Chargers Fantasy News

Redskins TE Update: Niles Paul (concussion) sounds more likely to play than Jordan Reed (hamstring)

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 12:39pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

For much of Redskins TE Jordan Reed's career, injuries have been an issue, and he has not been able to stay on the field. Injuries have not plagued Niles Paul in previous seasons, but rather poor play. Missed blocks and dropped passes had been the demons for Paul, but this year, it seemed those days were behind him.

"He’s feeling better," Jay Gruden said of Paul on Tuesday. "He’s got to go through the concussion protocol, and they’re going to take the necessary steps with the doctors and the rehab and all that stuff. But, he’s making very good progress."

Of Reed, the coach sounded less optimistic. Gruden called the second-year tight end "day-to-day" working through rehab.

Fantasy Impact:

The Seahawks aren't a particularly good matchup for an offense, but they have had trouble handling opposing tight ends this season, namely Antonio Gates, who scored three times in their Week 2 meeting in San Diego.

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Chargers TE Antonio Gates likely to see double coverage vs. Jets

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 11:47am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

The Seattle Seahawks underestimated Antonio Gates, and he scorched them for it.

The Jets probably won't make that mistake Sunday.

"He is a guy that, you have to somebody underneath, and over the top, at all times," linebacker David Harris said.

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds like Gates will see plenty of attention from the Jets, which may make for another quiet week from the future Hall of Famer. It should also allow the other San Diego receivers -- Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd -- plenty of one-on-one opportunities.

Arians: Nerve in Carson Palmer's shoulder 'went back to sleep'

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:31pm

AZ Cardinals - [Full Article]

The Cardinals thought their starting quarterback was nearing a return last week, when Carson Palmer chucked balls 30 and 40 yards down the field preceding the bye weekend.

After a frustrating few days, his reappearance is not imminent.

Palmer missed practice on Wednesday to see another specialist for a shoulder injury which has regressed, coach Bruce Arians said. Palmer hopes to find a treatment which can effectively awaken the nerve problem which has kept him sidelined since the season opener against the Chargers on Sept. 8.

“He threw a bunch last Thursday and Friday and then regressed, so we’re hoping we can find out why,” Arians said.

“It was afterwards (when) something swelled back around that nerve, and it went back to sleep,” Arians added.

Fantasy Impact:

Drew Stanton is likely to draw his third start for the Cardinals. He has been serviceable, but Palmer's absence is a downgrade for Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. Johnson should be fine to face the Chargers.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Wednesday. It’s going to be a committee of Donald Brown and Branden Oliver until Mathews gets back.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Decker did not suffer a setback, so we’re expecting a good amount of playing time against the Chargers on Sunday.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (illness) did not practice Wednesday. Floyd should be fine, but we’ll monitor this throughout the week.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (hamstring) took limited practice reps 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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Chargers TE David Johnson (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis split work

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:39am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was technically the starter and Knile Davis the reserve Monday night, but beyond that the lines were blurred. They both played a lot early in the game, a rotation the Chiefs haven't used since Davis joined the team as a third-round draft pick last year.

There was much to like about the results, with Davis rushing for 107 yards on 16 carries and Charles 92 yards on 18 carries. What may be more meaningful to the Chiefs than the stats was this: They got as much from Davis as they did Charles.

"We knew before the game started that I was going to get some reps and Knile was going to get some reps," Charles said. "Knile is starting to believe in himself. He's starting to feel comfortable, and I'm happy for him."

Fantasy Impact:

The two players complement each other. Both are fast and big-play threats. But Davis is bigger, more powerful and wears down a defense faster. Charles has the ability to make defenders miss. As the story said, it was really the first time Reid has used that type of rotation, and that even dates back to his days with the Eagles. It will be interesting to see how this plays out going forward because that matchup was a pretty good one and all the results were positive. Unfortunately for owners of both, there are some really tough matchups coming up, starting with the 49ers in Week 5, followed by the Bears, Chargers, Rams, Jets and Bills.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 10:23am

Florida Times-Union - [Full Article]

For 30 minutes anyway, QB Blake Bortles showed glimpses of how dynamic and special he might be once the Jaguars get more proven talent around him. He made it look routine in a mistake-free first half, completing 15 of 18 passes for 149 yards.

And that was playing with five other rookies on his side of the ball, including tight end Nic Jacobs, a five-day-old employee signed off the New Orleans Saints practice squad. One of Bortles’ prettiest throws was his TD pass in the corner of the end zone, lobbing the ball over two defenders, to a spot where only Jacobs could bring it down.

More impressive, it was the way Bortles moved the offense up and down the field, doing it almost effortlessly on back-to-back scoring drives. On the first TD march, he zipped a third-down, 13-yard sideline pass to Cecil Shorts, then connected on a play-action throw to tight end Clay Harbor down the seam for another 22 yards.

“[Bortles] has a savvy about him to make big plays” said receiver Allen Robinson. “Just his ability to make plays when nothing’s there. I don’t think there’s any such thing as a dead play with him.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that for the first time all season, the Jaguars’ offense looked lethal, even if it didn’t last long enough to keep them in the game. Another positive sign was after Philiop Rivers took the Chargers 83 yards for their first TD, Bortles responded with a 76-yard march of his own that featured another display of his instinct and athleticism. Bortles certainly has some fantasy upside and his defense is likely going to put him in position to throw a lot, so he'll have some lower-end fantasy value going forward and probably get a lot of garbage-time production as a result.

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:56pm

Chargers Inactives
Jeremiah Attaochu OLB
David Johnson TE
Ryan Mathews RB
Rich Ohrnberger C
Manti Te'o ILB
Jason Verrett CB
Reggie Walker OLB

Fantasy Impact:

Donald Brown will carry the load for the Chargers.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 4. With Danny Woodhead also out, Donald Brown should see a big workload as the team’s featured back. The diminutive Branden Oliver may work some in the Woodhead role.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Hopefully, Allen is putting the groin injury behind him. We’re expecting him to bounce back sooner rather than later.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Gates will likely play heavy snaps if Ladarius Green (hamstring, questionable) is sidelined. Gates has only played 65% of the snaps this season, so there’s upside here.