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Super Deep Sleepers: Los Angeles Chargers

In the coming weeks, the RotoViz team is going to dig deep to uncover the most buried and overlooked sleepers in the fantasy football landscape.

These are the guys that seemingly have no shot at significance, but with a little imagination and a little luck, could pay off in deeper formats.

Next up, two deep sleepers for the Los Angeles Chargers.

Travis Benjamin

Startup ADP: 283

MFL10 ADP: 238

Lost in all the speculation as to who will slide into the WR2 role in Los Angeles is the fact that Benjamin was fourth on the team in targets last year, tied with the now injured Hunter Henry. In fact, Benjamin was fourth in targets in 2016 as well. He is the field stretcher in this offense, and his role will not disappear. With 114 targets vacated from tight ends Henry and Antonio Gates, there could be more to split between the WRs as a group. Benjamin is also the only player to have over 1,000 air yards with the Chargers over the last two seasons.1 Philip Rivers has a good track record of success throwing to Benjamin as well, having more adjusted yards per attempt (AYA) targeting Benjamin than even Keenan Allen.

Deep Sleepers: Los Angeles Chargers - Rivers AYA 2013-2017

The reason Mike Williams does not show up here is because he only received 23 total targets last year, and just 17 from Rivers, which is too small a sample size to really glean any knowledge from.2 With an ADP hovering around undrafted, Benjamin is a low-risk, high-reward pick at the end of best ball drafts.

Virgil Green

Startup ADP: 260

MFL10 ADP: 236

With the aforementioned injury to Henry, Green is now the TE highest on the depth chart. There has been plenty of talk regarding Gates possibly re-signing, but there has been no official word from either the Chargers or Gates himself. This leaves a void that Green might be able to fill. Green is an athletic TE who hasn’t been able to establish himself anywhere, but over the past three seasons, Green has arguably been more effective than the aging Gates on a per-target basis.

Deep Sleepers: Los Angeles Chargers - Gates vs Green Screener

Green’s opportunities have been limited in his career. However, every TE on the roster behind him is an undrafted free agent. This should give Green the upper hand in securing snaps, targets, and red-zone looks. Much like Benjamin, Green is barely being drafted, if at all, and is a great upside pick with potential to be a TE1 if given volume in an offense that likes to target the TE and throws at a high rate.

  1. This was mainly due to Keenan Allen’s injury in 2016.  (back)
  2. For the record, his AYA was 4.18.  (back)

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