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.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 8/11/16 5:54pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and TE Antonio Gates are nine touchdowns away from surpassing San Francisco 49ers QB Steve Young and WR Jerry Rice for touchdown connections. They would then only trail former Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning and WR Marvin Harrison for most touchdowns between a quarterback and pass-catcher in a career.
Huddle Up: Gates has notched at least seven scoring receptions in 10 of his 13 seasons, but the pace certainly has slowed in recent years as he and his QB have moved into their mid-30s. Both however still rate low-end standard-league starter consideration.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 8/10/16 9:47pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) has learned he will miss the entire 2016 season following surgery to repair his torn meniscus.
Huddle Up: This was expected after Johnson tore his meniscus early in camp. Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin now take on an even bigger role in the Chargers passing game with Johnson lost for the season. Benjamin, in particular, is appealing with an ADP in Round 10.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 8/9/16 10:53am ET
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen returned to practice Monday, Aug. 8, after missing two days with a strained foot and 'whipped' several defenders, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Tom Krasovic.
Huddle Up: Encouraging, especially if you're in the "Allen is going to break out" camp. Injuries are the driving concern when drafting him, but if he manages to stay healthy, the 24-year-old is a PPR phenom as a WR2 with top-five receiver upside.
James Jones - WRPosted 8/9/16 10:53am ET
San Diego Chargers WR James Jones has struggled in training camp to make clean releases off of the line of scrimmage.
Huddle Up: While he was respectably effective in Green Bay last season, Jones has lost a step and may not make the final roster. Avoid him in all fantasy formats.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 8/9/16 7:27pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) underwent surgery on his torn meniscus Tuesday, Aug. 9, according to a source. The surgery went well but there is currently no timetable for his return.
Huddle Up: It's hard to imagine Johnson coming back any and contributing with any effectiveness any time before midseason, leaving Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin as the clear-cut duo atop the Bolts' depth chart.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 8/2/16 12:50pm ET
Updating an ongoing story, San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) will undergo surgery in the 'next couple days,' according to Chargers head coach Mike McCoy. Johnson's prognosis is expected to be determined following the procedure.
Huddle Up: Until more is known, Johnson's injury really doesn't matter too much for his already nearly non-existent value. A season-long setback would pave the way for San Diego to bring in a veteran or give Dontrelle Inman more action.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 8/1/16 8:07am ET
San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) was carried off the practice field Sunday, July 31, after injuring his right knee during a passing drill.
Huddle Up: Johnson had been working with the first-team offense and was in line to be the No. 3 receiver. If the injury turns out to be serious, Dontrelle Inman could slide into the same role and would be worth keeping an eye on.
Joey Bosa - DLPosted 8/1/16 8:52am ET
San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa haven't negotiated since Thursday, July 28, when the Chargers made their latest offer, according to sources. The main sticking points are the team wants offset language and deferral of a significant portion of his signing bonus into 2017. Bosa's representatives would accept one or the other: offset language or full payment of the signing bonus in 2016.
Huddle Up: Bosa shouldn't be counted on heavily in IDP leagues in 2016, especially if he misses a lot of time in camp. Stay tuned, but this situation is likely to amount to a whole lot of nothing for fantasy purposes.
Stevie Johnson - WRPosted 8/1/16 12:55pm ET
Updating a previous story, San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) suffered a torn meniscus Sunday, July 31, and will undergo surgery soon, according to a source. Johnson's season may be in jeopardy.
Huddle Up: Johnson was in line to be the No. 3 receiver and work out of the slot. Third-year wideout Dontrelle Inman should have the inroad to the job, coming off a 34-486-3 line. At 6-3, 205 pounds, he creates a mismatch against most defenders. Unfortunately, Inman may not see enough targets to matter on a regular basis. Avoid him on draft day.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 7/31/16 1:16pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon seems like a 'more confident guy' this year, QB Philip Rivers said after practice Saturday, July 30, and head coach Mike McCoy said he is 'very pleased' with where Gordon's conditioning is at.
Huddle Up: If you want to buy low and take a flyer on a second-year player with upside, Gordon's your man as he's currently the 26th RB being drafted on average with an early-ninth round ADP following his disappointing, TD-less rookie campaign.
Danny Woodhead - RBPosted 7/1/16 8:16pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) is expected to be ready for training camp despite suffering a sprained ankle earlier in June.
Huddle Up: Bouncing back strong from his injury-blunted 2014 season, Woodhead hit career highs with 80 catches, 1,091 yards from scrimmage and nine total TDs last season, and while he'll still be heavily involved this fall, look for Melvin Gordon to get more looks if he can show he's past his rookie-year malaise.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 7/1/16 8:16pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is expected to be 100 percent healthy when training camp begins in late July. Gordon underwent microfracture knee surgery in early January this year.
Huddle Up: A number of fantasy eyes will be trained on Gordon in a month, particularly those GMs looking to pick up a young RB at a bargain price after his first-year flop.
Danny Woodhead - RBPosted 6/16/16 12:38pm ET
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead suffered a sprained ankle in practice Wednesday, June 15.
Huddle Up: It sounds like Woodhead escaped serious injury, and he'll have 5 weeks to recoup and recover before the start of training camp.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 6/11/16 11:46am ET
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen's four-year contract extension is worth more than $11 million per year, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Allen sparkled as a rookie, struggled as a sophomore, and was on his way to big numbers last year before an injury scuttled his season. He'll give Philip Rivers a talented primary target for the foreseeable future.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 6/7/16 12:18pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen and the Chargers have been in talks on a possible four- or five-year extension that would keep Allen around for a while, according to multiple sources. He was targeted almost 90 times and had four touchdowns in just half a year in 2015.
Huddle Up: Allen was on his way to an elite campaign last season before an injury scuttled those plans. But an extension would keep him catching passes from Philip Rivers for the foreseeable future, in a role that has serious fantasy upside.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 6/7/16 12:18pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) participated in a few snaps during organized team activities Monday, June 6, and looked more active than he did last week.
Huddle Up: Gordon continues to work his way back from the knee injury that prematurely ended his rookie campaign. Fantasy owners will want to see him at full speed in training camp before banking on a bounceback from last season's disappointing first year.
Branden Oliver - RBPosted 6/7/16 12:18pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (toe) was able to make cuts during organized team activities Monday, June 6, and does not appear to be bothered by the toe injury that ended his 2015 season early.
Huddle Up: Oliver is the Chargers' insurance policy for Melvin Gordon, and right now Oliver looks to be further along from his injury recovery than Gordon is from his. He's a valuable handcuff with fantasy upside should Gordon struggle to get back to top speed.
Hunter Henry - TEPosted 6/3/16 4:19pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry needs to improve his blocking skills if he wants to become a complete tight end but that is true for most young tight ends, according to tight ends coach John McNulty.
Huddle Up: No surprise here, and if the rookie can pick up even a few scraps and pointers from future Hall-of-Famer Antonio Gates, he'll be well on his NFL way.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 6/1/16 10:29am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is not at 100% yet at this point in the offseason, and he wasn't expected to be. He is still taking part in individual and team drills, though, after undergoing microfracture knee surgery in early January.
Huddle Up: After a disappointing rookie campaign the Chargers are looking for significantly more from Gordon this season--and obviously the first step is for him to get healthy. Ideally we'll see a full-go Gordon at training camp and make fantasy projections from there.
Ladarius Green - TEPosted 5/26/16 11:12am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) is out of organized team activities as he recovers from offseason ankle surgery. He doesn't have a firm timetable, but he's hopeful to be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: If Green is to be the safety blanket Heath Miller was for Ben Roethlisberger, he's going to need some reps with his new quarterback. Hopefully he'll be at full go for the start of training camp; if he's not, fantasy owners will need to back off the expectations that are building for Green and his new role in Pittsburgh.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 5/24/16 10:45am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) participated in individual drills during organized team activities Monday, May 23, and is rehabilitating well from microfracture knee surgery he had in January.
Huddle Up: The Chargers received little from their first-round pick last season, so they're hoping he's healthy enough to start delivering on that investment this year. Positive movement in his rehab is a good start.
Hunter Henry - TEPosted 5/15/16 2:37pm ET
San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry has been dominant in team drills at the Chargers' rookie minicamp. The rookies will mix in with the veterans Monday, May 16.
Huddle Up: Henry has landed in a good spot where the Bolts know how to make use of the tight end, but keep your fantasy expectations in check as rookie tight ends and first-year production don't usually mix and ageless veteran Antonio Gates is still there.
Danny Woodhead - RBPosted 5/13/16 4:00pm ET
San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will all receive playing time in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt said there will be times that two of the running backs will be on the field at the same time. The team will have packages for each running back so they can put them in positions where they will succeed.
Huddle Up: Woodhead was easily the most productive of the bunch last season, thanks largely to his team-leading nine TDs, but Gordon will certainly get a second chance among fantasy GMs if he can show there are no lingering effects from his offseason microfracture surgery.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 5/10/16 9:19am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) said he is ahead of schedule and will be ready for training camp. Gordon is recovering from surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.
Huddle Up: We'll revisit this once camp opens and Gordon returns to the field. If he's taking all the reps with the first team and showing no ill effects of the injury, we can revisit the unfulfilled potential of his rookie campaign and the possibility of a bounce back this year.
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