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Fantasy Football Deep Sleeper: Chargers WR Joshua Palmer

The Los Angeles second-year receiver is poised to have a breakout year.

A Los Angeles Chargers offense, stacked with elite talent, has another weapon fantasy football managers need to pay attention to in 2022.

Los Angeles, who averaged the fourth most total yards per game (390.2) and the fifth most points per game (27.9), appear more potent this season. Third-year quarterback Justin Herbert, who threw for the second most passing yards (5,014) behind only Tom Brady, has dynamic playmakers in Keenan Allen, Mike Wiliams and Austin Ekeler.

In the team’s second preseason game, second-year wideout Josh Palmer showcased the skills that led to the team drafting him in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Palmer, slated to be the club’s starting slot wide receiver, exploded for three receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys.

The former Tennessee standout grabbed an Easton Stick screen pass early in the second quarter and displayed speed and toughness taking it 18 yards to the house. Successful fantasy football managers use preseason performances like this to discover deep sleepers who can develop into coveted late-round championship pieces.

In early drafts, Palmer finds an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 178, which results in coming off the board towards the middle of the 14th round. However, after his showing in Week 2 of the preseason, expect that ADP to shrink quickly.

In his rookie season, the 6' 1", 210 lb target, had 33 receptions for 353 yards and 4 touchdowns in 17 games. With a full season of experience, Palmer is poised to crush that production working exclusively in the slot on one of the NFL’s most powerful offenses.