Chargers Fantasy News
Kyle Rudolph (foot) running since mid-February
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11:06am
Kyle Rudolph said he's had no foot problems, has been running since mid-Feb.
Rudolph was the #13 TE through Week 9 prior to a season-ending fracture in his foot. He was 15th in targets per game during that span, so there’s some opportunity in the workload department, especially with new OC Norv Turner in town. Turner isn’t necessarily as TE-friendly as his old boss Rob Chudzinski, but he featured Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron heavily while with the Chargers and Browns.
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Jordan Reed could be 'matchup nightmare' for defenses
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:40am
Gil Brandt of NFL.com likes what Redskins TE Jordan Reed brings to the table: "Reed burst onto the scene relatively late in 2013, catching nine passes for 134 yards and a touchdown against the Bears in Week 7, and he started just four games before a concussion ended his debut season six games early. But in that brief window, he showed he could be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, what with his speed and hands. The former third-round pick looks like a receiver, someone who can catch balls and move the chains -- he reminds me of a young Antonio Gates, though not quite as big. The Florida product is pretty slick and has definite Pro Bowl potential. He had three plays of 20 yards or more, which is pretty good for a tight end, and just three drops in 59 targets."
Reed was on pace for 80-887-5.3 (#7 TE-type numbers) prior to his injury, but didn't even crack the 50% snaps played mark until Week 6. In the five games where he played at least 50% of his team's snaps, he averaged 6.2-76-.40 or #3 TE-type numbers. The main concern with Reed is his injury history, specifically with concussions. According to NBC Washington, Reed suffered two concussions while at Florida. If he can stay healthy, he's a likely top 5 fantasy TE, but that's no sure thing.
Titans plan to use a committee at running back
Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:34am
It will be running back by committee for the Titans. Shonn Greene returns, along with Jackie Battle and Leon Washington. Dexter McCluster was signed the first day of free agency, and though he was primarily a receiver/returner for much of his time with the Chiefs, the Titans plan to line him up at running back. More help is needed, however. Although there aren't any great free-agent options left, the Titans are likely to pick a running back in the May 8-10 draft. Fresh legs are desired.
Titans moving towards a RBBC
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:10pm
Chris Johnson's contract that calls for him to earn $8 million in salary this year clearly has been an obstacle to him staying in Tennessee. But even if the contract wasn't an issue the Titans probably would want to purge Johnson. The reason? New coach Ken Whisenhunt likes to spread around playing time and touches between multiple running backs. His plan is to have a running back by committee. Johnson is the type of player who demands the football and never would be happy as a role player. A trade or release, subsequently, is coming.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:27pm
"As much as I like Allen, to ask him to improve dramatically in one season may be asking too much. He's a really good receiver, but he does not have the athletic ability of an A.J. Green or a Julio Jones. He could be close to his ceiling already.
Williamson added that Allen is an advanced route runner and has good hands, just lacks speed. He pointed out that teams will have another year to study him, too. Still, Allen was really the only WR threat on the Bolts last year, but put up nice numbers despite getting the full attention of defenses. He should fall in the WR2 or 3 zone with potential to exceed that in certain matchups.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:11pm
"Filling in this year for 5-10 touches per game, plus insurance for if/when Ryan Mathews gets injured. He played 16 games for the first time in 2013, and he was not healthy in the postseason."
Last year's RB3, Ronnie Brown, rarely saw 5-10 touches so those are going to have to come from somewhere. Ryan Mathews began to get hot and get over 20 carries a game in the second half last year, but like Acee points out, Mathews wasn't healthy in the playoffs, perhaps as a result of that. Brown's fantasy value likely will be a handcuff to Mathews, but it looks like he's going to be used to prevent wear and tear on Mathews too. Danny Woodhead may also lose a carry or two, but will still be a factor in the passing game.
Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:05am
Sunday, March 30, 2014, 1:40pm
Barring a setback, Jake Locker will be the starter at QB for the Titans. Former Chargers backup Charlie Whitehurst replaces Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tyler Wilson is under contract. Rusty Smith is a free agent.
The Titans are unlikely to pick up the option year on Locker's contract, so this is probably his make-or-break season. If he makes great strides, the Titans will try to re-sign him to an extension, but they need to protect themselves by developing another quarterback.
Locker began to show promise last year but got hurt. The author thinks the Titans could take a QB later in the draft, but either way, this will be a key year for Locker.
Fisher: Zac Stacy 'probably that 70-percent guy'
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:59pm
The Rams rushed 426 times last year, which means Stacy would get 298 of those carries if the numbers are similar next season. That would have put him third in the league in 2013 behind just LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch, and just ahead of Matt Forte, Ryan Mathews and Eddie Lacy ... so the company is pretty good.
Ryan Mathews is still San Diego's 'bell cow' RB
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:54am
“We know Ryan is our bell cow,” Chargers GM Tom Telesco said. “He’s our No. 1 back. He had an excellent year last year. And we all know what Danny Woodhead can do in his role. We saw that for 16 games last year. And we think Donald can come in and add to that, too, and give us some different options. And a different style, too. The more weapons we can have for Philip Rivers, the better.”
Mathews finished as the #12 RB in standard formats, which is the second time in three seasons that he has posted RB1-type numbers. He'll be a risk/reward pick in 2014 given his injury history. He is currently going in the middle of the 5th round and will be a nice value there if he can stay healthy.
Friday, March 14, 2014, 3:27pm
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Fitzpatrick is a solid real-world backup and spot starter, so he probably won't have a tough time finding a new home.
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:45pm
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:45pm
Titans consider RB to be Dexter McCluster's primary position
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 1:13pm
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said he thinks of McCluster more as a running back, but with the capability of doing many things. Look for him to be a passing target out of the backfield and from the slot as the offense plays up his mismatch potential.
“He has a body of work for four years now that you have evidence of what he can do,” Whisenhunt said. “He has lined up in the backfield and had success, he’s lined up in the slot and had success. He’s been a very good returner in the league. Those are three pretty strong components of a resume right there. I know he is versed in all of those things, and how he fits specifically … we’ll see.”
It appears that Whisenhunt does want McCluster to play a similar role as Danny Woodhead did in San Diego in 2013. McCluster carried the ball 114 times for 516 yards (4.5 YPC) in 2011, and at this point the Titans are only expected to have Shonn Greene as competition for carries. He could be an intriguing late-round pick, especially in PPR formats.