Chargers Fantasy News

Kamar Aiken now Ravens top receiver

Monday, November 2, 2015, 12:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Kamar Aiken has gone from a journeyman with no career starts before this season to the Baltimore Ravens' No. 1 wide receiver by midseason.

This is what happens when Steve L Smith is lost for the season with an Achilles injury and first-round pick Breshad Perriman is sidelined with a sprained knee. If Sunday's 29-26 win over the San Diego Chargers is any indication, Aiken will assume Smith's role as Joe Flacco's top target.

Fantasy Impact:

After Smith left late in the third quarter, Aiken was targeted on half of Flacco's 10 passes. He caught five passes for 59 yards in a little over a quarter and drew a key 21-yard pass-interference penalty that set up the winning kick.

Ladarius Green leaves with ankle injury

Sunday, November 1, 2015, 7:57pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green (ankle) did not return.

Fantasy Impact:

No word on the severity of the injury.

Keena Allen had back spasms

Sunday, November 1, 2015, 7:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The most significant injury was to leading receiver Keenan Allen, who appeared to reinjure a hip flexor at the end of the first half on a 13-yard touchdown catch and did not return. The Chargers announced that Allen was suffering from muscle spasms.

Fantasy Impact:

Another report speculated it was a shoulder. But the team announced it was the back spasms that kept out Allen. With his Week 9 status up in the air, keep in mind the team has a Week 10 bye.

Steve Smith (Achillies) out for season

Sunday, November 1, 2015, 7:27pm - [Full Article]

Steve L Smith's retirement tour was cut short Sunday in the cruelest way imaginable.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced that Smith suffered a torn Achilles during the team's 29-26 win over the Chargers in Baltimore.

The 36-year old announced in August that this would be his final campaign, and our final image of him will be a sad one. Smith had to be carried off the field with a towel over his face, unable to put any weight on his right leg. Just minutes prior to the injury, Smith had passed Cris Carter for 10th in career receiving yards.

"He's pretty shook up about it," Harbaugh said after the game. "Shook up's not a right word. He's just really -- he's hurting."

Fantasy Impact:

There have been those speculating Smith wasn't ruling out coming back next year because of not wanting to go out on a losing season, so it remains to be seen if this injury changes his mind.

Saturday, October 31, 2015, 5:48pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

One of the best stories of the summer involved former Australian National Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne trying out for, and making, the San Francisco 49ers.

Hayne impressed coaches from the start of camp with his ability to return punts, among other things. After some preseason highlights like when he truck-sticked a Chargers defender, Hayne eventually made the active roster as both a punt returner and backup running back.

He also quickly became a fan favorite. For his first career game -- on Monday Night Football against the Vikings -- The Guardian rolled out a hilarious live blog for the evening.

Hayne's stint with the 49ers wound up lasting only seven games, though, as the team announced on Saturday that it waived him in a roster move that was coupled with the promotion of practice squad back Kendall Gaskins to the active roster.

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 8. Gordon will play, but his workload is an unknown after a couple of fumbles and a very limited role last week.

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 8. Gates wasn’t close to playing last week and has elected not to get an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. For now, we’re assuming he’s out for Week 8, though the questionable tag means he has a chance to play. The Chargers play early this week, but if he’s out, Ladarius Green is locked in as a strong TE1.

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:14pm

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Gordon may play, but his workload is an unknown after a couple of fumbles and a very limited role last week.

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:14pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Gates wasn’t close to playing last week and has elected not to get an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. For now, we’re assuming he’s out for Week 8. The Chargers play early this week, but if he’s out, Ladarius Green is locked in as a strong TE1.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) hasn't yet had an MRI

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12:34pm

Union Tribune - [Full Article]

Antonio Gates is keeping himself in the dark.

He is unsure the exact nature of his knee injury. And he likes it that way.

The Chargers tight end said Monday that he's foregone MRI testing on his left MCL sprain, which he suffered two Sundays ago in Green Bay. He prefers an old-school approach, listening to his body to determine when he can return to the field. As the chance that his MCL could sideline him multiple weeks seems to grow, he may have an MRI as early as this week if the knee doesn't progress as hoped, he said.

"I'm playing it by ear," Gates said. "I'll see how it feels on Wednesday, Thursday. If I still can't go, then I'm going to try to look at it to see what the root of the problem is, what really is going on. Right now, it's a feel thing. I know my body. (The athletic trainers) trust me to make the right choice."

Fantasy Impact:

It's an odd approach. Typically teams insist on having all the information when making a decision about a player's availability. We'll keep an eye on Gates's status this week, but for now we're assuming he's out for Week 8. With Gates sidelined, Ladarius Green is a bona fide TE1. He has averaged 10.0 FP (standard) in four games in which he's played and Gates has not.

Chargers Beat: Branden Oliver could help run game

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 7:05pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

San Diego needs to get back to balance on offense. And it starts by handing the ball off to Melvin Gordon, Branden Oliver and Danny Woodhead early in the game.

"I still feel like it will take more work,” Oliver said about his expanded role Sunday. “We’ve just got to keep sticking together and keep going.”

Fantasy Impact:

Oliver played a season-high 33 snaps against the Raiders, finishing with 35 rushing yards while averaging 3.9 yards per carry. It was the first game Oliver got into any kind of rhythm since leading the Chargers with 582 rushing yards last season. Oliver looked good at times last year and is also capable of being involved in the passing game. With Melvin Gordon struggling and Danny Woodhead more of a change of pace back, the Bolts are looking for someone to step up and run the ball on early downs.

Antonio Gates OUT vs. Raiders

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 2:44pm

Chargers Inactives
Tyreek Burwell T
Antonio Gates TE
Craig Mager CB
Manti Te'o ILB
Chris Watt C
Eric Weddle FS
Tourek Williams OLB

Fantasy Impact:

Ladarius Green becomes a nice start with Gates inactive. WRs Stevie Johnson and Keenan Allen as well as RB Melvin Gordon are all active.

Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 7. Gordon was dealing with the ankle injury against Green Bay. He returned but then didn’t see any touches after a lost fumble. If he’s out, Branden Oliver would see the biggest bump in touches in the Charger backfield. The Chargers play late on Sunday.

Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hip, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 7. Allen was unable to finish last week’s game but says that the hip flexor injury is not a concern. “I don’t feel it at all … I’ll be out there” against the Raiders. Beat writer Michael Gehlken says there is “plenty of optimism” about his Week 7 availability. We’re expecting him to play.

Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm

Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 7. Johnson is tentatively on track to return against the Raiders. With Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates both banged up, this is good news for Philip Rivers and Co.

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