Chargers Fantasy News
Steelers expect Ben Roethlisberger to play Week 14
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 10:45am
Roethlisberger was not medically cleared to play against the Ravens -- the third game in a row he missed with a rib and shoulder injury -- but the Steelers intend for him to return to practice and start against the Chargers.
At the same time, the team is preparing to have Charlie Batch at QB just in case Ben doesn't show much at mid-week practices. Big Ben likely won't be 100-percent, but he's a far better option than Batch. However, it may not be best to throw Ben right into this matchup unless he's a QB2. The Chargers are around the middle of the pack when it comes to allowing fantasy points to TEs. Guys like Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Heath Miller should see a bump in value as a result of Ben starting.
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Monday, December 3, 2012, 10:38am
The story is mainly about conflicting reports that Ben didn't push himself to play in Week 13, however the team seems to have understood Charlie Batch was going to play against the Ravens most of last week. We'll have to wait until midweek to get a better idea bout Ben's Week 14 status. Batch was much better in an impressive road win last week, but is far from a QB1.
Monday, December 3, 2012, 8:39am
Monday, December 3, 2012, 8:38am
During a post-game media conference, a reporter asked coach Chargers coach Norv Turner why the run game struggled.
“The questions that get asked sometimes are pretty obvious,” Turner said. “When you start moving people around in there — you see Jeromey Clary get helped off in the first part, you've got a young guy in Michael Harris playing at left tackle who has been outstanding in terms of what he's capable of doing, you see Tyronne come off — then that probably would answer the question for you.
“If I need to spell it out better, that is probably a big part of it. I'm not going to take away from the effort those guys are giving or how hard they're competing. .. I don't know if I'm going to look at and say Ryan had a lot of room to run.”
While that may be the case, the game announcers also criticized Ryan Mathews for always looking to get outside and not taking his first step to the hole. That could be because of the struggling O-line. Either way, Mathews isn't any more than an average RB2 at this point. This week, he gets a tough matchup against the Steelers, but does have two favorable ones in fantasy playoffs Week 15 and Week 16: vs. Carolina and at the Jets.
Sunday, December 2, 2012, 3:17pm
Monday, November 26, 2012, 10:03am
San Diego wide receiver Danario Alexander suffered thigh injuries.
Coach Norv Turner is expected to provide an injury update Monday, but the severity will become more clear Wednesday when the Chargers have their first practice of the week.