Chargers Fantasy News

Packers hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 10:16am

Packers News - [Full Article]

Mike McCarthy’s search to fill his vacant defensive coordinator’s job ended suddenly after nine days when the Green Bay Packers coach chose former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine to succeed Dom Capers.

Pettine, 51, was out of football in 2016 after compiling a 10-22 record in two seasons as coach of the Cleveland Browns and spent this past season as a defensive consultant with the Seattle Seahawks.

McCarthy had interest in Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, but it appears Fangio is going to stick with the Bears. He also asked for permission to speak with Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, but never got to interview him. Bradley agreed to return to the Chargers Tuesday night.

Along the way to his head-coaching job, Pettine was part of some of the NFL’s top defenses. From ’09-12, the Jets ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th and 8th in overall defense. Ryan received most of the credit for the Jets’ great defenses, but a Cleveland.com story said that Ryan turned over much of the responsibility of the defense to Pettine after the 2009 season.

In 2013, after Pettine went to Buffalo, the Bills ranked 10th in defense.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story mentioned, Pettine's defenses in New York and Buffalo all ranked top 10 in yards allowed, though they were 20th in points allowed in three straight seasons (two in New York and one in Buffalo). There may be some growing pains along the way, but this looks like a good hire for Green Bay.

Raiders fire Jack Del Rio

Monday, January 1, 2018, 9:21am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

At this time a year ago, the Oakland Raiders were cheering the end of their playoff drought. Now, they're in the market for a new head coach.

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio announced after the Raiders' 30-10 loss to the Chargers that owner Mark Davis had informed him that he had been fired.

"We appreciate Jack's effort in building the foundation of this team for the future," Davis said in a statement released by the team. "Thank you to Jack, his wife, Linda, and his daughter, Aubrey, for their important contributions to the Raiders and our local community in Oakland. We wish them all the best."

Fantasy Impact:

Ian Rapoport reported the Raiders are pushing hard for Jon Gruden to come out of the Monday Night Football booth to coach again. The team once traded Gruden to Tampa Bay, where he won a Super Bowl.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon will play Week 17

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 3:35pm

Chargers Inactives
Jeremiah Attaochu DE
Geremy Davis WR
Russell Hansbrough RB
Cardale Jones QB
Corey Liuget DE
Michael Ola OT
Adrian Phillips FS

Related players: Melvin Gordon

Fantasy Impact:

It's a must-win for the Chargers so Gordon will go today but likely isn't 100% with the ankle injury. Branden Oliver and Austin Ekeler could see a bump in production if the Bolts are going to try to limit Gordon in any way.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Chargers TE Antonio Gates (illness) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday. Gates was a great Sneaky Start last week and we like him again in a solid matchup against the Raiders.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Chargers TE Jeff Cumberland (illness) took full practice reps again Friday.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Raiders TE Jared Cook (wrist) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Cook should be out there against the Chargers.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Cooper will play against Casey Hayward and the Chargers.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 17. The Chargers need a win, so Gordon will likely give it a go in a great matchup against the Raiders.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) took full practice reps all week. Ekeler didn’t see any snaps last week, so his role is up in the air right now.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon in walking boot

Monday, December 25, 2017, 7:13pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said running back Melvin Gordon's left foot is in a boot after suffering an ankle injury late in the game against the New York Jets.

"He's seeing the doctors tomorrow [Tuesday], and we'll know more about Melvin as we get going here," Lynn said. "Ankles can be kind of tricky. We can keep him out all week, and he's had enough reps where he can go out and play. He knows what he's doing, and that's something that we'll look at. But he's another guy that's probably going to come down to the end of the week."

Related players: Branden Oliver, Austin Ekeler

Fantasy Impact:

Lynn said Gordon could be a game-time decision on Sunday in the team's regular-season finale against the Oakland Raiders. The Chargers are in the Wild Card hunt so they could certainly use Gordon if he's healthy. His status will need to be monitored this week.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 5:37pm

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 16. It looks like Ekeler may be able to play in Week 16.

Thursday, December 21, 2017, 6:12pm

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) took limited practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Ekeler may be able to play in Week 16 after all.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:24pm

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) took limited practice reps Wednesday. It looks like Ekeler may be able to play in Week 16 after all. It was reported that he may be done for the year.

Chargers place TE Hunter Henry on IR

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 7:03pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Los Angeles Chargers lost a huge game Saturday night to the Kansas City Chiefs. On Tuesday, they announced they lost even more than just their place in the AFC playoff picture in the primetime defeat.

The team placed tight end Hunter Henry on injured reserve after he suffered a small laceration on his kidney in the fourth quarter of the Chargers' 30-13 loss to Kansas City.

Related players: Antonio Gates

Fantasy Impact:

The team originally said Hunter would miss at least Weeks 16 and 17, but now even if the Bolts make it to the playoffs, they will be without Henry. Gates looks like he'll take over the top spot but hasn't really been a factor this season.

Chargers TE Hunter Henry has small kidney laceration

Monday, December 18, 2017, 6:28pm

Jack Wang on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers TE Hunter Henry has a small laceration on his kidney.

Related players: Antonio Gates

Fantasy Impact:

Wang went on to say his status is "up in the air" for the final two games of the season. It would be a big blow to the Bolts and QB Philip Rivers. Gates would likely see a bigger workload if Henry is out.

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