Antonio Gates - TEPosted 9/25/16 1:15pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) has been declared inactive for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Hunter Henry will start at tight end and should have a solid role in the passing game in Week 3. He could be a decent option in daily fantasy leagues and can be a flex option in deeper leagues.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 9/24/16 6:49pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry is a 'tremendous receiver,' according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt, and QB Philip Rivers said Henry's 'catches are coming.'
Huddle Up: Henry is set for plenty of snaps against the Colts in Week 3 with Antonio Gates banged up. He is worth a flier in DFS formats.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 9/23/16 11:59am ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) has yet to practice this week and has been all but ruled out for Week 3 versus the Indianapolis Colts.
Huddle Up: ESPN reported earlier Friday that Gates has been told he will need two to three weeks to recover, so owners should prepare for a multi-week absence from the veteran tight end. Rookie Hunter Henry will draw his first start as a result, but he's a weak streaming option even in a favorable matchup this week.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 9/22/16 11:23am ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) is not participating in practice Thursday, Sept. 22.
Huddle Up: Gates' availability for Week 3 is uncertain at this point, so owners will need to keep an eye on the situation over the next few days. He would have a decent matchup if he plays, but owners may want to use other options in their lineup.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 9/22/16 2:40pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 22.
Huddle Up: Williams may not see as many targets as Travis Benjamin, but with Keenan Allen out and Antonio Gates hurting, Williams is still in line for some quality playing time. He gained 61 yards and a touchdown on three catches last week. Starting him as a WR3 in standard leagues is optimal.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 9/21/16 5:27pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Huddle Up: Williams has become a deep threat for the Chargers with 132 yards on only five receptions. He should continue to have a solid role in the passing game and can be a No. 3 receiver or a flex option for fantasy owners.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 9/21/16 5:18pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Gates is in danger of missing Week 3. He has caught six passes for only 35 yards in the first two games but should be a focal point of the passing game with Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead out for the season. He should still be a solid starting option in most fantasy leagues.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 9/21/16 10:39pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) is uncertain for Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts, as he is battling a hamstring injury. If Gates is limited or inactive, TE Hunter Henry would likely see more involvement in the offense with TE Sean McGrath in a backup role.
Huddle Up: Gates is a strong fantasy play if he is declared healthy to play, as the Colts secondary is dinged up and susceptible to big play through the air.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 9/19/16 12:10am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for four touchdown passes during his team's 38-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Sept. 18.
Huddle Up: Rivers has always mastered the Jaguars defense, but this is good news for a team that could sure use it. He remains a solid QB1 option moving forward and is also worth the money in two-QB leagues.
Danny Woodhead - RBPosted 9/19/16 11:48am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (knee) is reportedly still awaiting MRI results, but the team is 'pretty certain' he tore his ACL in a Week 2 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Huddle Up: Woodhead was ticketed for another huge pass-catching role with Keenan Allen suffering the same injury in Week 1. As a result of the former's injury, Melvin Gordon may very well become an every-down back and should be treated as a high-end RB2 going forward.
Danny Woodhead - RBPosted 9/19/16 1:33pm ET
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a torn anterior cruciate ligament Monday, Sept. 19.
Huddle Up: Melvin Gordon figures to be a three-down running back with Woodhead gone and is a borderline RB1 going forward. Branden Oliver is out for the season, too, so Kenneth Farrow might be worth a pickup in deeper leagues.
Danny Woodhead - RBPosted 9/18/16 1:52pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (knee) was carried off the field, Sunday, Sept. 18, unable to put any weight on his injured knee. Woodhead was being evaluated by team trainers on the sideline before a cart brought him into the locker room for further testing.
Huddle Up: This could be a huge blow to PPR owners looking for the explosive pass-catcher to be a weekly lineup play. Check back for more details.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 9/17/16 11:34am ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates is expected to be much more involved in Week 2 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars than he was in the opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to ESPN's Eric Williams.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs like to use safety Eric Berry in shadow coverage versus tight ends, so Gates was a poor bet to light it up in Week 1. However, he has feasted recently against defenses that play a lot of Cover 3 - such as the Seattle Seahawks and Jaguars - posting a 4-53-2 line versus Jacksonville last year. Although the Jaguars are better on defense this year, Gates will be counted on to do more this week and beyond with Keenan Allen out for the year. The future Canton-bound tight end should be considered a must-start.
Ken Whisenhunt - OCPosted 9/17/16 12:04pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon drew compliments from offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt for his play in Week 1 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Whisenhunt insists Gordon was mostly the victim of circumstance, suggesting San Diego had an effective personnel grouping including Danny Woodhead that got the offense into third-and-manageable situations in the second half. 'I certainly was very pleased with how Melvin played. That's my first experience with him in a regular-season game. And I thought he did a tremendous job,' Whisenhunt said.
Huddle Up: Woodhead held a 50-23 advantage in snaps over Gordon in a game the Chargers led by multiple scores for roughly half of the contests. Woodhead remains the most trusted option of the two at this point and Gordon's workloads are going to depend greatly on the flow of the game. The second-year back should expect to see roughly 15 touches per week going forward and be considered a strong RB3 for the time being.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 9/16/16 11:18am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is a combined 80-of-108 for 962 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions against the Jacksonville Jaguars - their Week 2 opponent - over the last three seasons.
Huddle Up: Without Keenan Allen last year, Rivers lit up the Jaguars for 300 yards and four touchdowns in what was his most productive fantasy day of the season. In their 2014 meeting, the 34-year-old signal-caller exploded for 377 and three, respectively. Jacksonville has improved defensively this season, but Rivers remains a low-end QB1 in this matchup even with Allen out for the rest of the season.
Danny Woodhead - RBPosted 9/16/16 6:37pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon had six carries in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt said he felt packages with RB Danny Woodhead were more effective.
Huddle Up: Gordon scored twice in the first half, so it is discouraging how his workload dropped in the second half. He still has time to carve out a steady role, but you should view him as a RB3 for the time being.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 9/12/16 1:34pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) is being placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Sept. 12, with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He is out for the season.
Huddle Up: It's one of the biggest losses the Chargers could have suffered, especially after Allen missed half of last season. With Allen out, Antonio Gates, Travis Benjamin and Danny Woodhead should see upticks in targets. Tyrell Williams is worth a pickup off waivers after catching two passes for 71 yards in Week 1.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 9/11/16 11:22am ET
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) was carted off the field during the team's Week 1 game after suffering an apparent right knee injury.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation because it appears that Allen may have suffered a serious injury. Travis Benjamin would become the No. 1 receiver for the Chargers if Allen is sidelined for an extended period of time and could be a weekly starting option for owners.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 9/11/16 12:31pm ET
The San Diego Chargers believe WR Keenan Allen (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during their Week 1 game. He will undergo more tests to determine the severity of the injury.
Huddle Up: Allen would miss the rest of the 2016 season if he is diagnosed with a torn ACL, so owners should look for replacements on the waiver wire. Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams will receive bigger roles in the passing game with Allen sidelined. Benjamin could be a No. 3 receiver in most fantasy leagues, while Inman and Williams can be flex options.
Jason Verrett - CBPosted 9/9/16 12:43pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen (rest) and OG D.J. Fluker (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 9, while CB Jason Verrett (calf) was limited during practice. All three players are not listed on the injury report.
Huddle Up: Allen will be a fine starting option in all fantasy leagues this week.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 9/9/16 7:18pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon said he has a better understanding of the offense this year, and he believes his struggles last season have made him a more confident player.
Huddle Up: Gordon is coming off a strong preseason, and he has all the makings of a post-hype sleeper. Don't hesitate to deploy him as a RB2 in 12-team leagues and a flex option in smaller formats.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 9/9/16 7:54pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen appears to be even faster this season, QB Philip Rivers said.
Huddle Up: Allen was on his way to a huge 2015 campaign before suffering a lacerated kidney, and he opens 2016 comfortably in the WR2 range.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 9/9/16 9:34pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin's ability to stretch the field should open up space for intermediate passing routes, and QB Philip Rivers said it took him a while to adjust to Benjamin's speed and realize he couldn't overthrow him on deep routes.
Huddle Up: Benjamin won't be as consistent as Keenan Allen or Antonio Gates, but he should deliver his share of big plays and have an occasional big game. He is an all-or-nothing play in standard leagues and daily formats.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 9/8/16 12:16pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen (rest) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 8.
Huddle Up: Allen was receiving some time off during practice Thursday but will be fine for Week 1. He will be one of the main targets in the team's passing game this season and should be a solid No. 2 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Branden Oliver - RBPosted 8/28/16 11:32am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (Achilles') suffered an Achilles' tendon injury during the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Aug. 28, and will not return.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to find out the severity of the injury. Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead would receive more playing time if Oliver is out for an extended period of time. Gordon should receive most of the carries this season and can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues. Woodhead will likely be more involved in the passing game and will be a No. 2 or No. 3 back in point-per-reception leagues.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 8/28/16 6:28pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon had four carries for 51 yards and a touchdown in a 23-10 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: Gordon has looked sharp in the preseason. After a disappointing rookie year, he looks like a RB3 candidate. He could provide great value in the middle rounds.
Travis Benjamin - WRPosted 8/20/16 5:37am ET
San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin caught one pass for 11 yards in the preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Benjamin missed some time during training camp because of an injury but should be more involved in the offense moving forward. He likely will be one of the starting receivers this season and can be a No. 4 wide receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Travis Benjamin - WRPosted 8/17/16 9:03am ET
San Diego Chargers WR Travis Benjamin was singled out by QB Philip Rivers for his work during a joint practice against the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, Aug. 16, specifically for their timing on a comeback route that Rivers deemed his "favorite play" of the evening.
Huddle Up: Consider what Benjamin did in Cleveland with no viable QB, and what Rivers did in San Diego with a patchwork line and receiving corps. If the two can get on the same page early they could do some damage over a 16-game slate. Benjamin is best suited as a No. 4 fantasy wideout, but there's sneaky upside here.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 8/14/16 1:51pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed three times for 12 yards in the preseason opener Saturday, Aug. 13, against the Tennessee Titans, and he also added one catch for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Huddle Up: The second-year back's rushing numbers weren't anything to get excited about, but seeing Gordon find his way into the end zone most definitely was coming off his well-documented, TD-less 217- touch campaign as a rookie. He's a RB3 with some upside.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 8/11/16 9:04am ET
San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams has made a sizable leap in his second season, according to beat writer Michael Gehlken. Williams is considered one of the most improved Chargers from 2015, better route running among his strides. He also projects to be a gunner in special teams coverage.
Huddle Up: Williams bumps up the depth chart after the season-ending injury to Stevie Johnson, although he is likely to remain low on the food chain. As such, his fantasy appeal is negligible. Remember the name for the waiver wire, or target him in a best-ball league, like an MFL10.
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