Chargers Fantasy News

With Andre Ellington back, David Johnson takes a back seat

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 2:08am - [Full Article]

Before he was injured, Cardinals RB Andre Ellington was the clear No. 1 option, while many waited to see if Chris Johnson had any game left and if David Johnson could contribute as a rookie. A month later, all three are desirable choices, but Bruce Arians isn’t hiding how he plans to divvy up the playing time.

“It’s not hard, because the young guy (David Johnson) sits down,” Arians said.

Fantasy Impact:

We currently project Chris Johnson for around 14 carries with Ellington getting about 10 carries in a backup role. David Johnson will likely see a handful of plays as the team's third back if Ellington is truly ready to play.

Charles Johnson hopes to return Week 6

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 9:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson was inactive on Sunday in Denver and missed his fourth straight practice on Tuesday because of the rib injury he sustained against the San Diego Chargers. Johnson, however, was hopeful he'd be back on the field when the Vikings return from their bye week.

Asked if anything was broken, Johnson said, "I don't know what it is, actually. [The trainers] were like, 'Something's wrong with your ribs.' When I tried to [run] too fast, I could feel it, so they were like, 'Just rehab it.' Hopefully, they'll get me right, and I'll be back out there."

Fantasy Impact:

He was initially injured on the interception Teddy Bridgewater threw to Steve Williams in the first quarter of the Vikings' Sept. 27 win over the Chargers. Johnson tried to work back toward the jump ball that Bridgewater threw near the goal line, and said he didn't feel anything in his ribs until several plays later.

Gary Barnidge getting noticed

Monday, October 5, 2015, 1:48pm - [Full Article]

Four games into the 2015 season, and it’s already safe to say Gary Barnidge is having a career year.

It’s just not something the Browns tight end likes to discuss, especially when it’s in the wake of a tough loss like Sunday’s against the Chargers.

Barnidge tied his career high in receptions for a second straight week and made the rounds on Vine, Twitter and other social media platforms with a highlight-reel catch that helped the Browns tie the score late in San Diego. His 1-yard touchdown catch with a little more than 2 minutes to play was his second in as many weeks and provided yet another example of his sure hands on a day in which he caught everything that was thrown in his direction.

Fantasy Impact:

Without Barnidge’s six catches for 75 yards and a touchdown, the Browns might not have been in a position to win the game with a few minutes left on the clock. Barnidge made all of his catches in the first and fourth quarters and every one of them came on Browns scoring drives. His 15-yarder on third-and-20 early in the fourth quarter came up short of the first down, but it made for a much more manageable 40-yard field goal attempt, which Travis Coons nailed, the story said. He's now on the fantasy radar as well, posting back-to-back huge statistical days with a total of 16 targets the last two weeks.

Chargers welcome back Antonio Gates

Monday, October 5, 2015, 9:48am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Veteran tight end Antonio Gates returns to Chargers Park this week to begin preparation for his first regular-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. Gates was suspended the first four weeks of the season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Ladarius Green filled in admirably with Gates gone. Green is fourth on the team in receptions with 14 for 174 yards and two scores. But Green missed a Week 3 game against the Minnesota Vikings because of a concussion, and does not command the type of attention from an opposing defense that Gates demands.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers also gets his security blanket back in Gates. The two have combined for the most touchdowns by a quarterback and a tight end duo in NFL history with 72. His 99 touchdowns since joining the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Kent State in 2003 are the most in the NFL by any player over the last 12 seasons.

And Gates' 36 touchdown catches on third-down plays rank fourth in league history among all players, and most among tight ends.

"We'll be excited to have him back in there," Rivers said. "He helps us on the field and in the locker room. We've certainly missed him. So it will be a plus. We're acquiring a Hall of Fame free agent here in about 24 hours."

Fantasy Impact:

It's great timing for the Chargers who have potentially lost WRs Malcom Floyd (concussion) and Stevie Johnson (hamstring) for Week 5. Gates should have a role right away upon his return as a result, but it remains to be seen how quickly he'll be back to game-form. With a lack for WRs, the Bolts may show more two, TE looks this week. It appears more and more Green's targets could take a hit, perhaps especially in the red zone where Gates is expected to be a big weapon.

Stevie Johnson injures hamstring

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 8:12pm - [Full Article]

Chargers WR Stevie Johnson suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson pulled up lame, tried to get it loose but was unable to return to the game. There wasn't much information as far as the seriousness, but we'll continue to monitor. Malcom Floyd was also injured in the game (concussion) so the Chargers could be short at the position heading into Week 5.

Malcom Floyd concussed vs. Browns

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 8:01pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Concussed by a Browns defender, Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd departed the first half of Sunday's game at Qualcomm Stadium.

Floyd took a hit from linebacker Nate Orchard after another Browns defender had wrapped up Floyd on a 20-yard reception.

Floyd went to the sideline, where the Chargers' training staff looked at him. He returned to the game, but then departed. The team announced he will not return due to a concussion.

Fantasy Impact:

Perhaps it's good news that Floyd returned to the game before eventually leaving again. He'll have to go through the league's protocol. It would normally mean good news for Stevie Johnson owners, but Johnson suffered a hamstring injury in the game. Jacoby Jones and Dontrelle Inman are next up on the depth chart should Floyd and/or Johnson miss time.

Ladarius Green ACTIVE vs. Browns

Sunday, October 4, 2015, 2:40pm

Chargers Inactives
Jahleel Addae SS
Jacoby Jones WR
Craig Mager CB
Tourek Williams LB
King Dunlap T
Orlando Franklin G
Chris Watt C

Fantasy Impact:

Ladarius Green will play today despite a concussion last week and could put up at least lower-end TE1 numbers.

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

A healthy scratch the first three games of the 2015 season, the San Diego Chargers finally executed what most fans considered a head scratcher to start the regular season.

They released running back Donald Brown, using the vacant roster spot to add guard Michael Ola from the practice squad to the active roster.

Brown was San Diego’s top free agent addition last year, signing a three-year, $10.4 million deal, including $4 million in guaranteed money. But he averaged just 2.6 yards per carry and missed three games due to a concussion.

The Chargers then drafted Melvin Gordon in the first round of this year’s draft, and some NFL observers believed the team would move on from Brown. Instead, the Chargers kept the University of Connecticut product on the final roster for Week 1, guaranteeing his $3 million salary for the 2015 season.

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm

Browns WR Travis Benjamin (ribs, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 4. Benjamin will be fine to face the Chargers.

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm

Chargers WR Jacoby Jones (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 4.

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 4. The upgrade to “full” is encouraging. Hopefully we’ll have more clarity over the weekend.

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm

Browns WR Travis Benjamin (ribs) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Benjamin should be fine to face the Chargers.

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm

Chargers WR Jacoby Jones (ankle) missed practice again Thursday.

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Green doesn’t seem any closer to playing. He still needs to pass a few concussion tests before being cleared to play.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:25pm

Chargers WR Jacoby Jones (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

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