Chargers Fantasy News

Ken Whisenhunt will call plays for Titans

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 6:20pm

Paul Kuharsky, Twitter - [Full Article]

New Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt plans to call the plays for the offense.

Fantasy Impact:
He also said at his introductory presser that he'd like a 50/50 run/pass split. Whisenhunt called the plays in San Diego this year, and the Chargers threw 52.8% of the time. Expect a similar split in Tennessee, provided the Titans are able to run the ball effectively.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:20pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

The biggest beneficiary in the Ken Whisenhunt hire should be Jake Locker, the Titans’ talented but injury-prone quarterback. Whisenhunt has worked successfully with young quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh), old quarterbacks (Kurt Warner in Arizona) and in-between quarterbacks (Philip Rivers in San Diego).

But it also ups the pressure on Locker. Entering his fourth pro season, he is at a crossroads. At some point this year, Whisenhunt will decide if Locker is indeed a franchise quarterback or if the Titans need to go a different direction.

Personally, I think it is a terrific pairing. Locker has worked in two different offensive systems — the first one run by Chris Palmer, the more recent by Dowell Loggains — over the past three seasons. Whisenhunt will provide new direction.

Ryan Mathews played through a high ankle sprain

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 11:11am

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

A high ankle sprain carries a four-to-six week recovery timetable.

Ryan Mathews didn't miss one game.

The Chargers running back was clearly hobbled in the team's two playoff contests, not playing in the second half Sunday of a 24-17 loss to the Broncos. While Mathews declined to confirm, sources said his limitation was the result of a high ankle sprain.

Fantasy Impact:
If this is indeed the case, Mathews showed some toughness playing through the injury. Given how many owners he has burned through the years, his ADP will be interesting to watch heading into the 2014 season. He was the #10 RB from Week 6 on, so he'll merit consideration in the 3rd round.

Titans hire Ken Whisenhunt as head coach

Monday, January 13, 2014, 8:31pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Tennessee Titans have hired San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach.

Whisenhunt replaces Mike Munchak, who parted with the team after three seasons and a 22-26 record.

Fantasy Impact:
Whisenhunt led a revitalized Chargers offense led by QB Philip Rivers, RB Ryan Mathews and WR Keenan Allen. His first order of business will decide who is the future at QB. Jake Locker has been inconsistent, but the Titans hold the #11 pick. Ryan Fitzpatrick could hold down the fort for a year if necessary.

Ryan Mathews active for Chargers

Sunday, January 12, 2014, 3:58pm

Chargers Inactives
Jeromey Clary G
Marcus Cromartie DB
Lavelle Hawkins WR
Sean Lissemore NT
Brad Sorensen QB
Brandon Taylor S
Kenny Wiggins T

Fantasy Impact:
Ryan Mathews is active for the Chargers and will start, but is not 100%, dealing with a left ankle injury.

Friday, January 10, 2014, 5:33pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. Manning will face the Chargers, who are #10 in QB aFPA, though if they are without Ryan Mathews, they may have a tougher time playing “keep away” from the Broncos.

Friday, January 10, 2014, 5:33pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 19. Mathews is looking iffy for Sunday, though he’s a veteran and capable of playing without practicing. The Chargers desperately need a strong running game to grind the clock like they did in their previous win in Denver. If he can’t play or is limited, look for Danny Woodhead and especially Ronnie Brown to see a jump in snaps and touches.

Friday, January 10, 2014, 5:33pm

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 19. Royal is expected to play through the questionable tag once again.

Redskins hire Jay Gruden as HC

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 10:38am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bengals OC Jay Gruden has agreed to become the next head coach of the Washington Redskins, per league source.

Hue Jackson is expected to be promoted to OC of the Bengals.

Fantasy Impact:
It hasn't ended well for Gruden's predecessors in D.C., but he's going to jump on the opportunity for a head coaching job after three seasons as the Bengals' offensive coordinator. Despite an ugly flameout against the Chargers on Sunday, the Bengals offense has improved under Gruden's guidance. However, some fantasy owners were frustrated by his (lack of) usage of rookie RB Giovanni Bernard and second-year WR Marvin Jones. As for Jackson, he has run productive offenses before, including the Raiders in 2010 and 2011. Oakland was top 10 in yards gained in those two seasons under Jackson's guidance.

Marvin Jones's playing time increased in stretch run

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 11:56am

Bengals - [Full Article]

Bengals WR Marvin Jones played on an average of 43 percent of his teams snaps in his first 13 games of the season. Over his final four games, including a Wild Card playoff loss to the Chargers, he played on an average of 68 percent of snaps.

Fantasy Impact:
As his snaps increased, so did his targets. He averaged 4.4 targets through 13 games compared to 8.8 targets in the final four games of the season, including 12 targets against the Chargers in the playoffs. After a season of frustrating usage, it appears that the Cincinnati coaching staff has finally recognized that Jones deserves to play starter's snaps. Entering his third season, he's going to be an intriguing middle round pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.

Mathews: "My mindset is I'm playing"

Monday, January 6, 2014, 11:35am

San Diego Union Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews did what he could Sunday.

An ankle injury that's slowed him the past two weeks could be played on for so long. He was out most of the second half.

“My mindset is I'm playing (against Denver),” said Mathews, who praised the work of the team's running backs. “We keep fighting. Coach (Mike) McCoy says it all the time. It's the next man up. We're all ready.”

Fantasy Impact:
It's interesting that Mathews just didn't say "I'm playing," since that's what most overly optimistic players would say at this point in the season. We'll watch his practice activity, but he may not be able to go against the Broncos.

Ryan Mathews re-aggravates ankle injury

Sunday, January 5, 2014, 10:03pm

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Chargers RB Ryan Mathews missed much of the second half of Sunday's win after re-aggravating his ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact:
Mathews did not play during much of the third and fourth quarter while the Chargers were in clear drain-the-clock mode. Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown handled rushing duties with Mathews sidelined. He finished with 15 touches for 64 yards.

Sunday, January 5, 2014, 12:16pm

Chargers Inactives
Marcus Cromartie DB
Lavelle Hawkins WR
Sean Lissemore NT
Stephen Schilling G
Brad Sorensen QB
Brandon Taylor S
Kenny Wiggins T

Friday, January 3, 2014, 4:58pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle, probable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is probable for Week 18. The plan for Mathews is the same as last week. He’s fully expected to play against the Bengals.

Friday, January 3, 2014, 4:58pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 18. Green is good to go for a mediocre matchup with the Chargers.