Chargers Fantasy News

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Rivers will be fine to face Kansas City in what amounts to a must-win game.

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Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. With Mathews out, Branden Oliver should continue to lead San Diego in touches. He has averaged 16.0 touches for 76 yards in the last two games with Mathews sidelined. Kansas City has yielded 4.7 YPC this season.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (ankle, shoulder, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17. It’s highly unlikely that Allen will play this week, so it’s up to Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and Dontrelle Inman to hold down the WR corps for San Diego.

Chiefs QB Alex Smith out for Week 17 with a lacerated spleen

Friday, December 26, 2014, 12:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has a lacerated spleen and will miss Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers, trainer Rick Burkholder said Friday.

Chase Daniel will start in Smith's place against the the Chargers, who can clinch a playoff berth with a victory.

Daniel has one career start, which came last season in Week 17 and also was against the Chargers. The Chiefs lost the game but Daniels played well, throwing for 200 yards and a touchdown, completing 21 of his 30 pass attempts.

Fantasy Impact:

Daniel also rushed seven times for 59 yards in his start against the Chargers, so he was the #13 QB that week. We're not expecting Daniel to run the offense as efficiently as Smith does, so we're projecting a reduction in passing yards, which will impact TE Travis Kelce and the other Kansas City receivers.

Saints RB Mark Ingram optimistic about his chances in free agency

Friday, December 26, 2014, 12:06pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Running back Mark Ingram is wrapping up the final year of his contract with the team and preparing to head into free agency after his best NFL season. Ingram missed three games early in the season, but has since held up well under a heavy workload caused by injuries other backs. Ingram has set career highs in attempts, yards, receptions and touchdowns and thinks he’s sold himself well in the process.

“Yeah, I think that’s a good thing, seeing that I could carry the ball and be out there doing whatever they ask me to do for a stretch of time and be healthy,” Ingram said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Running backs have not found a friendly market in free agency in recent years, so Ingram will have to buck that trend to land a big contract. That will be tough in a year when DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, C.J. Spiller and Frank Gore are also set to make up a crowded free agent market at the position, but coming off his best pro season shouldn’t hurt when it comes time for Ingram to talk contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Ingram's 75.6 rushing yards per game are the 7th-highest this season. He's not going to land a big contract due to how the position has been devalued in recent years, but he should be able to match the three-year, $10.5 million that Toby Gerhart got in Jacksonville. If Ingram leaves, Khiry Robinson figures to take over the role as the team's primary between-the-tackles runner. Robinson is signed through the 2015 season.

Philip Rivers feels better this week

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 8:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Philip Rivers practiced on Tuesday this week, a sign that his back is in better shape heading into Sunday’s final regular-season game against AFC West rival Kansas City.

Rivers did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday of last week in order to rest a bulging disk in his back. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said earlier this week Rivers is expected to play on Sunday.

“I definitely feel better than last week,” Rivers said.

Fantasy Impact:

Rivers said last week that he had to take the time off so that he could physically be ready to play against San Francisco. But that’s not the case this week. Rivers may be a go for Week 17, but as of Tuesday RB Ryan Mathews and WR Keenan Allen remain question marks.

Ryan Mathews, Keenan Allen not practicing Tuesday

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 4:37pm - [Full Article]

The Chargers began preparation for Sunday's showdown with the Chiefs minus two of their offensive centerpieces.

Running back Ryan Mathews and wideout Keenan Allen both missed Tuesday's practice, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews hasn't played since injuring his ankle in Week 14, while Allen remains week-to-week with the broken collarbone he sustained in a Week 15 loss to the Broncos. While coach Mike McCoy says it's possible Mathews will suit up Sunday against the Chiefs, it's fair to wonder if Allen will even play again this season, the story went on to say. Eddie Royal seemed to benefit the most without Allen in the lineup as did TE Antonio Gates. Dontrelle Inman also had a nice game at WR for the Chargers last week.

Peyton Manning says poor play not injury related

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:28am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Broncos QB Peyton Manning blamed himself and wound up with four interceptions overall for the first time since he joined the Broncos. Manning labeled his performance “not good” and said, via, it was the product of poor play rather than injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning said no when asked if his thigh was affecting him on the field in Cincinnati, an answer that’s as comforting as it is worrisome with the playoffs right around the corner, the story pointed out. Manning did play well against the Chargers in Week 15, but it’s been a choppy stretch for him and an injury would at least suggest an explanation other than slowing down at the end of another long season, the story went on to say. Denver has a Week 17 home game to try and end the regular season on a positive note.

Philip Rivers dealing with bulging disk in back

Monday, December 22, 2014, 4:01pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers coach Mike McCoy said that quarterback Philip Rivers is expected to play on Sunday against the Chiefs. Rivers has been dealing with a bulging disk in his back that was injured against the Baltimore Ravens. McCoy said whether Rivers will continue playing with the injury is a group decision, and that it’s not career threatening.

“If that was the case and we didn’t think he could play this Sunday, we wouldn’t put him in there,” McCoy said. “We have plenty of medical advice, not just with Philip, but with everyone in this organization and in the NFL. Everyone has had some form of injury that they deal with at some point of the year. Philip will play on Sunday.”

Fantasy Impact:

Rivers did not practice on Monday and Tuesday last week to rest his ailing back. The Chargers could take a similar tact with Rivers this week.

Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers coach Mike McCoy could have some reinforcements this week heading into the team’s final regular-season contest against the Kansas City Chiefs.

McCoy said running back Ryan Mathews and receiver Keenan Allen are possibilities to return to practice and ultimately to the field on game day.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews missed the past two games with a severe ankle sprain and has not practiced over the period. Allen missed last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with a broken collarbone and an ankle injury.

Keenan Allen, Ryan Mathews out as expected for Chargers

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:12pm

Chargers Inactives
Keenan Allen WR
Ryan Carrethers DT
Greg Ducre DB
Cordarro Law DE
Ryan Mathews RB
Mike Scifres P
Damion Square DE

Fantasy Impact:

Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and Seyi Ajirotutu will see a bump with Allen sidelined. Ajirotutu played 62 percent of the snaps in Week 15, which was the first time all year that he cracked the 35 percent mark. Floyd and Royal seem to be the best fantasy bets, however. With Mathews sidelined last week, Branden Oliver led the team in touches (16) and yards (70), but Donald Brown actually played more snaps due to his role in the passing game.

Rapoport: 49ers RB Frank Gore expected to play on Saturday

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:41pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) will play tonight vs. Chargers, source said.

Fantasy Impact:

Gore should see a few extra carries with Carlos Hyde out this week. He's our #23 RB in standard formats.

49ers RB Frank Gore (concussion) 'on pace to play' in Week 16

Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Coach Jim Harbaugh said on Thursday that Gore is passing through the concussion protocol and is on pace to play Saturday night against the San Diego Chargers. Gore missed the entire second half of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with a concussion.

Fantasy Impact:

Gore may see a bigger than usual workload with Carlos Hyde out. Alfonso Smith should serve as Gore's primary backup.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. It’s a bad matchup and he’ll be without his top receiver, Keenan Allen, and his top running back, Ryan Mathews.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. With Mathews sidelined, Branden Oliver led the team in touches (16) and yards (70), but Donald Brown actually played more snaps due to his role in the passing game.

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