Chargers Fantasy News

Monday, October 6, 2014, 8:41am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Geno Smith is having a fortnight to forget.

A week after cursing out a fan after a home loss, Smith got benched at halftime as the Jets were blanked by the Chargers in embarrassing fashion. After the disastrous performance we found out that playing time wasn't all the quarterback missed this weekend in San Diego.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Sunday night that Smith missed team meetings on Saturday before the game.

A team spokesman confirmed Smith's absenteeism to the NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport calling it an "honest mistake" perhaps due to the 3-hour time change. The spokesman said Smith arrived 5-10 minutes after the meetings ended and caught up on info later with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. It was the first time Smith has missed a meeting, per the team. Rapaport added, per a team source, that players were surprised and frustrated he missed the meeting and didn't understand why he wasn't disciplined.

Fantasy Impact:

It hasn't been a good stretch for Smith. Perhaps helping his cause was Michael Vick was just as bad in the second half against the Chargers that the team is turning back to Smith in Week 6 against the Broncos.

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Donald Brown suffers concussion

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 8:12pm

Ricky Henne on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Donald Brown did not return with a concussion.

Fantasy Impact:

Branden Oliver will be a hot pickup this week and looked great against what was supposed to be a top-notch Jets run defense. We saw signs from Oliver last week when Brown struggled against the Jags. The Chargers get a great matchup at Oakland in Week 6. Shaun Draughn was signed as insurance last week and could see time as well, but if Brown can't go Oliver is already shaping up as a solid play.

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 3:11pm

Chargers Inactives
Jeremiah Attaochu OLB
Dontrelle Inman WR
Ryan Mathews RB
Rich Ohrnberger C
Manti Te'o ILB
Reggie Walker OLB
Shareece Wright CB

Fantasy Impact:

TE Ladarius Green returns from injury.

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:20pm

Tribune Review - [Full Article]

There was a time not long ago that no football team ran plays out of the pistol formation. In fact, there was no such thing until longtime Nevada coach Chris Ault designed the formation about a decade ago.

Now the pistol is everywhere, including the Jacksonville Jaguars' playbook.

With Chad Henne first and now Blake Bortles, the Jaguars have used the pistol formation plenty, but the most successful play has been the strong left motion 3 wide pistol zone stretch — a running play that isn't easy to defend.

Bortles — the Jaguars' first-round pick in May — ran out of the pistol formation, especially with the outside zone concept, with success last week against the San Diego Chargers.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took notice of the difference between Bortles and Henne heading the pistol.

“They do some shotgun and pistol-like plays, some quarterback keeps and zone read stuff that really slows you down a little bit defensively,” Tomlin said. “Or at the very least it makes you acknowledge some of the responsibility football associated with some of that multi-dimensional offensive attacks like that.”

Fantasy Impact:

As the story points out, in the pistol formation, the quarterback lines up 4 yards behind the center, which is much closer than the 7-yard setback in a traditional shotgun formation. The running back lines up 3 yards directly behind the quarterback at tailback. The pistol is used for a number of reasons: It makes the defense defend both sides of the formation. It can spread the field by formation. It can use the quarterback as a runner. It can use the quick passing game to keep defenders out of the box. It's becoming a more popular formation in the NFL because it can freeze defenses with a mix of downhill rush plays and wide-open passing from the same formation.

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:12pm

Jets.com - [Full Article]

Injuries to Jets wide receivers Eric Decker and David Nelson have meant an expanded role for newly signed T.J. Graham in practice.

“Luckily for me, the system is pretty much stuff I’ve learned from college to my first year in the NFL,” Graham said after today's practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. “There’s a lot of carryover so I’m just trying to put routes with verbiage that I know and getting the timing down with Geno.”

Fantasy Impact:

Even with Decker and Nelson questionable for this week, Graham may not be active against the Chargers. But he seems to be picking up the system well and the team likes what they've seen of him, cutting 4th round draft pick Jalen Saunders to sign him. Given the struggles of the Jets WRs, it's at least worth nothing.

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9:06pm

Jets.com - [Full Article]

It's true that the Jets wide receiving corps has a few "knicks and knacks" that could limit or sideline players like Eric Decker (hamstring) and David Nelson (ankle) for Sunday's game at San Diego.

It's also true that the wideouts have a secret weapon to attack the Chargers secondary, a player who in fact leads all NFL wide receivers after one quarter of the season in both yards/catch and YAC average.

His name: Greg Salas.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a small sample size for Salas. He's averaging about 25 plays per game and has only been targeted 12 times with five catches. He's averaging 25.6 yards a catch though. With both Decker and Nelson questionable, Salas has a chance for more playing time but is still ranked just 79th on our list. Even if he sees more time, it's a tough matchup against the Chargers.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 11:05pm

Eric Williams, Chargers - [Full Article]

With the Chargers posting a league-worst 2.4 yards per carry though four games, expect undrafted rookie free agent Branden Oliver to receive more touches against the New York Jets' rugged run defense. With Oliver's ability to pick up the offense, in pass protection and in the run game, he has earned the trust of QB Philip Rivers. In just 18 plays against Jacksonville on Sunday, Oliver had 13 touches for 56 yards. Oliver is more elusive than Donald Brown and stands a chance to gain more yards if San Diego continues to struggle with blocking up front.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 5. Johnson should be fine to face the Chargers, though Chris Ivory is the better start.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 5. It’s going to be a committee of Donald Brown and Branden Oliver until Mathews gets back. The Chargers are having trouble running the ball and aren’t going to find much room against the Jets’ stout defense.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (illness) was removed from the injury report Friday after taking full practice reps Thursday. Floyd looks like he’s on track to play in a nice matchup with the Jets. He has offered top 30 numbers every week except for his Week 2 matchup with the Seahawks. He’s a Sneaky Start against the Jets.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 5. Green was active in Week 4, but did not play. Until he starts to get quality playing time, it’s extremely difficult to trust him as a fantasy start.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Johnson should be fine to face the Chargers.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) missed practice again Thursday. It’s going to be a committee of Donald Brown and Branden Oliver until Mathews gets back.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (illness) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Floyd looks like he’s on track to play in a nice matchup with the Jets.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (hamstring) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Green was active in Week 4, but did not play. Until he starts to get quality playing time, it’s extremely difficult to trust him as a fantasy start.