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Chargers LB Denzel Perryman is active for today’s game against the Raiders. The hamstring issue adds risk, but there’s also significant tackle upside. Weigh both in considering your IDP options

3:12pm EST 12/31/17

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is active for today's must-win game against the Raiders. He’s gutting it out at less than 100%, making him a risk/reward Week 17 fantasy play.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) will play against the Raiders today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gordon was optimistic about his status all along and got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. But Rapoport confirms that Gordon is dealing with a "mild" high-ankle sprain and says there was "doubt" early in the week whether he'd be able to play. So it's safe to say that he won't be at 100% today and is at risk of an in-game aggravation. It makes Gordon more of a risk/reward RB2 than his usual RB1.

Chargers LB Denzel Perryman (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. He'll carry upside into that one if active, but the hammy makes him tough to use in IDP lineups even if Perryman starts. The Chargers have also ruled out S Adrian Phillips (ankle).

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Raiders after putting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. He’s been optimistic about his availability all along. We’ll look for an update on Gordon Sunday morning. Chargers-Raiders doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET.

The Chargers listed RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) as limited in Thursday's practice. The media didn't see him doing much during the open portion of practice. But it looks like he's serious about playing through his ankle injury this weekend. We'll get another update on Gordon's progress tomorrow.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) missed practice again on Thursday. The team's plan has been to test that injured ankle on Friday. Gordon has remained optimistic that he'll play against the Raiders this weekend, but we'd consider him no better than 50/50 at this point.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon vowed Wednesday, "I'll be ready to play" against the Raiders on Sunday, according to ESPN's Eric Williams. His coach isn't quite so sure yet. “He’s day-to-day,” HC Anthony Lynn said. “If it’s something he can play with, then he’ll play. But right now we won’t know until the end of the week.” Gordon is dealing with a sprained left ankle. We'll track his progress throughout the week.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is "optimistic" that he'll be able to play against the Raiders this weekend, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gordon is believed to be dealing with a high-ankle sprain, but swelling has reportedly been minimal. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his status throughout the week. If he ends up active on Sunday, he'll be a risk/reward fantasy play. If not, Branden Oliver will be a RB2 option as the Chargers' lead back.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon injured his ankle late in Sunday's win over the Jets. HC Anthony Lynn didn't have an update afterward, saying that they'll need to monitor Gordon throughout the week. That suggests at least some question about his availability for the regular-season finale vs. Oakland. With RB Austin Ekeler's broken hand, Branden Oliver would be left as the Chargers' lead back if Gordon can't go.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler will play through his broken hand today vs. the Jets, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. But he'll only play on special teams. Branden Oliver will assume #2 RB duties, but Melvin Gordon will dominate backfield touches.

The Chargers have ruled LB Denzel Perryman out for Sunday's game against the Jets with a hamstring injury. We'd love to believe that means we could go back to using LB Jatavis Brown -- an early-season IDP stud -- but Brown played just 50% of the defensive snaps last week. It's best to avoid Chargers linebackers in fantasy this week.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen isn't listed on the Week 16 injury report. He was carted to the locker room late in last weekend's loss to the Chiefs and announced with a back injury. But it evidently won't be an issue against the Jets on Sunday. Allen remains locked in as a WR1 for that one.

The Chargers placed TE Hunter Henry on IR with his lacerated kidney, according to ESPN's Field Yates. That obviously ends the 2nd-year TE's season. It also could make Antonio Gates fantasy relevant against the Jets in Week 16. There are likely better options available for your championship-week lineup, though.

Chargers TE Hunter Henry suffered a "small" laceration of a kidney in Saturday night's loss to the Chiefs, HC Anthony Lynn said Monday. Henry's status for the final 2 games of the season is "up in the air," according to Lynn. We'll track his status throughout the week, but fantasy owners obviously need to be making backup plans.

The Chargers have released K Travis Coons. He'll be replaced by K Nick Rose, who was axed by the Redskins last week. Rose went 10 of 11 on FGs for Washington. He's a viable Week 16 spot starter with the Chargers sporting a solid implied total of 24.75 points.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler will miss the rest of the season with a broken hand suffered in Saturday night's loss to the Chiefs. The rookie averaged 5.1 carries and 2.8 targets over the past 8 games. The majority of that action figures to go to RB Melvin Gordon over the final 2 weeks. Branden Oliver will step in as the #2 RB.

Update: HC Anthony Lynn said Monday that Ekeler could play the final 2 games of the season with a cast on his broken hand. He obviously wouldn't be an asset in the passing game, though.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen injured his back in the 4th quarter of Saturday night's game against the Chiefs. He's officially questionable to return but was shown getting carted back to the locker room. We'll look for an update on Allen's injury tomorrow and monitor his status next week. He caught 5 of 8 targets for 54 yards before exiting this one.

Chargers CB Casey Hayward (calf) is active for tonight's game against the Chiefs. He remains a marginal IDP option, but his presence is bad news for the K.C. passing game.

Chargers CB Casey Hayward is questionable for Saturday's game against the Chiefs after a persistent calf injury "flared up" and kept him out of practice Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times. "He had more soreness in his calf, and it kind of worked its way down to his Achilles, so we held him out," HC Anthony Lynn said. "There's always a concern, but we're hopeful he can play." We'll check on Hayward's status when the inactives are announced at about 7 p.m. ET Saturday.


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