Chargers Fantasy News

Philip Rivers dealing with bulging disk in back

Monday, December 22, 2014, 4:01pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers coach Mike McCoy said that quarterback Philip Rivers is expected to play on Sunday against the Chiefs. Rivers has been dealing with a bulging disk in his back that was injured against the Baltimore Ravens. McCoy said whether Rivers will continue playing with the injury is a group decision, and that it’s not career threatening.

“If that was the case and we didn’t think he could play this Sunday, we wouldn’t put him in there,” McCoy said. “We have plenty of medical advice, not just with Philip, but with everyone in this organization and in the NFL. Everyone has had some form of injury that they deal with at some point of the year. Philip will play on Sunday.”

Fantasy Impact:

Rivers did not practice on Monday and Tuesday last week to rest his ailing back. The Chargers could take a similar tact with Rivers this week.

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Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers coach Mike McCoy could have some reinforcements this week heading into the team’s final regular-season contest against the Kansas City Chiefs.

McCoy said running back Ryan Mathews and receiver Keenan Allen are possibilities to return to practice and ultimately to the field on game day.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews missed the past two games with a severe ankle sprain and has not practiced over the period. Allen missed last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with a broken collarbone and an ankle injury.

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.

Rapoport: 49ers RB Frank Gore expected to play on Saturday

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:41pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) will play tonight vs. Chargers, source said.

Fantasy Impact:

Gore should see a few extra carries with Carlos Hyde out this week. He's our #23 RB in standard formats.

49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) 'on pace to play' in Week 16

Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Coach Jim Harbaugh said on Thursday that Gore is passing through the concussion protocol and is on pace to play Saturday night against the San Diego Chargers. Gore missed the entire second half of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with a concussion.

Fantasy Impact:

Gore may see a bigger than usual workload with Carlos Hyde out. Alfonso Smith should serve as Gore's primary backup.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. It’s a bad matchup and he’ll be without his top receiver, Keenan Allen, and his top running back, Ryan Mathews.

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.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (collarbone, ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. 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.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, concussion, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 16. Green could play more snaps than usual with Keenan Allen sidelined.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back) did not practice Wednesday. It’s a bad matchup and he’ll be without his top receiver, Keenan Allen.

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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (collarbone, ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Allen won’t play this week. 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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Green was back at practice on Thursday and could play more in Week 16 with Keenan Allen sidelined.

Carlos Hyde, Frank Gore don't practice for 49ers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 8:46pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Running back Frank Gore did not participate in practice on Tuesday, as he arrived at the team facility after a visit to a doctor as part of the NFL’s protocol on concussions.

Gore must pass the designated steps in order to be available for the 49ers’ game Saturday night against the San Diego Chargers.

Gore did not play in the second half of the 49ers’ 17-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday after sustaining a concussion in the second quarter while blocking linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Fantasy Impact:

The story also said backup running back Carlos Hyde was also not seen on the field at the beginning of practice after sustaining right ankle and back injuries on a third-quarter play during Week 15. Right now, Alfonso Smith and Bruce Miller are the only other RBs on the 49ers roster. The 49ers play the Chargers on Saturday night so both backs lose a day as they try to get back on the field.

Keenan Allen (collarbone, ankle) taking it 'week by week'

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 8:40pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Keenan Allen [broken collarbone and ankle injury] is not considered a candidate for injured reserve. He hasn't undergone surgery to repair the bone, and no such procedure is currently planned.

The 22-year-old said Tuesday he's "taking it week by week."

Fantasy Impact:

Allen is out for Week 16 at San Francisco, however. Allen said he felt pain, but, having played through a right shoulder injury for much of last season, figured he aggravated an old ailment and continued. When he caught a 7-yard pass on the ensuing snap, his right leg bent awkwardly beneath Harris when tackled. The latter injury forced Allen off and on the field before he exited in the third quarter for good. Allen reported the shoulder pain Monday morning, according to the story.