it.