• Justin Herbert

  • QB
  • , Los Angeles Chargers
  • 23
  • 237 lbs
  • 6' 6"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Herbert didn’t play in Week 1, but got the start in Week 2 after Tyrod Taylor’s pregame injection went awry. From Week 2 on, Herbert was the No. 6 fantasy quarterback. The Chargers have invested in their offensive line and replaced Hunter Henry with the still-productive Jared Cook. He should once again finish as a fantasy starter in his second season.

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Scouting report

by Bob Harris

LAC QB Justin Herbert - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Justin Herbert became the first Chargers' player to win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors since 1974. Herbert, as the sixth overall selection, was the third quarterback off the board behind Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa. Instead of Tyrod Taylor, it was Herbert who ended up stepping into the big shoes of Philip Rivers and the rookie proved more than capable of replacing the Chargers' great. Herbert set NFL rookie records for total touchdowns (36), passing touchdowns (31), completions (396), multi-passing touchdown games (10), games with 300 yards passing (eight) and three-passing touchdown games (six). He was just 39 yards short of besting Andrew Luck's rookie record of 4,374 yards passing. The good news? Herbert knows, even after an impressive rookie campaign, there are plenty of areas of his game to improve. "I think if I know more about defenses, coverages, pressures, all of that, I think that better helps our team," he said.

Fantasy Downside
With a new coach in Brandon Staley and new coordinator in Joe Lombardi, Herbert will be learning his second offense in two seasons. Similar changes have hindered other young QBs in the past from making the next leap.

2021 Bottom Line
We're not all that worried about the downside. Look for his talent, aggressive approach, an upgraded offensive line and a strong supporting cast to help Herbert overcome the change-related challenges he faces.

2021 Strength of Schedule - LAC

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
7
@WAS
25
DAL
19
@KC
20
LV
26
CLE
14
@BAL
BYE2
NE
21
@PHI
10
MIN
3
PIT
13
@DEN
18
@CIN
9
NYG
19
KC
24
@HOU
13
DEN

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPRRuAttYdsTDFumYPCPtsSnaps%
1@CIN000000.000.0000000.000.00/740.0%
2KC2233311119.4214.14418104.5022.283/83100.0%
3CAR3549330116.739.43315015.0014.778/78100.0%
4@TB20252903111.6014.50514002.8023.053/53100.0%
5@NO2034264407.7613.2048002.0027.471/71100.0%
6BYE---------------
7JAX2743347308.0712.85966107.3338.579/8197.5%
8@DEN2943278326.479.59321007.0021.287/87100.0%
9LV2842326207.7611.64524004.8023.478/7998.7%
10@MIA2032187215.849.35410102.5020.563/63100.0%
11NYJ3749366307.479.89211005.5027.782/82100.0%
12@BUF3152316116.0810.192-200-1.0016.483/83100.0%
13NE2653209023.948.0400000.004.472/72100.0%
14ATL3644243215.526.7500000.0015.773/73100.0%
15@LV2232314209.8114.27414103.5028.066/66100.0%
16DEN2133253107.6712.05426006.5016.757/57100.0%
17@KC2231302309.7413.7369101.5033.071/71100.0%
Per game26.4039.67289.072.070.677.2910.953.6715.600.330.074.2522.1973.07/73.2799.75%
Totals396595433631107.2910.9555234514.25332.841096/117399.75%
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