Chargers Fantasy News

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 12:48pm

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The struggles for the San Diego Chargers running the football have been well-documented this season. Basically, if Ryan Mathews is healthy, the Chargers have a running game.

Unfortunately, Mathews is not healthy right now, as he works back from a severely sprained ankle.

Donald Brown and Branden Oliver have not proven they can be effective, every-down backs in San Diego's offense, which means Chargers general manager Tom Telesco could be looking to select a running back early in the 2015 draft.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews has missed eight games this season, and his rookie contract is up at the end of this season, the story points out. Oliver had a couple of nice games with both Brown and Mathews out of the lineup but came back to Earth a bit right before Mathews came back from his knee injury. Unfortunately, Mathews just can't seem to stay healthy even though he's proven to be productive when he is in the lineup. Any back the Chargers draft would right away become an interesting fantasy option on a Chargers team that does want to run the ball.

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Reports say Keenan Allen has ankle injury

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 8:14pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Chargers WR Keenan Allen was hauled back to the locker room after trainers look him over on the sidelines during the team's game with Denver. There’s no official word on his condition, but his right ankle was taped earlier, and that’s the leg he had elevated before being taken away.

Fantasy Impact:

Allen was eventually carted off. It would be a big loss to the Chargers and fantasy owners as Allen was playing well coming into this week's game. Malcom Floyd
Eddie Royal, Seyi Ajirotutu and Dontrelle Inman would be Philip Rivers' targets if Allen is forced to miss time.

Peyton Manning has a thigh injury

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 8:03pm

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who was feeling ill before Sunday's game against the Chargers, left the field after a third-down run by C.J. Anderson late in the first half at Qualcomm Stadium.

The Broncos announced that Manning had a thigh injury, but he also was believed to be receiving IV fluids as well. Manning returned in the second half.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning walked off the field and up the tunnel and Brock Osweiler played at quarterback for the Broncos' final possession of the first half. Manning returned for the second half and should be OK for Week 16 but we'll continue to monitor.

Ryan Mathews OUT for Chargers

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:05pm

Chargers Inactives
Ryan Carrethers DT
Ladarius Green TE
Dontrelle Inman WR
Cordarro Law DE
Ryan Mathews RB
Mike Scifres P
Damion Square DE

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan Mathews is out as expected. Neither Branden Oliver or Donald Brown are good options in a tough matchup with the Broncos.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 15. Rivers should be fine for an AFC West showdown against Denver.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 15. This looks like a game-time decision, and the Chargers play late on Sunday. If Mathews is unable to play, look for Branden Oliver to lead the team in carries — he has 23 in the last four games compared to Donald Brown’s three — though Brown has been playing extensively on passing downs. The matchup against Denver isn’t appealing.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 15.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest) practiced fully Wednesday. Rivers should be fine for an AFC West showdown against Denver.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews injured his leg against New England but returned to the game. He only carried the ball twice in the second half, however. If he’s unable to play, look for Branden Oliver to lead the team in carries, though Donald Brown has been playing extensively on passing downs. The matchup against Denver isn’t appealing.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Consider Green questionable for this week as he navigates his way through the league’s concussion protocol.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest) practiced fully Wednesday. Rivers should be fine for an AFC West showdown against Denver.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews injured his leg against New England but returned to the game. He only carried the ball twice in the second half, however. If he’s unable to play, look for Branden Oliver to lead the team in carries, though Donald Brown has been playing extensively on passing downs. The matchup against Denver isn’t appealing.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Consider Green questionable for this week as he navigates his way through the league’s concussion protocol.

Chargers Beat: Ryan Mathews dealing with right leg injury

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 10:41am

ESPN - [Full Article]

It’s no surprise the San Diego Chargers were most effective offensively Sunday against the New England Patriots when Ryan Mathews churned out yards running the football. In the first half, Mathews carried the ball nine times for 52 yards, averaging a robust 5.8 yards per carry.

However, with a little more than two minutes left in the opening half, Mathews appeared to suffer a right leg injury on the same leg that kept him out seven games this season with an MCL knee sprain. Mathews limped off the field and was late coming out for the second half.

Mathews carried the ball only two times for minus-8 yards the rest of the game. He’s still wearing a bulky brace to protect the injured knee, a sign that his stability returning from the injury is not 100 percent. The brace also appears to limit his mobility.

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers say Mathews is healthy and pointed out he did return to the game and did some nice things in pass protection. Keeping Mathews healthy this time of year was a priority for the Bolts and a reason they brought in Donald Brown. But it appears Mathews, between the brace and now his leg, is at least a little banged up heading into Week 15. As we've pointed out for a few weeks now, the SD running backs have tough matchups to close out their season and in the fantasy playoffs, which includes the Broncos Week 15 and at San Francisco Week 16.

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:18pm

Chargers Inactives
Jeff Baca G
Ronnie Brown RB
Ryan Carrethers DT
Dontrelle Inman WR
David Johnson TE
Cordarro Law DE
Damion Square DE