Chargers Fantasy News

Monday, June 16, 2014, 11:12am

ESPN - [Full Article]

After a year dealing with a nagging toe injury that would not allow him to practice during the regular season, San Diego Chargers receiver Eddie Royal is pleased to be back on the practice field on a regular basis. "It's very important," Royal said. "I'm seeing that now. Just the little improvements I've made with my footwork, and other little things that I wasn't able to do last year -- the ins and outs of running routes based on different coverages -- it's been big for me so far."

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Kendall Wright working to break more tackles

Monday, June 16, 2014, 10:34am

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

"I am not satisfied," Titans WR Kendall Wright said. "I know I am a better football player and I have room to get better. I can easily do a whole lot better." Specifically, he wants to break a lot more tackles. He feels like if he'd been more slippery, his yardage total could have been even more staggering on his 94 catches, which ranked seventh in the NFL. "Some of the short passes that I caught, I maybe let the first person tackle me," Wright said. "I have to break that tackle and get way more yards than I did. And that is what I am working on — my explosiveness. It is great to get 1,000 yards. But I want to do a whole lot more after the catch. I need to make more guys miss."

Fantasy Impact:
Wright caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards, but only found the endzone twice. He’s not likely to become a major force in the redzone, though new HC Ken Whisenhunt had success around the goal line with a similar player (Eddie Royal) in San Diego. Royal scored six of his eight TDs from inside the 15-yard line (typically on quick screens), so Whisenhunt may elect to use Wright in the same way.

Justin Hunter should be on the field a 'majority of the time'

Friday, June 13, 2014, 11:50am

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

Titans WR Justin Hunter let us in on a little secret the other day. Asked about the difference between the Titans' new offense and the one they ran last year, Hunter said: "We're throwing it downfield a little more." A couple of thoughts: Maybe the Titans plan to throw the ball downfield with greater regularity because that's HC Ken Whisenhunt's philosophy. Or maybe they'll throw downfield more because Hunter, now a second-year pro, gives them another serious playmaking option in the passing game. Most likely, it's a combination of the two. The offense is evolving. Hunter is developing. It's a good match. Whisenhunt's preference for three-wide receiver formations (that was the primary alignment in San Diego last season when Whisenhunt was offensive coordinator), Hunter should be on the field with Wright and Nate Washington a majority of the time.

Fantasy Impact:
As a rookie, Hunter checked in with the #18 FP/T (1.41), which is encouraging. He only played 36% of the team’s snaps, while Washington played 82%. The good news is that under then-OC Ken Whisenhunt, Keenan Allen, Vincent Brown and Eddie Royal all played at least 67% of the Chargers’ snaps. So with Whiz calling the plays in Tennessee, there may be room for both Washington and Hunter in the lineup.

Bishop Sankey returns to practice

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 5:44pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

Titans RB Bishop Sankey, a second-round pick out of Washington, missed the first nine days of organized team activities because NFL rules prohibited him from practicing as he finished his school commitments. "Mentally he is in good shape, but physically when he gets on the field, the speed, he is not there yet. So that is going to take some time to adjust to, and you can see it," HC Ken Whisenhunt said. "You can talk to him and he can tell you what he is doing, but when those guys are moving around. … "I think one thing that is very evident is you are pleased with his movement skills and the way he is coming in here. He looks good. You can tell he has natural vision, runs the ball really well and you like that. I am excited to see what he can do in minicamp and (training) camp."

Fantasy Impact:
We’re projecting Sankey to be the clear RB1 in Tennessee after the Titans took him as the first back in the draft. He’s a versatile back who doesn’t have much competition for touches. The last 13 rookies who were the top drafted RB in their class and joined a backfield with a lackluster incumbent averaged 18.2 touches for 83.1 yards and 0.55 TD, or 11.6 fantasy points per game. That’s about what Ryan Mathews averaged as the #12 RB in 2013.

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 11:06am

Philly Mag - [Full Article]

On the hype surrounding Eagles WR Jordan Matthews... In the past decade, four rookie wide receivers - Michael Clayton, A.J. Green, Keenan Allen and Marques Colston - have had 1,000-yard seasons. Five - Eddie Royal, Clayton, Allen, Dwayne Bowe and Colston - have had 70+ catches. And there's this one from Brent Cohen of Eagles Rewind: 49 receivers have been taken in the second round since 2000 and played at least 10 games as rookies. Average receiving yards for that group has been 437. All of those numbers are meant for context, and players buck trends all the time. But a really good season for Matthews would be replicating what Riley Cooper did last season, not DeSean Jackson.

Fantasy Impact:
Matthews will likely see snaps in the slot (at least) this season. Jeremy Maclin is working his way back from an ACL injury and Riley Cooper is solid, but unspectacular. There is opportunity in this offense if Matthews has a great summer, and by most accounts he has.

Hamilton: Trent Richardson faced 'tough looks' in 2013

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 10:42am

Indianapolis Colts - [Full Article]

“(Trent Richardson is) one of the guys who has benefited tremendously from the classroom time,” said Colts OC Pep Hamilton. “It was ambitious to think he could come in in week three last year, pick it up and hit the ground running. “It was one of those situations where the defense knew when we put him in the game, more than likely we were running the ball. They were packing the box, and he was faced with some tremendously tough looks.” Hamilton speaks from experience for the need to have multiple backs. A pecking order and delineation of duty is not something for the moment. “The guys we have are very capable of making the big plays. Trent is plenty explosive enough, as well as (Ahmad Bradshaw) and (Vick Ballard),” said Hamilton. “Those guys are versatile enough to play on first, second and third down. “We know how long the season is. We’re going to need all our guys at some point during the season. We’re not at the point where we have to decide on a rotation or a specific role for anybody in our offense. We’re just working to make sure we continue to grow and put a winning product on the field.”

Fantasy Impact:
Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw while Vick Ballard is working his way back from a knee injury.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 10:23am

Titans Online - [Full Article]

Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt was asked how much can be expected of Bishop Sankey on his first day back since a rookie minicamp in May. (He has been finishing up his school requirements at the University of Washington.) “Would I like to think he’s ready? Yes,” Whisenhunt said. “Do I think he’s ready? No, but hopefully he’s been looking at the video and staying up with the scripts. I know he’s talked to (running backs coach Sylvester) Croom a few times, so hopefully it will help him with the adjustment. He’ll get some good reps here Thursday and hopefully with the minicamp.” Whisenhunt said training camp is the target return for Shonn Greene.

Fantasy Impact:
We’re projecting Sankey to be the clear RB1 in Tennessee after the Titans took him as the first back in the draft. He’s a versatile back who doesn’t have much competition for touches. The last 13 rookies who were the top drafted RB in their class and joined a backfield with a lackluster incumbent averaged 18.2 touches for 83.1 yards and 0.55 TD, or 11.6 fantasy points per game. That’s about what Ryan Mathews averaged as the #12 RB in 2013.

Friday, June 6, 2014, 2:56pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

One of the primary beneficiaries of the Chargers' no-huddle attack will be Ladarius Green, who was limited to a deep threat role as the No. 2 tight end last season. Bucky Brooks believes Green is ready to outproduce Antonio Gates as long as OC Frank Reich uses more two-tight end sets this season. The Bolts need Green's speed and playmaking ability down the seam to complement Keenan Allen on the outside.

Fantasy Impact:
This sounds good, but there's no guarantee that the team will run more two-TE sets. This sounds more like conjecture than a solid prediction at this point. Stay tuned.

Chargers to use more no-huddle offense

Friday, June 6, 2014, 2:55pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

We have reason to believe Philip Rivers will be running Peyton Manning's old Colts offense in 2014. On Friday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast," NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks revealed that Rivers is running the same heavy no-huddle scheme that the Colts used when new Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich was Manning's position coach in Indianapolis. "I think they're going to give Phillip Rivers more leeway than he's ever had," Brooks explained. "I think you're going to see them play at a pace that we haven't seen them play at, and I think they're ramping up and they'll be far more exciting than we're used to seeing the Chargers in terms of passing." That faster pace should lead to more plays and scoring opportunities while limiting defensive substitutions, in similar fashion to offenses run by the Broncos, Patriots and Eagles.

Fantasy Impact:
If successful, this could benefit the entire Charger offense.

Titans likely to utilize shotgun formation

Friday, June 6, 2014, 2:10pm

The Tennesseean - [Full Article]

Don't be surprised to see the Titans make more extensive use of the shotgun formation this season – based on Ken Whisenhunt's recent track record and Jake Locker's success out of the formation in 2013. When Whisenhunt was offensive coordinator for the Chargers last year, quarterback Philip Rivers threw 499 passes out of the shotgun, the fourth-highest figure in the league behind Peyton Manning (566), Matt Stafford (541) and Matt Ryan (504). In 2013, Locker connected on 88-of-138 attempts while in the shotgun (63.8 percent), totaling 964 passing yards, seven touchdowns and just two interceptions. His 95.2 passer rating while in the shotgun was the eighth-best figure in the league, just three notches below that of Rivers.

Fantasy Impact:
Locker has averaged 15.1 FP in 16 career starts. That extrapolates to 241 points over a 16-game season, or about what Ryan Tannehill scored as the #16 QB in 2013. Health has been his biggest problem, but if he can stay upright, he could grow in Ken Whisenhunt’s offense.

Friday, June 6, 2014, 2:00pm

San Diego Union Tribune - [Full Article]

Last year, Chargers HC Mike McCoy and his staff trained the entire offense to become adept at quick strikes, via options to counter pressure. Equipping the brainy Philip Rivers, coaches installed a no-huddle offense that could proceed at a variety of speeds. They also expanded the quarterback's freedom to call and change plays. The previous year, McCoy worked with Peyton Manning, a master of the no-huddle and the quick pass. McCoy said last November that some of the system's components that worked with the Broncos and with Rivers also were effective in Carolina, where quarterback Jake Delhomme guided the Panthers to a Super Bowl. It wasn't that Rivers encountered less pressure last season, but that he handled it much better.

Fantasy Impact:
This is the first time that we've heard the term "brainy" used to describe Rivers, but the proof is in the pudding. He was written off by many after a substandard 2012 campaign, but he bounced back in a big way with a #5 finish in 2013. In fact, he has finished in the top 10 in five of his last six seasons. Malcom Floyd has been cleared to play, so the receiving corps will get a boost. The only concern is the loss of OC Ken Whisenhunt, who assisted Rivers in his bounce back season. He should be a good value in the middle rounds for owners who want to wait on the position.

Malcom Floyd 'real impressive' during OTAs

Friday, June 6, 2014, 1:43pm

San Diego Union Tribune - [Full Article]

When asked who will start opposite Keenan Allen, Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken replied, "Tough to match Malcom Floyd when healthy. He's been real impressive during OTAs."

Fantasy Impact:
From 2010 to 2012, Floyd finished #36, #32 and #36 as the second or third option in San Diego. He returns from a neck injury at the age of 32 (turning 33 in September) and will compete with Vincent Brown to be the team’s WR2 opposite Keenan Allen. Brown flopped in a starting role (scoring just 0.06 FP per snap) last year, so the job is Floyd’s for the taking. If he’s starting and can stays healthy (a rather big “if”), he should be fantasy relevant once again in 2014.

Malcom Floyd 'looking like his old self'

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 12:03pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers WR Keenan Allen should benefit from the return of Malcom Floyd. The 6-5, 225-pound receiver has been a surprise addition for the Chargers, returning from a serious neck injury and looking like his old self during offseason work.

Fantasy Impact:
From 2010 to 2012, Floyd finished #36, #32 and #36 as the second or third option in San Diego. He returns from a neck injury at the age of 32 (turning 33 in September) and will compete with Vincent Brown to be the team’s WR2 opposite Keenan Allen. Brown flopped in a starting role (scoring just 0.06 FP per snap) last year, so the job is Floyd’s for the taking. If he’s starting and can stays healthy (a rather big “if”), he should be fantasy relevant once again in 2014.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:25am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Veteran backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is the latest member of the Colts to express confidence in RB Trent Richardson, relating T-Rich's struggles to those of former teammate Marshawn Lynch while settling into Seattle after a 2010 midseason trade. "Marshawn's numbers weren't spectacular either," Hasselbeck said Monday, via the team's official website. "Everyone in the locker room understood he was doing the best he could and was working really hard. "It's very similar to Trent. He came in in tough circumstances. We say these OTAs matter and training camp matter and preseason matters. To put unrealistic expectations on him after he missed all that with us (was unfortunate). I would definitely expect his numbers to look better this year."

Fantasy Impact:
Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw while Vick Ballard is back from a knee injury. As the #22 RB off the board in the 5th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.

Monday, June 2, 2014, 2:11pm

San Diego Union Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers TE Ladarius Green knows the areas in which he must improve. Blocking is an important one. He trained this offseason in North Miami Beach with Pete Bommarito of Bommarito Performance Systems. Some of Green's biggest strides, Bommarito said, came in his movement in and out of breaks. But Green also took to the mixed martial arts training that focused on hand usage and leverage, two skills that can translate onto the football field under new tight ends coach Pete Metzelaars.

Fantasy Impact:
Green played 33% of snaps on the season, but played 40%+ in the final six games, indicating that the team likes what he brings to the table. He's still playing behind Antonio Gates, so it's surprising to see him going ahead of Gates in early fantasy drafts. He does have upside, but it's hard to see him posting TE1 numbers without an injury to Gates.