Fantasy News

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:27pm

Chargers WR Jeremy Butler (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:27pm

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) missed practice again Thursday. Gordon looks doubtful for Saturday. If he’s out, Kenneth Farrow should get another chance to carry the load against a bad, bad Cleveland Browns defense.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm

Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. Williams should continue to play through the injury.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm

Chargers WR Jeremy Butler (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) did not practice Wednesday. Gordon looks iffy for Saturday. If he’s out, Kenneth Farrow should get another chance to carry the load against a bad, bad Cleveland Browns defense.

Raiders QB Derek Carr's finger injury affecting red zone play

Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 10:31am - [Full Article]

Derek Carr's injured pinky didn't keep the Oakland Raiders out of the playoffs and hasn't hindered his passing ability, but it's become a problem in the red zone.

Since dislocating his pinky finger, Carr has taken snaps exclusively from the shotgun or pistol formation. (Carr actually lined up under center for one play Sunday versus the Chargers to try to draw defenders offside on a first down from midfield. It worked.)

"Yes, it is somewhat of an issue," coach Jack Del Rio said of not being able to take snaps under center, via "It is not ideal. Being completely honest about it, it is an issue that we are working through, but it is the way we're choosing to work through it right now."

Fantasy Impact:

Playing exclusively from shotgun or pistol becomes more difficult in the red zone. It's tough to be successful on power run plays from those formations in the restricted space near the goal line. Not going under center can also throw off timing on certain routes.

McCoy: 'We're going to see how it goes' if RB Melvin Gordon plays Week 16

Monday, December 19, 2016, 8:23pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is recovering from a hip strain and a knee sprain, suffered while playing the Carolina Panthers in Week 14.

"We're going to see how it goes. Not a lot has changed since the other day," HC Mike McCoy said.

Fantasy Impact:

McCoy said the team will do what's best for Gordon. He did say once he's ready to go they'd evaluate the situation. He did add Gordon has a great mindset, is chomping at the bit and has been working hard to get back on the field as he's just a few yards shy of 1,000 for the season. Realistically, it doesn't make a lot of sense for the team to put Gordon back on the field with just two games left and their season over, but McCoy and the team certainly haven't ruled that out. We've have to assume even if he plays, he wouldn't get the full workload fantasy owners have been used to.

Browns to stick with Robert Griffin III at QB

Monday, December 19, 2016, 4:25pm - [Full Article]

Hue Jackson wanted to see a jump in performance from Robert Griffin III.

After watching film of a 33-13 loss to the Bills, the Browns head coach determined it was enough to stick with the quarterback against the Chargers on Saturday.

“We’ll go out there and give him another opportunity to take a swing at it,” Jackson said Monday on a conference call with reporters.

“I think there was some improvement, there was some things that I thought he did much better when you go back and watch the tape from the first time he played,” he said, “and hopefully there can be another jump in this next game. But I think he needs to go play and he needs to play well.”

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin, who started his second straight game Sunday, passed for 196 yards and ran for another 48 yards and a touchdown after missing three months because of a broken bone in his shoulder. Jackson also made it clear he won't hesitate to play rookie quarterback Cody Kessler, who started eight games this season while Griffin and veteran signal caller Josh McCown dealt with injuries.

Browns don't seem to know who will start at QB Week 16

Monday, December 19, 2016, 9:24am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

In weeks past, Browns coach Hue Jackson has been quick to name a starting quarterback.

But at 0-14 and coming off another less-than-inspired quarterbacking performance from Robert Griffin III, Jackson has flung the door back open for Cody Kessler or Josh McCown for this week’s game against the Chargers.

“Everything’s going to be on the table,” Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’m going to look at everything. I just have to. I owe these guys the best opportunity to win in the locker room. With the effort they’re giving me, I have to give back to them as a leader. I have to make sure I’m putting the right people out there for them. . . .

“Everybody. Everybody is in play. Absolutely.”

Fantasy Impact:

Had Griffin given them any real reason, he could have had the next two games as an audition for the future. But they’ve scored an average of 11.0 points per game in his three starts, so there’s no compelling reason to keep on with the experiment, the story pointed out. Griffin was better in Week 15 than Week 14, but it hasn't produced a victory.

Bolts WR Tyrell Williams returns after hard hit

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 7:41pm

ABC News - [Full Article]

San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams, who got hit hard on a third-down catch in the fourth quarter, was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion.

Fantasy Impact:

Williams did return to the game, according to reports, so that's good news for owners. But, be sure to keep an eye on his status this week. He's a very playable option assuming he's OK as the Chargers travel to Cleveland.

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 3:01pm

Chargers Inactives
Tyreek Burwell OT
Jeremy Butler WR
Asante Cleveland TE
Kaleb Eulls DT
Melvin Gordon RB
Craig Mager CB
Max Tuerk C

Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm

Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (shoulder) took full practice reps all week. He was removed from the injury report, so he’s good to go.

Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm

Chargers WR Jeremy Butler (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 15.

Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 15. It’s going to be Kenneth Farrow likely carrying the load, while Ronnie Hillman will serve as the change-of-pace back.

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:16pm

Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (shoulder) took full practice reps again Thursday. Williams should be fine to face the Raiders.

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