Los Angeles Chargers players may be shaky for fantasy football in 2024

It's hard to get a good gauge on what to do with your Los Angeles Chargers for fantasy football moving forward.
Dec 10, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert
Dec 10, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

What can we expect out of the Los Angeles Chargers in 2024? The team has a brand new head coach in Jim Harbaugh and a lot of questions surrounding the roster.

Harbaugh was not brought in to oversee an extensive rebuild. He was brought in to find a way to get past the Kansas City Chiefs and compete in the AFC West. The Chargers are coming off of a terrible 2023 season that saw them finish 5-12 and miss the playoffs.

But if you are holding some of these players on your dynasty roster, what should you expect from them? In most cases, the future doesn't look bright, at least in the City of Angels.

Justin Herbert: Year in and year out, he is considered one of the best QBs in the league, even though he has won nothing. Fantasy players see him the same way even though for this past season, he was the No. 17 scoring QB in fantasy.

There is no doubt that Herbert is the quarterback of the future and if he wasn't there, Harbaugh may not have taken this job. But there is a question, at least right now, about the weapons around him.

Austin Ekeler: One of the most reliable players in all of fantasy football over the last several years, Ekeler fell off of a cliff in 2023 and with his status as an unrestricted free agent looming, it's hard to say what his future holds.

Many fantasy players feel he is washed and it looks unlikely that he will be playing for the Chargers next season.

Keenan Allen: Allen finished sixth in the league with 108 receptions in 2023, but his days in Los Angeles could be numbered as well. The Chargers are severely under the salary cap number as of right now according to Over the Cap and they are going to want to create some room so that Harbaugh can begin to bring in the kinds of pieces that he wants.

It would be hard for the team to part with Allen, Herbert's No. 1 wide receiver but he will turn 32 years old in April and the team would save $23.1 million against the cap by cutting him. That doesn't just seem possible, it seems likely.

Mike Williams: Williams' tenure in L.A. has been mostly disappointing, but that has been mostly due to injuries. The Chargers would create another $20 million in cap room by severing ties with the former first-round pick. This move seems even more likely than that of Allen.

Quentin Johnston: This guy was just really bad as a rookie and there are questions about how good he'll ever be. He was the team's first-round pick last year so he isn't going anywhere, but it's hard to place much value on him right now.

The team will also likely be looking to draft a wide receiver in the first round of this year's draft where it currently holds the No. 5 overall selection.

Verdict: If you are in a dynasty league, if you get an offer for any of these players that even approaches the neighborhood of a good deal, jump on it. All of them face uncertain situations and many of them could go from a good spot to a bad one depending on how things shake out.

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Recently, I talked about how players on the roster of the Green Bay Packers should be considered buy-now targets. I would look at those on the roster of the Chargers in the exact opposite way.