Chargers Fantasy News

Chargers to sign WR Travis Benjamin

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 9:04am

Rand Getlin - [Full Article]

I’m told WR Travis Benjamin plans to sign with the Chargers when the market officially opens tomorrow. San Diego gets a dangerous weapon.

Fantasy Impact:

With Malcom Floyd's retirement, the Chargers are losing a field stretcher and they found a good replacement in Benjamin, who managed to produce 68 catches for 966 yards and five touchdowns with a three-headed quarterback throwing to him in Cleveland. He averaged 7.8 targets per game, however, while Floyd averaged just 5.2 T/G after the arrival of Keenan Allen. Stevie Johnson is also under contract and the team figures to re-sign Antonio Gates and/or Ladarius Green, so Benjamin's targets are likely to have a lower ceiling that they did in Cleveland. On the plus side, his quarterback situation will be much better, so he'll certainly be fantasy relevant heading into 2016 fantasy drafts.

Ken Whisenhunt wants to jumpstart the Chargers' running game

Monday, February 15, 2016, 1:08pm

Chargers.com - [Full Article]

As the Bolts charge forward looking for a bounce back 2016 campaign, Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is dead set on jumpstarting a rushing attack that has been dormant in recent years.

San Diego’s offense was electric at times over the two seasons between Whisenhunt’s stints as OC, and he is quick to point out all the good the staff accomplished with Philip Rivers at the helm. Nonetheless, the Chargers made a number of coaching changes on offense as only one coach remains in the same position heading into 2016.

A major reason for that change was a need to improve the ground game. The Bolts ranked under 13th in the NFL under Whisenhunt in 2012, yet fell to 30th and 31st the past two seasons.

While the offensive coordinator has numerous priorities throughout the offseason, he admits that is chief amongst them.

Whisenhunt: “...the one thing that stands out is we need to run the football better than we did last year. There is no blame associated there, as there are always factors that are involved. But that is probably the biggest thing we have to do, because then your play action builds off of that, your time of possession increases where you can control the ball and you are in better third down situations. All of those things tie in together."

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers struggled to run the last two seasons, and the addition of Melvin Gordon didn't help in 2015. Whisenhunt's offenses have performed better when he's the OC and not the head coach, so his commitment to the running game should be good news for Gordon. Danny Woodhead likely remains the better option in PPR leagues.

Friday, January 22, 2016, 4:44pm

Cardinals RB David Johnson (toe, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 20. Johnson is expected to play against Carolina.

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 5:50pm

Cardinals RB David Johnson (toe) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Johnson is expected to play against Carolina. If he’s limited or out, Andre Ellington would see an expanded role.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5:55pm

Cardinals RB David Johnson (toe) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Johnson played most of the snaps last week, so the Cardinals are probably just giving him some rest.

Chargers hire Ken Whisenhunt as offensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 4:05pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

The Chargers have a new offensive coordinator, and it's the old one, sources said Wednesday. Ken Whisenhunt is back after having spent 2013 in San Diego. The team finished with the NFL's fifth-ranked offense that year. Notably, the Chargers ran the football with relative consistency, something that's proven a struggle in the two seasons since Whisenhunt left to become the Titans' head coach. He was relieved from his duties in Tennessee last November.

Last week, the Chargers moved on from Frank Reich, Whisenhunt's successor.

Fantasy Impact:

Whisenhunt has had an up-and-down record running offenses in the NFL, but his last stint in San Diego went very well. Interestingly, he's had much more success from a statistical perspective as a coordinator than he has as a head coach. In four seasons as an OC, his offenses have average ranking of 11.0 in points scored. In eight years as a head coach, that average falls to 20.0.

Chargers fire OC Frank Reich

Monday, January 4, 2016, 8:54pm

Michael Gehlken on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers making change at offensive coordinator. Frank Reich is out, sources say. Interviewed for Jets, Bills HC jobs last year.

Fantasy Impact:

We had a news story earlier in the day that Mike McCoy's job as head coach was safe but other changes were expected. The Chargers were beat up on offense with injuries at WR and didn't have much of a running game all year.

Chargers plan to keep Mike McCoy

Monday, January 4, 2016, 1:30pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Wherever the Chargers play their home games next year, Mike McCoy will be coaching them.

According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chargers officials told McCoy this morning he was safe for next season.

McCoy is entering the final year of his contract, and the combination of a 4-12 season and the team’s own uncertain location made his status reasonable to wonder about, especially considering General Manager Tom Telesco was given an extension.

Fantasy Impact:

According to the story, the newspaper also reports “substantial changes are coming to the coaching staff,” which could happen as soon as today.

Sunday, January 3, 2016, 3:06pm

Chargers Inactives
Asante Cleveland TE
Kavell Conner OLB
King Dunlap T
Orlando Franklin OG
Steve Johnson WR
Sean McGrath TE
Jason Verrett CB

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Raiders WR Amari Cooper (foot, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. Cooper was very limited against the Chargers on Christmas Eve, playing only 27% of the snaps. He’s a risky play given his practice activity and a tough matchup with the Chiefs, but the probable tag means that he should play his full complement of snaps.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Chargers WR Javontee Herndon (chest, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (groin, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 17. Johnson will apparently be a game-time decision. The Chargers play late on Sunday.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. The probable tag indicates that Sanders will play against the Chargers.

Broncos plan to start Brock Osweiler Week 17

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 8:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday "nothing's changed'' in the team's quarterback plan, so Brock Osweiler will prepare to start the Broncos' regular-season finale Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

Fantasy Impact:

It will be Osweiler's seventh consecutive start. Kubiak said he will also meet with Peyton Manning either Tuesday evening or Wednesday to talk about what level of participation Manning will have in the team's practices this week, the story said.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 8:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The reunion was short-lived one for the San Diego Chargers and receiver Vincent Brown.

The Chargers announced on Tuesday that they have released the five-year pro.

Signed on Dec. 8, Brown was active his first week with the Chargers, finishing with one catch for 22 yards in a 10-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

However, Brown was inactive for the last two games, with the Chargers playing developmental receivers in Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams.

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