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Patriots to sign RB Donald Brown

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 3:40pm

Jim McBride - [Full Article]

Fox Sports reporting the Patriots have struck a deal with RB Donald Brown, the former UConn workhorse.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown is a versatile back who finished 28th in PPR formats back in 2013 when he took over for Trent Richardson in Indianapolis. Since then, he has averaged 3.14 YPC over two seasons for the Chargers. The San Diego running game was a dumpster fire last year, and the Patriots obviously believe that Brown still has gas left in the tank. He could conceivably form a one-two punch with Dion Lewis.

Stevie Johnson OUT, Malcom Floyd ACTIVE for MNF

Monday, October 12, 2015, 7:27pm

Chargers Inactives
Donald Brown RB
King Dunlap T
Orlando Franklin G
Steve Johnson WR
Craig Mager CB
Darius Philon DE
Tourek Williams OLB

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson (hamstring) is inactive for MNF as expected, but Malcom Floyd will play despite a concussion last week. TE Antonio Gates returns this week and should pick up the slack and even TE Ladarius Green could be involved but is a risky play with Gates back.

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

A healthy scratch the first three games of the 2015 season, the San Diego Chargers finally executed what most fans considered a head scratcher to start the regular season.

They released running back Donald Brown, using the vacant roster spot to add guard Michael Ola from the practice squad to the active roster.

Brown was San Diego’s top free agent addition last year, signing a three-year, $10.4 million deal, including $4 million in guaranteed money. But he averaged just 2.6 yards per carry and missed three games due to a concussion.

The Chargers then drafted Melvin Gordon in the first round of this year’s draft, and some NFL observers believed the team would move on from Brown. Instead, the Chargers kept the University of Connecticut product on the final roster for Week 1, guaranteeing his $3 million salary for the 2015 season.

Ladarius Green ACTIVE vs. Lions

Sunday, September 13, 2015, 3:10pm

Chargers Inactives
Jeremiah Attaochu OLB
Donald Brown RB
Ryan Carrethers DT
Dontrelle Inman WR
Craig Mager CB
Johnniie Troutman G
Tourek Williams OLB

Fantasy Impact:

Ladarius Green (concussion) will play today, and with Antonio Gates suspended, should be the team's TE1 and also be involved in the passing game.

Chargers RB Branden Oliver working towards being more powerful, explosive

Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:30pm

Chargers.com - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Branden Oliver is driven with an insatiable desire to make a bigger impact in 2015. True to form, he is not resting on his laurels, stressing a number of areas he wants to improve upon in order to fulfill his potential.

“My power, strength, speed and agility I am focusing on,” he said after a recent workout at Chargers Park. “I want to get better at everything. I don’t really focus on just one particular thing. I like to be well rounded and won’t limit myself to one area. It is always best to work at everything. I worked out the entire offseason Monday through Saturday. I took three weeks off after the season ended but worked out every week after that.”

Still, there is one aspect he wants to improve upon the most. “I want to break more tackles. I would also like to be a little more explosive.”

Oliver is also confident he can take his game to the next level in 2015 because he is far more comfortable than he was as a rookie.

“They will come easier this year because I’m more comfortable and know the offense. Now I can just go out there and ball. This year is very different. I feel so much better coming in. I’m more confident. I’m gelling with the guys and am more open to them because I know them better. It’s really just crazy to be going into my second year already! But I feel real good.”

Fantasy Impact:

When asked about the state of his running back corps, GM Tom Telesco said, "I'm not saying we wouldn't add somebody, but we don't need to." This is a situation to watch during the draft -- if the Chargers don't add a runner during the first two days, it's very possible that Oliver will go into the season as the starter with Donald Brown as his primary backup and Danny Woodhead as the passing down back. In that scenario, Oliver’s ADP would rise from its current level (12th round) and Woodhead would be a nice value in PPR formats.

Keenan Allen, Ryan Mathews out as expected for Chargers

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:12pm

Chargers Inactives
Keenan Allen WR
Ryan Carrethers DT
Greg Ducre DB
Cordarro Law DE
Ryan Mathews RB
Mike Scifres P
Damion Square DE

Fantasy Impact:

Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and Seyi Ajirotutu will see a bump with Allen sidelined. Ajirotutu played 62 percent of the snaps in Week 15, which was the first time all year that he cracked the 35 percent mark. Floyd and Royal seem to be the best fantasy bets, however. With Mathews sidelined last week, Branden Oliver led the team in touches (16) and yards (70), but Donald Brown actually played more snaps due to his role in the passing game.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. With Mathews sidelined, Branden Oliver led the team in touches (16) and yards (70), but Donald Brown actually played more snaps due to his role in the passing game.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews “wasn’t considered close to playing” in Week 15, per beat writer Michael Gehlken, so we consider him doubtful for Week 16. With Mathews sidelined, Branden Oliver led the team in touches (16) and yards (70), but Donald Brown actually played more snaps due to his role in the passing game.

Ryan Mathews not practicing Tuesday

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 2:53pm

Michael Gehlken on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) not practicing Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Gehlken added that Mathews wasn't really considered close to being able to play in Week 15. Donald Brown and Branden Oliver stand to see more action if Mathews is out. We think Oliver should see a bulk of the carries with Brown more involved in the passing game.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 12:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The struggles for the San Diego Chargers running the football have been well-documented this season. Basically, if Ryan Mathews is healthy, the Chargers have a running game.

Unfortunately, Mathews is not healthy right now, as he works back from a severely sprained ankle.

Donald Brown and Branden Oliver have not proven they can be effective, every-down backs in San Diego's offense, which means Chargers general manager Tom Telesco could be looking to select a running back early in the 2015 draft.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews has missed eight games this season, and his rookie contract is up at the end of this season, the story points out. Oliver had a couple of nice games with both Brown and Mathews out of the lineup but came back to Earth a bit right before Mathews came back from his knee injury. Unfortunately, Mathews just can't seem to stay healthy even though he's proven to be productive when he is in the lineup. Any back the Chargers draft would right away become an interesting fantasy option on a Chargers team that does want to run the ball.

Ryan Mathews OUT for Chargers

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:05pm

Chargers Inactives
Ryan Carrethers DT
Ladarius Green TE
Dontrelle Inman WR
Cordarro Law DE
Ryan Mathews RB
Mike Scifres P
Damion Square DE

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan Mathews is out as expected. Neither Branden Oliver or Donald Brown are good options in a tough matchup with the Broncos.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 15. This looks like a game-time decision, and the Chargers play late on Sunday. If Mathews is unable to play, look for Branden Oliver to lead the team in carries — he has 23 in the last four games compared to Donald Brown’s three — though Brown has been playing extensively on passing downs. The matchup against Denver isn’t appealing.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews injured his leg against New England but returned to the game. He only carried the ball twice in the second half, however. If he’s unable to play, look for Branden Oliver to lead the team in carries, though Donald Brown has been playing extensively on passing downs. The matchup against Denver isn’t appealing.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews injured his leg against New England but returned to the game. He only carried the ball twice in the second half, however. If he’s unable to play, look for Branden Oliver to lead the team in carries, though Donald Brown has been playing extensively on passing downs. The matchup against Denver isn’t appealing.

Chargers Beat: Ryan Mathews dealing with right leg injury

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 10:41am

ESPN - [Full Article]

It’s no surprise the San Diego Chargers were most effective offensively Sunday against the New England Patriots when Ryan Mathews churned out yards running the football. In the first half, Mathews carried the ball nine times for 52 yards, averaging a robust 5.8 yards per carry.

However, with a little more than two minutes left in the opening half, Mathews appeared to suffer a right leg injury on the same leg that kept him out seven games this season with an MCL knee sprain. Mathews limped off the field and was late coming out for the second half.

Mathews carried the ball only two times for minus-8 yards the rest of the game. He’s still wearing a bulky brace to protect the injured knee, a sign that his stability returning from the injury is not 100 percent. The brace also appears to limit his mobility.

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers say Mathews is healthy and pointed out he did return to the game and did some nice things in pass protection. Keeping Mathews healthy this time of year was a priority for the Bolts and a reason they brought in Donald Brown. But it appears Mathews, between the brace and now his leg, is at least a little banged up heading into Week 15. As we've pointed out for a few weeks now, the SD running backs have tough matchups to close out their season and in the fantasy playoffs, which includes the Broncos Week 15 and at San Francisco Week 16.

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