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Chargers HC Brandon Staley said Thursday that QB Justin Herbert won't play at all in the preseason. That's not necessarily good or bad news. It does mean that we won't get to see him at all in the new offense until the regular season. We have Herbert below the top tier (or top 2?) in our QB rankings. With just 1 year behind him and a new coaching staff in place, there's more risk than we see in the QBs above him. But Herbert, of course, also showed us plenty of upside as a rookie.

Joe Lombardi has been named Chargers OC. The 49-year-old and grandson of Vince Lombardi has had 2 stints with the Saints under Sean Payton, including the past 5 seasons as QB coach. In between, Lombardi spent 2 seasons as Lions OC in 2014 and 2015. Those teams both ranked in the bottom half of the league in total yards and points. The running games were anemic, headed by Ameer Abdullah, Joique Bell and Reggie Bush. But QB Matthew Stafford topped 4,200 yards both years with 54 total TDs. This seems like a solid hire for QB Justin Herbert and the Chargers passing game.

The Chargers have named Brandon Staley their new HC. The 38-year-old has been a fast riser, going from a LBs coach in Chicago and Denver to Rams defensive coordinator to Chargers HC in just 5 years. Staley's 2020 Rams defense was better than Wade Phillips' 2019 unit in points allowed, total yards allowed, yards per play allowed and Football Outsiders' DVOA. This at least looks like a good hire for the Chargers defense. We'll see who joins Staley to run the offense.

The Chargers have fired HC Anthony Lynn. He cost his team multiple chances to win this season with poor in-game management. Lynn finishes his 4-year run with the Chargers with a 33-31 record but went just 12-20 over the past 2 seasons. Whoever takes over this team will be working with a strong core in QB Justin Herbert, RB Austin Ekeler and WR Keenan Allen -- plus a talented defense.

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Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Broncos. That leaves Mike Williams, Tyron Johnson and Jalen Guyton as QB Justin Herbert’s top 3 WRs today. L.A. is also without TE Hunter Henry.

Chargers WRs Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back) are active for tonight's game against the Raiders. Williams is a surprise after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier today that he wasn't expected to play. We'd still try not to use him in fantasy lineups. Allen was reportedly a game-time decision and figures to be operating at less than 100% tonight. Consider him more of a risk/reward WR2 than his usual WR1 status. Allen and Williams' presence does make QB Justin Herbert a more attractive fantasy play.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Allen and Williams will both be on a "rep count" tonight.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Chargers are "concerned" WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) won't be able to play vs. the Raiders tonight. Schefter adds that Allen is "likely to be limited" if he does suit up. We'll get the Chargers' inactives around 7 pm ET tonight. Allen will obviously come with a lower ceiling and floor if he ends up playing. WRs Tyron Johnson and Jalen Guyton figure to get more playing time with Allen banged up and Mike Williams not expected to play. TE Hunter Henry and RB Austin Ekeler should also get target boosts. Downgrade QB Justin Herbert with these WR injuries.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Chargers WRs Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back) are game-time decisions for tonight's meeting with the Raiders. "Both receivers were sore Sunday and the short week doesn’t help," Pelissero adds. We'll get Chargers inactives around 7 pm ET. We'd try to avoid Williams at less than 100%. Allen will obviously carry more risk if active but would still be tough to bench. Tyron Johnson and Jalen Guyton are the healthy WRs behind Allen and Williams. RB Austin Ekeler and TE Hunter Henry could also get target bumps tonight.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn named QB Justin Herbert his starter for the rest of the season. Lynn had been dancing around this decision, but the rookie has given him very little choice, completing 72% of his passes and averaging 8.7 yards per attempt through 3 starts. Herbert ranks 9th among QBs in fantasy points over that span and will be a viable spot starter the rest of the way. He has a string of favorable upcoming matchups against the Saints, Jets, Dolphins, Jaguars and Raiders.

Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (chest) is out for Week 4. QB Justin Herbert will make his 3rd straight start but is a lower-end QB2 vs. a tough Bucs defense.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor is dealing with a punctured lung. Per Schefter, the Chargers’ team doctor accidentally punctured Taylor’s lung while giving a pain-killing injection. Unbelievable. Taylor still belongs on rosters in deep superflex formats, but rookie Justin Herbert will make his second start Sunday against Carolina.

Update: Schefter adds that doctors are advising Taylor to remain out "indefinitely." We'll watch for updates to that timeline, but it sounds like time to drop him for Herbert.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (chest) is not likely to be ready for Sunday's game against the Panthers. That means QB Justin Herbert gets another start. HC Anthony Lynn says a healthy Taylor is still his starter -- but another strong outing from the rookie might alter that thinking. Herbert is worth grabbing in all 2-QB and superflex leagues, and deeper 1-QB setups.

The Chargers consider QB Tyrod Taylor "week to week" with the chest injury that kept him out of Sunday's OT loss to the Chiefs, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That leaves the team unsure of who will start against Carolina in Week 3 as of now. Unless Taylor returns to 100% by the weekend -- which isn't usually the case for an injury a team dubs "week to week" -- this should be incentive for L.A. to give rookie Justin Herbert another start. If he delivers another strong performance, it'd be tough to turn back. And if he falters, the Chargers could just say they're going back to their healthy "starter." If Herbert does play Week 3, he'll carry big fantasy upside against what has been a generous Panthers defense through 2 games.

The Chargers released a statement Sunday night, saying QB Tyrod Taylor had difficulty breathing just before kickoff and was then taken to the hospital. Taylor was later discharged, but the team has given no details on his ailment other than that it's a chest issue. "His status for next Sunday's game will be determined later in the week," the statement said. We'll see where this goes and how that affects Justin Herbert.

Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert seemed to play well in Sunday's OT loss to the Chiefs, completing 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards, 1 TD and an INT, and adding 18 yards and a TD on the ground. But HC Anthony Lynn said after the game it's still Tyrod Taylor's job. "If he's 100% ready to go, he's our starter," Lynn said, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We'll see how soon Taylor -- who missed Sunday's game with a chest injury -- is ready to return. We'd bet, though, that it won't be long before they go to Herbert for good.

Chargers QB Justin Herbert got the start in Sunday's game against the Chiefs. That was quick. QB Tyrod Taylor was uninspiring in the Week 1 win over the Bengals, so L.A. is going with its 1st-round rookie. We'll see how he fares today. Herbert has the weapons and rushing ability to be a fantasy factor this season.

Update: It's reportedly a chest injury that's keeping Taylor out of this game. We'll look for more details.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn announced Wednesday that QB Tyrod Taylor will start Week 1. It's not a surprise. Even Lynn has presented that as the likely path for a while. But the official announcement makes it a little easier to snag Taylor late in fantasy drafts over the next week and a half. A top-15 fantasy QB through most of his starting stint in Buffalo, Taylor gets a nice opening schedule: strong matchups at Cincinnati in Week 1 and home for Carolina in Week 3, with potential shootouts vs. K.C. (Week 2) and at Tampa Bay (Week 4). We'll see how Taylor fares in that stretch before projecting beyond, but other attractive fantasy matchups await before the Week 10 bye. Although rookie QB Justin Herbert has reportedly shown flashes, it doesn't sound like he's especially close to taking over the gig.

The Chargers selected Oregon QB Justin Herbert with the 6th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Herbert made 42 starts across the past 4 years, leaving the Ducks with a career 64% completion rate, 8.2 yards per attempt and 95 TDs vs. 23 INTs. After a disappointing 2018 campaign, he bounced back to chuck for 3,471 yards with 32 TDs vs. 6 INTs on a 67% completion rate and 8.1 yards per attempt this past year. Herbert’s accuracy is spotty, but he’s a 6’6, 235-pounder with a big arm. And his rushing upside makes him an intriguing fantasy prospect. Although he totaled just 216 yards and 6 scores on the ground over the past 2 seasons, Herbert ran a 4.68-second 40-yard dash at the Combine and earned a 92nd percentile SPARQ (athleticism) score. He could produce Josh Allen-like rushing numbers as a pro. Herbert joins Tyrod Taylor in the Chargers’ QB room. HC Anthony Lynn is a big Tyrod fan, but we’d expect Herbert to take over at some point this season.

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