Chargers Fantasy News

Ryan Mathews active for Chargers
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 3:58pm

Chargers Inactives
Jeromey Clary G
Marcus Cromartie DB
Lavelle Hawkins WR
Sean Lissemore NT
Brad Sorensen QB
Brandon Taylor S
Kenny Wiggins T

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan Mathews is active for the Chargers and will start, but is not 100%, dealing with a left ankle injury.

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Redskins hire Jay Gruden as HC
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 10:38am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bengals OC Jay Gruden has agreed to become the next head coach of the Washington Redskins, per league source.

Hue Jackson is expected to be promoted to OC of the Bengals.

Fantasy Impact:

It hasn't ended well for Gruden's predecessors in D.C., but he's going to jump on the opportunity for a head coaching job after three seasons as the Bengals' offensive coordinator. Despite an ugly flameout against the Chargers on Sunday, the Bengals offense has improved under Gruden's guidance. However, some fantasy owners were frustrated by his (lack of) usage of rookie RB Giovanni Bernard and second-year WR Marvin Jones. As for Jackson, he has run productive offenses before, including the Raiders in 2010 and 2011. Oakland was top 10 in yards gained in those two seasons under Jackson's guidance.

Marvin Jones's playing time increased in stretch run
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 11:56am

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Bengals WR Marvin Jones played on an average of 43 percent of his teams snaps in his first 13 games of the season. Over his final four games, including a Wild Card playoff loss to the Chargers, he played on an average of 68 percent of snaps.

Fantasy Impact:

As his snaps increased, so did his targets. He averaged 4.4 targets through 13 games compared to 8.8 targets in the final four games of the season, including 12 targets against the Chargers in the playoffs. After a season of frustrating usage, it appears that the Cincinnati coaching staff has finally recognized that Jones deserves to play starter's snaps. Entering his third season, he's going to be an intriguing middle round pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.

Mathews: "My mindset is I'm playing"
Monday, January 6, 2014, 11:35am

San Diego Union Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews did what he could Sunday.

An ankle injury that's slowed him the past two weeks could be played on for so long. He was out most of the second half.

“My mindset is I'm playing (against Denver),” said Mathews, who praised the work of the team's running backs. “We keep fighting. Coach (Mike) McCoy says it all the time. It's the next man up. We're all ready.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's interesting that Mathews just didn't say "I'm playing," since that's what most overly optimistic players would say at this point in the season. We'll watch his practice activity, but he may not be able to go against the Broncos.

Ryan Mathews re-aggravates ankle injury
Sunday, January 5, 2014, 10:03pm

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Chargers RB Ryan Mathews missed much of the second half of Sunday's win after re-aggravating his ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews did not play during much of the third and fourth quarter while the Chargers were in clear drain-the-clock mode. Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown handled rushing duties with Mathews sidelined. He finished with 15 touches for 64 yards.

Sunday, January 5, 2014, 12:16pm

Chargers Inactives
Marcus Cromartie DB
Lavelle Hawkins WR
Sean Lissemore NT
Stephen Schilling G
Brad Sorensen QB
Brandon Taylor S
Kenny Wiggins T

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Browns fire Rob Chudzinski
Monday, December 30, 2013, 12:44pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Cleveland Browns fired coach Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night.

Less than a year after touting Chudzinski as one of the bright young coaches in the NFL and a guy CEO Joe Banner said he had his eye on for a long time, the Browns let him go after one season as coach.

The Browns still owe Chudzinski $10.5 million, league sources told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.

Fantasy Impact:

Cleveland plans to commence its head coaching search immediately, with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt expected to be among the candidates, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Sunday, December 29, 2013, 3:31pm

Chargers Inactives
Marcus Cromartie DB
Kwame Geathers NT
Lavelle Hawkins WR
Stephen Schilling G
Brad Sorensen QB
Brandon Taylor S
Kenny Wiggins T

Fantasy Impact:

With the Ravens & Dolphins behind in the early games, it's looking possible that the Chargers could be in a win-or-go home situation at 4:30. If one of those teams were to come back to win, Ryan Mathews could be rested in a meaningless game.