Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 1/19/17 11:51am ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon said he is happy that the team hired head coach Anthony Lynn because of Lynn's success as a running backs coach for many years. 'He obviously knows the game, so if he sees some wrinkles, I've got another set of eyes. Everyone's got some holes in their game, and he'll bring some wisdom to help get my game right when I need it. I've got someone who has been around the game for so long and coached some of the league's best players. He'll know how to help me. He's perfect for me, so I'm excited to get this thing rolling under him,' Gordon said.
Huddle Up: Gordon rushed for 997 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016 and likely will receive most of the carries next season if he is healthy. Owners could see some improvement from Gordon under his new head coach and should consider him a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 running back in fantasy drafts.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 1/18/17 9:52am ET
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers refuted reports Tuesday, Jan. 17, that claimed he asked for a trade or wanted to be dealt, specifically to the San Francisco 49ers. Rivers has a no-trade clause in his contract.
Huddle Up: Rivers should enter 2017's fantasy draft season as a sound QB2. While he doesn't offer much upside for a monster season, the veteran is capable of turning in a few huge games during the course of the year as a matchup play.
Danny Woodhead - RBPosted 1/17/17 12:29pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (knee) is six weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Woodhead is an underrated weapon for the Chargers, particularly in the passing game. When he's healthy for a full season he's capable of low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 numbers in PPR leagues, even with Melvin Gordon running the ball most of the time. Of course, the shifty back is a free agent his year, so his future with the Chargers isn't guaranteed.
Danny Woodhead - RBPosted 1/6/17 8:56pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (knee) said he isn't concerned about his knee injury and expects to be the same productive player when he returns.
Huddle Up: Woodhead will be a free agent, but if he ends up back in San Diego, his role in the passing game and red zone makes him a legitimate RB2 in PPR formats.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 1/4/17 3:54pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers achieved one of the most underappreciated seasons of the year, throwing for 4,390 yards and 33 touchdowns -- ranked fifth and fourth, respectively, among quarterbacks.
Huddle Up: Rivers has seemingly been underrated throughout his career, but he has made his mark in the fantasy realm. He keeps putting up QB1 numbers despite a plethora of injuries to his offensive counterparts. He should be drafted as a QB1 again in 2017.
Travis Benjamin - WRPosted 1/1/17 12:29pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin has been declared inactive for the team's Week 17 game.
Huddle Up: Benjamin was not on the injury report this week, so it appears like he is a healthy scratch. He should have a solid role in the passing game next season and can be a No. 3 receiver in some leagues. Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman should receive most of the work in the passing game. Williams can be a No. 3 receiver for owners, while Inman can be a flex option.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 12/31/16 3:29pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry will be the team's featured tight end next season regardless of whether or not Antonio Gates returns for a 15th season.
Huddle Up: Jaded owners of Henry could be asking why this passing of the torch didn't take place on or before Week 16, when the rookie wasn't even targeted in a loss to the Cleveland Browns. With that said, Henry is able to create separation and clearly looked like the better player the few times both were healthy. Expect the 2016 second-round pick to be a solid midrange TE1 in 2017.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/30/16 1:14pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) missed practice Friday, Dec. 30, and he has been ruled out for the team's Week 17 game Sunday, Jan. 1, against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Even though Gordon was sidelined the past two weeks, it looked like he would be able to return in the season finale, especially after getting in two limited practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, but alas, that is not the case. Unfortunately for the second-year running back, he'll finish the season three yards short of his first career 1,000-yard campaign. With him out, Ronnie Hillman could be looking at a big workload.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/29/16 11:49am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) is participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 29.
Huddle Up: Gordon appears to have a chance to play in Week 17, but owners will need to check on his status later in the week. He probably would be part of a committee at running back if he plays but could still be a flex option in most leagues.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/29/16 3:48pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 29.
Huddle Up: Gordon's availability for this week is looking more promising, but he's not guaranteed a full workload. The risk is great if Gordon is active, however. He's no more than a flex option in a pointless game for the Chargers.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/28/16 11:52am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) is participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Gordon is expected to be a game-time decision for Week 17, so owners will need to check the inactive lists before deciding on their lineup. He probably would receive limited work if he is active and may not be more than a flex option in leagues.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/28/16 3:45pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: It's looking more optimistic that Gordon will play, but how much if he does? He has missed the last two contests and could be a little rusty. It might be better to start him as a low-end RB2 or flex as opposed to an RB1, especially in a tougher matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 12/28/16 10:42pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates indicated Wednesday, Dec. 28, that he might play one more season in 2017. 'This is not the way I expected to be done. I'm definitely leaning toward coming back,' Gates said.
Huddle Up: Gates current has his lowest yardage total (493) since his rookie season of 2003 while finding the end zone six times. He has at least four touchdowns in each of his past 13 season, and would be a low-end TE1 in deeper fantasy leagues in 2017.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/27/16 1:32pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) did not practice Tuesday, Dec. 27, although he is making progress in his recovery from knee and hip injuries.
Huddle Up: Gordon could sit out the last game of the season and prepare for a full recovery this offseason. San Diego's backfield should be his next year, especially if Danny Woodhead is not re-signed. If Gordon is at full health before next season, he should be drafted as an RB1. As for this week, Ronnie Hillman is a desperation start in a meaningless game if Gordon is sidelined.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/27/16 2:58pm ET
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee, hip) said he will 'probably be a game-time decision' for the team's Week 17 game Sunday, Jan. 1. He added, 'If I can (play Sunday), I will.'
Huddle Up: It sounds like Gordon is getting much closer to being able to return to action after sitting out the last two weeks. The 2015 first-round pick is three yards shy of his first career 1,000-yard campaign, so that may give him extra incentive to play in the season finale. If he does suit up, he'll be worth plugging in as an RB2, as he should maintain a sizable workload in San Diego's decimated backfield.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/26/16 2:19pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) is considered day-to-day, according to head coach Mike McCoy.
Huddle Up: One would think Gordon would sit the final game of the season since the Chargers have nothing to play for. With Kenneth Farrow also hurting, Ronnie Hillman could be the Chargers' main option in the backfield this week. He'll be a top waiver wire add if Gordon doesn't play.
Kenneth Farrow - RBPosted 12/24/16 12:31pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Kenneth Farrow (shoulder) left the Week 16 game against the Cleveland Browns due to a shoulder injury. After a brief absence for examination, he was able to check back into the game.
Huddle Up: Farrow hasn't been doing much, but Ronnie Hillman has been doing even less, which is shocking against a poor Cleveland Browns rush defense.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 12/24/16 2:13pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates posted game highs with eight receptions and 94 yards on 13 targets in the Week 16 game against the Cleveland Browns. He also scored a touchdown.
Huddle Up: Gates' catch total and yardage total, as well as his targets, were all season highs. It's uncertain how much longer he will play, but this is an outstanding performance for fantasy owners who trusted him with the favorable matchup.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 12/24/16 2:13pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams posted four receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in the Week 16 game against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: Williams has emerged as a dependable WR2 in most fantasy leagues, finding the end zone in five of his past seven games. He'll be a decent mid-round fantasy option in most formats in 2017, too.
Kenneth Farrow - RBPosted 12/24/16 2:12pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Kenneth Farrow (shoulder) rushed nine times for 28 yards in Week 16 game against the Cleveland Browns and he added four catches for 29 yards on four targets.
Huddle Up: Farrow left the game briefly, but he was able to return and finish up. With Ronnie Hillman going backwards in Week 16, Farrow is the top fantasy option on the team heading into Week 17 assuming Melvin Gordon doesn't miraculously return for the regular season finale.
Ronnie Hillman - RBPosted 12/24/16 2:12pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Ronnie Hillman rushed eight times for seven yards in the Week 16 game against the Cleveland Browns. He was also dropped for a one-yard loss on in his reception while being targeted three times.
Huddle Up: It was a nightmare day for Hillman, who struggled against an awful Cleveland Browns rushing defense. Kenneth Farrow is likely to be the top fantasy option heading into the final week of the regular season.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 12/24/16 2:11pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers completed 24 of his 47 pass attempts for 321 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 16 game against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: The Bolts haven't had a great season, but Rivers has been a bright spot with eight straight games tossing two or more touchdown passes.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/23/16 12:05pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) missed practice again Friday, Dec. 23, and he has been ruled out for the team's Week 16 contest Saturday, Dec. 24, versus the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: Tough break for Gordon owners, as this is basically the matchup you want for your fantasy running back going into the finals. Instead, those potentially salivating numbers will be up for grabs with Kenneth Farrow, who will be making his second consecutive start in the San Diego backfield. Although he disappointed last week, he's still worth RB2 consideration, as he'll probably still see a sizable workload against one of the worst football teams in history.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 12/23/16 12:13pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (shoulder) was a full participant in practice for the third straight day Friday, Dec. 23.
Huddle Up: It's curious why Williams is even listed on the injury report anymore, as he's been playing through this shoulder ailment for a number of weeks now and has still looked effective in doing so. Furthermore, it hasn't cost him any action. He'll maintain his usual WR3 status in a delicious matchup opposite the Browns, though owners should be concerned that Travis Benjamin is re- emerging after his big game last weekend.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/22/16 11:32am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 22.
Huddle Up: Gordon probably will be sidelined for another game, so owners should look for other options to use in their lineups. Kenneth Farrow and Ronnie Hillman would both receive carries in Week 16 if Gordon is out but are not more than flex options in most leagues.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 12/22/16 12:37pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 22.
Huddle Up: Williams was limited to only 20 yards in the last game but has at least 65 yards in four of the previous five games. He will have a favorable matchup this week and can be at least a No. 3 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/21/16 11:26am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Huddle Up: It is not known if Gordon will be able to play in Week 16, so owners should check on his status later in the week. He may be limited if he is active but could still be a flex option. Kenneth Farrow and Ronnie Hillman probably would share work again if Gordon sits, but neither player would be more than flex option in deeper leagues.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 12/21/16 1:13pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (shoulder) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Huddle Up: The Chargers have a talented receiving corps, but any one of Williams, Dontrelle Inman or Travis Benjamin can go off in any given week. The reward may be high, but the risk is higher. Don't view Williams as more than a flex for fantasy championship weekend.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 12/20/16 12:50pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (shoulder) participated in practice Tuesday, Dec. 20. The extent of his participation was not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The Chargers' wide receiver corps is a crapshoot any given week without Keenan Allen. One of Williams, Dontrelle Inman or Travis Benjamin could go off, not to mention Antonio Gates. Starting Williams, if he plays, is playing with fire.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/20/16 12:42pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hip, knee) did not practice Tuesday, Dec. 20.
Huddle Up: Even if Gordon ends up playing this week, he could very well be limited after missing last week's contest. The matchup against the Cleveland Browns is tempting, but use caution. There are probably less risky options on championship squads.
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