Chargers Fantasy News
Ryan Mathews played through a high ankle sprain
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 11:11am
A high ankle sprain carries a four-to-six week recovery timetable.
Ryan Mathews didn't miss one game.
The Chargers running back was clearly hobbled in the team's two playoff contests, not playing in the second half Sunday of a 24-17 loss to the Broncos. While Mathews declined to confirm, sources said his limitation was the result of a high ankle sprain.
If this is indeed the case, Mathews showed some toughness playing through the injury. Given how many owners he has burned through the years, his ADP will be interesting to watch heading into the 2014 season. He was the #10 RB from Week 6 on, so he'll merit consideration in the 3rd round.
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Titans hire Ken Whisenhunt as head coach
Monday, January 13, 2014, 8:31pm
Whisenhunt replaces Mike Munchak, who parted with the team after three seasons and a 22-26 record.
Whisenhunt led a revitalized Chargers offense led by QB Philip Rivers, RB Ryan Mathews and WR Keenan Allen. His first order of business will decide who is the future at QB. Jake Locker has been inconsistent, but the Titans hold the #11 pick. Ryan Fitzpatrick could hold down the fort for a year if necessary.
Ryan Mathews active for Chargers
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 3:58pm
Redskins hire Jay Gruden as HC
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 10:38am
Hue Jackson is expected to be promoted to OC of the Bengals.
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
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.
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
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.”
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
Sunday, January 5, 2014, 12:16pm