Chargers Fantasy News

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:02am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Ronnie Hillman will be the Broncos' starting tailback Sunday against the New York Jets. He's never started previously, much less had a workhorse-type game.

C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson figure to be used too.

"I'm going to do what they tell me to do," Anderson said. "If I get a chance to carry the ball, I'll carry it. Protect Peyton, keep him on his feet, because Rex is going to bring a lot of things."

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning may face his share of coach Rex Ryan- ordered blitzes from the Jets. Picking up those blitzes will be the first responsibility for Broncos running backs. Then it's carrying the ball, catching it and protecting it.

Thompson missed the Broncos' full-padded practice Wednesday because of a knee injury. But after receiving a full week's treatment from the training staff the rookie will play against the Jets.

"Yeah, I'm out there," Thompson said. "Plan for best-case and worst-case scenario. You never know what's going to happen with the depth chart."

Fantasy Impact:

While no one expects Hillman to carry the load against the Jets, the use of backs behind him seems up in the air too. However Hillman owners should expect to see all three backs play, which will obviously cut into Hillman's fantasy production. It's a tough matchup on paper for the Broncos running game, but remember Branden Oliver of the Chargers lit them up last week. However the point is Hillman owners who start him in lineups should expect to see Anderson and Thompson on the field as well.

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Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. Carr is expected to start against the Chargers, though the Raiders play late on Sunday. Matt Schaub likely gets the start if Carr can’t go.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 6. With Brown out, Branden Oliver is a strong play against a shaky Raiders defense. The Chargers recently signed Ronnie Brown as a Plan C and Shaun Draughn looms as another possible committee member if the Chargers continue their trend of spreading touches around their backfield. We like Oliver this week given his recent play and generous matchup against Oakland.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 6. Johnson had a forgettable outing against the Chargers (22 total yards on eight touches) just like the rest of his teammates. After 41 touches in the first three games, Johnson has just 16 in his last two. Chris Ivory has taken over the lead back role.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 6. Mathews is expected to return in Week 8.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (quadricep, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 6. Allen will be fine to play against the Raiders, who are #13 in WR aFPA. He’s trying to get his season back on track after a (mostly) quiet start.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (calf, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. The questionable tag isn’t encouraging for Floyd. His absence might open up extra opportunities for Eddie Royal and/or Ladarius Green.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Carr is on track to start against the Chargers, but he’s not a good start this week.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Brown seems very doubtful to make it through the concussion protocol. If he’s out, Branden Oliver would become an even stronger play. The Chargers recently signed Ronnie Brown as a Plan D.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Johnson had a forgettable outing against the Chargers (22 total yards on eight touches) just like the rest of his teammates. After 41 touches in the first three games, Johnson has just 16 in his last two. Chris Ivory has taken over the lead back role.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews is expected to return in Week 8.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (quadricep) took limited practice reps Wednesday. He should be able to play against the Raiders, who are #13 in WR aFPA.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (calf) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Floyd is on track to play in Week 6 against the Raiders.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Chargers TE David Johnson (knee, shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday.

Peyton Manning confirms that RB Ronnie Hillman is the starter

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 11:55am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Broncos QB Peyton Manning confirmed that RB Ronnie Hillman will get the start against the Jets in Week 6.

"Ronnie has played at different times, in different amounts, but when you're the starting back and running out there in pregame warm-ups as a starting back, it's a different hat that you wear," said Manning, who is but a quarter of the way through his third season in Denver. "There's no question he has a burst that is pretty unique when he gets the ball in his hands. It's our job to give him space."

Initially, the Broncos thought Montee Ball was headed for injured reserve with a designation to return after eight games. That's why the team brought in veteran running backs Mikel Leshoure and LaRod Stephens-Howling for workouts Tuesday.

But a magnetic resonance imaging exam offered hope Ball might miss only a month or so with his groin strain. The Broncos added running back depth Wednesday by signing former Oakland Raider Jeremy Stewart to their practice squad, but otherwise the team is planning on going with Hillman, C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson until further notice. Thompson, a rookie, sat out practice Wednesday with a sore left knee.

"You can't do it with just one back in today's game, so we expect C.J. to do his job, Juwan to be ready," Manning said.

Fantasy Impact:

We expect that Anderson and Thompson will be in the mix, especially if Hillman struggles early, which seems likely given the state of the Bronco running game (not good) and the quality of the Jets' rush defense (very good, though Branden Oliver torched it in Week 5). Owners should keep in mind that Hillman has had fumbling problems in the past, and HC John Fox is not afraid to bench a player if he can't keep hold of the ball. Consider Hillman a low-end RB2/flex type this week.