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Five Bold Predictions for the Los Angeles Chargers

Sam Schneider  | May 16th, 2020

After a 2019 season that saw the Los Angeles Chargers finish 5-11 and in the basement of the AFC West, they hit the ground running in free agency. The Chargers don’t have to look far into the rear-view mirror to see a 2018 season where they went 12-4 under Anthony Lynn and made the playoffs. In 2020 they open the brand new SoFi Stadium in Southern California (a joint venture with the LA Rams) and are ready to christen their new digs with a winning season. What does 2020 hold for the Bolts? Here are some (very) bold takes for this season’s Chargers. Let’s get crazy! Continue reading

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Early 2020 Wins and Losses Projections: AFC West

Brady Podloski, Dale Money, Ethan Hewett, Sam Schneider | May 10th, 2020

Is this the beginning of a new dynasty? With the Super Bowl winning Kansas City Chiefs, not losing any pieces, it will be difficult for the Broncos, Raiders, and Chargers to compete with them. However, the Broncos, Raiders, and Chargers, each made strides to improve their offenses. This division has the potential for some close and meaningful games to determine who makes the playoffs. With the 2020 schedule set, there are some significant games each AFC West team will play. With that said, this is an eight-part series where our Scorecrow NFL analysts do an early prediction of the wins and losses of each team. We projected all 256 games and have the winners and losers of each division!

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Five Bold Predictions for the 2020 NFL Season

Tanner Elliott | May 8th, 2020

Every NFL season is full of surprises. Last year it was the emergence of Lamar Jackson and the Tennessee Titans making it to the AFC Championship game. After one of the craziest offseasons and drafts to date, this year is going to be full of surprises. Here we will look at five unthinkable things that could possibly happen this upcoming season.

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Los Angeles Chargers Draft Review

Sam Schneider | May 1st, 2020

The Los Angeles Chargers started free agency like a shock-wave. The right side of the offensive line was fortified and they added key pieces to the defense that made it potentially one of the best in the league in a weaponized division. Coming off a 5-11 season that included three straight losses to close the campaign, that was only the start. Continue reading

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Fantasy Rookie Quarterbacks to Watch

Brady Podloski | April 23rd, 2020 

The NFL draft is TODAY(!!!!), and for Dynasty and Superflex players it is an important few days. These are the days where everyone sees where the quarterback will go and if they will have an opportunity to entrench themselves in a starting role. These four quarterbacks will be significantly influenced by the draft. Where each goes and the round they go in, will dictate if they are legitimate starters on your fantasy roster. 

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Los Angeles Chargers Post Free Agency Seven Round Mock Draft

Sam Schneider | April 10th, 2020

The Los Angeles Chargers started off free agency with a bang, establishing a defense and couple offensive line pieces that should help them transition into the post Philip Rivers era. After shoring up the right side of the line with Bryan Bulaga and trading for Trai Turner, the left side was largely untouched. That lends itself to taking the first southpaw drafted since Tim Tebow ten years ago.

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Mason’s Mock Draft 3.0 Round One

Mason Thompson | March 23rd, 2020

Now that the first week of free agency has passed, it is now time for another round of mock drafts. Of course, players like Jadeveon Clowney, Robby Anderson, and Jameis Winston are still on the market as well as some trades still set to happen. Teams have addressed their needs, while some have opened up new needs(ahem, Houston). Now, that free agency has passed, for the most part, Buffalo has filled their need of a primary wide receiver and Las Vegas has filled their linebacker need.

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Chargers Bolting Up The Free Agency Leaderboard

Sam Schneider | March 22nd, 2020

A few weeks ago, I did a mock draft here on the Los Angeles Chargers based solely on the positional needs of the team. After several days of free agency, the Chargers instead have set themselves up to draft according to best player available due to several team-altering moves made during that time. They released two captains in Brandon Mebane and Thomas Davis, followed by placing the franchise tag on tight end Hunter Henry. Afterward, they found themselves with just over $50 million to spend in free agency before the draft, on their draft picks, and for any additional adds they need to make later this summer. Thus far, general manager Tom Telesco has delivered.

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The Quarterback Market

Givanni Damico | March 19th, 2020

This free agency period has been… interesting, to say the absolute least. Tom Brady is unofficially a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philip Rivers and his tribe of children are Indianapolis-bound, and Teddy Bridgewater is the new starter in Carolina. So, what teams are still in the quarterback market? Who are the major players still in the market? Let’s get into it.

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Los Angeles Chargers Pre Free Agency Seven Round Mock Draft

Sam Schneider | March 5th, 2020 

The Los Angeles Chargers lost eleven games in 2019, leading them to earn the sixth overall spot in the 2020 NFL Draft. Nine of those eleven games were by one score. That one score narrative (which had unfortunately plagued Philip Rivers his whole career) came to a head last year and resulted in the franchise deciding to move on and not offer him a new deal. Disgruntled back Melvin Gordon held out for the first three weeks of the season before reporting to the team. He is also headed for a new team. The Chargers’ record was a direct result of neither one of these things. The team also lost tight end, Hunter Henry, for four weeks and the offensive line was completely decimated for much of the year.

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Los Angeles Chargers 2019 Season Recap

Mason Thompson | January 15th, 2020

Many had the Chargers pegged for a long route to the postseason and potentially the Super Bowl. I for one had them ranked third overall in my preseason power rankings behind only the Patriots and Saints. The team had plenty of drama before the regular-season opener as Melvin Gordon was holding out for a new contract. Gordon would eventually end his holdout before week four. Superstar safety, Derwin James missed a significant amount of time with a foot injury suffered in mid-August. James would return by week 11, but it was too little too late. Continue reading

Raiders vs Chargers: Get the win for Rivers

John Woz, Jr.| December 22nd, 2019 

The penultimate game of the season matches two AFC West rivals against each other. It’s a farewell stadium game, and it could be the last time Philip Rivers faces the Raiders as a Charger. The 6-8 Oakland Raiders had a good start to the season, but four straight losses have quashed their momentum. Jon Gruden’s team is out to ensure they finish the season on a high. Continue reading

Vikings vs Chargers: Bolts looking to build on Jags win

John Woz, Jr.  | December 14th, 2019 

The Chargers looked more like the team of 2018 last Sunday when they crushed the Jaguars 45-10. The Bolts are 1-1 against teams from the NFC North. The Vikings are this week’s opponent. Continue reading

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Chargers vs Jaguars: Bolts to exploit Minshew weakness

John Woz, Jr.  | December 8th, 2019

Getting all three phases on the same page has been a real issue for the Chargers this year. Week 14 gives the Bolts their best chance of a ‘W’ before their season concludes. There are several ways to sum up the Chargers this season. A frustrating string of close losses is an enigma. For example, Mike Williams leads the NFL in yards per catch over the last four weeks, but he hasn’t found the End Zone. An explosive offense is missing, especially in the running game. It’s the coaching staff and the roster who can truly answer why the Bolts are 4-8? Continue reading

Week 14 NFL Picks: Spreads, Props and More

Mike Fanelli | December 7th, 2019

It’s week 14 and that means we have four weeks left in the 2019 NFL regular season. A handful of teams have been eliminated from the playoffs while a few can lock up playoff spots tomorrow. There are several games this week with serious playoff implications including the Sunday night game between the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angles Rams. With so many critical games this weekend, expect a lot of entertaining games with close outcomes.

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Woz’s NFL Week 13 Notebook: Disastrous Eagles Slump to Dolphins

John Woz, Jr.  | December 2nd, 2019

The NFL playoff race took another turn in the AFC after the Patriots fell for their second defeat. Elsewhere, a competitive NFC playoff picture makes for an exciting end to the regular season. The Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals rocked Week 13 in the NFL. Carson Wentz received a lot of grief on social media after the Dolphins beat the Eagles. The Jets had the chance to win four straight, but it wasn’t to be. Andy Dalton led the Bengals to their first win of the season. My NFL Week 13 Notebook starts with a big upset before moving on to a monster clash in Baltimore.

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Week 13 NFL GPP/Tournament Plays

Givanni Damico | December 1st, 2019

Welcome to the GPP/Tournament Plays article for Week 13. I know what you’re thinking: wait, you’re not Joey? You got me there, but you can catch Joey’s cash games article here. It is important to note that the players mentioned for cash games can absolutely be used in tournaments as well.

You may want to fade some players who are projected to be more highly owned but don’t sway away from great matchups for the sake of being contrarian. Now, let’s get to some tournament picks.

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Week 13 NFL Picks: Spreads, Props and More

Mike Fanelli & Givanni Damico | November 30th, 2019

Hopefully, everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and didn’t beat the hell out of anyone on Black Friday. If you got to enjoy the three Thanksgiving games, all three were entertaining, unless you’re a Cowboys fan then just two were entertaining. The underdog covered in two of the three games with the Falcons coming up a point or two short of covering the spread in their game against the Saints. With the NFL playoffs a little more than a month away, there should be plenty of competitive games this week.

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Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Preview

John Woz, Jr. | November 18th, 2019

The NFL is striving to extend its reach beyond the United States. The Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs battle in Mexico City to round off the last of five international games for the 2019 season. Monday Night Football has two teams competing for the AFC West. Can the Bolts get the better of the 2018 MVP?

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Thursday Night Football Week 10 DFS

Brandon Braasch | November 7th, 2019 

This is a must-win divisional game for both teams. The Los Angeles Chargers started the season 2-5 and have won two in a row to get back to 4-5. The Oakland Raiders are right in the middle of the playoff race as well at 4-4. Both teams are fighting to stay alive in the wild card race and even the division battle with the Kansas City Chiefs. Here are my top players in this game that should be very close and hard-fought.

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TNF Fantasy Preview: Los Angeles Chargers vs Oakland Raiders

Mike Fanelli November 7th, 2019 

Even though it feels like it just started, we are more than halfway through the 2019 season. The San Francisco 49ers are the only remaining undefeated team as the New England Patriots loss on Sunday while the Cincinnati Bengals are the only remaining winless team as the Miami Dolphins got their first win of the season against the New York Jets. Last week’s Thursday night game was closer than many expected between the 49ers and Arizona Cardinals. Hopefully, tonight’s game is similar. In a division matchup between the Los Angles Chargers and Oakland Raiders, as both teams enter tonight’s game needing a win in the tight AFC Wild Card race.

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Chargers at Raiders Preview: Thursday Night Showdown

John Woz, Jr. | November 6th, 2019 

Thursday Night Football features two teams from the AFC West, as the 4-4 Oakland Raiders host the 4-5 Los Angeles Chargers. The long-time rivals will face off at the Black Hole for the final time. There’s not a lot of love lost between the Chargers and the Raiders, and both teams are desperate to keep pace with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders are 3-1 at home while the Charges are 2-3 on the road. Chargers’ head coach Anthony Lynn is looking for his third straight win to take his team back to .500 football.

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Woz’s Notebook NFL Week 9: Ravens Top the Patriots

John Woz, Jr. | November 4th, 2019

This week‘s edition of Woz’s NFL Notebook focuses on the top teams in both conferences. The New England Patriots suffered their first defeat of the season and there were shocks in the NFC North.

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Detroit Lions Week 9 Recap- Gruden, Carr Raid Lions

Tom Greene | November 4th, 2019

The Lions traveled to Oakland in their last season at the Colosseum. The plan was to use an Air-Raid offense (like Arizona’s) to sink the Raiders’ ship in the Black Hole for one last time. Instead, Jon Gruden utilized Derek Carr to do exactly what Matthew Stafford was supposed to do- raid the secondary and win the game. Continue reading

Packers at Chargers Preview: The Bolts must contain Aaron Rodgers

John Woz, Jr. | November 2nd, 2019 

The 3-5 Los Angeles Chargers face a team from the NFC North division for the second time in as many weeks. The 7-1 Green Bay Packers are in the habit of winning football games, and they will be hard to stop.

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NFL Coaches On The Hot Seat

Givanni Damico | October 29th, 2019 

There’s been a lot of speculation about some coaches who might be in their last year with their respective teams. I’m going to give you my thoughts on these guys, discussing who should stay put and who needs to go.

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NFL Power Rankings: Week Seven

Raul Vazquez | October 22nd, 2019 

There was a ton of movement in the weekly rankings this week. The one constant in the NFL seems to be the Patriots while the 49ers are legit and the Ravens might be the biggest threat to the Patriots in the AFC.

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NFL Week 7: Chargers at Titans Preview

John Woz, Jr. | October 20th, 2019 

The matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Tennessee Titans features two teams with 2-4 records. Last season’s matchup was a closely run game at Wembley, London. Both teams are desperate for wins as the season approaches the halfway point.

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Waiver Wire Targets For Week Seven

Steve Miller | October 15th, 2019 

At this point in the fantasy season, your team is starting to really take shape. Your first-round picks are either great, good but not great, or disappointing. Your other rounds look similar, with a variety of unlikely names in the top 12 at their positions through this stage of the season. Continue reading

Woz’s NFL Notebook: Russell Wilson emerges as the MVP favorite

John Woz, Jr.  | October 15th, 2019

There’s no shortage of talking points from Week 6 of the NFL.  This edition of my notebook features several quarterbacks making the headlines for different reasons. The Los Angeles Chargers stink, Dan Quinn’s seat is hot and the Carolina Panthers pound the ground in London. Russell Wilson is an MVP candidate, and a brilliant San Francisco 49ers performance concludes this edition of Woz’s NFL notebook. Continue reading

NFL Week 6: Steelers at Chargers Preview

John Woz, Jr. | October 11th, 2019 

The Los Angeles Chargers (2-3) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4) in the Sunday night game. Anthony Lynn is under pressure to get his team back to .500 football. The oddsmakers consider the Bolts as six-point favorites. The Chargers are 8-22 all-time against the Steelers in the regular season.

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NFL Power Rankings: Week Five

Raul Vazquez | October 8th, 2019 

Week five was a weird week with a ton of close games and some unexpected winners. The Patriots still hold the top spot but there was a ton of movement throughout the rankings.

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NFL Week 5: Broncos at Chargers Preview

John Woz, Jr. | October 5th, 2019 

The 0-4 Denver Broncos head to the 2-2 Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. It’s an AFC West Divisional game with plenty at stake. Denver knocked the Bolts off their stride in the corresponding game in 2018. Vic Fangio is reeling at the loss of pass rusher Bradley Chubb, but a road win in L.A. will boost the morale of the Broncos.

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NFL Power Rankings: Week Three

Raul Vazquez | September 24th, 2019 

There was a lot movement in my rankings this week but that is a result of it still being early in the season and still finding out the identity of teams. The Giants are the biggest movers this week as they moved up nine spots with the play of Daniel Jones.

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Week Two NFL Picks: Spreads, Props and More

Mike Fanelli & Givanni Damico | September 14th, 2019 

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act violated the Constitution’s 10th Amendment. Without boring you guys with all the legal terms and meaning, it simply means each state can allow sports gambling if they wish. Since then sports betting has exploded, along with daily fantasy. Neither of us are professional gamblers nor know everything there is to sports betting, but it’s always fun to have some money on the line when watching the games.

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Detroit Lions Week 1 Recap- The Agony of a Tie

Tom Greene | September 9th, 2019 

You read that right. The Lions did what the NFL is trying so desperately to make impossible, end a game in a tie. After taking a 24-6 lead into the 4th quarter, the Cardinals rallied back to send the game to Overtime. A pair of field goals evened the score at 27, and the game ended there. Continue reading

NFL DFS: Cash Game Plays for Week 1 (Kickoff Sunday)

Joey Ricotta | September 8th, 2019

Well, this is it. This is what we’ve all been waiting for. NFL football is back baby! Of course, we had the Chicago versus Green Bay game on Thursday night to kick off the season, but that was simply a tease. A low scoring defensive battle with one touchdown over the course of the game. Sure, it was a good football game (not the outcome I wanted being a Bears fan), but not at all what fantasy players were hoping for either. There will be a lot more action and points today, guaranteed. Cash games have been an area we can find an edge when it pertains to daily fantasy football. Every year new players jump aboard the always rolling DFS train. Luckily for you, most of the new players will be applying what they know about season-long fantasy into DFS. That’s not a terrible strategy, but it can lead to bad habits or skipping over important details. By putting in the extra effort and taking in as much as you can, you’re already winning. With all of that said, let’s kick off this season the right way. Take a stroll with me and look at some options to target for Week 1 DFS Cash Games. Continue reading

Week 1 DFS Values – The Way Too Early Edition

Kevin Walsh | August 29th, 2019

Kickoff for the 2019 season is just around the corner, and if you are up to your elbows in DFS research already, welcome to the club! I personally cannot wait for this season to start so we can have our little Sunday afternoon sweats back.

Today we take an early look at some value plays at each position so we can jam in all those tried-and-true studs.

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