Chargers Fantasy News

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.

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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.

Malcom Floyd 'cleared for everything'
Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 4:44pm

Michael Gehlken, Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd said he was told by doctor: "Cleared for contact. Cleared for everything. There are no risks. I'm good to go."

Fantasy Impact:

Floyd could re-emerge as the Chargers' WR2 if he can beat out Vincent Brown and Eddie Royal, which shouldn't be too hard, though Floyd is no spring chicken. He'll be fantasy relevant if he's getting starter's snaps.

Beat: Shonn Greene needs to 'prove his worth' in camp
Monday, May 26, 2014, 1:06pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt on RB Shonn Greene:

The Titans already did away with one running back from a year ago in Chris Johnson, so would they really consider sending another one packing? I haven't heard any buzz suggesting it could happen, but let's just say stranger things have happened. This much is known: Greene was underwhelming in 2013, and he recently had a second knee surgery. He's scheduled to earn $2.3 million in 2014, and that's not chump change. The Titans drafted Bishop Sankey, and the team plans to use Dexter McCluster in the backfield. A big back is on board in Jackie Battle, and undrafted rookie Antonio Andrews of Western Kentucky is no slouch. Greene won't take part in the OTAs, so he'll need to prove his worth in camp.

Fantasy Impact:

We're projecting Sankey to be the clear RB1 after the Titans took him as the first back in the draft. The last 13 rookies who were the top drafted RB in their class while joining 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. For more on Sankey's potential production, see The Rookie Rundown.

Hue Jackson sees Marvin Jones as clear WR2
Friday, May 23, 2014, 4:19pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

Bengals OC Hue Jackson discussed the team's receiving corps...

"I want (A.J. Green) to take it to a whole different level. I want A.J. and (Marvin Jones) and that receiver group to play uncommon football like you’ve never seem. That’s just my vision after coaching the position. Coach (James) Urban does a great job. A.J.’s has had one of the most historic first three years this league has ever seen. And he is that player. He is everything I thought he was and more. But I think there’s more in there. I think there’s a lot more in there. My challenge to him is, why not be the best? Why not be the best this league has ever seen? Because he has the ability to be that. And when they talk about A.J. Green, I want people to be talking about one of the greatest ever. Because he is and he has that. He’s got to set out every day to prove that because I think he’s that kind of player.

"Marvin Jones came on like gangbusters and he’s got to go chase A.J. Why not knock A.J. off the pedestal? When you have the friendly competition among your teammates, that’s when things get really, really good, in my opinion. (Mohamed Sanu) and (Brandon Tate) and (Dane Sanzenbacher), those guys at receiver, everybody has to raise their level of play. I think when that happens and we get five percent better, three percent better, whatever that is, I think the whole offensive unit gets better."

Fantasy Impact:

The key takeaway here is that Jackson mentioned Marvin Jones in the same breath as Green, so while the team is expected to make a concerted effort to run the ball more, Jones should see more snaps as the clear starter opposite Green. 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 more. He finished as the #21 WR in 2013 despite the limited snaps.

Malcom Floyd (neck) should play in 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 10:28am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

According to U-T San Diego, Chargers WR Malcom Floyd will play in 2014 following a career-threatening neck injury suffered early last year, per team and league sources.

"The doc said ... I'm at risk just like anybody else," Floyd said Monday. "There's not really a worry. As far as going out there and performing, I'm really excited to make plays again. Hopefully, I can do more this year than I ever have. ... I'm feeling good. I think I feel like my old self."

It's outstanding news for a Chargers offense that could use another deep threat. Keenan Allen is coming off a monster rookie year, but the Chargers lacked depth with only Vincent Brown and Eddie Royal on the chart. Floyd will be 33 years old this season, but he topped 800 yards in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012 before getting injured early last season.

Fantasy Impact:

Floyd had three straight top 36 finishes from 2010 to 2012 before the injury. He's a capable real-world WR2 if healthy, but it's not clear where he'll fit on the depth chart with Vincent Brown and Eddie Royal.

Titans compare Bishop Sankey to Tiki Barber
Monday, May 12, 2014, 3:20pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

General manager Ruston Webster discussed the Titans' pick of RB Bishop Sankey...

"We were looking for a guy with some versatility, but not exactly trying to replace C.J.," Webster said. "… He is just completely different as a back. Their skill-set is not the same, so when you see him on the field, it is not going to look anything like Chris, and he'll make his own mark."

Sankey, who started 25 of 38 games in college and rushed for 1,870 yards and 20 touchdowns in his final season, has good speed (4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash). He reminded Titans scout Marv Sunderland of former Giants star Tiki Barber.

"He can run inside, he can get outside, he runs through guys and he can break the long runs," Sunderland said. "He has great hands out of the backfield, and he's a good blocker. He is a well-rounded back."

Fantasy Impact:

Under then OC Ken Whisenhunt, the Chargers threw the ball 52.8% of the time in 2013, which is low compared to the league average (56.6%), so the Titans figure to feature the running game, especially with the unproven Jake Locker under center. Sankey should win the starting job quickly, but even if the situation is somewhat murky, he should be a good pick on draft day. We're expecting RB2-type numbers out of the rookie; he should be the first rookie taken in fantasy drafts this summer.

Mathews: 'It's going to be fun' playing with Donald Brown
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 11:05am

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Ryan Mathews is happy the Chargers signed Donald Brown...

"I (want to) make it more than 16 games," Mathews said. "That was a big goal last year: 'Alright, let's get him through 16 games.' We did that. Now the goal is to keep me healthy, keep running after 16 games. The coaches did a good job of getting another guy like Donald to help me out. It's going to be fun."

Fantasy Impact:

Brown will siphon some touches from Mathews, but that may also serve to keep Mathews healthy. Brown's arrival certainly limits Mathews upside, but perhaps Mathews has a higher floor since he won't be overworked.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5:21pm

Michael Gehlken, Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd participated in workouts today. Philip Rivers: "It was good to see him. He looks good. He has that smile he always does."

Colts still believe in Trent Richardson
Friday, April 18, 2014, 3:24pm

Colts.com - [Full Article]

At last month’s league meetings, Chuck Pagano said the Colts will be relying on more than one back in 2014 but are looking for a “bell cow” to emerge.

With a complete offseason in a comfortable setting, Trent Richardson is primed to be that guy.

“It’s going to be very, very important for (Richardson) to be here for the offseason program and to dive into this thing full steam ahead, which he will,” Pagano said.

“He wants to be great. He’s got all the talent. He’s got all the ability. We would have never done what we did if we didn’t believe that deep down in our core. So we look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign.”

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 #20 RB off the board in the 6th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.