Justin Herbert

Los Angeles Chargers
Quarterback #10
Los Angeles Chargers
Quarterback #10
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Fourth-down heroics not enough

Herbert completed 34 of 64 pass attempts for 383 yards and three touchdowns to go along with one interception in Sunday's 35-32 overtime loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Herbert obliterated his previous career high in pass attempts (53) as the Chargers stormed back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to ultimately force overtime. While the second-year quarterback's critics will point to the signal caller's inability to win important games, it's hard to be anything but impressed with what Herbert's been able to do on the field and the penultimate 19-play, 83-yard drive which ultimately tied the game off an absolute laser to Mike Williams is a perfect example of the burgeoning star's capabilities. It's hard to imagine how Herbert could have outperformed his sterling rookie season, but with 5,014 passing yards and a ridiculous 41:15 touchdown to turnover ratio it's clear Herbert is easily among the best quarterbacks in the game and likely will be one of the top selected in fantasy come next season.

Jan 9, 2022 9:43 PM EST


Easily secures win

Herbert tallied 22 completions on 31 attempts for 237 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 34-13 victory over the Broncos.

Analysis: Herbert and company didn't need to do much with the Broncos defense decimated by COVID-19 as the quarterback easily knifed through a vulnerable unit. As a result, it was hardly a banner day for the second-year quarterback, but Herbert's second touchdown pass did lock up the franchise record for most touchdowns thrown in a single season. Up next is a critical divisional matchup with the Raiders that will likely determine one of the few remaining AFC playoff spots.

Jan 2, 2022 4:34 PM EST



Racks up yardage against Houston

Herbert completed 27 of his 35 passes for 336 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 41-29 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Herbert managed an efficient 9.6 yards per attempt, though he threw multiple interceptions for the first time since Week 12. One of those picks came in the final moments with the Chargers on a drive to potentially close their deficit to one possession, but instead resulted in the Texans icing the win. In addition to his mistakes, Herbert also failed to throw for multiple scores for the first time in his last five games, and his lone touchdown came on a three-yard strike with only 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Given his recent form, it should be expected that Herbert will bounce back in Week 17 against Denver, though it is a relatively tough matchup.

Dec 26, 2021 3:41 PM EST


Three TDs in loss

Herbert completed 22 of 38 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns to go along with one interception in Thursday's 34-28 overtime loss to the Chiefs. He also carried the ball five times for 16 yards and another score.

Analysis: The Chargers offense wasn't particularly explosive, but fantasy managers certainly have to be happy with the outcome regardless. Despite Herbert tallying three total touchdowns for the fourth time in the last five games, the biggest story will be the missed opportunities as the Chargers dropped sure-fire touchdown passes on two separate first-half drives, not to mention a slightly overthrown deep pass to Keenan Allen on the team's final possession which could have dramatically altered the contest. With a playoff spot still in full view, expect the Chargers and Herbert to pull no punches in Week 16's matchup against the hapless Texans.

Dec 16, 2021 8:56 PM EST


Another strong showing

Herbert completed 23 of 31 pass attempts for 275 yards and three touchdowns against the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Herbert established control from start to finish against the Giants in this one, making productive targets out of secondary receivers Jalen Guyton (three catches for 87 yards and one touchdown on three targets) and Josh Palmer (five catches for 66 yards and one touchdown on seven targets) while lead target Keenan Allen sat due to Covid protocols. Herbert's case for elite quarterback status continues to get stronger -- both in real football terms and in fantasy -- and with this game he has 300 or more yards passing in eight games this year, including five of the last six. The Chargers will face off against the Chiefs in Week 15, making for what could be the most important game on the slate. Herbert lit up the Chiefs for four touchdowns the first time around in Week 3, at Arrowhead moreover, but the Chiefs defense has played better in recent weeks than it did to open the year.

Dec 12, 2021 4:31 PM EST



Sensational first half

Herbert completed 26 of 35 passes for 317 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 41-22 win over the Bengals on Sunday.

Analysis: The Chargers defense took over in the first quarter, setting the stage for Herbert to toss three first-half touchdowns in what appeared to be an easy win before typical Los Angeles shenanigans complicated matters somewhat. Herbert's lone interception was essentially fluky as it came on a gorgeous deep ball that simply slid off Josh Palmer's hands into the defending corner's flailing arms. The second-year quarterback now has three straight games with at least 300 yards passing and two-plus touchdowns and figures to be in line for another solid contest next week against the struggling Giants.

Dec 5, 2021 2:33 PM EST


Inconsistent outing in loss

Herbert completed 28 of 44 attempts for 303 yards and two touchdowns to go along with two interceptions in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Broncos. He also led the team in rushing with 36 yards on four carries.

Analysis: Fantasy managers will be happy enough with Herbert's performance, but much of his production came in junk time as a a poorly thrown checkdown to Austin Ekeler in the fourth quarter bounced off the running back's hands and turned into a game-sealing pick six. That wasn't the only bad throw for the 23-year-old as Herbert also made an uncharacteristically bad throw with the game actually within reach to begin the fourth, missing Jared Cook on a red-zone throw which turned into an interception and helped turned the momentum in favor of the Broncos. Herbert now has thrown an interception in seven games this season and is dangerously on pace to exceed his interception figures (10) from last season.

Nov 28, 2021 5:59 PM EST


Incredible performance in win

Herbert completed 30 of 41 attempts for 382 passing yards and three touchdowns to go along with one interception in Sunday's come-from-behind 41-37 win over the Steelers. He also carried the ball nine times for 90 yards.

Analysis: The Chargers appeared to be cruising to an easy win before the Steelers stormed back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead, in part because of a tipped pass turned interception which represented the lone blemish on an otherwise sterling performance from Herbert. The second-year quarterback time and again stepped up into the pocket and routinely extended drives with his legs, rushing for multiple first downs including a pivotal fourth-quarter 36-yard scramble which set up what figured to be the game-sealing touchdown before the aforementioned comeback ensued. It's hard to envision a team losing contain to that extent the rest of season, but Sunday's prime-time performance is a perfect reminder of Herbert's athletic capabilities. The 23-year-old figures to have a more difficult matchup next week against the Broncos.

Nov 21, 2021 9:18 PM EST


Held in check by Vikings

Herbert completed 20 of 34 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Vikings. He also gained 22 rushing yards on two carries.

Analysis: His two-yard TD toss to Austin Ekeler in the third quarter gave the Bolts a 17-13 lead, but the game was all Minnesota down the stretch. Herbert has not taken the big step forward in his second season some expected, but he still sports a solid 19:7 TD:INT through nine games heading into a Week 11 tilt against the Steelers.

Nov 14, 2021 6:37 PM EST


Produces three TDs in win

Herbert completed 32 of 38 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns while gaining 14 yards and a TD on five carries in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Eagles. He also threw a two-point conversion.

Analysis: After two shaky performances sandwiched around the Chargers' Week 7 bye, Herbert rebounded with one of his sharpest performances of the season. He leaned heavily on his tight ends in the red zone, tossing TDs to Donald Parham and Stephen Anderson and hitting Jared Cook for a two-point conversion. Herbert will take an 18:6 TD:INT, plus two rushing scores, through eight games into a Week 10 clast with the Vikings.

Nov 7, 2021 7:31 PM EST


Returns to full practice

Herbert (right hand) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: Herbert was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, but his return to a full session Thursday paves the way for him to start Sunday's game against the 3-5 Eagles. He'll look to rebound from back-to-back subpar efforts in consecutive losses to the Ravens and Patriots. Prior to that, Herbert had recorded an 11:0 TD:INT ratio in his three previous games (all wins).

Nov 4, 2021 3:44 PM EST


Logs limited practice

Herbert (right hand) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Daniel Popper of The Athletic indicates that the QB first injured his throwing hand when he made contact with a helmet during the Chargers' Week 3 win over the Chiefs. When asked Wednesday if Herbert was dealing with any lingering effects from that issue, coach Brandon Staley replied "no." At this stage there's nothing to suggest that the QB is in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Eagles, but Herbert will need to practice fully by Friday in order to avoid a Week 9 injury designation.

Nov 3, 2021 3:48 PM EST


Back-to-back poor outings

Herbert completed 18 of 35 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns to go along with two interceptions in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Patriots. He also carried the ball twice for nine yards.

Analysis: After a sizzling four-game stretch to begin the season, Herbert and the rest of the Chargers have come back down to earth. Sunday marked the second straight game in which the second-year quarterback completed under 60 percent of his passes. Credit that somewhat to the Patriots' run-heavy approach which limited Herbert to his fewest passing attempts this season, but even when the Chargers did have the ball miscommunication with his receivers was an issue. Most notably, Herbert sailed a pass intended for tight end Jared Cook late in the fourth quarter which turned into a game-sealing pick six and while he was able to lead a junk-time touchdown the ensuing drive, the aforementioned interception was a perfect encapsulation of the dreary day. Things should get a little easier next week against an inconsistent Eagles defense.

Oct 31, 2021 5:26 PM EST


Flops in Baltimore

Herbert completed 22 of 39 passes for 195 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 34-6 loss to the Ravens. He added 12 yards on two rushing attempts.

Analysis: Herbert started 8-for-17 for 71 yards and an interception through five drives as the Chargers fell behind 17-0, but he came alive with a one-yard touchdown to Jared Cook on the following possession. That momentum was short-lived, however, as Baltimore answered with a third-quarter touchdown, followed by a Herbert incompletion on 4th-and-1 in his own territory that all but decided the result with more than a quarter to play. Considering the second-year signal-caller had previously thrown for at least 300 yards or three-plus touchdowns in every game this season, this dud can be written off as a one-game blip against an elite defense. Expect Herbert to bounce back once Los Angeles comes out of its Week 7 bye.

Oct 17, 2021 1:52 PM EST


Five touchdowns in high-scoring win

Herbert completed 26 of 43 attempts for 398 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried the ball four times for 29 yards and an additional score in the 47-42 win over the Browns on Sunday.

Analysis: Sunday's extraordinary outing set the record for most 300-yard games through two years in the league (11) as Herbert absolutely eviscerated a stout Browns defense to the tune of 15.3 yards per completion. The young signal caller completed at least one 20-yard pass to five different targets as the offense relentlessly attacked downfield. It certainly helps that the Chargers seem intent on maximizing their possessions as Herbert and company converted all three fourth-down conversions in the second half, including two on a pivotal momentum-changing drive down 14 early in the third quarter. Once again the emerging connection with Mike Williams paid dividends as the duo connected on a 72-yard strike for the longest scoring play this year for the Chargers, but usual suspects Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler also chipped in with their typical workloads. If any team can stymie Herbert and company it figures to be Week 6's opponent, the Ravens, but given the second-year QB's brilliance he's firmly in the must-start category regardless of the matchup

Oct 10, 2021 5:36 PM EST


Another impressive outing

Herbert completed 25 of 38 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns in Monday night's 28-14 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Herbert started with a couple of touchdowns to his tight ends before hitting tailback Austin Ekeler on a 14-yard score to end the first half. He then helped the Chargers maintain their lead after halftime, playing turnover-free ball for the second straight game. With seven TDs over that span to go with a couple of key divisional wins, Herbert has been one of the standout performers league-wide thus far. The second-year signal-caller will strive to keep his strong play going in another top-heavy tussle Week 5 versus the Browns.

Oct 4, 2021 9:18 PM EST


Not on injury report

Herbert is not listed on the Chargers' Week 4 injury report.

Analysis: Herbert had his throwing hand wrapped and iced before he left Arrowhead Stadium in the wake of the Chargers' 30-24 win over Kansas City in Week 3. At the time, the issue was downplayed, and his absence from Thursday's injury report puts him firmly in line to start Monday night's home game against the 3-0 Raiders.

Sep 30, 2021 3:33 PM EST


Hurts hand in heroic win

Herbert had his throwing hand wrapped and iced before he left Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, but he's expected to be okay, NFL.com reports.

Analysis: Herbert played every snap in Sunday's 30-24 win over Kansas City, including a four-yard, game-winning TD pass to Mike Williams on the final play of the afternoon for the Chargers offense. Williams' fifth-year breakout has aided the second-year QB's average of 318.7 passing yards per game, though Herbert has perhaps been a bit disappointing in fantasy due to turnovers (four) and a lack of rushing production (27 yards, zero TDs). In any case, he'll have an extra day to recover from his hand injury before the Chargers host the Raiders on Monday in Week 4.

Sep 27, 2021 6:34 AM EST


Masterful in signature win

Herbert completed 26 of 38 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Chiefs. He also registered 16 yards on four carries.

Analysis: The Chargers benefitted from a turnover-prone Chiefs offense as Herbert and company scored 20 points off miscues. The second-year quarterback has picked up right where he left off following his Rookie of the Year campaign throwing for 951 yards and a sterling 6:3 TD:INT ratio through three contests, benefitting significantly from a new-look offense that seems content moving the ball through the air (just 21 designed runs Sunday). The emergence of Mike Williams (7-122-2 in Sunday's win) as a co-No. 1 wideout opposite Keenan Allen has been a revelation and given Herbert a key red-zone target that he simply didn't have last season. At this point, Herbert might simply be matchup proof in terms of fantasy and certainly should be primed for another great outing next week against the vulnerable Raiders defense.

Sep 26, 2021 1:49 PM EST


Flags ruin big outing

Herbert completed 31 of 41 attempts for 338 yards and one touchdown to go along with two interceptions in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Cowboys. He also carried the ball four times for 12 yards.

Analysis: The second-year signal caller once again attempted 40-plus passes, but the Dallas defense did a good job limiting Herbert from connecting on any big plays. The star QB once again spread the ball around to his pass catchers, completing receptions to nine different targets. The two interceptions were unpredictably poor throws from the 23-year-old as a forced pass to Keenan Allen on the opening drive coupled with an errant pass late in third at the goal line directly crushed two scoring opportunities. That wasn't the only thing holding back a gigantic fantasy day, however. A 36-yard touchdown pass on a well designed play to tight end Donald Parham was called back due to holding, a possession that then ended with the aforementioned interception at the goal line. An egregiously poor call on the team's final possession also negated what would have been the go-ahead touchdown pass to Jared Cook, forcing the team to settle for a field goal. Herbert's passing volume on a week-to-week base almost guarantees a safe fantasy floor, but it wouldn't be surprising at all if the Chargers are forced into offensive overdrive next week against the Chiefs.

Sep 19, 2021 5:47 PM EST


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