Chargers Fantasy News

Rivers: Antonio Gates looks 'fast' and 'sharp'

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 1:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Although Chargers TE Antonio Gates turned 36 in June, QB Philip Rivers said during minicamp this summer that Gates can still consistently get open.

“There’s still such a suddenness there, even at the age of 36,” Rivers said. “He still looks fast. He’s sharp.”

Gates should still put up decent numbers this season.

After missing the first four games of last season due to a suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Gates limped through the second half of 2015 following an MCL knee sprain in a Week 6 loss against the Green Bay Packers. Despite the suspension and being slowed by injury, he finished the season with 56 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers drafted Hunter Henry in the second round of this year’s NFL draft to be Gates’ eventual replacement for a reason. Gates is near the end of a remarkable NFL career. Still, Gates is 12th on our TE list making him a low-end TE1 option. We project him for a 60-685-6.8 line this season making him a solid, late-round option. Buyers should probably have a backup plan, however.

Danny Woodhead survives spring scare, feels great

Monday, July 25, 2016, 10:17am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

The Chargers will report to training camp Friday and hold their first practice Saturday morning. Their spring ended with a scare, Danny Woodhead suffering an ankle sprain that could’ve been far more severe. He walked off the field under his own power. This week, he will sprint back onto it.

More than six weeks separated the end of minicamp and start of training camp. That gave ample time to recover for Woodhead, who will participate in the ninth training camp of his NFL career and fourth in San Diego. He is ready for it.

“It took a couple weeks, but now I’m as healthy as I’ve been in a long time,” Woodhead said. “I feel great going into the season.”

Fantasy Impact:

Woodhead is ranked 16th in PPR and is one of those backs to target in our Zero-RB draft strategy this year. Woodhead finished #12 in standard formats and #3 in PPR in 2015. He’ll have a new offensive coordinator, Ken Whisenhunt, who returns to the Chargers after coordinating the offense back in 2013. In that season, Woodhead averaged 9.3 FP (standard) and 13.8 FP (PPR) in 18 games, including the postseason. Those are solid RB2 (standard) and RB1 (PPR) numbers, respectively. Worries about the potential emergence of Melvin Gordon will depress Woodhead’s ADP, which is currently residing in the 7th round of early standard drafts (5th in PPR).

Monday, July 25, 2016, 9:11am

ESPN - [Full Article]

As Adrian Peterson prepares for his 10th NFL season, he's coming off his third rushing title in large part because of the unyielding work ethic that still has him training for three to four hours a day at his gym in Houston.

He's working to stay ahead of a young generation of running backs who were raised on Peterson highlights. And in the case of Melvin Gordon -- the San Diego Chargers back who finished second in the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting and was selected 15th in last year's draft -- Peterson has a protege who has come to Houston this summer in the hopes of adopting some of the four-time All-Pro's tenacity.

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon, who ran for 641 yards, fumbled six times and missed two games because of a microfracture in his left knee during a trying rookie season. He contacted Peterson in February about training with him this offseason, the story said. Gordon has gone through some of the same drills, designed to improve his balance and proprioception after his injury.

Chargers 'very pleased' with RB Melvin Gordon's progress

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 1:43pm

Chargers.com - [Full Article]

HC Mike McCoy on RB Melvin Gordon, who is recovering from microfracture surgery.

“Melvin has worked extremely hard this offseason,” he said “If you had seen him last Thursday do the conditioning part of the program in the offseason, you would have never known he was injured last year. He has worked extremely hard with (Head Trainer) James (Collins’) staff, (and we’re) very pleased with where he is at. He is getting more and more comfortable every day. (He’s) cutting certain ways, doing certain things and each day he has gotten better. I’m really looking forward to him having an outstanding year this year.”

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon missed the final two games, but through the first 15 weeks, he was the #44 RB in PPR formats. When Ken Whisenhunt was the offensive coordinator in 2013, Ryan Mathews was the #17 RB (PPR), so there is definitely potential in this offense if Gordon remains healthy and the team can sort out its offensive line. We believe that Danny Woodhead will finish as the top Charger running back in both formats, but Gordon is the wild card in San Diego.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (microfracture) participating in some individual and team drills

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 10:12am

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Melvin Gordon took part in several individual and team drills. It was a busy day for the running back who had microfracture knee surgery January 5.

Gordon isn't scheduled to be at 100 percent at this stage of the offseason. And, he's not.

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon is coming off of a disappointing rookie season and microfracture surgery. We'd rather have Danny Woodhead in this backfield, though the team isn't going to give up on Gordon.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (kidney) fully recovered

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 10:10am

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Keenan Allen got open fast and snatched passes, seven months after a lacerated kidney ended his season. If health allows, the 24-year-old looks on the verge of commanding a huge contract.

"Keenan Allen is bigger than I thought," said Chargers newcomer Dwight Lowery, a safety in his ninth season.

Fantasy Impact:

Allen racked up 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns in eight games, so he was on pace for a 134-1550-8 season prior to lacerating his kidney. At the halfway mark, he was the #7 receiver in standard formats and #4 in PPR. He garnered 11.1 targets per game, but that number could decline a bit since Antonio Gates sat out four of those games. However, Allen saw 30 targets in three games with Gates, and in the third game (five targets), he only played 60% of the snaps due to the injured kidney. Given his usage, the fourth-year receiver a threat to finish as a WR1 in 2016.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 4:08pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Chargers claimed former Titans QB Zach Mettenberger on waivers today, per source. Mettenberger reunited with San Diego OC Ken Whisenhunt.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon underwent microfracture surgery

Monday, May 9, 2016, 11:09pm

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Melvin Gordon is ready to move on from his rookie season.

There is just one aspect he must put behind him first.

The Chargers running back participated in on-field drills Monday. Afterward, he acknowledged he is not yet 100 percent, still working back from a January knee procedure. Sources said that Gordon underwent microfracture surgery and was given a recovery timetable of four to six months.

That phrase, microfracture surgery, carries an ominous connotation.

While some past cases warrant the association, a high concern level about Gordon’s short- and long-term recovery is not sensed here. He expects to practice without limitation well before the start of training camp in late July.

Fantasy Impact:

The article says that Gordon should be ready to practice before training camp, but the surgery is worrisome nonetheless. Gordon is coming off of a very disappointing rookie season (3.5 YPC) and surgery is not the way to start your offseason.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen a 'full participant' in voluntary workouts

Monday, April 18, 2016, 10:22am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

The day has arrived when Keenan Allen rejoins teammates for the start of the Chargers’ voluntary workout program. Phase one of a nine-week regimen features two weeks of strength and conditioning. Allen will be a full participant Monday, the injury that ended a banner season mid-breath well behind him.

He lacerated his kidney Nov. 1 on that touchdown in Baltimore.

The ailment ended his season but not before eight games from which he can build.

“Just try to dominate,” Allen said, “knowing that I can dominate the league like I did last year for those eight games. Hopefully, I can come back and do that for a full 16. … I feel 100 percent. I have no aches, no pains. The kidney healed up really well. I’ve just been working. Ready.”

Fantasy Impact:

Allen racked up 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns in eight games, so he was on pace for a 134-1550-8 season prior to lacerating his kidney. At the halfway mark, he was the #7 receiver in standard formats and #4 in PPR. He garnered 11.1 targets per game, but that number could decline a bit since Antonio Gates sat out four of those games. However, Allen saw 30 targets in three games with Gates, and in the third game (five targets), he only played 60% of the snaps due to the injured kidney. Given his usage, the fourth-year receiver a threat to finish as a WR1 in 2016.

Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:05pm

Newsday - [Full Article]

Former Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland is headed to San Diego on a one-year deal, the Chargers announced on Monday.

“Out with the old in with the new,” Cumberland wrote on social media. “Thanks for the 6 years the Jets organization gave me. Thanks to the Chargers organization for the opportunity to make a new home.”

In San Diego, he’ll be paired with eight-time Pro Bowler Antonio Gates.

Surgery may end Scott Chandler's career

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 5:07pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Scott Chandler, the tight end for the Bills for several years who spent 2015 in New England, could be done with football after undergoing knee surgery earlier this week.

Chandler was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2007 draft. He spent 2007 and 2008 with San Diego (though he was on IR for the '08 season) before landing with the Dallas Cowboys in 2009, spending two seasons bouncing back and forth between the practice squads and active rosters of the Cowboys and Giants before ultimately landing with the Buffalo Bills late in the 2010 season.

He wound up spending four more years with the Bills, ultimately catching 181 passes for 2,112 yards and 17 touchdowns during that stint. He then landed with the New England Patriots for the 2015 season, playing No. 2 to Rob Gronkowski for most of the year and filling in for Gronk as the No. 1 tight end when he missed time. He caught 23 passes for 259 yards and four scores.

Fantasy Impact:

Chandler wound up needing knee surgery at the end of the season, though, and according to this Twitter post from his wife, Alissa, that surgery may end his career.

Arians: David Johnson earned right to be 'bell cow'

Friday, April 1, 2016, 1:06pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has a challenge most coaches would only wish for. He has three starting running backs in his backfield. On the other hand, he has the unenviable task of dividing one football multiple ways.

“It’s my job to get them the ball enough because they can all do different things,” Arians said.

With Chris Johnson re-signing with the Cardinals in March, the backfield tandem of David Johnson, who’s entering his second season, and Andre Ellington became a trio. All three have started for the Cardinals. All three have rushed for at least 581 yards in a season.

But with David Johnson's emergence in the final five games last year after Chris went down with a fractured tibia, he’s established himself as the Cardinals’ feature back.

“David’s earned the right now to be the bell cow,” Arians said. “Everybody’s got to take it from him. But Chris ran for 800 (yards) and probably would have had 1,200 had he stayed healthy. Andre can break the game open.”

Fantasy Impact:

David Johnson finished with 581 yards in his rookie season, 442 of which came in the final five games -- the third most in the NFL during that span. Chris Johnson had 814 yards, fourth most in the league at the time he went down. David Johnson is poised to be one of the top fantasy backs in drafts this summer, but will likely lose some work to Chris Johnson and even Ellington on third down. However, Ellington has struggled to stay healthy over the last few years.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant dropping appeal, will be suspended for the entire 2016 season

Monday, March 14, 2016, 3:15pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is dropping his appeal of his suspension. He's going to be suspended a year.

Bryant is eligible to apply for reinstatement no sooner than 60 days before 1-year anniversary of the suspension.

Related players: Markus Wheaton, Ladarius Green, Darrius Heyward-Bey

Fantasy Impact:

Markus Wheaton sees the biggest bump in fantasy value with the news of Bryant's suspension. He caught 44 passes for 749 yards and five touchdowns on the season, but really came on down the stretch, averaging 4.7 catches for 79 yards and 0.67 TD (on 7.8 targets per game) over the final six games of the season. (He was the #12 fantasy receiver in that span.) Though he only gained 53 total receiving yards in two playoff games, he was targeted 13 times, so he was an integral part of the offense late in the year. Wheaton fared well on a per target basis, finishing 22nd and 27th (out of 121 eligible receivers) in fantasy points per target in standard and PPR formats, respectively. Consider Wheaton a fantasy WR3 with WR2 upside. The other players who stand to benefit are TE Ladarius Green (especially in the red zone) and deep threat Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Steelers expected to sign TE Ladarius Green

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 12:50pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Former Chargers TE Ladarius Green is expected to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

There were better potential landing spots, but this is still great news for his fantasy stock. He'll compete to be the third option in the passing game behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. In 13 career games where he's seen at least five targets, he has averaged 3.5 catches for 52 yards and 0.38 TD, which are solid TE1 numbers in both standard and PPR formats. He's not guaranteed at least five targets per game, but the now-retired Heath Miller saw at least five passes come his way in 17 of his last 32 regular season games and his skills were diminishing. Green has the speed to threaten the seam and will see single coverage with Brown and Bryant drawing most of the attention of the defense.

Chargers re-sign TE Antonio Gates

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 12:23pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Veteran tight end Antonio Gates will not be leaving San Diego this year.

Antonio Gates and the Chargers have agreed to terms on a new contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The 35-year-old Gates has spent his entire 13-year career with the Chargers, and now he’ll remain in San Diego. Although he’s not quite the player he once was, he’s still an important part of the Chargers’ offense. Last year Gates caught 56 passes for 630 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games.

Fantasy Impact:

Gates averaged 5.1 catches for 57 yards and 0.45 TD in 11 games, so he was scoring at solid TE1 pace when healthy. He appeared on the injury report for five weeks with knee and hip issues and ended up missing five games -- four due to suspension -- so he finished as the #11 TE in standard formats and #12 in PPR. If the Chargers don't re-sign Ladarius Green or find other significant help at tight end, then Gates will once again be a solid value in the later rounds. Potential owners should be sure to draft a backup or target a surprise TE early in the waiver wire process since it’s likely that Gates will miss some time due to injury as his body continues to break down.

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