Chargers Fantasy News

49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) 'on pace to play' in Week 16

Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Coach Jim Harbaugh said on Thursday that Gore is passing through the concussion protocol and is on pace to play Saturday night against the San Diego Chargers. Gore missed the entire second half of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with a concussion.

Fantasy Impact:

Gore may see a bigger than usual workload with Carlos Hyde out. Alfonso Smith should serve as Gore's primary backup.

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Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. It’s a bad matchup and he’ll be without his top receiver, Keenan Allen, and his top running back, Ryan Mathews.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. With Mathews sidelined, Branden Oliver led the team in touches (16) and yards (70), but Donald Brown actually played more snaps due to his role in the passing game.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (collarbone, ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and Seyi Ajirotutu will see a bump with Allen sidelined. Ajirotutu played 62 percent of the snaps in Week 15, which was the first time all year that he cracked the 35 percent mark. Floyd and Royal seem to be the best fantasy bets, however.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, concussion, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 16. Green could play more snaps than usual with Keenan Allen sidelined.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back) did not practice Wednesday. It’s a bad matchup and he’ll be without his top receiver, Keenan Allen.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews “wasn’t considered close to playing” in Week 15, per beat writer Michael Gehlken, so we consider him doubtful for Week 16. With Mathews sidelined, Branden Oliver led the team in touches (16) and yards (70), but Donald Brown actually played more snaps due to his role in the passing game.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (collarbone, ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Allen won’t play this week. Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and Seyi Ajirotutu will see a bump with Allen sidelined. Ajirotutu played 62 percent of the snaps in Week 15, which was the first time all year that he cracked the 35 percent mark. Floyd and Royal seem to be the best fantasy bets, however.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Green was back at practice on Thursday and could play more in Week 16 with Keenan Allen sidelined.

Carlos Hyde, Frank Gore don't practice for 49ers

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 8:46pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Running back Frank Gore did not participate in practice on Tuesday, as he arrived at the team facility after a visit to a doctor as part of the NFL’s protocol on concussions.

Gore must pass the designated steps in order to be available for the 49ers’ game Saturday night against the San Diego Chargers.

Gore did not play in the second half of the 49ers’ 17-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday after sustaining a concussion in the second quarter while blocking linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Fantasy Impact:

The story also said backup running back Carlos Hyde was also not seen on the field at the beginning of practice after sustaining right ankle and back injuries on a third-quarter play during Week 15. Right now, Alfonso Smith and Bruce Miller are the only other RBs on the 49ers roster. The 49ers play the Chargers on Saturday night so both backs lose a day as they try to get back on the field.

Keenan Allen (collarbone, ankle) taking it 'week by week'

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 8:40pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Keenan Allen [broken collarbone and ankle injury] is not considered a candidate for injured reserve. He hasn't undergone surgery to repair the bone, and no such procedure is currently planned.

The 22-year-old said Tuesday he's "taking it week by week."

Fantasy Impact:

Allen is out for Week 16 at San Francisco, however. Allen said he felt pain, but, having played through a right shoulder injury for much of last season, figured he aggravated an old ailment and continued. When he caught a 7-yard pass on the ensuing snap, his right leg bent awkwardly beneath Harris when tackled. The latter injury forced Allen off and on the field before he exited in the third quarter for good. Allen reported the shoulder pain Monday morning, according to the story.

Ryan Mathews not practicing Tuesday

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 2:53pm

Michael Gehlken on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) not practicing Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Gehlken added that Mathews wasn't really considered close to being able to play in Week 15. Donald Brown and Branden Oliver stand to see more action if Mathews is out. We think Oliver should see a bulk of the carries with Brown more involved in the passing game.

Kennan Allen has broken collarbone, ankle injury

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 2:49pm

Chargers.com - [Full Article]

Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen suffered a broken collarbone along with an ankle injury in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos and is not expected to play Saturday when the Chargers head north to face the San Francisco 49ers.

Fantasy Impact:

Allen leads the Bolts in receptions (77) and yards (783), and has hauled in four touchdowns. After a very slow start to the season in terms of fantasy numbers, Allen had picked it up as of late during his sophomore season. There wasn't any more information available, but it would likely take a long playoff run to see Allen back on the field this season. Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and Antonio Gates could see more targets, and it's possible the Bolts go to more two TE sets, something they briefly used last year, and bust out Ladarius Green. At WR, Seyi Ajirotutu and Dontrelle Inman are next up on the depth chart.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 12:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

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.

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.