Hunter Henry - TEPosted 5/22/18 6:47pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) suffered a torn ACL during a drill in OTAs on Tuesday, May 22. While he is scheduled to get a second opinion Wednesday, May 23, he is expected to miss the 2018 season.
Huddle Up: It's a crushing blow for the Chargers and fantasy owners alike, as Henry was primed to take the next step into the elite group of tight ends this season with Antonio Gates no longer around. While they could see if Gates is in interested in a reunion, this injury leaves Virgil Green atop the depth chart for now. Assuming things stay the same as they are now, the Chargers may utilize more three- and four-wide sets.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 5/22/18 11:43pm ET
The Los Angeles Chargers are likely to consider re-signing free-agent TE Antonio Gates, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Gates had previously been told he would not be brought back, but TE Hunter Henry (knee) suffered what's believed to be a season-ending knee injury Tuesday, May 22.
Huddle Up: Gates, who is currently unsigned, has spent all 15 of his seasons with the Chargers, so he knows the offense and has the trust of Philip Rivers. If Gates is brought back and looks poised to be the primary pass catcher at the tight end position he could have some TE2 value and maybe even a little upside.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 5/5/18 8:34pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers believes they have the 'pieces to do something special' in 2018.
Huddle Up: Rivers might be one of the most underappreciated fantasy quarterbacks, and he's coming off a year when he finished second in passing yards and tied for fifth in touchdowns. He has solid weapons around him, and he's a reliable QB1 who is typically still around in the middle rounds.
Hunter Henry - TEPosted 5/1/18 12:49am ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (abdomen) is healthy now from the lacerated kidney he sustained last year in Week 14, which cost him the remainder of the season. 'It's something where I can't push my rehab to try and get back on the field and something I can't play through because I kind of look at myself like, if it's an injury, I feel like I can play through it,' he said. 'I just kind of have that tough factor about me. But with something internal, it's hard. You can't play around with that.' Henry was present during the second phase of the club's offseason program Monday, April 30, running routes on the field with the first-string offense.
Huddle Up: With Antonio Gates no longer in Los Angeles, that means Henry is now the only main tight end in town and could be primed for a huge third season with the Chargers. He's already displayed a ton of potential, and with Gates not around to steal numbers and touchdowns from the youngster, Henry looks like he's going to be one of the most impactful TE1 options in the year ahead.
Justin Jackson - RBPosted 4/28/18 3:43pm ET
The Los Angeles Chargers selected Northwestern RB Justin Jackson with the 251st overall selection (Round 7) in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Jackson was productive and durable, and he is the leading rusher in Northwestern history. He also became just the ninth player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in four different seasons. He has a chance to challenge for a spot as a backup, but his hands need some work.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 4/27/18 2:06pm ET
Free-agent TE Antonio Gates (Chargers) wants to continue his playing career but has been told that the Los Angeles Chargers do not plan to re-sign him, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Chargers will be going with Hunter Henry as their starting tight end, and he will continue to be a solid contributor in the passing game. He should be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 fantasy tight end. Gates probably will be able to find a one-year deal with a team but will not be a strong fantasy option.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 4/27/18 8:27pm ET
Free-agent TE Antonio Gates (Chargers) said Friday, April 27, that he wants to continue playing, even though the Los Angeles Chargers informed him in the offseason that they do not intend to sign him.
Huddle Up: It would be weird seeing Gates wearing another uniform, but if he plays in 2018 that's exactly what you'll see. It's possible he could get a sniff from the Dallas Cowboys, as Jason Witten retired and they had their pocket picked by the Philadelphia Eagles for Dallas Goedert in Round 2 of the draft. Stay tuned.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 4/24/18 5:24am ET
Free-agent TE Antonio Gates (Chargers) hasn't had any recent contact with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to general manager Tom Telesco. The chances are slim that he re-signs with the team.
Huddle Up: Gates is about to turn 38 and doesn't have much sizzle left on the fantasy burner. Perhaps he could be a TE2 in the right spot.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 4/24/18 9:16am ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams told the team's website he feels '100 percent' after dealing with a back issue for the majority of his rookie season in 2017.
Huddle Up: The Chargers' depth chart is still pretty stacked at receiver and Keenan Allen is still Philip Rivers' top option, but Los Angeles can find a sizable role for Williams if he can stay on the field this season. While he may not to produce enough to be a regular fantasy starter as a NFL sophomore, he should be able to begin displaying the talent that made him the No. 7 overall selection in last year's draft.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 4/23/18 1:01pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers restricted free-agent WR Tyrell Williams signed his tender Monday, April 23, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Williams was a bust last year as Keenan Allen stayed healthy and essentially monopolized the Chargers' passing game. More so, Mike Williams is returning from an injury-riddled rookie year and could only make matters worse for his fellow Williams. Don't view Tyrell Williams as more than a late-round flier.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 4/23/18 3:58pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's fifth-year option is being picked up Monday, April 23, according to general manager Tom Telesco.
Huddle Up: When Gordon is at full health he's one of the most dangerous multip-purpose running backs in the NFL. He deserves to be one of the first half dozen players drafted at his position.
Austin Ekeler - RBPosted 3/10/18 6:38pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler's (hand) broken hand has fully healed, and he has resumed a workout regimen.
Huddle Up: With Melvin Gordon handling a bulk of the snaps for the Chargers, Ekeler is only worth stashing on the end of your bench in case Gordon suffers an injury.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 3/1/18 9:43am ET
Los Angeles Chargers impending free-agent TE Antonio Gates' agents will meet with the Chargers this week at the NFL combine, according to general manager Tom Telesco. Telesco said he believes Gates, who will turn 38 years old this summer, can still play in the NFL.
Huddle Up: The Chargers really don't have a need for Gates. He will be 38 years old when the season starts and they already have one of the best, young tight ends in the league in Hunter Henry. They could use him in two tight end sets and near the goal line, but from a fantasy perspective Gates is ostensibly washed up.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 3/1/18 10:02am ET
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers could play into his forties, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Rivers is 36 years old and has not missed a game since 2006.
Huddle Up: Rivers is an iron man and has produced with whoever has been around him. Aside from Drew Brees, he has been the most consistent quarterback in the NFL over the last decade-plus. There's no reason to not draft Rivers as a QB1 again this year.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 2/27/18 8:50pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams has a lot of work to do this offseason before emerging as the No. 2 option at wide receiver, according to beat writer Eric D. Williams, who believes that job is still held by WR Tyrell Williams.
Huddle Up: Williams was on the shelf for a good chunk of 2018 due to injury, and he still has Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams to contend with for targets behind Keenan Allen. As such, Mike Williams is a bit of a risky fantasy play with a murky fantasy outlook heading into the offseason.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 2/27/18 8:49pm ET
The Los Angeles Chargers would like to help RB Melvin Gordon with a stable of running backs with different skill sets, and they might be looking for a bigger, more powerful back to spell Gordon during the year.
Huddle Up: Gordon is a fantasy stud, but he has been dinged up during his NFL career. Austin Ekeler is a nice change of pace option, but the team might be looking for a bruiser in the draft or free agency to take some of the weight off of Gordon's shoulders. He'll still be a fantasy stud, however.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 2/3/18 6:37pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen was named the Associated Press 2017 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Saturday, Feb. 3.
Huddle Up: After battling injuries in 2015 and 2016, Allen posted 102 catches for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. Allen has WR1 potential, especially in PPR formats, and his history of health issues is the only reason he may slip down draft boards.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 1/15/18 10:12am ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's fifth-year option likely will be exercised this offseason, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams.
Huddle Up: Gordon was able to play all 16 games this season and finished with 1,105 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He was also involved in the passing game with 476 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. He will receive most of the work in 2018 and can be a solid No. 2 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 1/8/18 9:53pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams is expected to produce more next year after a full offseason of working with QB Philip Rivers, according to general manager Tom Telesco. Rivers also feels that way and is excited to be working with Williams, citing that he feels he can 'add another dimension' to the offense.
Huddle Up: Williams had a highly disappointing rookie campaign, logging just 11 catches for 95 yards across 10 ballgames, but in his defense, the former No. 7 overall draft pick had a tough time overcoming injuries. First, he sustained a lower back disc herniation that cost him all of his offseason work and training camp, then a knee injury later on during the season that also cost him time. Williams will be worth a late selection next year in deep formats as a stash.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 1/4/18 6:39pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates' future with the team is currently undecided, general manager Tom Telesco said Thursday, Jan. 4.
Huddle Up: Gates took a backseat to Hunter Henry for much of this season, and if he ends up returning to the Chargers in 2018, he'll be a touchdown-dependent TE2.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/31/17 12:36pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is officially active for the team's Week 17 game.
Huddle Up: Gordon likely will receive most of the work at running back this week and should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues despite the injury.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 12/31/17 7:26pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates will be a free agent after the season, but he said he still has 'the juice' and would like to play in 2018.
Huddle Up: Gates closed the year with a couple of solid outings, but if he does play somewhere in 2018, he will be a touchdown-dependent TE2.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/30/17 8:58pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) will play against the Oakland Raiders in Week 17, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Gordon has been dealing with an ankle injury, but the Chargers are facing a must-win situation, so he should see all the snaps he can handle. Don't hesitate to start him.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 12/29/17 7:20pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates (illness) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 29, and he was removed from the Week 17 injury report.
Huddle Up: Gates finished with six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in Week 16, and with Hunter Henry out for the year, Gates is a TE1 candidate again in the finale.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/28/17 12:00pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) missed his second straight practice Thursday, Dec. 28, but he is expected to be limited Friday, Dec. 29.
Huddle Up: Gordon has been optimistic about his chances of playing and him practicing tomorrow should give him clearance. Branden Oliver would make for a sneaky start if Gordon is surprisingly unable to go.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 12/28/17 4:49pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Gates is a late addition to the injury report, since he was fine on Wednesday, but since it's only an illness, he should be out there on Sunday for the season finale. This also could very well be his final NFL game, as there are rumors of retirement for the 15-year veteran, so although he's one of the more volatile options at his position in fantasy, he's worth a roll of the dice, especially while he's hauled in a score in consecutive ballgames.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/27/17 7:39am ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is optimistic about playing in Week 17 with his sprained ankle, according to a source. The swelling was minimal with the injury.
Huddle Up: The Oakland Raiders aren't a good matchup for him, but Gordon is worth at least the RB2 start if he's fit to go.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/27/17 12:30pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) was held out of practice Wednesday, Dec. 27, as he remains day-to-day with an ankle injury.
Huddle Up: There wasn't much swelling in Gordon's ankle and he is optimistic that he'll be able to play. It will be more promising if he is able to practice this week, though. The Chargers need him as they are still alive in the playoff hunt, so start him if he is active.
Austin Ekeler - RBPosted 12/27/17 4:11pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) took part in a full practice session Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Ekeler was active in Week 16 but he did not see any offensive snaps. There is opportunity for someone to step up with Melvin Gordon (ankle) in doubt for the finale, but it might be Branden Oliver, not Ekeler, stepping up into a big role.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/25/17 12:54pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's (ankle) Week 17 availability will be clearer in the next few days, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Gordon left late in the fourth quarter in Week 16 with an ankle injury.
Huddle Up: Gordon's potential absence would pave the way for Branden Oliver and Austin Ekeler to see more snaps. Obviously Gordon's status will need to be monitored, but Oliver is already a sleeper candidate for those finishing their fantasy playoffs.
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