Chargers Fantasy News

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion, ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Consider Green questionable for this week as he navigates his way through the league’s concussion protocol.

Chargers Beat: Ryan Mathews dealing with right leg injury

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 10:41am

ESPN - [Full Article]

It’s no surprise the San Diego Chargers were most effective offensively Sunday against the New England Patriots when Ryan Mathews churned out yards running the football. In the first half, Mathews carried the ball nine times for 52 yards, averaging a robust 5.8 yards per carry.

However, with a little more than two minutes left in the opening half, Mathews appeared to suffer a right leg injury on the same leg that kept him out seven games this season with an MCL knee sprain. Mathews limped off the field and was late coming out for the second half.

Mathews carried the ball only two times for minus-8 yards the rest of the game. He’s still wearing a bulky brace to protect the injured knee, a sign that his stability returning from the injury is not 100 percent. The brace also appears to limit his mobility.

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers say Mathews is healthy and pointed out he did return to the game and did some nice things in pass protection. Keeping Mathews healthy this time of year was a priority for the Bolts and a reason they brought in Donald Brown. But it appears Mathews, between the brace and now his leg, is at least a little banged up heading into Week 15. As we've pointed out for a few weeks now, the SD running backs have tough matchups to close out their season and in the fantasy playoffs, which includes the Broncos Week 15 and at San Francisco Week 16.

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:18pm

Chargers Inactives
Jeff Baca G
Ronnie Brown RB
Ryan Carrethers DT
Dontrelle Inman WR
David Johnson TE
Cordarro Law DE
Damion Square DE

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:56am

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

With four games remaining, Patriots WR Brandon LaFell has already recorded career highs with 53 receptions, 712 yards and seven touchdowns. It was a bittersweet accomplishment on the heels of the Pats’ defeat against the Green Bay Packers.

“At this point, coming off this loss, it doesn’t feel too good,” LaFell said. “Overall, it feels kind of good knowing that I’ve still got four games left and I’ve already surpassed my career highs in yards, catches, touchdowns and all things like that. I just hope I can continue to provide those numbers and be a weapon in this offense.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story pointed out that, LaFell, who signed a three-year, $9 million contract last offseason after spending his first four years with the Carolina Panthers, surely looked the part in training camp, but didn’t catch a pass on six targets in the season opener against the Miami Dolphins and Tom Brady never looked his way in Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings. LaFell has come a long way and has been a nice, consistent wire pickup for owners. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Chargers before an average matchup against Miami in Week 15 and then a potentially difficult one against the Jets in Week 16.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Thursday and is probable for Week 14. Brady will be ready to go in a showdown with Philip Rivers.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 14. Rivers continues to practice in full. He should post good numbers against New England.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Thursday and is questionable for Week 14. Vereen should be fine for his passing down role against the Chargers.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Vereen should be fine for his passing down role against the Chargers.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 12:55pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Since Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro lost a fumble during a Nov. 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the fourth-round draft pick only has three carries for 10 yards.

Taliaferro, who has been active and playing on special teams each week, has no carries in the past two games. Overall, he has rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns this season, including 91 yards and a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns and two touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this season.

Is Taliaferro in coach John Harbaugh's doghouse? Harbaugh insisted Monday that the reason Taliaferro is playing sparingly on offense isn't punitive measure.

Instead, Harbaugh emphasized that the emergence of running back Justin Forsett is the primary factor that's preventing Taliaferro from being more involved on the offense.

“If you look at it, no one has many carries besides Justin,” Harbaugh said. “You’ll see Lorenzo, without question. There’s no punishment going on there. I just think it’s been Justin has been playing so well, but Lorenzo has to be there for us, especially down the stretch here.”

Fantasy Impact:

Backup running back Bernard Pierce had six carries for 16 yards during a loss Sunday to the San Diego Chargers. Forsett has been a nice surprise for the Ravens run game after losing Ray Rice and Pierce struggling to fill in. Forsett stepped up and hasn't looked back and is the clear fantasy option in this backfield.

Torrey Smith's knee injury not serious, day-to-day

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 11:32am

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is “day to day” after landing on his right knee while trying to catch a pass in the end zone late in Sunday's game.

Although Smith grabbed his right knee and didn't return for the Ravens' final series of a 34-33 loss to the San Diego Chargers, coach John Harbaugh downplayed the severity of the injury Monday and predicted that the former Maryland standout will be preparing for next Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. Smith declined to comment on the injury after the game, but he was limping.

“Torrey really didn't have anything too serious,” Harbaugh said Monday. “I don't even know how to describe it right now. He'll just be getting ready for Miami. I guess I'd call him day to day.”

Fantasy Impact:

Smith caught six passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns against the Chargers. He has seven touchdowns in the past seven games. It looks like good news for owners that he could be ready to go in Week 14. The Ravens will likely need Smith with Marlon Brown going through concussion protocol. Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro has missed the past four games with a pulled hamstring, but is expected to be available to play against the Dolphins.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13. Mathews is expected to play in a tough matchup against the Ravens. He’s a low-end RB2 this week.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. Mathews is expected to play in a tough matchup against the Ravens. He’s a low-end RB2 this week.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe) practiced fully Wednesday.

Ryan Mathews (shoulder) injured, but returns in Week 12

Monday, November 24, 2014, 9:20am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

With Ryan Mathews having missed so much time and the confidence existing in his backfield mates, the Chargers were committed to a rotation at the position, possibly to a fault. Mathews was rotated out following a 19-yard run in the second quarter, and the drive stalled shortly thereafter with a quarterback Philip Rivers interception on third-and-goal.

For that matter, Mathews spent much of the second quarter on the sideline, as the Chargers were in their two-minute offense to end it.

He was the offense's central point to begin the third quarter, capped the team's opening drive with a 32-yard touchdown. The scoring run was the longest of his career.
Mathews exited with a shoulder injury when at least one player, perhaps two, fell on top of him. He returned late in the fourth quarter.

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers are committed to keep Mathews fresh and healthy, although that didn't seem to help this week. But they want Donald Brown and now Branden Oliver to get their work so Mathews is ready to go at key parts of the game, and perhaps more importantly, in the playoffs. Mathews was banged up last year after a stretch of 20-plus carries to end the season and wasn't himself in the postseason. As a result, Mathews' fantasy value will likely be capped, but so far he's making the most of his touches. It's also not a friendly SOS pretty much the rest of the season.

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