Chargers Fantasy News

Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm

Bears WR Eddie Royal (knee) missed practice again Friday. With Royal very likely out, Marquess Wilson should see starter’s snaps against the Chargers on Monday night.

Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) took limited practice reps again Friday. After playing through the injury last week, and practicing all week, we’re expecting him to play on Monday night, barring a setback.

Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) missed practice again Friday. Green was spotted in a protective boot on Thursday and should be considered very iffy for Monday night, but we’re not going to rule him out yet.

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:20pm

Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) missed practice Thursday. Forte is expected to miss at least this week, probably two. Jeremy Langford will be the feature back in a great matchup against the Chargers. One beat writer said he’d be surprised if Langford doesn’t see 20 carries this week.

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:20pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) took limited practice reps Thursday. It’s a great sign that Gates is practicing as early as Wednesday. He’s locked in as a high-end TE1.

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:20pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) missed practice Thursday. Green is iffy for Monday night, but we’re not going to rule him out yet.

Bears Beat: 'It would be a surprise' if RB Jeremy Langford doesn't see 20 carries in Week 9

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 1:32pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bears beat writer Jeff Dickerson:

San Diego is the perfect opponent for RB Jeremy Langford. With Langford's role about to increase in the aftermath of Matt Forte's knee injury, the rookie will go up against the Chargers' 27th-ranked rushing defense (124.4) on Monday night. San Diego has allowed four tailbacks to rush for more than 100 yards through eight games -- James Starks, Le'Veon Bell, Adrian Peterson and Giovani Bernard. The Bears have gone out of their way to publicly praise Langford this week, despite the rookie playing just 73 snaps in seven games. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase begins installing the game plan for San Diego on Thursday. It would be a surprise if Langford carries the ball fewer than 20 times on Monday in Southern California.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently project Langford for around 18 carries, but if he doesn't run well early, don't be shocked if Antone Smith gets a chance. Smith was highly productive on limited touches while in Atlanta. Langford should run well early, however, given the matchup against the Chargers, who are last in the league in RB aFPA.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 9:02pm

San Diego Union Tribune - [Full Article]

Jacoby Jones was envisioned to be the missing spark to the Chargers' return game.

That spark was missing.

The Chargers have moved on from the veteran, releasing the 31-year-old on Tuesday. He signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract in March of which he collects $2.5 million. Jones returned five punts for minus-4 yards. On Sunday, he watched a punt that needed to be fair caught bounce 19 yards to his own 3-yard line.

Fantasy Impact:

Wide receiver Javontee Herndon is expected to handle Jones' duties.

Branden Oliver placed on IR

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 6:14pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

RB Branden Oliver suffered a turf toe injury against the Baltimore Ravens and hoped to get back on the field. However, the Chargers apparently needed the roster spot, placing him on the injured reserve list.

Oliver ends his second NFL season with 31 carries for 108 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and 13 catches for 112 yards. He also returned eight kickoffs for 197 yards (24.6 yards per return).

Fantasy Impact:

WR Javontee Herndon was added from the practice squad. Oliver was getting more time as the result of Melvin Gordon's struggles. But given the state of the team, it may be time for the Chargers to just see what they have with Gordon at RB and hope he gets on track.

Keenan Allen has lacerated kidney, headed to IR

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 1:29pm - [Full Article]

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Chargers wideout Keenan Allen has a lacerated kidney, per two sources.

The Chargers have ended his season, placing him on IR.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a huge blow to the offense that was struggling to run the ball this season behind rookie Melvin Gordon. A lot was falling on QB Philip Rivers' shoulders, and it's likely to stay that way despite not having his top target the rest of the year. Stevie Johnson and Malcom Floyd will see increased work at receiver, but the team could now really turn to TEs Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green, with RB Danny Woodhead likely continuing to be a key part of the passing game as well. Dontrelle Inman and Jacoby Jones are next up on the depth chart at WR. Inman will play much more than Jones.

Keenan Allen out 'some time' with kidney injury

Monday, November 2, 2015, 5:26pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

The Chargers will be without Keenan Allen for "some time," coach Mike McCoy announced Monday.

Allen suffered a kidney injury Sunday when he landed hard at the end of a 13-yard touchdown catch in a 29-26 loss to the Ravens. The wide receiver traveled back from Baltimore to San Diego after the game with the team, but his symptoms worsened as the night progressed. He was checked into a San Diego hospital.

Fantasy Impact:

Obviously a huge blow to this offense and to QB Philip Rivers. Stevie Johnson, Malcom Floyd, Dontrelle Inman and Jacoby Jones will have to pick up the slack at WR. The team could also turn to TEs Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green, when healthy. Danny Woodhead should continue to be a force in the passing game from the RB position.

Kamar Aiken now Ravens top receiver

Monday, November 2, 2015, 12:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Kamar Aiken has gone from a journeyman with no career starts before this season to the Baltimore Ravens' No. 1 wide receiver by midseason.

This is what happens when Steve L Smith is lost for the season with an Achilles injury and first-round pick Breshad Perriman is sidelined with a sprained knee. If Sunday's 29-26 win over the San Diego Chargers is any indication, Aiken will assume Smith's role as Joe Flacco's top target.

Fantasy Impact:

After Smith left late in the third quarter, Aiken was targeted on half of Flacco's 10 passes. He caught five passes for 59 yards in a little over a quarter and drew a key 21-yard pass-interference penalty that set up the winning kick.

Ladarius Green leaves with ankle injury

Sunday, November 1, 2015, 7:57pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green (ankle) did not return.

Fantasy Impact:

No word on the severity of the injury.

Keena Allen had back spasms

Sunday, November 1, 2015, 7:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The most significant injury was to leading receiver Keenan Allen, who appeared to reinjure a hip flexor at the end of the first half on a 13-yard touchdown catch and did not return. The Chargers announced that Allen was suffering from muscle spasms.

Fantasy Impact:

Another report speculated it was a shoulder. But the team announced it was the back spasms that kept out Allen. With his Week 9 status up in the air, keep in mind the team has a Week 10 bye.

Steve Smith (Achillies) out for season

Sunday, November 1, 2015, 7:27pm - [Full Article]

Steve L Smith's retirement tour was cut short Sunday in the cruelest way imaginable.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced that Smith suffered a torn Achilles during the team's 29-26 win over the Chargers in Baltimore.

The 36-year old announced in August that this would be his final campaign, and our final image of him will be a sad one. Smith had to be carried off the field with a towel over his face, unable to put any weight on his right leg. Just minutes prior to the injury, Smith had passed Cris Carter for 10th in career receiving yards.

"He's pretty shook up about it," Harbaugh said after the game. "Shook up's not a right word. He's just really -- he's hurting."

Fantasy Impact:

There have been those speculating Smith wasn't ruling out coming back next year because of not wanting to go out on a losing season, so it remains to be seen if this injury changes his mind.

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