Chargers Fantasy News

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 14. Rivers continues to practice in full. He should post good numbers against New England.

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Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Thursday and is questionable for Week 14. Vereen should be fine for his passing down role against the Chargers.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Vereen should be fine for his passing down role against the Chargers.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 12:55pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Since Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro lost a fumble during a Nov. 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the fourth-round draft pick only has three carries for 10 yards.

Taliaferro, who has been active and playing on special teams each week, has no carries in the past two games. Overall, he has rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns this season, including 91 yards and a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns and two touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this season.

Is Taliaferro in coach John Harbaugh's doghouse? Harbaugh insisted Monday that the reason Taliaferro is playing sparingly on offense isn't punitive measure.

Instead, Harbaugh emphasized that the emergence of running back Justin Forsett is the primary factor that's preventing Taliaferro from being more involved on the offense.

“If you look at it, no one has many carries besides Justin,” Harbaugh said. “You’ll see Lorenzo, without question. There’s no punishment going on there. I just think it’s been Justin has been playing so well, but Lorenzo has to be there for us, especially down the stretch here.”

Fantasy Impact:

Backup running back Bernard Pierce had six carries for 16 yards during a loss Sunday to the San Diego Chargers. Forsett has been a nice surprise for the Ravens run game after losing Ray Rice and Pierce struggling to fill in. Forsett stepped up and hasn't looked back and is the clear fantasy option in this backfield.

Torrey Smith's knee injury not serious, day-to-day

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 11:32am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is “day to day” after landing on his right knee while trying to catch a pass in the end zone late in Sunday's game.

Although Smith grabbed his right knee and didn't return for the Ravens' final series of a 34-33 loss to the San Diego Chargers, coach John Harbaugh downplayed the severity of the injury Monday and predicted that the former Maryland standout will be preparing for next Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. Smith declined to comment on the injury after the game, but he was limping.

“Torrey really didn't have anything too serious,” Harbaugh said Monday. “I don't even know how to describe it right now. He'll just be getting ready for Miami. I guess I'd call him day to day.”

Fantasy Impact:

Smith caught six passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns against the Chargers. He has seven touchdowns in the past seven games. It looks like good news for owners that he could be ready to go in Week 14. The Ravens will likely need Smith with Marlon Brown going through concussion protocol. Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro has missed the past four games with a pulled hamstring, but is expected to be available to play against the Dolphins.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13. Mathews is expected to play in a tough matchup against the Ravens. He’s a low-end RB2 this week.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. Mathews is expected to play in a tough matchup against the Ravens. He’s a low-end RB2 this week.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe) practiced fully Wednesday.

Ryan Mathews (shoulder) injured, but returns in Week 12

Monday, November 24, 2014, 9:20am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

With Ryan Mathews having missed so much time and the confidence existing in his backfield mates, the Chargers were committed to a rotation at the position, possibly to a fault. Mathews was rotated out following a 19-yard run in the second quarter, and the drive stalled shortly thereafter with a quarterback Philip Rivers interception on third-and-goal.

For that matter, Mathews spent much of the second quarter on the sideline, as the Chargers were in their two-minute offense to end it.

He was the offense's central point to begin the third quarter, capped the team's opening drive with a 32-yard touchdown. The scoring run was the longest of his career.
Mathews exited with a shoulder injury when at least one player, perhaps two, fell on top of him. He returned late in the fourth quarter.

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers are committed to keep Mathews fresh and healthy, although that didn't seem to help this week. But they want Donald Brown and now Branden Oliver to get their work so Mathews is ready to go at key parts of the game, and perhaps more importantly, in the playoffs. Mathews was banged up last year after a stretch of 20-plus carries to end the season and wasn't himself in the postseason. As a result, Mathews' fantasy value will likely be capped, but so far he's making the most of his touches. It's also not a friendly SOS pretty much the rest of the season.

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:39pm

Chargers Inactives
Jahleel Addae DB
Ronnie Brown RB
Ryan Carrethers DT
Dontrelle Inman WR
Rich Ohrnberger C
Damion Square DE
Reggie Walker OLB

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. Antonio Gates made some headlines when he said that Rivers is playing through a “very severe rib injury.” Rivers should be fine for a pretty good matchup with the Rams, though Peyton Manning had trouble against St. Louis last week, and Rivers only has one touchdown pass (versus three interceptions) in his last two games.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Rams TE Jared Cook (back, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 12. Cook may play against the Chargers, but he’s not good enough to ignore red flags like back injuries and bad matchups.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers claims there was no rib injury

Friday, November 21, 2014, 11:39am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers QB Philip Rivers clarified his injury status this week, saying he suffered a chest injury falling onto the ball during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game on a sack by Khalil Mack. Rivers said he's been dealing with general soreness, like all players, this time of year, and clarified that Antonio Gates' comments were an attempt to protect his quarterback from criticism for his uneven play the past four weeks. Inconsistent pass protection and a lack of a running game have been more of a contributing factor to Rivers' struggling performance of late.

Fantasy Impact:

We're not sure who to believe here. Gates said that Rivers has been dealing with a "very severe rib injury," which makes it sound like it was an ongoing issue, not the chest injury that Rivers is describing from Week 11. Rivers' matchup with the Rams looks good on paper, but St. Louis just shut down the Broncos' passing game, so it's tough to be too optimistic about Rivers this week.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest) practiced fully Wednesday. Antonio Gates made some headlines when he said that Rivers is playing through a “very severe rib injury.” Rivers should be fine for a pretty good matchup with the Rams, though Peyton Manning had trouble against St. Louis last week, and Rivers only has one touchdown pass (versus three interceptions) in his last two games.