Chargers Fantasy News

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews still isn’t running on his injured knee. It looks like Branden Oliver will continue to be the lead back through Week 9, maybe longer. We were expecting Mathews to be further along in his recovery by now, but knee injuries are tricky. He was expected to miss 4-5 weeks, and he is now in the middle of the 5th week of his recovery.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (elbow) practiced fully Wednesday. Royal’s Week 6 rib injury is not serious. Now he’s being listed with an elbow injury, but he should play against the Chiefs this week. It’s bad news for Ladarius Green, who was likely to see more snaps if Royal couldn’t play.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) still not running

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 10:27am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Ryan Mathews sprained his MCL more than a month ago. The San Diego Chargers' running back has yet to reach the point in his rehab where he can start running.

"I'm hoping," Mathews told U-T San Diego's Michael Gehlken. "I'm just taking it one day at a time. When they think it's time for me to start running, then it's time to start running. It's all in their hands."

The 27-year-old running back won't play this week and with a Thursday date against the Denver Broncos in Week 8, it's a stretch to think he'd be ready considering he hasn't hit the running portion of the rehab schedule. With a Week 10 bye, it could make sense for the currently 5-1 Chargers to hold the back out until after the week off.

Fantasy Impact:

It looks like Branden Oliver will continue to be the lead back through Week 9, maybe longer. We were expecting Mathews to be further along in his recovery by now, but knee injuries are tricky. He was expected to miss 4-5 weeks, and he is now in the middle of the 5th week of his recovery.

Malcom Floyd active for Chargers

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3:55pm

Chargers Inactives
Donald Brown RB
Cordarro Law DE
Ryan Mathews RB
Manti Te'o ILB
Reggie Walker OLB
Steve Williams CB
Shareece Wright CB

Fantasy Impact:

WR Malcom Floyd is active for the Chargers.

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:02am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Ronnie Hillman will be the Broncos' starting tailback Sunday against the New York Jets. He's never started previously, much less had a workhorse-type game.

C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson figure to be used too.

"I'm going to do what they tell me to do," Anderson said. "If I get a chance to carry the ball, I'll carry it. Protect Peyton, keep him on his feet, because Rex is going to bring a lot of things."

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning may face his share of coach Rex Ryan- ordered blitzes from the Jets. Picking up those blitzes will be the first responsibility for Broncos running backs. Then it's carrying the ball, catching it and protecting it.

Thompson missed the Broncos' full-padded practice Wednesday because of a knee injury. But after receiving a full week's treatment from the training staff the rookie will play against the Jets.

"Yeah, I'm out there," Thompson said. "Plan for best-case and worst-case scenario. You never know what's going to happen with the depth chart."

Fantasy Impact:

While no one expects Hillman to carry the load against the Jets, the use of backs behind him seems up in the air too. However Hillman owners should expect to see all three backs play, which will obviously cut into Hillman's fantasy production. It's a tough matchup on paper for the Broncos running game, but remember Branden Oliver of the Chargers lit them up last week. However the point is Hillman owners who start him in lineups should expect to see Anderson and Thompson on the field as well.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. Carr is expected to start against the Chargers, though the Raiders play late on Sunday. Matt Schaub likely gets the start if Carr can’t go.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 6. With Brown out, Branden Oliver is a strong play against a shaky Raiders defense. The Chargers recently signed Ronnie Brown as a Plan C and Shaun Draughn looms as another possible committee member if the Chargers continue their trend of spreading touches around their backfield. We like Oliver this week given his recent play and generous matchup against Oakland.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 6. Johnson had a forgettable outing against the Chargers (22 total yards on eight touches) just like the rest of his teammates. After 41 touches in the first three games, Johnson has just 16 in his last two. Chris Ivory has taken over the lead back role.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 6. Mathews is expected to return in Week 8.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (quadricep, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 6. Allen will be fine to play against the Raiders, who are #13 in WR aFPA. He’s trying to get his season back on track after a (mostly) quiet start.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (calf, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. The questionable tag isn’t encouraging for Floyd. His absence might open up extra opportunities for Eddie Royal and/or Ladarius Green.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Carr is on track to start against the Chargers, but he’s not a good start this week.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Brown seems very doubtful to make it through the concussion protocol. If he’s out, Branden Oliver would become an even stronger play. The Chargers recently signed Ronnie Brown as a Plan D.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Johnson had a forgettable outing against the Chargers (22 total yards on eight touches) just like the rest of his teammates. After 41 touches in the first three games, Johnson has just 16 in his last two. Chris Ivory has taken over the lead back role.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews is expected to return in Week 8.