Chargers Fantasy News

Titans may use Dexter McCluster in a Danny Woodhead role
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 10:59am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN discusses the potential role of Titans WR Dexter McCluster:

In Dexter McCluster, Tennessee gets a player who will be cast in a role for which many of us thought Darren Sproles would be a great fit.

I imagine he will be like Danny Woodhead was for Ken Whisenhunt last season in San Diego, when Whiz was offensive coordinator and Woodhead caught 76 passes for 605 yards and was very much an extension of the running game as a pass-catcher.

McCluster is a listed as receiver, not a running back. Like Woodhead, McCluster is 5-foot-8. At 170, he’s 30 pounds lighter than Woodhead.

Fantasy Impact:

McCluster may fill Woodhead's role in the passing game, but it's highly doubtful that he'd hold up to 75-100 carries in the running game given his slight frame. Woodhead is an underrated runner and does a good job of avoiding and absorbing contact without getting injured. McCluster's ceiling is probably as a flex type in PPR formats.

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Chargers sign RB Donald Brown
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 11:28pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Donald Brown is signing with the Chargers, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a strange signing considering the Chargers already have Ryan Mathews (who played well in 2013) and Danny Woodhead. Brown will likely serve as depth behind Mathews. He'll hold handcuff value this summer.

Chris Johnson says knee impacted 2013 production
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 12:34pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

Titans RB Chris Johnson said he’s closer to 100 percent after the first surgery of his career. The procedure repaired a torn meniscus, but doctors have not yet cleared him to run. The next phase of rehab will be in a swimming pool, strengthening the muscles around his left knee.

Johnson was injured in the Week 3 win against the Chargers but said he never considered having surgery during the season. He’s rarely missed a practice in six seasons as a pro.

“I have never been a guy to sit out when something was hurt. The only way I would sit out is if there was no way possible I could play. If I can work through it, I want to play. I want to be out there to help my team win, and that’s the way it’s always been,” he said.

“I am not going to make excuses, but you can talk to anybody who’s had a torn meniscus and they know how it affects you. I’m not going to sit here and tell you if I wouldn’t have had a torn meniscus I would have had 1,600-1,700 rushing yards last year, but my teammates know what I was going through.”

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson is a bounce back candidate if he lands in a good environment. He obviously blames the knee (at least partially) for his struggles in 2013, but it's not like Shonn Greene (3.8 YPC) was any better. The Titans struggled in run blocking and that hurt Johnson as well. The issue now is his salary, and he has already said he's not going to take a pay cut.

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 12:19pm

San Diego Union Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd continues to make small steps in his recovery from a neck injury suffered last September. The 32-year-old resumed running about a month ago, he said Saturday, and spinal specialist Dr. Robert Watkins cleared him last week to participate in light weightlifting.

It is unclear whether Floyd's NFL career can continue, the possibility it cannot appearing very real. It remains to be seen to what extent he recovers from his spinal disc issue, and even then, the risk of re-injury must be assessed before the decision to play is made.

Danario Alexander having 'extensive' problems with knee
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 12:08pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The long history of knee problems experienced by San Diego Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander has grown even more extensive.

Alexander has required "multiple" surgeries on his right knee because of infection after undergoing a second reconstruction of his anterior cruciate ligament in January, a source told FOX Sports 1.

This setback has cast doubt upon whether Alexander -- a pending unrestricted free agent -- will be able to play in 2014.

Fantasy Impact:

At this point, we're not expecting much from Alexander in 2014. Hopefully, he can get the issues with his knee straightened out and eventually return to football.

Danario Alexander had second ACL surgery in January
Friday, February 7, 2014, 10:50am

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Danario Alexander devoted months to knee rehab, working to return from an August injury as soon as possible.

It won't happen as soon as first hoped.

The Chargers wide receiver recently underwent additional surgery to repair the right knee injury that ended his 2013 season, sources said. The revision ACL surgery, performed in January as a follow-up to the primary reconstruction done in August, delays the original timetable for the impending free agent's return to football activities.

Fantasy Impact:

It doesn't look likely that Alexander will be healthy to start the 2014 season. It's a shame too -- he and Keenan Allen would have made a dangerous duo for the Chargers. He was outstanding down the stretch in 2012.

Whisenhunt: Delanie Walker 'similar' to Antonio Gates
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 2:16pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

The official announcement of Mike Mularkey’s hiring as tight ends coach on Wednesday meant the Titans now have three coaches with plenty of experience coaching the position. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt and offensive coordinator Jason Michael are former tight ends coaches.

The three have a combined 14 years of coaching tight ends, with Whisenhunt and Mularkey adding a combined 17 years of NFL playing experience at the position.

Whisenhunt and his staff will be working extensively with tight end Delanie Walker, who produced 60 catches for 571 yards and six touchdowns in his first season with the Titans.

Whisenhunt even compared Walker to All-Pro Antonio Gates, whom Whisenhunt coached as Chargers offensive coordinator this season.

“I had a lot of respect for him there, so needless to say I’m excited that he’s on this team and I’ll have a chance to work with him,” Whisenhunt said. “Working with Antonio Gates got me excited about the position, and I think there’s a lot of elements to what Delanie does that are similar in that capacity.”

Fantasy Impact:

The comparison seems like a stretch, but Walker did finish as the #12 TE in 2013 and had a run from Week 10 to Week 15 where he was the #6 TE. Walker won't be posting Gates-in-his-prime numbers in 2014, but it's good to hear that his HC values his play. He'll be a sleeper heading into this summer's fantasy drafts.

Adrian Peterson to have groin surgery
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 10:34am

ESPN - [Full Article]

For the third consecutive offseason, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has plans to go under the knife. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Wednesday night that Peterson soon will have groin surgery in Philadelphia. Dr. William Meyers, who operated on Peterson's sports hernia last season, will perform the surgery.

It's a good time to ask whether the Vikings should think about giving another running back a few of Peterson's carries during the season, though it's questionable whether Toby Gerhart would want to come back for a supporting role when he could have bigger opportunities coming as a free agent this spring.

Peterson, for that matter, isn't one to ask for less work, but he might be getting to an age where both he and the Vikings are better served by an attempt to reduce his mileage somewhat.

Peterson's ticket to a lesser workload could actually come through new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who became San Diego's coach at a similar point in LaDainian Tomlinson's career. Tomlinson was 28 when Turner took over the Chargers in 2007, and as Turner leaned more on San Diego's passing game, the Chargers dialed back Tomlinson's workload. He carried 315 times in 2007 -- down 33 carries from his 31-touchdown season of 2006 and the second-fewest of his career to that point.

Fantasy Impact:

Recovery should take about 4-6 weeks. At 29, Peterson will still enter 2014 redrafts with a 1st round ADP, but his long-term outlook obviously isn't as bright as it once was.

Vikings hire Norv Turner as OC
Sunday, January 19, 2014, 7:31am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Norv Turner has agreed to become the Minnesota Vikings' next offensive coordinator, a league source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The move had been widely anticipated.

The well-traveled Turner served as offensive coordinator with Cleveland for one season, following six seasons as the San Diego Chargers' head coach.

Fantasy Impact:

This looks like a very good hire for the Vikings. Turner has had all sorts of success as an OC. The future looks bright for Kyle Rudolph and Cordarrelle Patterson, provided the team can get their QB situation figured out. Turner loves to feature the tight end position (i.e. Jordan Cameron) and last season Josh Gordon thrived under Turner's guidance.

Chargers TE coach Jason Michael named Titans OC
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 4:17pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt has named Jason Michael offensive coordinator. Michael was previously the Chargers' tight ends coach, where Whisenhunt served as offensive coordinator during the 2013 season.

“Jason really impresses me with his knowledge of the run and pass game and he was a big part of putting together our plans last year in San Diego,” Whisenhunt said, according to the team's website. “He is very familiar with the offensive system that we want to implement here, which includes bits and pieces from a number of offensive systems. He is intelligent and a good communicator. He was responsible for presenting a couple of game-plan packages to our offense each week and he was impressive.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers offense may take a hit with the loss of both Whisenhunt and Michael.

Friday, January 17, 2014, 11:38am

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Malcom Floyd, after four months, still wears a neck brace to bed every night. He still deals with pain from an open-field hit that ended his season. He still waits to know if he can return to the game.

After four months, he hasn't lost hope.

The Chargers wide receiver wants to play football again. He's been told the spinal disk issue that he's dealt with since September is one from which players have come back. But he's also been told by Dr. Robert Watkins that it potentially can be career ending. Floyd has an appointment in about a month, he said, that is expected to give a better sense for him which it will be.

Ken Whisenhunt will call plays for Titans
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 6:20pm

Paul Kuharsky, Twitter - [Full Article]

New Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt plans to call the plays for the offense.

Fantasy Impact:

He also said at his introductory presser that he'd like a 50/50 run/pass split. Whisenhunt called the plays in San Diego this year, and the Chargers threw 52.8% of the time. Expect a similar split in Tennessee, provided the Titans are able to run the ball effectively.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:20pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

The biggest beneficiary in the Ken Whisenhunt hire should be Jake Locker, the Titans’ talented but injury-prone quarterback. Whisenhunt has worked successfully with young quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh), old quarterbacks (Kurt Warner in Arizona) and in-between quarterbacks (Philip Rivers in San Diego).

But it also ups the pressure on Locker. Entering his fourth pro season, he is at a crossroads. At some point this year, Whisenhunt will decide if Locker is indeed a franchise quarterback or if the Titans need to go a different direction.

Personally, I think it is a terrific pairing. Locker has worked in two different offensive systems — the first one run by Chris Palmer, the more recent by Dowell Loggains — over the past three seasons. Whisenhunt will provide new direction.

Ryan Mathews played through a high ankle sprain
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 11:11am

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

A high ankle sprain carries a four-to-six week recovery timetable.

Ryan Mathews didn't miss one game.

The Chargers running back was clearly hobbled in the team's two playoff contests, not playing in the second half Sunday of a 24-17 loss to the Broncos. While Mathews declined to confirm, sources said his limitation was the result of a high ankle sprain.

Fantasy Impact:

If this is indeed the case, Mathews showed some toughness playing through the injury. Given how many owners he has burned through the years, his ADP will be interesting to watch heading into the 2014 season. He was the #10 RB from Week 6 on, so he'll merit consideration in the 3rd round.

Titans hire Ken Whisenhunt as head coach
Monday, January 13, 2014, 8:31pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Tennessee Titans have hired San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach.

Whisenhunt replaces Mike Munchak, who parted with the team after three seasons and a 22-26 record.

Fantasy Impact:

Whisenhunt led a revitalized Chargers offense led by QB Philip Rivers, RB Ryan Mathews and WR Keenan Allen. His first order of business will decide who is the future at QB. Jake Locker has been inconsistent, but the Titans hold the #11 pick. Ryan Fitzpatrick could hold down the fort for a year if necessary.