Chargers Fantasy News

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) misses practice on Wednesday

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:41am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch left the sidelines early with still over a minute to play in Seattle’s 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Head coach Pete Carroll said Monday the reason for Lynch’s early departure was due to a sore back that tightened up late in the game.

“It’s an ongoing issue for him for years,” Carroll said. “It’s something we’re always monitoring.”

Lynch did not practice with the Seahawks on Wednesday due to his back issue.

Fantasy Impact:

Lynch should be fine to face the Broncos, but this is something to monitor this week. Robert Turbin is the proper handcuff for Lynch at this point.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews will reportedly miss 4-5 weeks with a sprained knee. Donald Brown takes over as the primary early down back, but Danny Woodhead will be plenty involved.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) practiced fully Wednesday. Watkins broke out with an 8-117-1 game against the Dolphins and he should be able to produce against the Chargers in Week 3.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Bills WR Robert Woods (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Woods didn’t miss much time in Week 2, so we’re cautiously expecting him to play against the Chargers in Week 3.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Get used to seeing Gates sitting out of practice early in the week. He clearly doesn’t need full participation to be effective on Sundays.

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:28pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Oakland Raiders, looking to bolster their wide receiving corps, signed fourth-year pass catcher Vincent Brown to a one-year deal, multiple sources told

Brown, who was released by the San Diego Chargers last month, worked out for the team Monday morning and passed a physical.

Rehabbing from a calf injury, Brown could be the jolt Oakland's offense needs. Brown was selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft and hauled in 41 receptions for 472 yards last season.

Fantasy Impact:

Brown was unimpressive last year as the Chargers WR2 opposite of Keenan Allen, who emerged as a rookie.

Ryan Mathews out 4-5 weeks with MCL sprain

Monday, September 15, 2014, 12:53pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bad news for Chargers, RB Ryan Mathews post-MRI ... source tells me his MCL sprain could keep him out 4-5 weeks. He hopes for sooner.

Fantasy Impact:

Reports of the MCL sprain came pretty early Sunday night which gave hope it wasn't anything more serious after he was carted off, but owners were likely hoping for something a little less. Dating back to last year, Mathews had posted either 100 yards or a TD in 8 of his last 9 regular games before this week. Donald Brown looks like he'll get a majority of carries with Danny Woodhead also chipping in. Next on the depth chart is Branden Oliver who could also contribute. In an update Monday night, the Chargers didn't put a timetable on Mathews return.

Ryan Mathews said to have sprained MCL

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:18pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews scheduled to undergo an MRI on injured knee, per source. Concern it could be sprained MCL.

Fantasy Impact:

Updates overnight confirm it's a sprained MCL which owners should consider somewhat good news for now. Mathews was carted off the field in the team's victory over the Seahawks. If Mathews can't play, Donald Brown would likely see more touches with Danny Woodhead mixing in and remaining a presence in the passing game. Branden Oliver is next up on the depth chart and could figure in as well. The good news for the Bolts in their schedule eases up with favorable matchups against the run the next two weeks (Buffalo, Jacksonville).

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 2:44pm

Chargers Inactives
Jahleel Addae DB
Chris Davis CB
Brandon Flowers CB
Jarret Johnson OLB
Doug Legursky C
Ricardo Mathews DT
Branden Oliver RB

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (ribs, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 2. Allen is ready to go for a tough matchup against the Seahawks. If Allen has another quiet game, he will be a prime trade target for those owners wanting to buy low. His schedule lightens up considerably starting in Week 3.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 2. Gates is going to get a lot of mid-week practice rest, it seems. He’s a go for a tough matchup against the Seahawks.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (ribs) practiced fully Wednesday. He should be fine for a tough matchup against the Seahawks.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. The Chargers are probably just letting their veteran TE rest. He looked fine on Monday night.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 9:37am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd turned 33 on Monday, and there was plenty to celebrate before a single pass flew his way.

It was almost a year ago that the Chargers receiver was carted off the field after suffering a neck injury against the Eagles in Week 2.

There was fear that his NFL career was over — that he’d be forced out unceremoniously after nine years. But in the season opener against the Cardinals, Floyd showed that he was far from done.

The veteran had four receptions for 50 yards in the Chargers’ 18-17 loss, but shined brightest in the first series of the third quarter, when he a caught 7-yard pass on second down and 11, a 32-yard pass on third and 4, and a six-yard touchdown pass on second down to put the Chargers ahead 10-6.

Fantasy Impact:

Floyd is a potential pickup for leagues that play three or more WRs. He should prove to be a much more reliable target for QB Philip Rivers than what Vincent Brown was last year. With top corners potentially sticking to Keenan Allen more, Floyd could find himself a little more free.

Foot injury limited Andre Ellington's mobility

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 9:28am

ESPN - [Full Article]

When Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Saturday that he saw what he needed from his starting running back, who injured his left foot late last week, he meant it.

It was after Saturday's practice that Arians believed Andre Ellington could play Monday night against the San Diego Chargers. After a brief pregame workout, Ellington suited up and carried 13 times for 53 yards and caught all five of his intended passes for 27 yards in the Cardinals' 18-17 win.

Even with 18 touches, however, Ellington wasn't himself and he could tell he wasn't 100 percent.

"I wasn't full speed," he said. "My quickness, I had some quickness going from right to left, but it was a little harder going from left to right."

Fantasy Impact:

All things considered, Ellington still had 18 touches and performed pretty well. The concerning news is will the foot heal this season or will it be something that plagues him every time he takes the field. Defenses will eventually adjust to the discomfort he apparently has going from left to right. What once looked like a potential monster season may need to be toned down a bit.