These are the top fantasy football players of the Los Angeles Chargers as ranked by Average Draft Position (ADP) in PPR-format mock drafts.
Data as of May 28, 2023.
|2||Home||Kansas City Chiefs|
|4||Away||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|5||Away||New Orleans Saints|
|6||Home||New York Jets|
|9||Home||Las Vegas Raiders|
|13||Home||New England Patriots|
|15||Away||Las Vegas Raiders|
|17||Away||Kansas City Chiefs|
|11||Home||New York Jets|
Ekeler is expected to stay with the Chargers for 2023 after they added $1.75 million in incentives for the final season of his contract, ESPN reports.
Analysis: Ekeler requested a trade earlier this offseason, and while a minor adjustment to his current contract isn't exactly what he wanted, it'll apparently be enough to keep him in Los Angeles for one more year without a holdout. The 28-year-old led the NFL in touchdowns both of the past two seasons, scoring 38 times in 33 appearances while averaging 96.8 total yards. Ekeler figures to be busy again this season given the questionable backfield depth behind him, though QB Justin Herbert is expected to push the ball downfield more with the help of new OC Kellen Moore and rookie first-round wideout Quentin Johnston.
May 23, 2023 6:40 AM EST
Ekeler wasn't present Monday for the first day of Los Angeles' organized team activities, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Ekeler wanted an extension ahead of 2023 campaign, which is the final year under his current four-year contract, but with no progress made, he requested and was granted permission to seek a trade. However, he still remains with the Chargers following the draft, and it's becoming more likely he'll have to stick in Los Angeles for at least one more year before testing the open market in 2024. Despite the offseason antics, head coach Brandon Staley has remained steady and expects Ekeler to be present for the mandatory offseason workouts in June.
May 22, 2023 1:50 PM EST
Herbert (shoulder) threw passes to teammates Monday at OTAs, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Herbert resumed throwing earlier in May, about 13-14 weeks after post-season surgery on the labrum in his left shoulder. He's doing well enough to throw in practice, albeit without any defenders on the field for the first day of OTAs. There's still a chance Herbert misses some reps this spring, but he's well on his way to starting Week 1 and has a couple new faces in town (OC Kellen Moore, WR Quentin Johnston) to help him rebound from a disappointing 2022 in which the QB's touchdown rate (3.6 percent, 25 total) and yards per attempt (6.8) nosedived even with a career high in completion percentage (68.2). The Chargers are counting on their offseason additions to help Herbert rebound to his 2020-21 level -- 7.4 YPA; 308.9 total yards and 2.4 TDs per game -- or possibly even reacher greater heights. Offensive line depth looks like a weakness for the Chargers again, but they at least have star LT Rashawn Slater coming back from a biceps tear and an elite center in Corey Linsley.
May 22, 2023 12:19 PM EST
Ekeler isn't present Monday for voluntary offseason workouts, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: As expected, with no progress reported since Ekeler requested and received permission in March to seek a trade. He wants an extension as he heads into the final season of a four-year contract that he's easily outplayed, and his trade request seems to be an acknowledgement that the Chargers are unlikely to give him the deal he wants. There's a possible holdout brewing with the first mandatory team activities only a few weeks away, though it's still possible the team changes its mind on contract terms or finds a trade partner willing to give up a lot for Ekeler. The Chargers don't have much else in their backfield, with returning reserves Joshua Kelley, Isaiah Spiller and Larry Rountree thus far joined by only a pair of undrafted rookies (Elijah Dotson, Tyler Hoosman).
May 15, 2023 11:51 AM EST
Herbert (shoulder) threw a football Monday, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Coming off winter surgery on a torn labrum in his left shoulder, Herbert hadn't resumed throwing as of late April. He's throwing now, which doesn't mean he'll be cleared for spring practices but does show he's progressing about as expected. Once he's ready to practice, Herbert will have a new offensive coordinator (Kellen Moore) and rookie first-round wideout (Quentin Johnston) on hand to help him thrive in his fourth NFL season.
May 15, 2023 11:06 AM EST