We scan all of the available futures and prop bets to see if any wagers on the Chargers are worth a look. Read on as we break down the futures market and pick a few worth laying your hard earned on.
The San Diego Chargers head into the season certainly with some questions, but all things considered, they shouldn’t take too much of a step back in the AFC West and could be in line for 8-11 wins. One of the reasons for this is the solid offensive line play so far in the preseason. This should keep Philip Rivers on his feet and able to sling it around the yard a bit this year. A standout in training camp so far is top draft pick, D.J. Fluker, who is slated to start at right guard. The other main addition to the line is free agent Orlando Franklin, who signed a five-year deal with the Chargers over the offseason. The last time the offensive line projected to be this good was in 2009, a year that saw the Chargers go 13-3. More time to throw equals better decisions, and should also open up the running game.
Gordon a Top Pick for Offensive Rookie of the Year Honors
Speaking of the running game, the 2015 15th overall draft pick, Melvin Gordon, has impressed so far in camp. Obviously holding explosive talent, Gordon is also consistently picking up pass protection schemes and catching the ball well out of the backfield. These intangibles will keep Gordon in the lineup, and it’s thought that Gordon could steal some short yardage statistics from Rivers near the goal line. Considering that Gordon will have a top-notch offensive line, his statistics could have a chance to really pop in his rookie campaign. I see a three-player race for offensive player of the year between Gordon, Jameis Winston, and Amari Cooper. Gordon definitely has the best setup to succeed out of the three, so wagering on him at +800 to win those honors at 5Dimes may be worth a look.
An Interesting Prop Bet at 5Dimes
One of the more interesting prop bets I’ve seen involving the Chargers is a heads up win total prop listing them +.5 games against the UCLA Bruins. The 13th ranked Bruins just named true freshman, Josh Rosen, as their week 1 starter. He’s got plenty of returning support on the team, but unfortunately for the Bruins, three of their four games against preseason ranked teams are on the road. That’s a tough test for a true freshman, not to mention playing in a pretty balanced Pac-12 that could provide an upset or two. I’d say the ultimate upside on the Bruins' season is a respectable 9 wins and a nice bowl game, but to go further than that would be a stretch with the freshman at the helm. With the Chargers getting an extra half win and the total sitting on a whole number, I think this is the best prop bet out there on the season to back San Diego. It’s also listed at +100 NFL odds so you won’t be giving up any juice to boot.
With a great offensive line, new weapons on offense, and a new contract to play for, it appears that Rivers is primed to have one of the better seasons of his career. The AFC West has some strong competition, but a split in the division should be attainable with the Raiders not quite ready for primetime. You also have the injury concerns with Peyton Manning in Denver that could derail their season at any time. I like the Chargers for at least 9 wins, which would make any futures bet where you could get them at 8 games a winning proposition.