Chargers Fantasy News

Ryan Mathews expected to practice this week

Monday, November 10, 2014, 5:42pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers every-down running back Ryan Mathews is expected to return and practice this week.

Having all the injured playmakers back should give the San Diego Chargers, losers of three straight, a boost on both sides of the ball. But don’t tell that to Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, who said the rest of the team has to play better in order for those injured players to have an impact on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Ryan Mathews does not guarantee us 200 yards rushing,” McCoy said. “It’s the other 10 guys on the field that have to do their jobs better. We’ve talked about that as a football team. We ran the ball fairly well with No. 43 (Branden Oliver) back there plenty of times. We won five games without these guys."

Fantasy Impact:

Everyone seems to agree that Mathews will at least bring a physical presence back to the running game. Mathews could be eased back into a normal workload against the Raiders, but it seems reasonable to expect 15-18 carries a game for Mathews when he's back up to speed. Oliver could very well take on a Danny Woodhead-like role, but also proved a capable back to spell Mathews. Donald Brown was supposed to be that guy as the team looked to keep Mathews fresh for the playoffs. Mathews is certainly worth grabbing if he's still on your wire.

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Monday, November 10, 2014, 8:43am - [Full Article]

Mike Wallace is a deep ball receiver on a team without a great deep ball quarterback.

He has been watching his own Dolphins team find life one week and then quickly allow it to disappear the next. He has also been watching a quarterback he left behind, Ben Roethlisberger, find a career renaissance with Todd Haley in Pittsburgh.

Needless to say, he was not happy after the Dolphins' 20-16 loss on Sunday. Wallace had five catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. He has yet to crack 100 yards this season.

"We can't keep doing this on offense," Wallace said, via "We can't be up and down to be the team that we want to be. We have to be able to finish football games."

Fantasy Impact:

The team is just a week removed from a fantastic, 37-point performance against the Chargers and was coming off a three-game winning streak. The Lions were a tough opponent at home this week, ranking near the top in terms of not allowing fantasy production to several positions. But as the story pointed out, the frustration will linger as long as the Dolphins have talented players that aren't being used correctly, or to their full potential.

Dolphins Beat: 'Good chance' Lamar Miller plays Week 10

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 10:06am

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

The medical news was better for Lamar Miller, the Dolphins running back who sustained an AC joint sprain — more commonly known as a separated shoulder — against the Chargers. Miller is considered day to day, but there’s a good chance he will play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, the Miami Herald has learned.

Miller has started every game this year and is the team’s leading rusher at 518 yards on 106 carries (a 4.9 yards-per-rush average). With Knowshon Moreno already lost for the season, the Dolphins are perilously thin at the position. The other three running backs who have played for the Dolphins this year have collectively averaged just 3.1 yards per carry.

Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor provided no insight into Miller’s availability when he met with reporters Monday. But Lazor did not seem overly concerned about the prospect of playing without Miller, if that is the case.

Fantasy Impact:

Keep in mind it's not a great matchup for Miller as they travel to take on the Lions. Should the third-year back miss Sunday’s game in Detroit, the Dolphins would start either Daniel Thomas or Damien Williams, who finished Sunday’s game after Miller was injured. Be sure to check our rankings, but Miller is likely going to be a lower-end RB2 option.

Monday, November 3, 2014, 11:27am

ESPN - [Full Article]

One of the biggest issues for Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been his lack of consistency. But there are recent signs that show Tannehill is making strides in that department in his third season.

Tannehill has posted a 100.0 passer rating or better in three of his past five starts. He has been on his "A" game lately in victories over the Oakland Raiders (109.3 passer rating), Chicago Bears (123.6) and Sunday's 37-0 blowout win against the San Diego Chargers (125.6 rating). It's not a coincidence that Miami is 4-1 during this stretch where Tannehill is playing some of the best football of his career.

Miami’s starting quarterback impressively outdueled MVP candidate and Chargers Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. Tannehill completed 11 of his first 13 throws and produced back-to-back touchdown drives to start the game. He finished with 288 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

“Just getting more comfortable in the offense and getting out and playing. I think that’s been the biggest thing,” Tannehill said. “That, and guys around me are making plays. When that happens, obviously it elevates my play.”

Fantasy Impact:

Miami offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has done a good job of focusing on Tannehill's strengths, the story added. Lazor came over from the Eagles and was under Chip Kelly. The story went on to say the Dolphins rarely throw the deep the ball, which is an area Tannehill struggles. Tannehill had only one completion of 25 yards or more Sunday and the offense still produced 37 points. But Lazor has Tannehill throwing short and mid-range passes accurately while also using Tannehill's athleticism to run the football more and move the pocket. Tannehill had his fourth straight game with an explosive run of 20 yards or more.

Lamar Miller injures shoulder

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 5:30pm

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller injured his left shoulder on a 1-yard run in the third quarter.

Miller was examined on the sidelines and his return to the game was declared as questionable. But the Dolphins finished out the game without the team's leading rusher, who contributed 49 rushing yards and one touchdown on his 11 carries, and caught one pass for 8-yards against the Chargers.

Miller's health is critical to the Dolphins' success because he's rushed for 518 yards and five touchdowns on 106 carries this season, and is the driving force behind one of the NFL's best rushing attacks.

Fantasy Impact:

The Dolphins have Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams on the 53-man roster, and LaMichael Thomas and Orleans Darkwa on the practice squad. If Miller isn't healthy enough to play in next Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions the Dolphins will likely have to promote Thomas or Darkwa to the 53-man roster, the story said. Reports also added that Miller couldn't lift his shoulder on the sideline during tests so this is a situation to monitor heading into Week 10.

Philip Rivers hand injury not serious

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 5:26pm

Ricky Henne on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers QB Philip Rivers suffered a hand injury.

Fantasy Impact: reported Chargers HC Mike McCoy said the injury isn't serious and Rivers was already coming out of the game in what was a blowout loss. The Chargers have a bye in Week 10 and it's assumed Rivers will be fine for Week 11.

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9:16pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Arizona Cardinals have elevated running back Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad and released defensive tackle Bruce Gaston.

Williams has been on the practice squad since signing with the Cardinals on Sept. 18. The former Utah State back was released by the San Diego Chargers on Aug. 25.

Fantasy Impact:

The move comes with running back Stepfan Taylor out two to four weeks with a calf injury. Arizona has three other backs on the 53-man roster — Andre Ellington, Robert Hughes and Marion Grice.

Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 9. Brown makes his return after missing more than three weeks with a concussion. His presence will put a dent in Branden Oliver’s workload, though we expect Oliver to remain the lead back.

Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, out) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is out for Week 9. It looks like Mathews will try to return in Week 11, after the team’s Week 10 bye. He should return to his lead back role with Branden Oliver moving to a Danny Woodhead-type role on third downs and in the hurry-up offense.

Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm

Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 9. Clay is good to go for a poor matchup against the Chargers, who are #4 in TE aFPA.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Brown is on track to play in Week 9. His presence will put a dent in Branden Oliver’s workload, though we expect Oliver to remain the lead back.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) missed practice again Thursday. It looks like Mathews will try to return in Week 11, after the team’s Week 10 bye.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday. It looks like Brown is on track to play in Week 9. His presence will put a dent in Branden Oliver’s workload, though we expect Oliver to remain the lead back.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Wednesday. It looks like Mathews will try to return in Week 11, after the team’s Week 10 bye.

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:34pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Saints have added a third tailback for Sunday night’s game vs. Green Bay.

The club promoted running back Edwin Baker from the practice squad on Saturday. To make room for Baker, the Saints released tight end Tom Crabtree. Both moves were announced on the NFL’s transaction wire.

The 23-year-old Baker signed with the Saints’ practice squad in September. He has played in three regular season games, all with the Browns at the end of 2013. In that three-game span, Baker rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries and caught eight passes for 57 yards. He started Cleveland’s final two contests.

In addition to playing for Cleveland, Baker has had stints with the Chargers, Broncos and Texans. A Michigan State product, Baker was a seventh-round pick of San Diego in 2012.

Fantasy Impact:

Baker will back up Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet for New Orleans, which has ruled out tailbacks Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson.