Houston Texans at Los Angeles Chargers 9/22/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy

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The Chargers look to protect home field against the Houston Texans in week 3. Both teams had disappointing performances last weekend, although they ended in different results. The Chargers fell to the Lions, as Los Angeles’ kicker missed 2 crucial field goals in the game. While Houston, narrowly escaped with a win against rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Each team has aspects of the game they need to improve upon to come away with a victory in game 3. The Texans will come into L.A. as just a field goal underdog against the Chargers. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Houston Texans at Los Angeles Chargers Matchup page.

TV Schedule

Date: September 22nd, 2019
Time: 4:25 pm ET
Location: Dignity Health Sports Park
Coverage: CBS

Injuries

L.A. Chargers: Hunter Henry (O), Mike Badgely (Q), Michael Davis (Q), Jatavic Brown (Q), Roderic Teamer Jr. (Q), Adrian Phillips (Q)
Houston Texans: Senio Kelemete (Q), Greg Mancz (Q), Taiwan Jones (Q)

Los Angeles Chargers Analysis

Los Angeles ChargersThe Bolts’ will look to rebound after an underwhelming performance last week against Detroit. Quarterback Philip Rivers had a touchdown-less game, capping off the poor play with a bad interception into double coverage. Running back Austin Ekeler continues to shine while Melvin Gordon is still in a contract holdout, he recorded another touchdown against the Lions. The Chargers defense will have another stiff test against a talented Houston offensive attack led by Deshaun Watson. Los Angeles’ managed to hold the Lions to just 13 points in week 2.

Phillip Rivers and the rest of the offense should bounce back with a vengeance against the Texans. So far, the Texans rank just 22nd in pass defense, and 31st in rushing yards allowed per game. Keenan Allen, coming off another superb game with 8 receptions, 98 yards, and 1 touchdown, should continue his play against Houston. Austin Ekeler should wreak havoc against the Texans’ with his rushing and pass catching abilities. After ranking first against the run last year, you have to wonder how much of an impact trading away Jadeavon Clowney has had on the Texans’ defense. The Chargers’ secondary will be in for a challenge against arguably the best receiver in the game, Deandre Hopkins. L.A. just allowed Detroit’s Kenny Golladay to get loose for 117 yards and a touchdown a week prior. The Chargers front seven, will also be tested with the sneakily productive running back Carlos Hyde. The veteran back has amassed nearly 200 yards in 2 games of play.

Los Angeles Chargers Depth Chart

QB: Philip Rivers
RB1: Austin Ekeler
RB2: Justin Jackson
WR1: Keenan Allen
WR2: Mike Williams
WR3: Travis Benjamin
TE: Virgil Green

Houston Texans Analysis

Houston TexansThe Texans’ should feel quite lucky they got away with a win against Jacksonville in week 2. The game came down to a failed 2-pt conversion by the Jaguars, which granted Houston their first win of the season. Jalen Ramsey was able to blanket Deandre Hopkins, leaving Deshaun Watson to only throw for 159 yards on the day. The Texans’ should look to get back on track going up against a Chargers’ defense, who have struggled against star receivers thus far in the season. Colts’ T.Y. Hilton and Lions’ Kenny Golladay have totaled 204 yards and 3 touchdowns combined against Los Angeles. Watson and Hopkins should rekindle their connection in week 3 against the Chargers.

Houston’s defense will have to repeat their performance they had against Leonard Fournette, who had a hard fought 47 yards on 15 carries in week 2 against J.J. Watt and company. The Chargers’ Austin Ekeler is coming in with 2 touchdowns in his first season as the starting running back. He will have to be contained in both the rushing and passing game in order to slow down the Chargers’ offense. The Bolts’ ranked 7th in points per game last season, and project to be right around there again this season. The Chargers took a huge blow with the injury to safety Derwin James, and have seen that loss of impact in rushing yards allowed per game. Los Angeles ranks just 22nd against the run so far in this season. Houston should look to utilize both running backs Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson against the Chargers in week 3.

Houston Texans Depth Chart

QB: Deshaun Watson
RB1: Duke Johnson
RB2: Carlos Hyde
WR1: DeAndre Hopkins
WR2: Will Fuller
WR3: Keke Coutee
TE: Jordan Akins

Daily Fantasy: Ekeler Electrifies & Hopkins Will Return to Form

Chargers’ running back Austin Ekeler is a fantastic fantasy option regardless of his matchup. He has proven to be as dangerous running as he is receiving. He should have another highly productive game against the Texans’, who gave up a 169 yards to Alvin Kamara in week 1. Ekeler should be a low-end RB1 this weekend. Deandre Hopkins had a tough matchup against Jalen Ramsey in Jacksonville, expect him to shake off a subpar performance against Los Angeles. The Chargers’ have struggled containing No. 1 wideouts, and that will not change with arguably the best one coming to town this weekend. With Hopkins returning to form, that means Deshaun Watson will be too. Watson should bounce back from a sluggish game against the Jags. I also like Keenan Allen, who is as reliable of a pass catcher as they come for fantasy owners. Allen has 221 yards on the season, and has garnered 25 targets in just 2 games. Keenan Allen is a bonafide WR1 in week 3 against Houston.

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