Chargers Fantasy News

Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis split work

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:39am

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Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was technically the starter and Knile Davis the reserve Monday night, but beyond that the lines were blurred. They both played a lot early in the game, a rotation the Chiefs haven't used since Davis joined the team as a third-round draft pick last year.

There was much to like about the results, with Davis rushing for 107 yards on 16 carries and Charles 92 yards on 18 carries. What may be more meaningful to the Chiefs than the stats was this: They got as much from Davis as they did Charles.

"We knew before the game started that I was going to get some reps and Knile was going to get some reps," Charles said. "Knile is starting to believe in himself. He's starting to feel comfortable, and I'm happy for him."

Fantasy Impact:

The two players complement each other. Both are fast and big-play threats. But Davis is bigger, more powerful and wears down a defense faster. Charles has the ability to make defenders miss. As the story said, it was really the first time Reid has used that type of rotation, and that even dates back to his days with the Eagles. It will be interesting to see how this plays out going forward because that matchup was a pretty good one and all the results were positive. Unfortunately for owners of both, there are some really tough matchups coming up, starting with the 49ers in Week 5, followed by the Bears, Chargers, Rams, Jets and Bills.

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Monday, September 29, 2014, 10:23am

Florida Times-Union - [Full Article]

For 30 minutes anyway, QB Blake Bortles showed glimpses of how dynamic and special he might be once the Jaguars get more proven talent around him. He made it look routine in a mistake-free first half, completing 15 of 18 passes for 149 yards.

And that was playing with five other rookies on his side of the ball, including tight end Nic Jacobs, a five-day-old employee signed off the New Orleans Saints practice squad. One of Bortles’ prettiest throws was his TD pass in the corner of the end zone, lobbing the ball over two defenders, to a spot where only Jacobs could bring it down.

More impressive, it was the way Bortles moved the offense up and down the field, doing it almost effortlessly on back-to-back scoring drives. On the first TD march, he zipped a third-down, 13-yard sideline pass to Cecil Shorts, then connected on a play-action throw to tight end Clay Harbor down the seam for another 22 yards.

“[Bortles] has a savvy about him to make big plays” said receiver Allen Robinson. “Just his ability to make plays when nothing’s there. I don’t think there’s any such thing as a dead play with him.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that for the first time all season, the Jaguars’ offense looked lethal, even if it didn’t last long enough to keep them in the game. Another positive sign was after Philiop Rivers took the Chargers 83 yards for their first TD, Bortles responded with a 76-yard march of his own that featured another display of his instinct and athleticism. Bortles certainly has some fantasy upside and his defense is likely going to put him in position to throw a lot, so he'll have some lower-end fantasy value going forward and probably get a lot of garbage-time production as a result.

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:56pm

Chargers Inactives
Jeremiah Attaochu OLB
David Johnson TE
Ryan Mathews RB
Rich Ohrnberger C
Manti Te'o ILB
Jason Verrett CB
Reggie Walker OLB

Fantasy Impact:

Donald Brown will carry the load for the Chargers.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 4. With Danny Woodhead also out, Donald Brown should see a big workload as the team’s featured back. The diminutive Branden Oliver may work some in the Woodhead role.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Hopefully, Allen is putting the groin injury behind him. We’re expecting him to bounce back sooner rather than later.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Gates will likely play heavy snaps if Ladarius Green (hamstring, questionable) is sidelined. Gates has only played 65% of the snaps this season, so there’s upside here.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (hamstring, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 4. Green apparently injured himself this week and the missed practice on Friday is not a good sign. If he can’t play, Antonio Gates would likely see heavy snaps. (He has only played 65% of the snaps this season.) Green’s absence could also help Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd, who may see more playing time in three-WR sets.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Chargers TE David Johnson (shoulder, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 4.

Chargers Beat: Team will use 'a whole lot' of Donald Brown in Week 4

Friday, September 26, 2014, 12:04pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

You’ll see a whole lot of RB Donald Brown on Sunday, with a little bit of rookie Branden Oliver sprinkled in. Brown can certainly carry the load. He rushed 31 times for 62 yards against Buffalo. But the Chargers are averaging a league-worst 2.43 yards per carry. Brown needs to pop a couple of big runs to loosen up Jacksonville’s defense. The Chargers also signed Shaun Draughn as a third running back for depth.

Fantasy Impact:

We have Brown ranked as a top 5 RB due to his anticipated workload and a good matchup with the Jaguars.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 12:01pm

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Chargers TE Antonio Gates proved against Seattle that if you single-cover him with a linebacker or a safety, he can still win, particularly in the red zone. Gates finished with seven catches for 96 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over the Super Bowl champs, earning AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. He was doubled most of the time the following week against Buffalo, finishing with just one catch for 8 yards. But with Buffalo choosing to take away Gates, the Chargers used him as a decoy to free up slot receiver Eddie Royal and emerging talented tight end Ladarius Green.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) missed practice again Thursday. With Danny Woodhead out, Donald Brown should see a big workload as the team’s featured back. The diminutive Branden Oliver may work some in the Woodhead role.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (groin) took full practice reps again Thursday. Hopefully, Allen is putting the groin injury behind him. We’re expecting him to bounce back sooner rather than later.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday. Gates could play major snaps if Ladarius Green (hamstring) can’t play.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (hamstring) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. This is a new injury for Green, and midweek downgrades are never good. If he can’t play, Antonio Gates would likely see heavy snaps. Green’s absence could also help Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd, who may see more playing time in three-WR sets.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Wednesday. With Danny Woodhead out, Donald Brown should see a big workload as the team’s featured back. The diminutive Branden Oliver may work some in the Woodhead role.