Chargers Fantasy News

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:35pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. Gates injured the knee late in the game against the Packers, so this may be an issue heading into Week 7. Ladarius Green is already a Sneaky Start given the matchup — Oakland is last in TE aFPA — but if Gates is out, Green will be a top 7 option. He was the #11 TE through the first four weeks and missed Week 3. The Chargers play late on Sunday. For what it’s worth, the Chargers don’t seem too concerned about Gates’s status.

Packers look to get Eddie Lacy rest

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 9:58am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Eddie Lacy didn’t have a 20-carry game until Week 12 last season, so preserving the Green Bay Packers running back isn’t anything new.

But four carries in a game? That has to be more than just about preservation.

One thing it’s not, coach Mike McCarthy insisted a day after Lacy’s surprisingly small role in Sunday’s 27-20 win over the San Diego Chargers, is an indication that the ankle injury the Pro Bowl running back sustained in Week 2 caused his weight to balloon.

“I don't see conditioning as an issue,” McCarthy said Monday.

“Going back to just getting [Lacy] healthy, taking this week off and being able to get healthy, I think that’s the No. 1 thing," Packers offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said. "He’s a little banged up right now, but I think once he comes back from the break he’ll probably feel a whole lot better and we’ll pick up where we left off.”

Fantasy Impact:

Apparently Lacy’s ankle still is an issue as the Packers head into their bye week even though he wasn’t listed on the injury report last week. Lacy owners should be familiar with this situation and probably shouldn't trade him away for nothing right now. The hope is he gets some rest over the next two weeks and can healthy again for Week 8.

Melvin Gordon benched for fumbles

Monday, October 19, 2015, 12:44pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

There’s a long history of running backs finding their way to the bench because they couldn’t hold onto the football and Chargers rookie Melvin Gordon joined the list on Sunday.

Gordon had two fumbles in the first five weeks of the season and lost the ball twice in the first half against Green Bay. The Packers recovered the second one, at which point coach Mike McCoy made the decision to put Gordon on the bench for the duration of the contest.

“Today was solely on me,” Gordon said, via U-T San Diego. “It was my fault. I can’t blame anybody but myself.”

Fantasy Impact:

McCoy said after the game that Gordon has “to eliminate that” moving forward and the good news for Gordon is that there are many backs who have struggled with fumbles early in their careers before licking the problem. As a first-round pick, Gordon’s going to continue to get opportunities to show he can join that list as well. Gordon was showing signs of a possible breakout and was heavily involved in the passing game in Week 5 so many thought Week 6 was going to be it. Branden Oliver had more work as a result and Danny Woodhead continued to be involved as well.

Keenan Allen has a hip flexor

Monday, October 19, 2015, 12:34pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen suffered a hip flexor injury Sunday that will be tested on Monday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

He finished Sunday's 27-20 loss against the Green Bay Packers with 14 receptions for 157 yards but missed the entire fourth quarter with the hip injury. He had 11 catches for 128 yards in the first half alone.

Allen said Sunday his hip "kept pulling me," according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I couldn't really run like I wanted to."

Fantasy Impact:

Allen does not believe the injury to be serious, the source said in the story. We can't always trust what a player says regarding an injury and his status for Week 7 is in question at least the way things stand right now.

Ty Montgomery doesn't return after ankle injury

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 8:36pm - [Full Article]

Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery suffered an ankle injury during the first half against the Chargers and was out for the remainder of the game. The X-ray on Montgomery's ankle came back negative, a source told NFL Media's Rand Getlin.

Fantasy Impact:

The Packers have a bye in Week 7 and it comes at a good time as Green Bay will look to get Montgomery and Davante Adams healthy at wide receiver.

Keenan Allen forced to leave with hip injury

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 8:25pm

New York Times - [Full Article]

The San Diego Chargers were on the brink of handing the Green Bay Packers their first regular season loss at Lambeau Field since December of 2013, but Keenan Allen, well on the way to a new franchise record for receptions, was lost to a hip injury and he took much of the team's momentum with him.

Allen was in the middle of an incredible performance at the time of his injury. The third-year wide receiver had already reached 14 catches and 157 yards midway through the third quarter, and his team had fought back from a 17-3 deficit to tie the game.

Fantasy Impact:

But on his 14th catch, he was slow to get up. He pointed at his hip when a trainer checked on him, and walked under his own power into the locker room for evaluation. Allen returned to the game shortly after, but eventually was ruled out for the remainder of the game with what the team characterized as a hip injury. The Chargers are home against Oakland in Week 7 in a late afternoon game.

Stevie Johnson OUT vs. Packers

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 3:22pm

Chargers Inactives
King Dunlap T
Orlando Franklin OG
Stevie Johnson WR
Craig Mager CB
Manti Te'o LB
Chris Watt C
Tourek Williams LB

Fantasy Impact:

With Stevie Johnson out, Antonio Gates is again a great play at TE and should pick up the slack, especially in the red zone. Even Ladarius Green could see more snaps at TE if the team looks to play more two-TE sets.

Examining Melvin Gordon's start

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 11:02am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Melvin Gordon has four rushes of 20 or more yards this year, tied for fourth-most among NFL running backs. Those gains of 20, 23 26 and 27 yards — specifically, the ability he’s shown on each of them — is why the Chargers drafted the former Wisconsin running back in the first round. Still, the rookie is working to become the impact player he envisions.

Those long runs went for a combined 96 yards, or 36.5 percent of his season total.

He has averaged 2.6 yards on his other 67 carries. Thirty-six of his 70 runs have resulted in a gain of 2 yards or fewer, including 10 for a loss.

Certainly, there are cuts Gordon would like back, but those numbers demand context to capture some extenuating circumstances that surround him. There have been instances when the 22-year-old has achieved a first down on a short down-and-instance, such as when he recorded 1-yard and 3-yard gain on two second-and-1 situations against the Vikings. Those plays won’t help the rushing average but can be constituted as successful.

Gordon has a penchant for making defenders miss.

Fantasy Impact:

He also is transitioning from a system at Wisconsin that saw him run power football 24.5 times per game in 2014 behind an offensive line full of road graders, the story said. In San Diego, there naturally is more balance; such is the NFL and game flow this season with the Chargers (2-3) often trailing. He primarily runs out of the shotgun and occasionally the pistol formation, which they view as an evolution to the traditional “quarterback behind center” alignment. But perhaps the biggest thing, the story pointed out, is the struggles of the offensive line and even the injuries as players bounce in and out and from position to position. Gordon is coming off one of his better games and consistently gets about 15 carries a game. However last week, he was also very good in the passing game which could be good news for his owners, but bad news for Danny Woodhead owners.

Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:15pm

Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 6. With Johnson out, Dontrelle Inman will see increased playing time.

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:18pm

Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Johnson looks doubtful for Week 6. Malcom Floyd and Dontrelle Inman would pick up the slack if he is out again.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:20pm

Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Johnson’s Week 6 is not getting off to a good start. Malcom Floyd and F

Steelers Martavis Bryant (knee) says he's 'ready to go'

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 12:16pm - [Full Article]

“I am ready to go,” said Steelers WR Martavis Bryant. “I am going to have a great week of practice and see what happens on Sunday.”

Bryant was eligible to return for the Chargers game, but the team opted to wait until the Tuesday deadline. He wants to play this week, but knows all decisions are up to the coaching staff.

“All I can do is focus on how I do in practice and what I put on my tape in practice and let the coaches decide on that,” said Bryant. “I am fine right now. I just want to move forward and get back to work today with practice.”

Fantasy Impact:

Given Michael Vick's scattershot play, Bryant won't be a trustworthy start until Ben Roethlisberger returns, and that may be as soon as this week. He sat out Week 5 after tweaking his knee last Monday.

Stevie Johnson OUT, Malcom Floyd ACTIVE for MNF

Monday, October 12, 2015, 7:27pm

Chargers Inactives
Donald Brown RB
King Dunlap T
Orlando Franklin G
Steve Johnson WR
Craig Mager CB
Darius Philon DE
Tourek Williams OLB

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson (hamstring) is inactive for MNF as expected, but Malcom Floyd will play despite a concussion last week. TE Antonio Gates returns this week and should pick up the slack and even TE Ladarius Green could be involved but is a risky play with Gates back.

MNF Injury Report: Steelers vs. Chargers

Sunday, October 11, 2015, 2:19am

NFL Communications

Pittsburgh Steelers


QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee), LB Ryan Shazier (shoulder)


CB Cortez Allen (knee)


DT Daniel McCullers (knee), TE Matt Spaeth (hand), S Ross Ventrone (hamstring), WR Markus Wheaton (ankle)

San Diego Chargers


G Orlando Franklin (ankle), WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring), CB Craig Mager (hamstring), LB Tourek Williams (foot)


T King Dunlap (concussion)


S Jahleel Addae (ankle), CB Brandon Flowers (concussion), WR Malcom Floyd (concussion), G D.J. Fluker (ankle), WR Jacoby Jones (ankle), CB Jason Verrett (foot), C Chris Watt (groin)


T Chris Hairston (ankle)

Fantasy Impact:

Remember, Martavis Bryant is dealing with a knee "tweak" and is unlikely to play on Monday night, per reports. He's not yet on the 53-man roster so the Steelers don't have to list him on the injury report. For the Chargers, Stevie Johnson is out and Malcom Floyd is questionable, though it appears he will play provided he can pass his final concussion tests. With Johnson out, Floyd is a Sneaky Start, though Dontrelle Inman will get some run as well.

Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (concussion) took full practice reps again Friday. Floyd appears to be making progress in his return from a concussion. With Stevie Johnson nursing a hamstring injury, the Chargers don’t have many healthy receiving options. Dontrelle Inman would be a Sneaky Start if Floyd and/or Johnson are out.

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