The Buffalo Bills defense was putrid for the first 6 quarters of the 2018 NFL season. They allowed 75 points and well in excess of 500 total yards. As a result, multiple players from the Baltimore Ravens and the Los Angeles Chargers had tremendous scoring days in fantasy football.
The Chargers had 2 players go for more than 20 points this week, and 2 more go for double-digit scoring. Buffalo has been a great matchup for quarterbacks so far, and that is a trend that figures to continue with Kirk Cousins and Aaron Rodgers next up on the schedule.
Here were the Chargers’ top three fantasy football scorers from week two.
RB Melvin Gordon
While Gordon’s yardage total wasn’t impressive (28 rushing yards, 38 receiving yards), it was the three trips into the end zone that cemented his day as a great one. Gordon ran for 1 touchdown and added 2 more as a receiver. The Bills had no answer for him coming out of the backfield, and he made any man who tried to cover him look foolish in space. Gordon scored 27.6 points on the day, good for second among all running backs.
QB Philip Rivers
The Rodney Dangerfield of modern quarterbacks, Rivers just can’t get no respect, I tell ya. He completed 23-of-27 passes (85.2%) for 256 yards and 3 touchdowns, bringing his yearly totals to 57-for-78 (73.1%), 680 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Rivers continues to perform at an elite level, and the vast number of weapons he has in Los Angeles’ offense perfectly complements his skill set. He scored 22.74 fantasy points on the day, good for eleventh among quarterbacks this week.
RB Austin Ekeler
The Chargers’ backup running back was actually their leading rusher, as Ekeler carried 11 times for 77 yards on the day. He added 3 receptions for 21 yards, bringing his point total to 11.3 for the day. While he isn’t the starter, Ekeler is a valuable part of a high-octane offense, so he is a good handcuff to own. He also has the potential to go off for huge days while Gordon plays, like he did when he scored 21.1 fantasy points in Week one against the Kansas City Chiefs. Ekeler is available in 56% of Yahoo! leagues, and if yours is one of them, it might not be a bad idea to add him to your roster.