Kickoff: Sunday, November 15th at 4:05 PM ET
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
Betting Odds: MIA -2.5, 48.5 total via Oddsshark
Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert (Start, QB1)
For a rookie quarterback, Herbert has far exceeded expectations. He currently sits as the ninth quarterback in standard-scoring leagues and despite leaving briefly during last week’s game, he popped off for 326 yards and two passing touchdowns. He has multiple touchdowns in five straight games and is sitting at a 15:3 TD to INT ratio. He also has the ability to run in his back pocket. There are not many reasons you would sit this guy on any given week.
Justin Jackson (Sit), Joshua Kelley (Flex), Kalen Ballage (Flex)
Jackson was barely involved last week and left during the first drive. Surprisingly, Kalen Ballage came in and sparked the Chargers’ offense, running for 69 yards on 15 carries and scoring a touchdown. Could this be a revenge game for Ballage? Kelley has been highly disappointing and was only able to muster 59 total yards despite the injury to Justin Jackson. There is no telling who the Chargers will throw out there next at RB and I would not chance starting any of these backs.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Keenan Allen (Start, WR1), Mike Williams (Start, WR3), Hunter Henry (Start TE1)
As long as Herbert keeps slinging it, I feel confident playing these receivers. Allen was questionable heading into week 9 but went off to the tune of 103 receiving yards and a touchdown. Mike Williams contributed 13.10 PPR points to his owners last week and has double digits in back-to-back games. Henry has not been too flashy but given the state of the TE position, you could do a lot worse.
Tua Tagovailoa (Start, QB1)
Tua has looked like the real deal in two games and last week kept on pace with a dominant Cardinals offense. He completed 20-28 passes last week and threw for two scores. He also chipped in 35 yards rushing. It is even more impressive that he is doing this without Preston Williams and Myles Gaskin. He will only continue to get better and I have him as a start this week but it should be noted that he is more of a fringe-QB1.
Myles Gaskin (Sit/IR), Matt Breida (Sit), Jordan Howard (Sit), Patrick Laird (Sit), Salvon Ahmed (Sit)
This backfield is a similar story to the Chargers’. Since Gaskin has been hurt, there is not really a back that you can trust. Breida is getting in limited work this week but was inactive for last week’s game. Howard is usually the goal-line and short-yardage specialist but if he doesn’t score, he is basically useless every week. Laird had one rushing attempt and one target in the passing game. Salvon Ahmed might have been the most surprising of the bunch, rushing 7 times for 38 yards. I would avoid this backfield at all costs.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
DeVante Parker (Start, WR2), Preston Williams (Sit, IR), Jakeem Grant (Sit), Mike Gesicki (Start, TE2)
Parker has been the most consistent receiving threat over the course of the season, and it appears he and Tua are developing somewhat of chemistry together. Now that Williams is hurt, grant or Gesicki will need to step up to help the young rookie get acclimated to the NFL game. This week would not be one I recommend either of them though unless your TE is on bye and you want to start big Mike.
Aaron Rader (Ray_Dur on Twitter and Reddit)