Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 8/20/17 8:14pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon rushed five times for eight yards in a 13-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the preseason Sunday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: None of the running backs who saw time Sunday managed more than 2.1 yards per carry, and Gordon's status as the lead back was never in question anyway. Efficient or not, the promise of a huge workload makes Gordon one of the safest RB1 options.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 8/20/17 8:41pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers was was held out of the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Aug. 20. QB Kellen Clemens started and completed 10 of his 17 pass attempts for 99 yards and rushed three times for 26 yards.
Huddle Up: Rivers is coming off a down year by his standards, but if his receivers and offensive line can stay somewhat healthy, he could bounce back. He could be a great value as a low-end QB1.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 8/14/17 10:36am ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) is slated for an October debut as he returns from a back injury, according to sources.
Huddle Up: It'll take time for him to get acclimated to game speed when he returns, so you can essentially start expecting a return on your WR5 investment in the second half of the season.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 8/9/17 7:33am ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) has resumed running on grass, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. The team still hopes Williams can return during the preseason.
Huddle Up: Williams' back injury could keep him out all season. He's mostly a dynasty league chip for now, but if he continues to progress, he could be a WR5 flyer for late drafters.
Branden Oliver - RBPosted 8/9/17 7:07pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Branden Oliver is listed as the No. 2 running back on the team's first unofficial depth chart.
Huddle Up: Oliver probably would only see limited touches if he is the primary backup this season but could still be used out of the backfield as a receiver. He could be a late-round option in deeper leagues as a handcuff to Melvin Gordon but can be avoided in most leagues.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 8/8/17 8:03pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (calf) participated in practice Tuesday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: Allen missed a few days of practice because of a sore calf but is back on the field and should be fine moving forward. He has dealt with injuries over the last few years but is one of the better receivers in the league when he is healthy. Owners could select Allen as their No. 2 receiver in drafts if he stays healthy.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 8/7/17 5:42pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (calf) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 7. He said his sore calf is more on a maintenance issue and that he is feeling great.
Huddle Up: It appears Allen wants to be completely healthy before he returns to the field. Allen has dealt with injuries over the last few seasons but is a terrific fantasy option when he is healthy. He can be considered a No. 2 fantasy receiver if he is able to return from his calf injury.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 8/4/17 5:53pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (calf) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 4, because of a sore calf.
Huddle Up: It appears that Allen is dealing with a minor injury and should be back on the field soon. He has been limited to only nine games over the last two seasons because of injuries, which makes him a risky option for owners. He should be the top target in the Chargers' passing game in 2017 and can be a No. 2 fantasy receiver if he stays healthy.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 7/31/17 5:45am ET
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers is commuting 71 miles each way to training camp from his northeast San Diego home every day. He has a driver so he can do work in the car. Head coach Anthony Lynn expressed some concerns, but Rivers said he wouldn't be rushing out of the facility every day.
Huddle Up: It's an unusual setup for a quarterback, but it should be a nonfactor. He had a down year last season with the most interceptions of his career (21), and his 60.4 percent completion rate was the second-lowest figure since he became a starter. He's on the fringe of the QB1 landscape.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 7/31/17 5:53am ET
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) could be out for the entire season, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. When asked about the possibility, Lynn said: 'I'm hopeful that it's not, but who knows? It could be.'
Huddle Up: Williams appears to merely be a dynasty league chip at this point. If you're not drafting for a couple of weeks, keep tabs on him to see if there's optimism for a WR5 flyer.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 7/31/17 2:34pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) played well against CB Casey Hayward at training camp Monday, July 31. Allen has been recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered early last season.
Huddle Up: Allen is your prototypical high-risk, high-reward player. He has WR1 upside when he's healthy, but he is rarely healthy, missing 21 games over the last two seasons. Allen can be drafted as a high-end WR2, but have a backup plan in place.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 7/27/17 8:05pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) will likely open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but the team is optimistic he can avoid surgery.
Huddle Up: The back issue pushes Williams into WR5 territory, and there is a chance he won't contribute at all. Still, we are talking about a top-10 pick, so he will have his chances to prove himself at some point. Don't hesitate to nab him in keeper leagues.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 7/24/17 7:34am ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) looked quick and explosive in offseason work. He's due for a monster season, according to beat writer Eric D. Williams.
Huddle Up: Allen has played just nine games the last two years and is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The 25-year-old has ample upside and ample injury risk as a WR2 in fantasy.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 7/22/17 10:11am ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon accepted 213 of the 234 carries handed out to running backs from Week 3 through 13 after Danny Woodhead was lost for the season in Week 2 and before Gordon got hurt early in Week 14.
Huddle Up: There are metrics that suggest Gordon is an inefficient runner, and the fact he has yet to crack four yards per carry for a season yet would seem to support that. A more likely explanation is the third-year back simply has been held back behind a poor offensive line. The Chargers dramatically upgraded their front five in the offseason, so 2017 should reveal whether or not Gordon is an elite runner. He's a solid mid-first round fantasy pick with the potential to be fantasy's top running back.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 7/22/17 6:33pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) denied reports that he could need season-ending back surgery. 'I'm good,' Williams said Saturday, July 22. 'Everything good. The back situation. That was some false information being released. I don't know who released it but everything is good.'
Huddle Up: Williams is expected to start training camp on the PUP list, and his recovery time remains unclear. The top-10 pick will have a chance to prove himself at some point, so his long-term potential is undeniable. However, he is looking more like a WR5 for this season.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 7/19/17 1:12pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) may need to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back, according to sources. He recently received a second epidural in his back to see if he could return at some point during training camp, but the team are preparing as if he will not be able to return during that time frame. The team is still hoping that Williams will be able to avoid surgery.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Williams will miss the entire 2017 season. He probably would be considered a No. 4 receiver if he was healthy but can be avoided if his health is in question. Dontrelle Inman would receive more playing time if Williams misses the season and can be a No. 4 or No. 5 fantasy receiver.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 7/19/17 1:32pm ET
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) started to run this week and is feeling better after receiving an epidural in his back, according to a source. He is expected to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor his status during training camp to see if he has a chance to play in 2017. Owners may want to avoid Williams in fantasy leagues because of his uncertain status.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 7/19/17 2:28pm ET
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams' (back) back injury is improving, and surgery for Williams is not on the table at this time, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Williams probably will not be ready for the start of training camp, so owners will need to monitor his situation over the next several weeks to see if he will undergo surgery or if he will be able to return. He could be a No. 4 receiver if he is healthy, but owners may want to look for other options in their drafts.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 7/11/17 7:22pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TEs Antonio Gates (18) and Hunter Henry (16) ranked second and in a tie for third, respectively, in the league among tight ends in red zone targets. Both Gates and Henry were tied for second among all tight ends with seven targets inside the 10.
Huddle Up: While owners should not look for a repeat of these high-target numbers from either player given how many quality options the Chargers have at receiver now, Philip Rivers has long enjoyed throwing to his tight ends. However, Henry is in danger of being over-drafted this summer given his likely unsustainable touchdown rate of 4.5 (eight scores on 36 catches). Owners should view him more as a high-upside TE2 who will miss out on some red zone production because of Gates.
Hunter Henry - TEPosted 7/8/17 8:24pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry's has rare awareness and ball skills and is poised for a long career, according to tight ends coach John McNulty. 'You don't have to spell everything out A-Z for him,' McNulty said. 'He can catch the ball that gets in on him fast, and he makes the contested catches with big, strong hands.'
Huddle Up: Henry is expected to be the No. 1 tight end this year, but with Antonio Gates hanging around to steal red zone targets, it could stop Henry from reaching his full potential. Consider him a low-end TE1.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 7/6/17 5:37pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Tyrell Williams was one of eight wide receivers in the NFL last year with at least 19 catches of 20 yards or more. The other seven were New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper and Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton.
Huddle Up: Williams enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2016, ultimately finishing with 69 receptions for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. Of course, at least some of that had to do with Keenan Allen missing virtually the whole season, but even with the team's No. 1 wide-out set to be at full health for the start of this season, Williams certainly has potential to churn out another productive year in the Chargers' high-volume passing offense.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 7/2/17 6:20pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Tyrell Williams' ranked fifth in the NFL with 13 catches of 25 yards or more last season, and he was one of eight receivers with at least 19 catches of 20 yards or more.
Huddle Up: Williams has the size and speed to continue making big plays, but with Keenan Allen currently healthy and the addition of Mike Williams, it could be tough for him to repeat last year's numbers. Target him in the later rounds.
Travis Benjamin - WRPosted 7/2/17 6:06pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (knee) is fully healthy heading into training after having knee surgery at the end of last season.
Huddle Up: Benjamin has big-play speed, but consistency is going to be tough to come by as part of a suddenly deep receiving corps. He is a late-round flier in deeper formats.
Travis Benjamin - WRPosted 6/18/17 6:21pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin's vertical speed is a 'game changer' for the offense, according to head coach Anthony Lynn, and Lynn said he wants Benjamin to return punts this season.
Huddle Up: Benjamin has the speed to take the top off the defense, but the Chargers' crowded receiving corps will make consistency tough to come by. His value will be tied to big plays, making him more appealing as a DFS flier than a standard league option.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 6/16/17 6:44pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) said he has been logging mental reps while recovering from a back injury, and head coach Anthony Lynn said the hope is that Williams can return for the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: The back injury could make for a steeper learning curve for Williams, but he has the physical tools you look for in a No. 1 receiver. He is worth a look as a WR4 in redraft leagues, and he is a first-round prospect in rookie drafts.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 6/14/17 5:11pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers said he believes he can play a few more seasons before he considers retirement.
Huddle Up: Rivers has thrown for at least 4,000 yards in eight of his last nine seasons and at least 30 touchdowns in three of the last four season. He did struggle with 21 interceptions in 2016 but should reduce that number this season. Rivers have a solid group of pass catchers to work with on offense and can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 6/6/17 10:22am ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) will be held out for the final two weeks of the offseason program as he continues to deal with a mild disc herniation in his lower back.
Huddle Up: Williams has been out since suffering the injury during the first practice of rookie minicamp, and there reportedly is no guarantee he'll be ready for the start of training camp either. While early June still gives him almost two months to heal, he is already a raw talent - as in he has a limited route tree - who could have used as much time as possible developing his game and trying to work his way up a crowded receiving corps. This development makes the rookie a risky WR4 consideration at best in early drafts.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 6/6/17 1:54pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) will be held out for the remainder of the offseason program as he recovers from a disc injury in his back, according to a source.
Huddle Up: An eye will need to be kept on Williams' status as the offseason programs, perhaps even two eyes. The Chargers will likely take it easy with their first-round pick so as not to aggravate the issue. Even if/when Williams is healthy he'll be in his first professional football season as part of a deep wide receiver corps. He's merely a late-round pick in traditional drafts.
Travis Benjamin - WRPosted 6/5/17 9:48pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin saw his numbers drop across the board in 2016 in his first year with the club. In his final season in Cleveland in 2015, Benjamin registered 68 catches on 125 targets for 966 yards and five touchdowns, while playing in all 16 games. Last year, though, Benjamin managed to suit up in 14 games, en route to notching 47 receptions on 75 targets for 677 yards and four touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Even when No. 1 wide-out Keenan Allen went down in the beginning of the campaign, Benjamin still couldn't consistently post the big statistics that some owners were expecting, as injuries also contributed to his sometimes erratic play. With Allen set to return, not to mention the presence of emerging receiver Tyrell Williams and first-round draft pick Mike Williams, it doesn't seem likely Benjamin can be relied upon regularly in fantasy this season.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 5/30/17 9:16am ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry is expected to move into the role of team's main tight end, while veteran TE Antonio Gates will transition into more of a third-down, red zone role, according to ESPN's Eric D Williams.
Huddle Up: The Chargers basically said as much back in December, so this should not come as a surprise. Although this changing of the guard should mean Henry ascends quickly into high-end TE1 territory, the Chargers may have too many weapons for their own good to allow that to happen. As a result, Henry may only be in line for a slight increase over last year's 36 receptions, 478 yards and eight touchdowns, leaving him on the lower end of the TE1 pool.
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