Chargers Fantasy News

Bears Beat: Jeremy Langford's role will increase when Matt Forte returns

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 10:05am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jeremy Langford had been waiting for this moment.

“All my life. Especially on Monday Night Football, like this,” the rookie said after helping lead the Chicago Bears to a 22-19 win over the San Diego Chargers.

“I said last week that we were in good hands with Jeremy. ... I was right,” Bears tight end Martellus Bennett said.

The team is clearly confident in Langford. He is the heir apparent to Forte, who may not return for several weeks and becomes a free agent after the season. Even when Forte does come back, the expectation is for Langford to enjoy an increased role.

Fantasy Impact:

Matt Forte's knee injury opened the door for the Bears to feature Langford -- the club’s 2015 fourth-round draft choice -- in the backfield. Even though Ka’Deem Carey technically started the game, Langford played the majority of the snaps, finishing with 142 all-purpose yards, one touchdown and a two-point conversion. Even when Forte returns, it only makes sense the Bears continue to see what they have in Langford, which doesn't appear to be good news for Forte owners.

Ladarius Green OUT vs. Bears

Monday, November 9, 2015, 7:16pm

Chargers Inactives
King Dunlap T
Orlando Franklin OG
Ladarius Green TE
Corey Liuget DE
Denzel Perryman LB
Darrell Stuckey DB
Manti Te'o LB

Fantasy Impact:

Green was doubtful coming into this contest and is officially out for Monday night. Antonio Gates will be the main TE target but it could also be good news for WR Stevie Johnson.

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:14pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte on Saturday was ruled out of Monday night's game against the San Diego Chargers. And his availability for the Week 10 road game against the St. Louis Rams is in great doubt, as well.

Forte's streak of 52 consecutive starts will end Monday because of the sprained medial collateral ligament he suffered in his right knee against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 1.

Forte had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in his right knee during the week in order to facilitate healing. He is not traveling with the Bears to San Diego in order to avoid swelling that can occur due to air travel.

"It takes time more than anything," Forte said Saturday. "Some people heal faster than others. But more than it being an mental thing, like, 'I'm injured,' it just takes a little time for it to heal before you can really do what you want to do."

Week 9 MNF Injury Report: Antonio Gates probable

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 4:10pm

RB Matt Forte (knee), WR Eddie Royal (knee)

C Hroniss Grasu (neck)

T Jermon Bushrod (shoulder), CB Bryce Callahan (concussion), LB Shea McClellin (knee), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), TE Zach Miller (shoulder)

WR Cameron Meredith (ankle), LB LaRoy Reynolds (knee)
T King Dunlap (ankle), LB Denzel Perryman (biceps), LB Manti Te'o (ankle), C Chris Watt (shoulder)

G Orlando Franklin (knee), TE Ladarius Green (ankle)

DT Corey Liuget (foot), CB Patrick Robinson (concussion), S Darrell Stuckey (hamstring), CB Jason Verrett (groin), S Eric Weddle (groin)

CB Brandon Flowers (knee), TE Antonio Gates (knee)

Fantasy Impact:

Antonio Gates is now probable, and with Ladarius Green doubtful and Keenan Allen out for the year, Gates should collect a lot of red zone targets. For the Bears, Matt Forte and Eddie Royal are out.

Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm

Bears RB Matt Forte (knee) missed practice again Friday. 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.

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.

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