Chargers Fantasy News

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.

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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.

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.

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.