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Chargers Beat: Team will use 'a whole lot' of Donald Brown in Week 4

Friday, September 26, 2014, 12:04pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

You’ll see a whole lot of RB Donald Brown on Sunday, with a little bit of rookie Branden Oliver sprinkled in. Brown can certainly carry the load. He rushed 31 times for 62 yards against Buffalo. But the Chargers are averaging a league-worst 2.43 yards per carry. Brown needs to pop a couple of big runs to loosen up Jacksonville’s defense. The Chargers also signed Shaun Draughn as a third running back for depth.

Fantasy Impact:

We have Brown ranked as a top 5 RB due to his anticipated workload and a good matchup with the Jaguars.

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Friday, September 26, 2014, 12:01pm

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Chargers TE Antonio Gates proved against Seattle that if you single-cover him with a linebacker or a safety, he can still win, particularly in the red zone. Gates finished with seven catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over the Super Bowl champs, earning AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. He was doubled most of the time the following week against Buffalo, finishing with just one catch for 8 yards. But with Buffalo choosing to take away Gates, the Chargers used him as a decoy to free up slot receiver Eddie Royal and emerging talented tight end Ladarius Green.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) missed practice again Thursday. With Danny Woodhead out, Donald Brown should see a big workload as the team’s featured back. The diminutive Branden Oliver may work some in the Woodhead role.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (groin) took full practice reps again Thursday. Hopefully, Allen is putting the groin injury behind him. We’re expecting him to bounce back sooner rather than later.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday. Gates could play major snaps if Ladarius Green (hamstring) can’t play.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (hamstring) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. This is a new injury for Green, and midweek downgrades are never good. If he can’t play, Antonio Gates would likely see heavy snaps. Green’s absence could also help Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd, who may see more playing time in three-WR sets.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Wednesday. With Danny Woodhead out, Donald Brown should see a big workload as the team’s featured back. The diminutive Branden Oliver may work some in the Woodhead role.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (groin) practiced fully Wednesday. Hopefully, Allen is putting the groin injury behind him. We’re expecting him to bounce back sooner rather than later.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday. Gates was curiously uninvolved in Week 3 after a huge Week 2 performance. He has a nice matchup against the Jaguars in Week 4.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:02pm

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The San Diego Chargers made a flurry of roster moves on Tuesday in order to get ready for Week 4 contest at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Down to only two healthy running backs, the Chargers worked out Shaun Draughn and D.J. Adams at Chargers Park on Tuesday. Draughn signed a one-year deal joining the active roster, while Adams was added to San Diego’s practice squad.

Fantasy Impact:

This season, Draughn signed a one-year contract with the Bears and played in Chicago’s first two games before being waived Sept. 16. Draughn also has experience as a kickoff returner. Between Kansas City and Baltimore, he has a combined 25 returns for 590 yards (23.6 avg.).

Danny Woodhead (broken fibula) out for the season

Monday, September 22, 2014, 5:03pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Chargers coach Mike McCoy told reporters that Danny Woodhead suffered a broken fibula in yesterday’s game, and would be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

That’s a huge blow for a Chargers offense that was already without Ryan Mathews.

They’ll have to make do with Donald Brown now, and after he touched the ball 36 times yesterday, he’s clearly ready for a heavy workload.

The only hope for the Chargers is that he holds up until Mathews returns.

Fantasy Impact:

Branden Oliver will likely see a bigger workload too after getting just three carries for 11 yards in Week 3, but it looks like Brown will be a solid play just based on workload alone. The team will probably have to make a room for another back until Mathews gets back.

Jags QB Blake Bortles named the starter

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 8:42pm

Yahoo Sports - [Full Article]

Being outscored by 78 points pointed out the obvious for the Jacksonville Jaguars: A change at quarterback was needed.

After losing 34-17 and 41-10 in Weeks 1 and 2, and facing a 30-0 halftime deficit in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts, the Jaguars finally made the decision to bench Chad Henne and make the move to first-round pick Blake Bortles.

It's also time for Bortles to take over the starting gig from here on out. Head coach Gus Bradley said after the game that despite the rookie's up-and-down game, he had seen enough from Bortles (14-of-24 passing, 223 yards, two TDs, two INTs) to announce that he'd be starting next week against the San Diego Chargers.

Fantasy Impact:

It was only a matter of time... Bortles sparked the offense a bit after the change and at least put up nice fantasy numbers in mop-up time of a blowout loss to the Colts. Bortles can now grow with what is a very young group of WRs like Marquis Lee, Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Cecil Shots. He'll likely have a lot of chances to throw the ball a lot with a running game that can't seem to get going. He'll at least have QB2 value going forward.

Chargers concerned Danny Woodhead has fractured fibula

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7:47pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The San Diego Chargers were already without RB Ryan Mathews on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. They also had to survive without Danny Woodhead.

Woodhead suffered a fibula and right ankle injury during the Chargers' opening drive in Buffalo, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a San Diego source. He remained on the field for several minutes before being carted to the locker room and did not return to the 22-10 win.

Fantasy Impact:

Woodhead will have more tests Monday, but the team is concerned it's a fractured fibula, which could end his season. With Mathews expected to miss a month with a sprained MCL, Donald Brown took over in the backfield after Woodhead went down. Branden Oliver becomes the primary backup on a suddenly thin depth chart. The Bolts will probably have to make another move to add a RB.

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:54am

Chargers.com - [Full Article]

With Ryan Mathews expected to miss some time with an MCL sprain, many are looking toward Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown to pick up the slack with extra touches. However, there is another running back on the active roster that the Bolts.

Undrafted rookie Branden Oliver earned a spot on the team with a standout offseason, training camp as well as his preseason performances. Averaging a team-high 4.6 yards per carry, Oliver ran for 161 yards on 35 carries for one touchdown in four games. While inactive up until this point, the team has full faith in him should his number be called.

“He’ll be ready to go,” Head Coach Mike McCoy said. “He had a great offseason program with us. He had a good training camp and he’s ready to go.”

Fantasy Impact:

With three talented backs ahead of him on the depth chart, Oliver was a healthy scratch the first two weeks of the season but will make his Chargers debut in Week 3. With Woodhead and Brown capable of splitting carries, Oliver's workload is a big question mark and probably isn't worth a roster spot in typical leagues. But, he's now just an injury away from perhaps playing a huge role...

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 3. Mathews will reportedly miss 4-5 weeks with a sprained knee. Donald Brown takes over as the primary early down back, but Danny Woodhead will be plenty involved.