Chargers Fantasy News

Ryan Mathews played through a high ankle sprain
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 11:11am

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Tennessee Titans have hired San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach.

Whisenhunt replaces Mike Munchak, who parted with the team after three seasons and a 22-26 record.

Fantasy Impact:

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

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

Bengals - [Full Article]

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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