Fantasy Football Preview 2013: Are San Diego Chargers WRs Sleepers?

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After missing all of last season, can San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown emerge as a sleeper? In this picture from 2011, he makes a one handed catch during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

In the offseason before the 2012 NFL season, the Chargers let their top receiver Vincent Jackson leave as a free agent. Since then, the search has been on to replace the production that went to Tampa with V-Jax.

Last season, Vincent Brown looked poised to break out and be the top option before fracturing his ankle in preseason and missing the whole season. After struggling to find receiving answers at the beginning of the year, the Chargers plugged Danario Alexander into the lineup and the former Ram became instant-fantasy gold.

Alexander was targeted an average of 10 times per game over a four-game stretch in the middle of last season and was over 85 yards in four of five weeks. He also matched Antonio Gates for the team lead in receiving TD’s and looked poised to be a solid second or third fantasy WR again this season. That potential came to a screeching halt when Alexander ruptured his Achilles this preseason leaving the Chargers once again with questions at Wide Receiver.

There isn’t much question about the ability of Philip Rivers, but someone needs to catch the passes. The offense overall has slipped last season costing Norv Turner his job as Head Coach. Can Mike McCoy and Ken Wisenhunt turn it around? I think they will, but only to a degree. However far they get the ship righted, there’s sure to be fantasy value somewhere in the receiving corps.

Here’s a quick look at who could step up and fill the roll for San Diego and also give your fantasy team a boost in the process.

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