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.
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 WR Mike Williams suffered a bone bruise on his knee in Thursday's win over the Cowboys, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie will miss Week 13 and is considered "week-to-week" beyond that. Williams' role had been slowly growing, but this injury kills any chance he had of being a fantasy factor this season. He can be dropped from redraft rosters.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) is active for today's game against the Cowboys. So is WR Travis Benjamin (abdomen). Both entered the day questionable. Neither is a worthwhile fantasy option, though.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Monday that he expects MLB Denzel Perryman to play Sunday against the Jaguars, though he said he wasn't sure how much, according to multiple reports. Perryman missed the 1st half of the season after surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle. He suffered the injury in the team's 1st preseason game. Perryman figures to take snaps away from MLB Hayes Pullard., The uncertain status -- along with Jatavis Brown's iffy situation as he manages an ankle sprain -- leaves all Chargers LBs basically unusable for a solid tackle matchup coming out of their bye. We'll see if coaches give out more info as the week wears on to clear up the situation.
Chargers DT Corey Liuget (back) is inactive for today's game against the Broncos. He's not a terrific IDP option when healthy, so his status shouldn't affect fantasy lineups. S Adrian Phillips (neck) is active but hasn't seen consistent enough playing time yet to be an IDP option.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Broncos. He didn’t practice on Friday after hurting the shoulder in Thursday’s workout. We never heard a whole lot of concern about it, though. Allen’s matchup is a bigger issue than the shoulder. He’s just a WR3 for Week 7.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Chargers expect WR Keenan Allen to play today. The wideout hurt his shoulder in practice this week and turned up questionable but should be OK to use in a tough matchup with the Broncos.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (shoulder) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Broncos. He injured his shoulder in Thursday's practice and was sidelined on Friday. "He fell down yesterday in practice, and that's sore," HC Anthony Lynn said, adding that he's "very hopeful" Allen will be able to play. We'll be looking for an update on his status on Sunday morning because Chargers-Broncos doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) will make his NFL debut against the Raiders today. The rookie figures to be on a snap count and play a limited role. He's not a fantasy option this week but is worth stashing in deeper leagues as a potential 2nd-half asset.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) is expected to make his NFL debut next week against the Raiders, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 7th overall pick of this spring's draft missed almost all of the offseason but has been practicing since mid-September. He figures to open in a limited role but could see more action down the road -- especially with the Chargers already sitting at 0-4. Williams is worth a stash if you have a free roster spot.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) put in a limited practice on Friday -- his 1st official workout of the season. He's out for this weekend's game against the Dolphins, but he's at least making progress. Williams is worth monitoring and could become a waiver-wire target in October.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Chargers will be activating rookie WR Mike Williams from the PUP and adding him to the 53-man roster. That's a surprising move after Williams spent the summer dealing with a back injury. He seemed a strong candidate to open the regular season on the PUP. This decision signals that Chargers coaches expect the 1st-round pick to be ready to contribute within the season's 1st quarter. We'd still be wary of expecting any fantasy value from Williams, but the added pass-catching talent can only help Philip Rivers.
Chargers MLB Denzel Perryman had surgery this week to repair a torn ankle ligament, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The team now expects him to be out 8-10 weeks, a 4-week extension on each end of the initial estimate. That could mean missing 4-6 games. Perryman should not be in anyone's IDP redraft plans. We'll see how he progresses in his return. His absence could mean more tackle opportunities for weak-side starter Jatavis Brown. Korey Toomer and Nick Dzubnar are competing for Perryman's vacated spot.
The Chargers are "eyeing" an October debut for WR Mike Williams (back), according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That likely means he'll land on the reserve PUP list, opening up a roster spot but costing Williams the first 6 games of the season. The rookie has resumed sprinting and is "making solid progress," per Rapoport. So it at least looks like the Chargers will get to see their 1st-rounder on the field this year. But he figures to be used in a limited role early on. Williams won't be a fantasy factor until the 2nd half of the season, at the earliest.
Chargers LB Denzel Perryman left in the 1st quarter of Sunday night's preseason opener with a left ankle injury. ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports that Perryman returned to the sideline with crutches and a walking boot after evaluation. Perryman has been working as the starting MLB. We'll see how much of a setback this injury proves to be. Chargers backup DE Jeremiah Attaochu also left the game in the 1st half with a hamstring injury.
Update: The Chargers expect Perryman to miss 4-6 weeks, pending a Monday MRI.
Raiders TE Jared Cook has been seeing a lot of targets from QB Derek Carr in training camp, according to insider Vic Tafur. “When you add a guy like Jared Cook that runs a 4.3 or a 4.4 and he can outrun DBs on go-routes, (you) can throw him out wide and run different kinds of routes with him,” Carr said. “We can do that kind of stuff because he is that talented.” Cook has mostly disappointed through 8 NFL seasons, but he reminded us of his upside with 18 catches for 229 yards and 2 TDs in 3 playoff games with the Packers last year. Cook can't be trusted as a TE1 but is a fine flier at his 18th-round ADP.
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