Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Chargers Matchup Preview 9/8/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The Chargers face a difficult season opener against the Colts to start the season. The main storyline for this game will be seeing how the Colts offense fares following the surprise retirement of star quarterback Andrew Luck. Jacoby Brissett looks ready to take over as the starting quarterback, but he will be facing a very tough Chargers defense. This looks to be a very good matchup on paper, as both teams ranked in the top half of the league on offense and defense. Both teams got blown out in the Divisional Round of playoffs last season, and are poised to make deep playoff runs again this season. The Colts are in a much worse position after Andrew Luck’s retirement, but are still contenders in the AFC South. Meanwhile, in the AFC West, the Chargers will be engaged in a fierce battle with the Chiefs to win the top spot in their division. For Odds movement and full matchup details on the Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Chargers Matchup.
Date: Sunday, September 8th, 2019
Time: 4:05 ET
Location: ROKiT Field at Dignity Health Sports Park – Carson, CA
Indianapolis Colts: DE Jabaal Sheard (Q) – Knee, RB Jonathan Willams (Q) – Rib, WR Devin Funchess (P) – Back, CB Kenny Moore II (Q) – Thumb, RB Jordan Wilkins (Q) – Ankle, DE Kemoko Turay (Q) – Neck
Los Angeles Chargers: LB Jatavis Brown (Q) – Ankle, S Roderic Teamer (Q) – Hamstring, CB Trevor Williams (Q) – Quad, LB Denzel Perryman (Q) – Ankle, LB Drue Tranquill (Q) – Back, DE Isaac Rochell (P) – Ribs, WR Geremy Davis (Q) – Hamstring
Indianapolis Colts Analysis
Even without Andrew Luck at quarterback, the Colts offense figures to perform well this season. The addition of Quenton Nelson at guard last season helped the Colts offensive line become the third best in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF). When Jacoby Brissett started every game for the Colts in 2017, he posted an 84.3 passer rating and a 13:7 TD:INT ratio behind an offensive that was ranked 25th by PFF. Starting behind a better offensive line, Brissett should be able to improve upon his 2017 season. Last season, the Chargers ranked 22nd for fantasy points allowed for quarterbacks, so Brissett should be able to put up solid numbers in the season opener.
At the running back position, Marlon Mack is the clear starter for the Colts, although Nyheim Hines figures to see some backfield snaps as well. As for wide receiver, TY Hilton is the clear WR1 for the Colts by a mile. His game-changing ability is something to monitor whenever he is on the field. The tight end position is very strong for the Colts, as they have two starting-quality tight ends in Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle. Breakout star Eric Ebron had massive numbers in the receiving game last year, but it will be difficult for him to replicate that production this year. Jack Doyle is fully recovered from a season-ending injury last season and the Colts have added a new redzone target in Devin Funchess. This will spread the production Ebron had last season among more players and Ebron will see a decrease in targets.
Indianapolis Colts Depth Chart
Los Angeles Chargers Analysis
The main issue for the Chargers is that running back Melvin Gordon has yet to sign a long-term deal with the team. At this point, it looks unlikely that Gordon will play in a Chargers uniform this season. This may not be a huge problem because the Chargers have capable running backs Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson ready to fill in. They will split carries out of the backfield and should perform well this week against a Colts defense that ranked 25th in fantasy points allowed to running backs.
WR2 Mike Williams is poised for a breakout season. He put up solid numbers last season, scoring 10 touchdowns on 43 receptions, even though he was the WR4 on the depth chart. With proven star Keenan Allen on the field as well, the Chargers receivers will be difficult for opposing defenses to handle. However, it is important to note that the Colts ranked 2nd in points allowed to opposing receivers last season. The duo of Allen and Williams looks electric, but they may have trouble getting started against the Colts strong pass defense.
Defensively, the Chargers are a very strong team and will limit the Colts’ production on offense. With Joey Bosa rushing the passer at full health and Melvin Ingram on the other side of him, the Colts will have their hands full on offense. This game looks to be an intriguing matchup that should see the Chargers starting off the season with a win.
Los Angeles Chargers Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Running Backs Go Off
Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson are sure to do well against the Colts defense. It is still unclear which running back will see a majority of snaps, as head coach Anthony Lynn said he will use the running backs as “a tandem.” That being said, they are both good value picks for week 1. For the Colts, Marlon Mack should get plenty of touches as Frank Reich eases Brissett into his first start since 2017. Mack is also not valued very high on daily fantasy sites and is a solid option. Philip Rivers is another player who will perform well and is valued very low this week. I would avoid Colts pass catchers because it is still unknown how Brissett will distribute the ball amongst his receivers and tight ends. Also, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are valued higher than they should be against a strong Colts pass defense, so it may be better to go receivers in other matchups.