Chargers Fantasy News

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Brown is on track to play in Week 9. His presence will put a dent in Branden Oliver’s workload, though we expect Oliver to remain the lead back.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) missed practice again Thursday. It looks like Mathews will try to return in Week 11, after the team’s Week 10 bye.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday. It looks like Brown is on track to play in Week 9. His presence will put a dent in Branden Oliver’s workload, though we expect Oliver to remain the lead back.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Wednesday. It looks like Mathews will try to return in Week 11, after the team’s Week 10 bye.

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:34pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Saints have added a third tailback for Sunday night’s game vs. Green Bay.

The club promoted running back Edwin Baker from the practice squad on Saturday. To make room for Baker, the Saints released tight end Tom Crabtree. Both moves were announced on the NFL’s transaction wire.

The 23-year-old Baker signed with the Saints’ practice squad in September. He has played in three regular season games, all with the Browns at the end of 2013. In that three-game span, Baker rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries and caught eight passes for 57 yards. He started Cleveland’s final two contests.

In addition to playing for Cleveland, Baker has had stints with the Chargers, Broncos and Texans. A Michigan State product, Baker was a seventh-round pick of San Diego in 2012.

Fantasy Impact:

Baker will back up Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet for New Orleans, which has ruled out tailbacks Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson.

Chargers Beat: Ryan Mathews could be back Week 9

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:39am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews knew he wouldn't play the Bills.

He knew he wouldn't face the Jaguars or the Jets, the Raiders or the Chiefs. It became clear, well in advance of Thursday night, he wouldn't be active against the Broncos either. This next game, Nov. 2 in Miami, is different. For the first time, there seems a chance he could play.

"That's in my head," Mathews said Friday. "I'm just going keep doing my treatment this week, come back on Monday, and see what they say."

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers running back missed his sixth straight game Thursday night to a right knee injury. He sprained his medial collateral ligament Sept. 14 against the Seahawks. Mathews is nearing a return, unlikely to miss more than one additional game, if that, the story said. If he plays Nov. 2, he could be eased in, but perhaps the thing to note is if Mathews is on your wire, now may be the time to pick him up. Branden Oliver hasn't been impressive rushing the ball the last two weeks, so there's a good chance Mathews slides right back into his RB1 role. Oliver did catch seven passes Thursday night against Denver so he's still likely to have a role in the offense. Donald Brown is also expected to practice next week.

Thursday Night Football Inactives: Chargers vs. Broncos

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:10pm

Chargers
Jeremiah Attaochu OLB
Donald Brown RB
Brandon Flowers CB
Cordarro Law DE
Ryan Mathews RB
Manti Te'o ILB

 

Broncos
Montee Ball RB
Kapri Bibbs RB
Omar Bolden SS
Ben Garland G
Steven Johnson LB
Michael Schofield T
Mitch Unrein DT

Fantasy Impact:

For the Chargers, RB Branden Oliver will continue to receive a heavy workload with Mathews and Brown out. Ronnie Brown will also receive a few touches.

For the Broncos, RB Ronnie Hillman continues to fill in for an injured Ball. Juwan Thompson and C.J. Anderson will work behind him. Rookie WR Cody Latimer is active for the Broncos for the first time in a while, though we're not expecting much production from the rookie with the entire Denver receiving corps healthy and accounted for.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion, out) did not practice Wednesday. With Brown sidelined again, Branden Oliver will continue to carry the load for the Chargers.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, out) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews isn’t even running yet, apparently. It’s Branden Oliver’s show for now.

Explaining Keenan Allen's sophomore slump

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:35pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers WR Keenan Allen, while scoreless in seven games, hasn't lacked for impact. Defenses have schemed against him differently in year two, an anticipated trend that's presented opportunities elsewhere in the passing game. The effect for Allen is fewer statistical outbursts like the ones he had in Denver last season.

Defensive coaches had months to game plan for him. Allen and the Chargers aren't surprised what came out of it.

"People, they aren't stupid," wide receivers coach Fred Graves said. "They're not just going to let him run free. They're going to take some things away."

Allen has seen more press coverage this year. That is partly why, despite a team-high 34 catches, he has a modest 354 yards. His average yards after the catch is down from 6 to 2.9.

"They're pretty close to me after I catch the ball," Allen said.

Fantasy Impact:

The article goes on to explain that the attention that Allen is getting is opening things up for the other Charger receivers, namely Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal. As those players continue to produce, Allen should receive less attention, which should free him up for more big plays.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:28pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball returned -- briefly -- to the practice field Tuesday, but the Broncos had enough concerns about their overall depth at running back to tweak the roster.

Ball, who suffered a right groin injury in the Broncos’ Oct. 5 win over the Arizona Cardinals, was in a jersey and on the practice field during the open period of practice for the first time since the injury. Ball went through the pre-practice stretching with the team and then went to work with the strength and conditioning coaches.

The Broncos have planned for Ball to miss at least three weeks with the injury -- and Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers will be the third game Ball has missed -- so they promoted running back Kapri Bibbs from their practice squad, even as some teams in the league had started to circle the undrafted rookie with interest in signing him.

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:42pm

Chargers Inactives
Jeremiah Attaochu OLB
Donald Brown RB
Dontrelle Inman WR
Ricardo Mathews DT
Ryan Mathews RB
Manti Te'o ILB
Jason Verrett CB

Fantasy Impact:

RB Branden Oliver will again receive a heavy workload with Mathews and Brown out.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7. Brown is still in the league’s concussion protocol. Branden Oliver should have the San Diego backfield all to himself in Week 8.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7. Mathews still isn’t running on his injured knee. It looks like Branden Oliver will continue to be the lead back through Week 9, maybe longer. We were expecting Mathews to be further along in his recovery by now, but knee injuries are tricky. He was expected to miss 4-5 weeks, and he is now in the middle of the 5th week of his recovery.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (elbow, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 7. Royal’s rib injury is not serious, so he should play against the Chiefs this week. It’s bad news for Ladarius Green, who was likely to see more snaps if Royal couldn’t play.