Chargers Fantasy News

Chiefs starters likely to play 'a series or two'

Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 10:16am

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Chiefs HC Andy Reid will likely rest some of his starters in Week 17: “I’m going to work some guys in,” Reid said. “Most of them have already worked in. … I talked to the team, and I will have it figured out by the end of the week exactly how I’m going to work it.” Translated, that means the Chiefs, 11-4, likely will approach this game against San Diego, 8-7, much like Reid did four times in Philadelphia when his Eagles’ teams were locked into playoff positions going into a final week, the same way most teams approach a final preseason game. He’ll give the starters a series or two and then go to the backups. Unlike in the preseason, a team with 53 players on the active roster can’t rest everyone. But don’t expect to see much of quarterback Alex Smith, running back Jamaal Charles or outside linebacker Tamba Hali, who did not practice Tuesday because of a swollen knee.

Fantasy Impact:
With Charles likely playing a low number of snaps, Knile Davis is likely to see a career high in touches against the Chargers. This is why we recommend that leagues wrap up their finals Week 16 or earlier. It's a shame that championship-caliber teams with Charles won't be able to use their star RB in the title game.

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Ryan Mathews expected to play Week 17

Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 9:02am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers coach Mike McCoy told reporters that running back Ryan Mathews suffered an ankle injury in the win over Oakland, but is expected to play on Sunday in the team's final game of the season against Kansas City. Mathews wore a protective boot on his foot in the locker room after the game.

Fantasy Impact:
Mathews carried the ball 25 times for 99 yards, including a 7-yard score. Mathews has a career-high 1,111 yards this season, and is on track to play a full, 16-game season for the first time in his four-year NFL career. He should be a good play against the Chiefs, who could end up resting a lot of their starters after clinching the 5th seed.

Sunday, December 22, 2013, 9:19pm

Michael Gehlken on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews wearing a protective boot on left foot in locker room.

Fantasy Impact:
Mathews left the game but was able to come back. The Chargers play the Chiefs in Week 17 and if Mathews can't go, Danny Woodhead would likely see an increased role with Ronnie Brown also mixed in.

Raiders/Chargers Inactives

Sunday, December 22, 2013, 3:15pm

Raiders Inactives
 
Brice Butler WR
Chance Casey DB
Jacoby Ford WR
Andre Gurode C
Ricky Lumpkin DT
Lamar Mady OG
Jeremy Stewart FB
 
Chargers Inactives
 
Marcus Cromartie DB
Kwame Geathers NT
Lavelle Hawkins WR
Stephen Schilling G
Brad Sorensen QB
Brandon Taylor SS
Kenny Wiggins T
Fantasy Impact:
Keenan Allen is active, as expected.

Friday, December 20, 2013, 6:36pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (foot, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. No one seems too concerned about Mathews’ injury. He should be good to go for a great matchup with the Raiders.

Friday, December 20, 2013, 6:36pm

Raiders RB Darren McFadden (knee, ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16. It appears that McFadden will return this week, and that might cut into the workload of Rashad Jennings, though he’s still a strong RB2 play against the Chargers.

Friday, December 20, 2013, 6:36pm

Chargers RB Le'Ron McClain (hamstring, questionable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 16.

Friday, December 20, 2013, 6:35pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 16. Allen is ready to go for a nice matchup with the Raiders.

Friday, December 20, 2013, 6:35pm

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 16. Royal figures to continue to play through the injury.

Friday, December 20, 2013, 6:35pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (not injury related, probable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16. Gates will be available to face the Raiders.

Thursday, December 19, 2013, 6:44pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (foot) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. No one seems too concerned about Mathews’ injury. He should be good to go for a great matchup with the Raiders.

Thursday, December 19, 2013, 6:44pm

Raiders RB Darren McFadden (knee, ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. It appears that McFadden may be able to return this week, and that might cut into the workload of Rashad Jennings, though he’s still a strong RB2 play against the Chargers.

Thursday, December 19, 2013, 6:43pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (shoulder) took full practice reps again Thursday. Allen will be good to go for a great matchup with the Raiders.

Thursday, December 19, 2013, 6:43pm

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe) missed practice again Thursday. Royal figures to continue to play through the injury.

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.