The Chargers (5-9) are searching for their third-straight victory as they defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 30-27 in overtime. Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert had another fantastic performance, further cementing his status as the league’s best record. Herbert was 22-of-32 for 314 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. He also had a game-winning rushing touchdown in overtime. This season, the first-round selection has 3,781 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
After getting a quality win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 14, the Broncos (5-9) got destroyed 48-19 by the Buffalo Bills last weekend. Denver’s defense struggled to stop Bills quarterback Josh Allen and wide receivers Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs. Allen completed 28-of-40 passes for 359 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interception. Diggs was the game’s leading receiver with 11 receptions (13 targets) for 147, while Beasley had eight receptions (10 targets) for 112 yards.
As for Broncos quarterback Drew Lock, he only completed 20-of-32 passes for 132 yards, a touchdown and zero interceptions. His only touchdown pass went to tight end Noah Fant, who had eight receptions (11 targets) for 68 yards.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 27
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Broncos: #30 Overall — #32 offense, #16 defense, #22 special teams
Chargers: #28 Overall — #19 offense, #21 defense, #32 special teams
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Noah Fant, TE, $4,800
Last week, the Chargers had troubles covering Raiders tight end Darren Waller, who had nine receptions (12 targets) for 150 yards and a touchdown. This week, they get to see Noah Fant, who just scored his first touchdown since Week 2. The last time these two teams played each other, Fant recorded seven receptions (nine targets) for 47 yards. He should once again play an integral role in the Broncos’ offensive game plan.
Melvin Gordon, RB, $5,600
In the Broncos’ last three games, Gordon has ran the football well, averaging 6.67 yards per carry. Last week against the Bills, the former Chargers running back had 61 yards on 11 carries. Along those same lines, Gordon is averaging 12.8 carries per game since Week 9, which is solid for an RB2 play. This week, he’s going up against a Chargers defense that is allowing 17.9 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs.
Justin Herbert, QB, $7,400
Herbert exploded onto the scene this season with his dynamic play and should be in line to be one of the first quarterbacks drafted in many fantasy football leagues next season. The young signal-caller is averaging 23.05 fantasy points in the Chargers’ last five games. Earlier this season against the Broncos, Hebert produced 21.2 fantasy points and should be able to replicate this again.
Austin Ekeler, RB, $7,600
If Keenan Allen plays on Sunday, then he’s a must-start. But since we do not know what’s his status is for Week 16, Austin Ekeler becomes a great play. The versatile running back has been getting a ton of targets since returning from injury a couple of weeks ago. Last week against the Raiders, Ekeler had 60 rushing yards on 13 carries, along with four receptions for 19 yards. He puts a lot of pressure on opposing defenses’ front seven, especially with how he can catch the ball out of the backfield effectively.