Chargers Fantasy News

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.

Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 7. It was revealed today that Gates has a sprained MCL, which is something that he says he’s “not accustomed to dealing with.” He’s going to be a game-time decision for a late kickoff on Sunday. 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 even missed Week 3.

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:35pm

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. 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.

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:35pm

Raiders RB Latavius Murray (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. Murray has a great matchup with the Chargers.

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:35pm

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hip) did not practice Wednesday. He didn’t practice on Thursday, either. Allen was unable to finish last week’s game but is supposed to play. Beat writer Michael Gehlken says there is “plenty of optimism” about his Week 7, but at this point it’s no sure thing.

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