Written by Justin Knight, who goes by @jjknight16 on the Fantasy Life App, as well as @Justin16Knight on Twitter.
Denver Broncos (4–1) @ San Diego Chargers (1–4) 8:25 PM (Est)
AFC West rivals are set to clash this Thursday night. The Denver Broncos lead by Trevor Seimian will travel to the golden state to take on Philip Rivers and the menagerie of characters that is the San Diego Chargers. This game marks the 114th time these teams have meet. Denver has dominated the series in recent years winning 9 of the last 10 games against San Diego. This game is a must win for both clubs. The Broncos are currently tied for first with the Raiders in the AFC west. While the Chargers have fourth all to themselves.
On paper, this is a good match-up. A top 3 offense in terms of passing yards in the SD Chargers. Verses, a top 5 defense in fewest passing yards allowed with the Denver Broncos. When the paper ends, and reality begins. These teams are on different planets. The chargers defense in particular has been terrible. Losing huge leads and simply hemorrhaging yards. They are currently ranked 24th in total yards, allowing an average of 375 yards a game. Despite the offensive woes the Broncos have experienced this season. I expect them to control the game. Getting Seimian back is a boost to the Denver pass catchers, and should open room to run the ball.
I have Denver leaving San Diego with their 64th win over the Chargers. Scoreline- 27–10
The Good: CJ Anderson
Aside from weeks 1 and 2, owning CJ in Fantasy has been disappointing at times. From week 3 on, he’s averaged a very pedestrian 2.97 yards per carry. Not only are the yards per carry down, but he’s starting to losing touches to rookie RB Devontae Booker. Despite the recent struggles, you have to keep rolling him out there. The talent is there, and the match-up this week is too good. One more thing. My opponent in one of my money leagues this week has CJ, so he is definitely going off.
The Good: Emanuel Sanders
Lets do a little math, shall we? Okay. Take opportunity, add a great match-up. What do you get? Answer: A must start. Sanders has at least 8 targets in every game this season, and is averaging over 6 receptions per game. You already know my thoughts on the Charger’s defense. Sanders is a high end WR2 with WR1 upside this week.
The Bad: Philip Rivers
Say what you will about Rivers, but it’s a shame we’ll never see him with a decent defense. He is single-handedly keeping the chargers in games. If it weren't for place handlers and huge comebacks. The Chargers could easily be 3–2 or 4–1. Losing by 6,4,1,and 3 points has to hurt, but I digress.
If you have a better option, you need to sit Rivers. The Denver D ranks 7th against apposing Quarterbacks is fantasy points allowed. Allowing over 206 yards passing only once, and not allowing more than 1 TD pass per game all season. Rivers is a low end QB2 this week.
The Ugly: Antonio Gates
The resident Fantasy grandpa, Gates is running on fumes. With only 10 reception and 65 yards on the season. You are hoping for a TD for him to have fantasy relevance this week. You can find a better streaming option.