2011 Team Outlook: San Diego
WR Malcom Floyd, --- - Solid/Safe Pick
Floyd had a solid outing last season with over 700 receiving yards and six scores in eleven games. With the likes of Gates and Jackson competing for targets, Floyd may not be quite the stud receiver he could be elsewhere, but he will produce and will have greater opportunities if Jackson and Gates are double teamed by opponents. Watch Floyd and grab him in your draft at a value if you can. I think Floyd will surprise in 2011.
WR Vincent Jackson, --- - Stud (low risk)
Drama aside, Vincent Jackson is a stud wide out. Now that he and San Diego have the off-field issues straightened out, Jackson will return to his power performances. Rivers has great wide outs and Jackson tops the list in tandem with Gates at tight end. Look for Jackson to be targeted by opponent defenses, but still prevail. I like Jackson as a top five receiver this season. Pick him up and play him.
TE Antonio Gates, LAC - Stud (low risk)
Gates is the epitome of a stud wide out: big, fast and great hands, but he is of course an excellent fantasy tight end. Gates played ten games last season and still led the team in receiving. The only downside for Gates is that Rivers has many weapons and can spread the ball around. However, Gates and Jackson will be targeted early and often. As always, grab Gates if you can get him in your draft.
TE Randy McMichael, --- - Quality Backup
McMichael seems to have been around forever at this point, but he can still be productive and has a huge presence on the field. If Gates' platart fasciitis continues to plague him, McMichael will likely grab some playing time. Korry Sperry also plays into this mix, but McMichael is the clear back-up at this stage.