ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers RB Austin Ekeler is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury and a hyperextended knee. Ekeler is reportedly seeking a 2nd opinion on the injury and his return timeline. Whether to keep him on your fantasy roster will come down to differences in specific team needs, roster sizes and available alternatives. In addition to leaving more playing time and touches available for Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson, we might see a few extra targets go to TE Hunter Henry and/or WR Keenan Allen. Neither Kelley nor Jackson looks equipped to take over the full receiving role of Ekeler, who can run more WR-type routes than most RBs.
Chargers WR Mike Williams is considered week-to-week with a shoulder sprain suffered in Sunday's practice, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "At this point, his return to play timeline — and status for the opener -- is not yet determined," Rapoport adds. So it sounds like Williams is in some danger of missing Week 1. The Chargers are razor thin at WR behind Williams and Keenan Allen, with K.J. Hill, Joe Reed, Darius Jennings and a few others jockeying for position. Williams' absence would mean more targets for Allen, TE Hunter Henry and RB Austin Ekeler.
The Chargers selected Oregon QB Justin Herbert with the 6th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Herbert made 42 starts across the past 4 years, leaving the Ducks with a career 64% completion rate, 8.2 yards per attempt and 95 TDs vs. 23 INTs. After a disappointing 2018 campaign, he bounced back to chuck for 3,471 yards with 32 TDs vs. 6 INTs on a 67% completion rate and 8.1 yards per attempt this past year. Herbert’s accuracy is spotty, but he’s a 6’6, 235-pounder with a big arm. And his rushing upside makes him an intriguing fantasy prospect. Although he totaled just 216 yards and 6 scores on the ground over the past 2 seasons, Herbert ran a 4.68-second 40-yard dash at the Combine and earned a 92nd percentile SPARQ (athleticism) score. He could produce Josh Allen-like rushing numbers as a pro. Herbert joins Tyrod Taylor in the Chargers’ QB room. HC Anthony Lynn is a big Tyrod fan, but we’d expect Herbert to take over at some point this season.
The Chargers have placed the franchise tag on TE Hunter Henry, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That keeps Henry with the team for at least 2020. He's struggled with injuries, missing all of the 2018 regular season with a torn right ACL and 4 games with a tibia plateau fracture to his left knee this past year. But Henry finished 16th among TEs in PPR points per game as a rookie in 2016, 7th in 2017 and 9th in 2019. He's still just 25 -- and the Chargers obviously remain high on him. The concern for his 2020 fantasy prospects is who will be under center for the Chargers.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Bears. He didn't practice on Thursday or Friday after not being on the injury report at all on Wednesday. Allen appears to be in real danger of missing Sunday's game. We'll look for updates on his availability throughout the weekend and will get his official game status by noon ET on Sunday. Allen's absence would leave Mike Williams as Los Angeles' clear #1 WR and would also likely push more targets toward TE Hunter Henry and RBs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is active for tonight’s game against the Steelers. HC Anthony Lynn said Friday that Henry will be on a snap count in his 1st action since Week 1, but he only needs a handful of targets to turn in a nice fantasy outing.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Chargers TE Hunter Henry is "trending towards returning to the field today." Henry is obviously not a safe fantasy bet in his first game back from a leg fracture. But in the volatile current TE landscape, he's an immediate option.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Steelers. He put in a full practice on Friday. HC Anthony Lynn said that Henry will be on a snap count if he plays, but he'd still be a viable fantasy starter considering the dearth of quality options at the position. Of course, the late kickoff makes this a tough situation for fantasy owners. We’ll look for an update on Henry on Sunday morning.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. He's 4-and-a-half weeks removed from an injury that was expected to sideline him for 4-6 weeks. Henry has a shot to play against the Steelers on Sunday night, although Week 7 might be a more realistic target.
The Chargers announced that TE Hunter Henry suffered a tibia plateau fracture to his left knee in Sunday's win over the Colts. For what it's worth, this is the opposite knee in which he tore his ACL last spring. Henry will "continue to be evaluated" and a timetable for his return "has not yet been determined," per the team's statement. There are 3 instances of a tibia plateau fracture in Sports Injury Predictor's database. Those guys (Nate Burleson, Anthony Hitchens and Daniel Sorensen) missed anywhere from 1 to 3 months. We should learn more about Henry's status over the next few days, but fantasy owners obviously need to plan to be without him for a while. Virgil Green is currently the Chargers' backup TE. (We'll see if they try to bring Antonio Gates back.) Henry's absence will push even more targets to WR Keenan Allen and RB Austin Ekeler.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Chargers are expecting Henry to miss 4-6 weeks.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is active for today's game against the Patriots. He was a full-go in practice all week but still figures to be on a strict snap count in his 1st action game action since May's torn ACL. That said, there's some upside here vs. a New England defense that finished the regular season 26th in Adjusted Fantasy Points Allowed to TEs.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots. He put in a full week of practice and is seemingly on track to play after being activated from the PUP list on Monday. Assuming he's active, Henry will be on a snap count in his 1st action since May's torn ACL.
The Chargers have activated TE Hunter Henry (knee) from the PUP list. He should play against the Patriots this weekend, barring a setback in practice this week. Henry is 7-and-a-half months removed from tearing his ACL and has been practicing for 3 weeks now. He'll be on some type of snap count on Sunday but has some DFS tournament appeal vs. New England's 26th-ranked TE defense.
The Chargers did not activate TE Hunter Henry (knee) for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Henry has been practicing for a few weeks now and ostensibly has a shot to play next weekend if the Chargers advance. Antonio Gates will continue to serve as L.A.'s lead pass-catching TE vs. Baltimore. The future Hall-of-Famer has seen 12 targets over his last 3 games, including 5 in the Week 16 meeting with the Ravens.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is expected to play in Sunday's Wild Card game against the Ravens, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. It's a remarkable feat for a guy who tore his ACL just a little more than 7 months ago. Henry just returned to practice in mid-December, and it's completely uncertain what kind of shape he's in. We'd expect him to play very limited snaps this weekend -- although they figure to come in passing situations. It might be enough to make Henry a flier in DFS tournaments.
Chargers GM Tom Telesco "left the door open" for TE Hunter Henry (knee) to return for the playoffs, according to ESPN's Eric Williams. Henry has been sidelined all season after tearing his ACL in OTAs in May but returned to practice a couple of weeks ago. Even a limited Henry would be a boost to Los Angeles' passing game -- and a potential fantasy sleeper -- this postseason. We'll continue to keep an eye on him.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers TE Hunter Henry has an "outside chance" to return in December. His recovery from May's torn ACL has evidently gone smoothly, and he's already running and squatting. Schefter hedges again in his report by calling Henry's return a "long shot." It sounds like the absolute earliest we'd see him would be in Week 13. And it'd be at least another week before we could consider using him in fantasy lineups. It still seems extremely unlikely that Henry makes a 2018 fantasy impact. But if you have an open roster spot to play with, there are worse guys to use it on.
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