Chargers: 2009 NFL Regular Season Schedule | Fantasy Football Rankings

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIAugust 27, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 22:  Runningback LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers warms up before the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on August 22, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 17-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

San Diego Chargers- 2009 NFL Regular Season Schedule- Printable- Downloadable

2009 San Diego Chargers Schedule

Last season we all found out just how important Shawne Merriman was to the Chargers defense and team as they were not the same without him. Just this week San Diego has come out and noted that Shawne probably won't be at 100% to start the season.

This is to be expected as this stud linebacker had a nasty problem inside that knee and he probably won't be a full strength until maybe next season.

Never the less Shawne is back with the team and they also have another pass rusher in rookie Larry English to help apply pressure on quarterbacks this season. If these two men stay healthy the Chargers should steam role their way towards the AFC Western Division Title in 2009.

Below are three sections of interest that are worth paying attention to for fantasy owners coming into the season for this team. First we have listed our fantasy players which we believe are worth paying attention to this season.

Next is strength of schedule against the run, pass and points against. Lastly we have a few games selected that will be key in telling how this team will preform for the 2009 season.

Fantasy Players

QB. Philip Rivers
QB. LaDainian Tomlinson
RB. Darren Sproles
WR. Vincent Jackson
WR. Chris Chambers
WR. Legedu Naanee
TE. Antonio Gates
K. Nate Kaeding
D. Chargers

Strength of Schedule

vs Run ninth Easiest Schedule

vs Pass second Hardest Schedule

vs Points Given Up 12th Hardest Schedule

While the Chargers have a tone of talent in the passing game it will be interesting to see if Phillip Rivers can be a consistent fantasy quarterback with a hard schedule this season. San Diego has the second hardest schedule against the pass schedule in the NFL and if they still have success it will be a testament to how good this offense is.

So far in the preseason I've not been impressed with the Chargers offensive line and LaDainian Tomlinson. Last week Philip Rivers was sacked four times as the o-line didn't seem to provide consistent time for Rivers to get the ball away.

This preseason we were supposed to see LT prove that last year was just a bad season and that he is still the same runner he was in the past. So far Tomlinson has carried the football 12 times in the preseason for only 28 yards rushing.

For those of you scoring at home that is a measily 2.33 yards per carry for the one-time premier fantasy football running back.

If LT can't turn things around next week against the Falcons than fantasy football owners might want to wait and see if this one time stud is available to take as your second round pick.

Games of Interest

Weeks Two - Four: After the Chargers play the Raiders week one they will have three playoff teams with good defenses all in a row. The first two games are at home as they play the Ravens and Dolphins and the final contest is against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

If the Chargers can get off to a fast start this season and play well in the first month than they should be very imposing for the rest of their schedule. But if the Chargers go out and have a slow start like last season than you might regret drafting San Diego players high at your fantasy draft.

Week 17 vs Redskins: Many fantasy football leagues don't play week 17 and this is a very good break in Rivers schedule as they are slated to play the Redskins that week.

Washington's defense
is very strong against the pass and it would have been a tough game for fantasy owners to get good production out of him. With this fortunate schedule break it makes Rivers a bit more attractive coming into the 2009 fantasy football season.

2009 Football Projection

The Chargers may not win 12 games this season but they should coast to a division championship with a 10 win season. However if San Diego is serious about winning a championship this year they will need home field advantage and to get that they will need at least 13 wins this season.

In the end I believe the Chargers will win the division but they probably play too many competitive teams to take home field this year. Look for the Chargers to have another good year and come up short in the playoffs.

Fantasy Football Information Writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com


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