Danny Woodhead - RBPosted 7/24/15 2:27pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead will remain involved in the passing game and on third downs.
Huddle Up: No surprise here as Woodhead reeled in a whopping 76 receptions during his last fill season in San Diego (2013), but this will hurt the value of first-round pick Melvin Gordon, who's currently going 12th among RBs (Pick No. 35 on average) in early MFL drafts.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 7/21/15 10:48pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson will be used on the outside as well as in the slot this season.
Huddle Up: Johnson is with his third team in three seasons and since reeling off back-to-back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons in Buffalo from 2010-12, Johnson only has averaged 44 catches, 516 yards and three TDs over the last two seasons. Still, Philip Rivers will easily be the best QB Johnson has played with, and the opportunity is there in San Diego with Eddie Royal gone, TE Antonio Gates suspended for the first four games, Keenan Allen coming off a disappointing season and Malcom Floyd another year older.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 7/10/15 11:51pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen's red zone targets fell from 19 in 2013 to 12 last year, and he caught just 18 passes that went at least 10 yards through the air a year ago compared to 29 in 2013.
Huddle Up: The second-year wideout was one of fantasy's biggest disappointments last season, falling from 153 fantasy points to 102 but look to grab him at a bargain rate in drafts this summer with fellow wideout Eddie Royal now and stud TE Antonio Gates suspended for the season's first four games.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 7/6/15 3:25pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson is expected to be used as the slot receiver this season and could see increased targets early in the season because of the suspension to TE Antonio Gates. Johnson said he does not care about where he lines up on offense.
Huddle Up: Plenty of opportunity for Johnson to carve out fantasy value in San Diego, especially during the first month of the season when Gates is sidelined.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 7/3/15 4:10pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green likely will be the starting tight end with TE Antonio Gates being suspended for the first four games of the season.
Huddle Up: Stepping in for last season's No. 2 fantasy TE for the first month of the upcoming season will be a huge opportunity for Green, who for all the preseason hype he's generated in his career, has all of 40 career receptions for 658 yards and three TDs in his three pro seasons.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 7/2/15 5:01pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. It was previous reported that Gates had been suspended for substance abuse.
Huddle Up: Perhaps this helps explain Gates' fountain-of-youth season (69-821-12) at the age of 34 last season. Regardless, this should finally provide the fantasy jump-start backup TE Ladarius Green needs.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 6/30/15 5:08pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen said he's been losing weight in order to play faster this season.
Huddle Up: Allen is coming off a disappointing fantasy season -- one in which he had more targets (121-105) and receptions (77-71) than the previous season but did less with them, seeing a sizable dip in yardage (1,046-783) and TD receptions (8-4).
Danny Woodhead - RBPosted 6/29/15 11:06pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) missed 13 games last season due to a broken ankle, but he appeared fast and healthy in offseason work.
Huddle Up: A healthy Woodhead would allow the Chargers to bring rookie Melvin Gordon along slowly in the passing game--and bring a little PPR fantasy value to the table himself.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 6/29/15 11:06pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson showed good chemistry with QB Philip Rivers during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: The Chargers have been desperate for a second receiver to emerge in their offense, and if Johnson is earning the trust of Rivers he could fill that role--and in the process carve out some solid fantasy numbers.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 6/19/15 8:55pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green may be more involved in the offense this year, according to QB Philip Rivers. 'I hope, and I think we all agree that he needs to be a bigger part of [the offense] as we move forward this year,' Rivers said. 'We need to have him be a weapon for us because he'll be a heck of a matchup for us on some defenses.'
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs remain thirsty after drinking the Green Kool-Aid the past two seasons, which have netted all of 36 combined catches for 602 yards and three TDs for the 2012 fourth-round pick. Antonio Gates is another year older, just turning 35 Thursday, June 18, and Green will become the dominant TE in the S.D. offense some day -- we just don't know if it's going to be this season or 2-3 years from now.
Danny Woodhead - RBPosted 6/15/15 5:10pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead said he wants to be the same person this season as he was before suffering a season-ending broken ankle in Week 3 last year. 'I think I am [the same person]. That's the main thing -- getting comfortable and going out and doing it, and then showing yourself that you can do it again,' Woodhead said. Head coach Mike McCoy praised Woodhead's work ethic and isn't surprised he's ready to play again.
Huddle Up: Woodhead should regain his job as the Chargers' pass-catching back, helping ease the college-to-pro transition for first-round pick Melvin Gordon.
Danny Woodhead - RBPosted 6/9/15 11:17pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle, leg) is healthy, according to head coach Mike McCoy. ďHe looks the way (he did) the snap before he went down (in Week 3),Ē McCoy said.
Huddle Up: Woodhead, who had a career-high 1,034 yards from scrimmage and eight TDs in his first season with the Chargers in 2013 before missing the last 13 games last year, will be battling Branden Oliver and Donald Brown for change-of-pace touches behind first-round pick Melvin Gordon, but Oliver is the S.D. back you want late if you draft the rookie earlier.
Malcom Floyd - WRPosted 6/3/15 3:13pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd said he may consider retirement after the 2015 season.
Huddle Up: Floyd has been a fringe fantasy factor with 22 touchdowns and one injury-shortened campaign over the past five years. He's still in the mix for a significant role in the Chargers' receiver rotation, but there isn't much in the way of fantasy upside.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 6/2/15 4:49pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson was spry during organized team activities Tuesday, June 2. He showed his elusiveness and even caught some red-zone passes from QB Philip Rivers.
Huddle Up: Johnson disappointed in his 35-435-3 season a year ago in San Fran, but has a definite chance to make an immediate impact further down the coast in S.D. where the WR depth chart thins out quickly behind Keenan Allen.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 5/27/15 11:22pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen is the second longest tenured wide receiver on the team, other than WR Malcom Floyd. ďHopefully I can take on a leader role along with Malcom. Hopefully I can help the new guys build a connection with Philip (Rivers) and understand the playbook. Iím helping them with the new terminology, and picking up on the words and the lingo. Even though they may have been in similar systems, Iím helping them with the splits and where Phil wants it to be. Iíve grown a lot since I first came here. I donít press as much as I used to. I am under control. It is only two years, but Iíve definitely grown a lot.Ē Allen expects to work out of the slot a lot more in 2015.
Huddle Up: Allen was a mild disappointment last season after a strong rookie campaign, but as one of the senior members of Rivers' receiving corps he'll have plenty of opportunity to bounce back from his sophomore slump.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 5/27/15 11:22pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers said Tuesday, May 26, it would be 'awesome' to stay in San Diego but added there is nothing new on the contract extension front. Rivers said he has no expectations as to when a deal could be finalized.
Huddle Up: Rivers wasn't traded on draft day as some rumors speculated, but he still may have qualms about committing long-term to a team that may be moving to Los Angeles. If that means he's more motivated to put up big numbers this season--and thus earn a bigger paycheck next year--that's good news for potential fantasy owners.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 5/22/15 2:40pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and the Chargers are optimistic about a long-term extension. Rivers had been the subject of trade rumors prior to the NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: With the L.A. rumors still very much in play, the Bolts have a number of big decisions on their plate, and their post-2015 QB situation is certainly one of them. Rivers will turn 34 in December, but with a number of his contemporaries still producing at a high level in their late 30s, Philip is far from done.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 5/19/15 10:57pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's four-year rookie deal has $10.669 million guaranteed and includes a $6.019 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: Even without a contract, Gordon still was able to get in some camp work in with the Bolts and is primed to be one of the first rookies off fantasy draft boards this summer.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 5/16/15 12:42am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon impressed in his first day of rookie minicamp Friday, May 15, making quick decisions at the line of scrimmage and showing good burst when he reached the second level.
Huddle Up: The first-round pick took to the field Friday after arriving and signing a four-year contract with a fifth-year option the night before. With the starting job -- and the lion's share of the carries -- all his, the former Wisconsin stud is among the early top two or three front-runners to be fantasy's highest-scoring rookie in 2015.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 5/3/15 4:01pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers was never targeted by the Tennessee Titans, as the Chargers made clear they weren't dealing Rivers from the start.
Huddle Up: Rivers, who finished as the ninth-ranked QB with 349 fantasy points last season, enters his 10th season as the Bolts' starter but there is some dynasty and keeper league intrigue as this will be the final year of his current San Diego contract. Let's see what develops.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 4/30/15 12:11am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers' representatives met with the Chargers last week to discuss a possible contract extension.
Huddle Up: Plenty of posturing on both sides, with the Chargers reportedly trying to trade up to take Marcus Mariota and Rivers indicating he may be a short-timer with the franchise as he doesn't want to move his family to Los Angeles. With that dance complete, the two sides can now get down to the business of hammering out a contract extension that will keep Rivers with the Bolts for the remainder of his NFL career.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 4/30/15 10:45pm ET
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon was selected 15th overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30.
Huddle Up: With 2010 first-round selection Ryan Mathews bolting for Philly, the Chargers needed a RB and once Todd Gurley was drafted 10th by the Rams, they knew they needed to be aggressive to land the other top RB talent and they were, trading up two spots. S.D. ranked 31st in the league with 3.4 yards per carry, and Gordon might be able to help after averaging an NCAA-record 7.79 during his his four seasons with Wisconsin.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 4/28/15 4:09pm ET
According to reports, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers hadn't been the topic of conversations between the Chargers and other NFL teams as of Monday, April 27. There have been plenty of trade rumors surrounding Rivers this offseason, but a trade is unlikely prior to the start of the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30.
Huddle Up: The rumors involving the veteran QB certainly have stoked the offseason fires, but the Chargers know their best chance to win over the next few seasons hinges around retaining Rivers, who is heading into the final year of his current contract.
Branden Oliver - RBPosted 4/26/15 1:37pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver said he wants to break more tackles in 2015 and has spent the offseason working on his power and strength.
Huddle Up: The 5-7, 208-pound Oliver was a pleasant surprise with 853 yards from scrimmage and four TDs last season but averaged only 3.6 yards per rush. Oliver, though, figures to serve as a change-of-pace option this coming season with the Bolts expected to pick up a lead back in the draft.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 4/22/15 3:20pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is the team's starting quarterback, and the team intends to keep it that way for a while, according to general manager Tom Telesco.
Huddle Up: So much for the drama of a three-way trade involving the second overall pick in the upcoming draft. Now we'll just have to wait for the Browns to start making their move.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 4/21/15 5:15pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has been present for the start of off-season workouts this week, as expected. It is business as usual for Rivers.
Huddle Up: Rivers played through a nagging rib issue and finished ninth among all QBs with 349 fantasy points a season ago, but the trade rumors linking the 33-year-old QB with the Titans aren't going away so see where Rivers and the Bolts stand after we get through the draft.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 4/16/15 4:14pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates said he doesn't want to play as many snaps in 2015 as he did last year. 'With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season,' Gates said. 'I was playing the whole game. How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing. I'd like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations. That's what my contribution is at anyway.'
Huddle Up: With 69 catches for 821 yards and 12 TDs at age 34, the veteran TE enjoyed one of the best fantasy campaigns of his Hall-of-Fame career last season, but beware of some almost inevitable stat regression --particularly in the TD-catch Dept. -- as Gates averaged 7.3 scores per season over the previous six campaigns.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 4/15/15 9:24am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is under contract for one more season, and he has expressed a desire to play out his deal. However, the Chargers might be interested in trading up to draft University of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 pick currently held by the TennesseeTitans. Tennessee head coach Ken Whisenhunt was the Chargers offensive coordinator in 2013, and offensive coordinator Jason Michael was on the San Diego staff, too.
Huddle Up: The Chargers worked out Mariota Tuesday, adding fuel to the fire. It would be an intriguing move that would immediate give Titans receivers additional fantasy value, but there are plenty of hurdles for the Chargers, who currently pick 17th, to overcome before we start speculating on Rivers-to-Justin Hunter.
Branden Oliver - RBPosted 3/22/15 4:12pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver is penciled in as the starting running back at this point.
Huddle Up: The undrafted rookie impressed with 582 rushing yards, 271 receiving yards and four total TDs in 14 games -- including seven starts -- last season and he, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown currently top the depth chart. Definitely, however, expect the Bolts to add another RB or two through the draft and free agency before training camp rolls around.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 3/19/15 12:26am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers isn't currently thinking about a contract extension with the team, but he believes he'll play out his current contract that ends after the 2015 season. 'What I can control and all I know as of today, I am signed up for one more year,' Rivers said. 'I guess things could change, but with all the uncertainty in many aspects, I don't see it changing before camp gets here, and when camp gets here I'm even more certain to play it out.' He won't rule out playing in Los Angeles if the team moves there, but there are more appealing cities for he and his family. The Chargers could put the franchise tag on Rivers for 2016, and there is speculation brewing that San Diego is prepared for a future without Rivers.
Huddle Up: Word on the street is that the Chargers might also be considering making a run at Marcus Mariota. Whether that would require including Rivers in the trade remains to be seen, but it would certainly ease the transition for both team and player if Mariota had a year to understudy behind Rivers before taking over the team next year. It's a process similar to when the Bolts let Drew Brees leave and handed the job to Rivers.
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