Chargers Fantasy News

Ryan Mathews out 4-5 weeks with MCL sprain

Monday, September 15, 2014, 12:53pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bad news for Chargers, RB Ryan Mathews post-MRI ... source tells me his MCL sprain could keep him out 4-5 weeks. He hopes for sooner.

Fantasy Impact:

Reports of the MCL sprain came pretty early Sunday night which gave hope it wasn't anything more serious after he was carted off, but owners were likely hoping for something a little less. Dating back to last year, Mathews had posted either 100 yards or a TD in 8 of his last 9 regular games before this week. Donald Brown looks like he'll get a majority of carries with Danny Woodhead also chipping in. Next on the depth chart is Branden Oliver who could also contribute. In an update Monday night, the Chargers didn't put a timetable on Mathews return.

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Ryan Mathews said to have sprained MCL

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:18pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews scheduled to undergo an MRI on injured knee, per source. Concern it could be sprained MCL.

Fantasy Impact:

Updates overnight confirm it's a sprained MCL which owners should consider somewhat good news for now. Mathews was carted off the field in the team's victory over the Seahawks. If Mathews can't play, Donald Brown would likely see more touches with Danny Woodhead mixing in and remaining a presence in the passing game. Branden Oliver is next up on the depth chart and could figure in as well. The good news for the Bolts in their schedule eases up with favorable matchups against the run the next two weeks (Buffalo, Jacksonville).

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2:44pm

Chargers Inactives
Jahleel Addae DB
Chris Davis CB
Brandon Flowers CB
Jarret Johnson OLB
Doug Legursky C
Ricardo Mathews DT
Branden Oliver RB

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (ribs, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 2. Allen is ready to go for a tough matchup against the Seahawks. If Allen has another quiet game, he will be a prime trade target for those owners wanting to buy low. His schedule lightens up considerably starting in Week 3.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 2. Gates is going to get a lot of mid-week practice rest, it seems. He’s a go for a tough matchup against the Seahawks.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (ribs) practiced fully Wednesday. He should be fine for a tough matchup against the Seahawks.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. The Chargers are probably just letting their veteran TE rest. He looked fine on Monday night.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 9:37am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd turned 33 on Monday, and there was plenty to celebrate before a single pass flew his way.

It was almost a year ago that the Chargers receiver was carted off the field after suffering a neck injury against the Eagles in Week 2.

There was fear that his NFL career was over — that he’d be forced out unceremoniously after nine years. But in the season opener against the Cardinals, Floyd showed that he was far from done.

The veteran had four receptions for 50 yards in the Chargers’ 18-17 loss, but shined brightest in the first series of the third quarter, when he a caught 7-yard pass on second down and 11, a 32-yard pass on third and 4, and a six-yard touchdown pass on second down to put the Chargers ahead 10-6.

Fantasy Impact:

Floyd is a potential pickup for leagues that play three or more WRs. He should prove to be a much more reliable target for QB Philip Rivers than what Vincent Brown was last year. With top corners potentially sticking to Keenan Allen more, Floyd could find himself a little more free.

Foot injury limited Andre Ellington's mobility

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 9:28am

ESPN - [Full Article]

When Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Saturday that he saw what he needed from his starting running back, who injured his left foot late last week, he meant it.

It was after Saturday's practice that Arians believed Andre Ellington could play Monday night against the San Diego Chargers. After a brief pregame workout, Ellington suited up and carried 13 times for 53 yards and caught all five of his intended passes for 27 yards in the Cardinals' 18-17 win.

Even with 18 touches, however, Ellington wasn't himself and he could tell he wasn't 100 percent.

"I wasn't full speed," he said. "My quickness, I had some quickness going from right to left, but it was a little harder going from left to right."

Fantasy Impact:

All things considered, Ellington still had 18 touches and performed pretty well. The concerning news is will the foot heal this season or will it be something that plagues him every time he takes the field. Defenses will eventually adjust to the discomfort he apparently has going from left to right. What once looked like a potential monster season may need to be toned down a bit.

Antonio Gates ACTIVE for Monday night

Monday, September 8, 2014, 9:05pm

Chargers Inactives
Jahleel Addae DB
Ryan Carrethers DT
Chris Davis CB
Dontrelle Inman WR
Ricardo Mathews DT
Branden Oliver RB
Tourek Williams OLB

Fantasy Impact:

Antonio Gates appeared on the injury report Saturday after hurting his hamstring, but he's good to go for Monday night. The Cards were ranked 32nd in allowing fantasy points to TEs, so Gates potentially has a good matchup. Ladarius Green could get some extra work.

Week 1 MNF Injury Report - Ellington, Gates questionable

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 5:59pm

NEW YORK Giants at DETROIT Lions on Monday night


OUT WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), T James Brewer (back), DT Markus Kuhn (ankle) PROBABLE LB Jon Beason (foot), T CharLes Brown (shoulder), G Brandon Mosley (back) Lions OUT S Don Carey (hamstring)

DOUBTFUL S James Ihedigbo (neck, knee)

PROBABLE DT Caraun Reid (shoulder)

SAN DIEGO Chargers at ARIZONA Cardinals on Monday night


OUT CB Chris Davis (ankle)

QUESTIONABLE S Jahleel Addae (hamstring), TE Antonio Gates (hamstring)

PROBABLE WR Keenan Allen (ribs), DE Lawrence Guy (shoulder), DT Sean Lissemore (ankle), LB Manti Te'o (foot), CB Jason Verrett (shoulder)


OUT LB Alex Okafor (thigh)

QUESTIONABLE RB Andre Ellington (foot), S Tyrann Mathieu (knee), P Dave Zastudil (left groin)

PROBABLE G Jonathan Cooper (toe), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Kevin Minter (chest), DT Frostee Rucker (back)

Fantasy Impact:

The two big notes are Cardinals RB Andre Ellington and Chargers TE Antonio Gates. Gates doesn't officially appear on the NFL media injury report but was listed as limited in practice on Saturday with a hamstring injury. On the San Diego Chargers injury report, he is listed as questionable. If he doesn't go, Lardarius Green would be a significant upgrade in terms of workload potential.

Ellington is a game-time call on Monday night. Reports have been all over the place about the extent of his foot injury, but he's officially listed as questionable.

Andre Ellington will be game-time call

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 4:07pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Cardinals still don’t know if running back Andre Ellington will play on Monday night, and they won’t know until Monday night.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Ellington was limited in practice today and will be a game-time decision on Monday night against the Chargers.

Ellington has been dealing with a foot injury, and there have been conflicting reports about the severity of that injury. Some reports have said Ellington could miss significant time, while others have said the injury is relatively minor. The fact that Arians expressed some optimism about Ellington playing on Monday suggests that the injury isn’t as severe as previously feared.

Fantasy Impact:

No surprise that after all the reports, good and bad, Ellington will be the dreaded game-time call on Monday night. Even if he plays, there's a chance he won't get a full workload to open the season. If you have no choice but to play Ellington, Jonathan Dwyer is someone to pick up and plug in if we find out Ellington is inactive leading up to the game.

Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (ribs) took full practice reps again Friday. Allen should be fine to face the Cardinals.

Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) took full practice reps Thursday. Fitz should be fine to face the Chargers.

Chargers Beat: WR Malcom Floyd has been the 'most consistent target' during preseason

Friday, September 5, 2014, 12:34pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

While Keenan Allen likely will garner the majority of attention from Arizona's secondary on Sunday, receiver Malcom Floyd will be a likely target on backside routes for Philip Rivers. In San Diego's last four regular-season openers, Floyd has averaged seven targets with an explosive play of at least 16 yards in all four contests. Allen is San Diego's No. 1 receiver, but Floyd has been Rivers' most consistent target during training camp and in preseason play.

Fantasy Impact:

We've been recommending Floyd as a late-round option all summer. From 2010 to 2012, Floyd finished #36, #32 and #36 as the second or third option in San Diego.