Chargers Fantasy News

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.

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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.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (quadricep) took limited practice reps Wednesday. He should be able to play against the Raiders, who are #13 in WR aFPA.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (calf) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Floyd is on track to play in Week 6 against the Raiders.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Chargers TE David Johnson (knee, shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday.

Peyton Manning confirms that RB Ronnie Hillman is the starter

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 11:55am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Broncos QB Peyton Manning confirmed that RB Ronnie Hillman will get the start against the Jets in Week 6.

"Ronnie has played at different times, in different amounts, but when you're the starting back and running out there in pregame warm-ups as a starting back, it's a different hat that you wear," said Manning, who is but a quarter of the way through his third season in Denver. "There's no question he has a burst that is pretty unique when he gets the ball in his hands. It's our job to give him space."

Initially, the Broncos thought Montee Ball was headed for injured reserve with a designation to return after eight games. That's why the team brought in veteran running backs Mikel Leshoure and LaRod Stephens-Howling for workouts Tuesday.

But a magnetic resonance imaging exam offered hope Ball might miss only a month or so with his groin strain. The Broncos added running back depth Wednesday by signing former Oakland Raider Jeremy Stewart to their practice squad, but otherwise the team is planning on going with Hillman, C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson until further notice. Thompson, a rookie, sat out practice Wednesday with a sore left knee.

"You can't do it with just one back in today's game, so we expect C.J. to do his job, Juwan to be ready," Manning said.

Fantasy Impact:

We expect that Anderson and Thompson will be in the mix, especially if Hillman struggles early, which seems likely given the state of the Bronco running game (not good) and the quality of the Jets' rush defense (very good, though Branden Oliver torched it in Week 5). Owners should keep in mind that Hillman has had fumbling problems in the past, and HC John Fox is not afraid to bench a player if he can't keep hold of the ball. Consider Hillman a low-end RB2/flex type this week.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm

Jets RB Chris Johnson (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. 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.

Raiders expected to go run-heavy under new HC Tony Sparano

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 2:50pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

The Raiders could show a greater commitment under Tony Sparano, who takes over as interim head coach heading into Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.

“It’s no secret that my philosophy is to run the football,” Sparano said, “to keep games tight and try to be able to get yourself in a situation where you can win football games at the end of a game.”

The numbers certainly support that claim. Sparano ran the football 45.6-percent of the time during nearly four full seasons as Miami Dolphins head coach.

Sparano stuck to his guns – he made the Wildcat formation famous at the NFL level – and continued to run even during some lean years.

While Greg Olson will continue calling plays, Sparano is an offensive minded coach and will exert greater influence in the offensive game plan.

Fantasy Impact:

This is all well and good, but if the Raiders can't stay in games with a strong ground game (which they currently do not have), they won't be able to continue to run in the second half. In theory, this benefits Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 8:22pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The cavalcade of injuries in the Chargers backfield has led to a familiar name returning to San Diego. The Chargers announced Tuesday that they have signed running back Ronnie Brown.

With Donald Brown (concussion) and Ryan Mathews (knee) both injured, undrafted rookie Branden Oliver and journeyman Shaun Draughn are the only healthy runners on the roster.

Oliver has been a pleasant surprise this year, but Ronnie Brown offers knowledge of Mike McCoy's system and creditable play on passing downs. Brown spent 2012 and 2013 in San Diego before playing in three games for the Houston Texans this season.

Monday, October 6, 2014, 4:21pm

San Francisco Chronicle - [Full Article]

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr showed no ill effects from his sprained ankle injury as he took the first-team snaps in Tony Sparano’s first practice as interim coach on Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

Carr would be on track to start Week 6 against the Chargers, who are coming off a shutout of the Jets in Week 5.

Bolts Beat: Ryan Mathews could miss 2 more weeks

Monday, October 6, 2014, 9:25am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews is out probably at least another week and more likely two with a knee sprain.

Fantasy Impact:

Donald Brown had been anything but impressive in his time filling in for Mathews, then suffered a concussion giving way to Branden Oliver's monster game against what was supposed to be a stout Jets run defense. Oliver could be looking at another big game in Week 6 as the Chargers take on the Raiders. In Week 7, the Bolts play the Chiefs (another decent matchup at KC is 14th in allowing fantasy points to RBs) which means Mathews could be on track to return in Week 8 against the Broncos. Oliver is shaping up to be a nice pickup at least the next two weeks.

Montee Ball could be 'out for a while'

Monday, October 6, 2014, 9:00am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Broncos running back Montee Ball suffered a groin injury on Sunday that could keep him off the field for weeks.

A source told Mike Klis of the Denver Post that the Broncos think Ball will be “out for a while,” although they won’t know for sure until he has an MRI today.

The injury, which Ball suffered while blocking, limited Ball to just six carries for seven yards on Sunday. Ball has disappointed as the Broncos’ starting running back this year, averaging just 3.1 yards a carry through four games.

Fantasy Impact:

It hasn't been a good year for fantasy owners who took Ball. Although the schedule was going to ease up, the next couple weeks did figure to be difficult at least on paper (Jets Week 6 and 49ers Week 7). As the story pointed out, the good news is that the Broncos’ backup running backs played well after Ball went down: Ronnie Hillman had 15 carries for 64 yards, and Juwan Thompson had three carries for 15 yards and a touchdown. Hillman figures to be a solid pickup this week. The Jets rush defense was among the tops in the league, but was torched by San Diego's Branden Oliver in Week 5 which bodes well for Hillman in Week 6.