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Andre Caldwell likely to get another start
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 11:34am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Wes Welker has not been medically cleared to return to practice, and Denver Broncos coach John Fox said only that the wide receiver is "day-to-day.''

Before he can play in a game, Welker would have to be declared symptom-free by both the Broncos' medical staff and a designated independent physician who has been approved by the NFL and the players' association. Welker would then have to proceed through multiple days of limited activity before he could return to practice on a limited basis.

Andre Caldwell, who got most of the snaps last week in Welker's absence, is expected to be the team's third receiver Sunday against the Houston Texans. Caldwell had six catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns against the Chargers.

"I thought Bubba Caldwell played really well," quarterback Peyton Manning said. " ... Great route on that first touchdown, did a great job getting in the end zone on a play he hasn't [worked] that much, so that's a good job knowing what to do, being in his playbook. We'll count on him this week if he has to play."

Fantasy Impact:

Caldwell is a compelling WR3 start this week but does carry some risk since he doesn't have a large body of work in the Denver offense, and may not see a heavy workload given all the other weapons that Peyton Manning has at his disposal. Caldwell is currently our 33rd-ranked WR in standard formats.

Monday, December 16, 2013, 9:54am

San Francisco Chronicle - [Full Article]

A league source said Raiders running back Darren McFadden (ankle) is feeling better and should play next week in San Diego. McFadden, who has missed 19 of the Raiders' past 39 games, is not having the contract year he envisioned.

Fantasy Impact:

He's expected to be back at practice on Wednesday. It shouldn't matter too much for Rashad Jennings owners heading into Week 16. McFadden should be a clear backup as the Raiders take on the Chargers in Week 16.

Monday, December 16, 2013, 8:58am

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

While QB Matt McGloin has generally played well since becoming the starter, Sunday was the first time he caused the Raiders major pain.

“It’s tough when a quarterback is going through a learning process,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “As the losses mount up, it gets frustrating. It’s frustrating for everybody.”

McGloin threw two interceptions to Chiefs safety Eric Berry, the first of which was returned 47 yards for a touchdown. He threw two more in the fourth quarter, on successive series, the last of which got him benched.

Terrelle Pryor filled in at different times – once near the goal line, again in the third quarter and after McGloin’s fourth pick – as a planned change of pace. Pryor wasn’t much better, and threw an interception in four attempts. He competed one pass for 12 yards and had 19 rushing yards on three carries.

Fantasy Impact:

Despite being pulled, Allen said McGloin start again next week against the San Diego Chargers. Odds are great he’ll also start the season finale against Denver, too. He's a QB2 option as long as INTs don't count against you. He should put up some garbage numbers, most likely trying to bring the Raiders from behind.

Thursday, December 12, 2013, 7:16pm

Chargers Inactives
Kwame Geathers NT
Lavelle Hawkins WR
Johnny Patrick CB
Stephen Schilling G
Brad Sorensen QB
Brandon Taylor S
Kenny Wiggins T

Fantasy Impact:

With WR Eddie Royal active again, TE Ladarius Green will likely see only around 40-50% of the snaps, making him a boom or bust fantasy play.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 5:58pm

Michael Gehlken on Twitter - [Full Article]

Keenan Allen (shoulder) practicing today, as expected.

Fantasy Impact:

Allen appears to be good to go for Thursday night against the Broncos, who rank 31st in allowing fantasy points to WRs. Allen should be a good play when our rankings come out Wednesday.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 5:56pm

Michael Gehlken on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers WR Eddie Royal returned to practice Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Royal may not be a fantasy starter, but his return last week seemed to affect TE Ladarius Green's play. Green saw just one target with Royal back in the lineup after playing 92% of the snaps in Week 13.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 2:51pm

Lindsay Jones on Twitter - [Full Article]

Broncos WR Wes Weller is not practicing today.

Fantasy Impact:

It really looks like it could be tough for Welker to play on a short week this Thursday against the Chargers.

Monday, December 9, 2013, 9:35am

Union-Tribune San Diego - [Full Article]

Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen exited the game Sunday with a first-quarter shoulder sprain suffered while shielding himelf from collision. Despite the interruption, he still padded his résumé for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, totaling three catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-14 win.

It was the first multi-touchdown game of his career.

Fantasy Impact:

After going to the locker room for further evaluation, Allen received a shot and returned in the second quarter. In his first drive back, he caught a 4-yard touchdown on a corner route against blown coverage. Allen looks like he'll be a go next week against the Broncos on a short week. After that, in Week 16, he gets the Raiders - two pretty favorable matchups in the future.