The Los Angeles Chargers have one of the deepest wide receiver corps in the NFL, so it will be difficult for one of their two rookies they snagged in the draft to crack a rotation, let alone to create any real fantasy football value. The other they drafted is a backup, to a backup. Nevertheless, they are both worth discussing below. What can you expect from their two fantasy football eligible draftees as they enter their first season with the team?
Dylan Cantrell, WR, Round Six
Cantrell is the player on the roster currently most likely to suddenly be the Hunter Henry in the offense. He’s 6’3” and he’s built like a brick house. He was one of the top SPARQ athletes in 2018, making him both sneaky athletic and someone who gets the most out of his abilities. Cantrell is faster than he appears, and a scrappy, high motor gamer. He’s a winner with high football IQ and good fundamentals. He’s a real lunch pail guy who uses his cerebral talents and intangibles to play the game the right way. A real grinder.
Real answer about Cantrell: he’s likely to become a red zone option for the Chargers if they don’t figure out a tight end to replace Hunter Henry’s role. That having been said, he won’t be worth owning in virtually all redraft leagues. A large tight end doing the Hunter Henry role won’t be fantasy worthy in 2018. He’s a talented guy, but a whole lot has to go wrong in Los Angeles for him to be fantasy worthy.
Justin Jackson, Running Back, Round Seven
Remember Austin Ekeler suddenly having usefulness at the end of last season as a pass-catching back? Expect that to be Justin Jackson this season. He runs sort of wonky, but no seventh rounder is without flaws. He may not make the team as an initial 53-man roster player, but he should make his way up from the practice squad by the end of the year. His small frame (just shy of six feet tall and just shy of 200 pounds) and pass-catching ability make him a J.D. McKissic-type, or a slighter-of-frame Duke Johnson. There’s some upside there, but it is unlikely to manifest in single-digit weeks.
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