Chargers Fantasy News
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:06am
He’s not quite 6-foot, not quite 200 pounds, not a guy who’d win a foot race against almost any cornerback. But he plays tall, plays big, plays fast.
Brown seemingly picking up where he left off last preseason before breaking his ankle is great news.
QB Philip Rivers still retains great rapport with WR Malcom Floyd and seemed to develop something with WR Danario Alexander last year, but if Brown continues to look as good as beat writer Kevin Acee says, Floyd could be the guy on the outside looking in. We currently have Brown ranked 59th among our WRs, and if he wins a job he will likely climb our charts a little. You should still be able to get him in the second half of drafts as a big-time sleeper candidate.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:01am
The ball is expected to leave QB Philip Rivers' hand quicker in 2013. While some situations will still call for going deep, Floyd must do more if he is to see regular snaps.
"I’m running different routes," Floyd said. "These coaches are really working on my lateral ability, a lot of these drills this offseason, getting in and out of my breaks. It’s details like foot placement on curl routes, reprogramming my brain. ... I’m 10 years old in this league, but I feel a lot better than last year. I’m very excited about this upcoming year."
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 11:20am
Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee on the team's third down RB situation: "I'll be shocked if Danny Woodhead doesn't play vast majority of third downs. More to do with his knowledge & ability blocking than anything."
We're not expecting Ryan Mathews to have a great season given his propensity for injury and the addition of Woodhead, who will certainly eat into his third-down snaps.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 10:10am
Gates can be had in the later rounds this season. He was relatively healthy last season and finished as the #12 TE thanks to seven TD catches.
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10:44am
Chargers QB Philip Rivers, 31, seems determined to show he can be a better version of the quarterback that once led the NFL in passing yards (2010) and touchdowns (2008), and not the one who threw 25 interceptions, lost 12 fumbles and was sacked 79 times in the past two seasons.
He told USA TODAY Sports he has been reinvigorated by the new offense of head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
"I think my best football is ahead of me, I really do," Rivers said. "That's being optimistic, because we've had a lot of really good years. I am probably on the second half of my career, the back end, but I think I've got a lot of good football left.
After four consecutive top 10 seasons, Rivers fell to 20th in total fantasy points and 22nd in PPG. This can be partly attributed to the departure of Vincent Jackson and the fact that Antonio Gates simply isn't a dominant tight end anymore. Rivers is not an elite QB who can overcome a talent drop off, but he is capable enough to post good-to-great numbers if he's surrounded by good players. Hiring former Denver OC Mike McCoy and re-signing Danario Alexander should help. Of the QBs available in the later rounds, he has quite a bit of upside.
Vincent Brown rotating in with the starters
Monday, June 3, 2013, 8:04pm
The wide receiver mixed in with the starters Monday for the first time this offseason, rotating with Malcom Floyd opposite Danario Alexander. While too much can be made about a player's June practice reps, Brown is expected to see a pronounced role in his third season.
That role would have come in 2012 if not for an August broken ankle. The former third-round pick out of San Diego State missed the entire year with the preseason injury, but he is fully recovered now.
Coach Mike McCoy said he anticipates Brown will "without a doubt" be a big part of the team's offense.
"He's been great," McCoy said. "We laid out a plan for him early on, and he's one of those kids who want to go full speed, 100 miles per hour every play. So we were holding back a little bit when we first got on the field, and it's just a process we're going through to make sure we're doing the right thing with him. But he's on board 100 percent with us, and he's done a great job."
Friday, May 31, 2013, 9:59am
The Chargers are counting the minutes to get receiver Vincent Brown back on the field. They think he can be a star. Brown came on strong toward the end of his rookie season in 2011 and then was outstanding in training camp. However, he broke his ankle in the preseason and was lost for the entire 2012 season. The Chargers’ offense badly missed him. He is now healthy, and the Chargers are going to unleash Brown. He should be a major focal point of the offense. Brown and quarterback Philip Rivers were building a strong chemistry, and they will continue to work on it in training camp.
Brown has to beat out Malcom Floyd to have serious fantasy value in 2013, but this is certainly a player to watch this summer.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 6:44pm
The Patriots have added LeGarrette Blount and Leon Washington to their backfield mix this offseason, but replacing Danny Woodhead's role in the passing game and on third down appears to be Shane Vereen's job to lose.
Considering his late-season production and the fact that Danny Woodhead is out of the way, Vereen's prospects are looking good. He gained at least 38 total yards in six of his last nine games and scored three TDs in that span. We currently have him ranked as the #31 RB in standard formats and #24 in PPR. Woodhead quietly finished as fantasy football's #25 RB in 2012, so Vereen could post similar numbers if given the same workload.
Chudzinski: Jordan Cameron "has the skill set that fits"
Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 12:03pm
Turner’s in 28 NFL years include Jay Novacek (Dallas), Vernon Davis in his rookie year (San Francisco) and Gates (San Diego).
“This is an offense that has featured tight ends and tight ends have always been a big part of it,” Chudzinski said of Cameron. “He has the skill set that fits.”
It's only May, and the Jordan Cameron hype train ia already barreling down the tracks. Cameron is definitely a breakout candidate in Turner's offense and would be a fine TE2 (with upside) on draft day.
Jordan Cameron slated to start for Browns
Sunday, April 14, 2013, 10:13pm
Browns HC Rob Chudzinski and OC Norv Turner know tight ends, with Chud having played the position at the University of Miami and the two of them coaching Pro Bowlers Antonio Gates and Kellen Winslow. They've identified Jordan Cameron as their starter for 2013, with Kellen Davis and Gary Barnidge playing reserve roles. Expect Cameron to take a big step this year and have plenty of production in this tight-end friendly offense.
Friday, March 15, 2013, 7:14pm
Chargers sign Danny Woodhead for two years
Friday, March 15, 2013, 2:14pm
Woodhead is very good in the passing game and is an underrated runner (4.8 YPC). He's likely to serve as the Chargers' third-down back, which will put a dent in the value of Ryan Mathews. As for the Patriots, they'll move forward with the emerging Shane Vereen and the recently signed Leon Washington at RB behind Stevan Ridley.
Chargers will use lowest tender on Danario Alexander
Saturday, March 9, 2013, 11:40am
The Sideline View's Adam Caplan reports the team is planning to use the low ("original-round") tender on the 24-year-old Danario Alexander. We don't often mull restricted free agents because very few are pursued, but Alexander stands to draw considerable interest if the low tag is applied.
The original-round tender would allow the Chargers to match any offer floated Alexander's way, but if they choose not to match, they'll receive nothing in return, because Alexander went undrafted. This is surprising because earlier reports suggested the Chargers might use their first-round tender on Alexander, which would all but guarantee he'd be back.
Alexander, despite a history of knee surgeries, turned it on for the Chargers last season, pulling down 37 catches for 658 yards and seven touchdowns in nine games.
The Chargers found something in Alexander, who simply had not been able to stay healthy in his three-year career. In his final nine games, Alexander averaged 4.1-73-.78 (#6 WR numbers), so if his knees hold up, he'll represent significant value in the middle rounds. The Chargers are betting that no other team is willing to give the WR a big contract due to his injury history.
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 8:37pm
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 10:00am
Chargers HC Mike McCoy is keeping options open for what exactly his offense will look like in 2013, such as the frequency with which zone blocking will be used. Last month, he hired offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris, who featured the blocking style in Buffalo.
McCoy was known in Denver for adjusting his scheme to fit his players.
He made clear that hasn't changed, calling personnel adjustment the "number one thing we have to do as coaches" when recently discussing his new staff.
"We all have a very strong opinion on what we need to do here and how we should do things," McCoy said. "But we're going to analyze through minicamps, OTAs and training camp. We'll figure out what our players do best, and then we'll define what kind of system we're going to have come the opener."
This would most immediately impact Ryan Mathews, who was not particularly good (3.8 YPC) in a power scheme in 2012.