QB Tyrod Taylor has inked a 2-year deal with the Chargers. He'll serve as a strong backup to QB Philip Rivers but obviously holds no value in 2019 fantasy football drafts. Taylor will be 31 when this contract expires.
The Chargers will be signing LB Thomas Davis, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Davis joins a crowded LB corps that will continue to start Denzel Perryman after re-signing him. Jatavis Brown figures to return to a backup role. We'll see how 2019 rookie Kyzir White fits in. Davis turns 36 on March 22 but remained a full-time player after returning from his season-opening PED suspension. We'll see how the Chargers sort out the corps. They haven't favored playing any LB at 100% in recent seasons. Davis' departure could allow LB Shaq Thompson to regain full playing time in Carolina. He's in the final year of his rookie contract.
LB Denzel Perryman has reached a new 2-year deal to remain with the Chargers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Perryman has lost 16 games to injury over the past 2 seasons. When on the field, he has generally been a less-than-full-time player. Last year, however, saw him grow to 75% to 87% in 5 of the 8 full games he played. Perryman carries LB3 potential for tackle-heavy IDP leagues.
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.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. He was never missing this weekend's game against the Patriots but won't be anywhere close to 100%. Gordon has sprained both knees and twisted an ankle over the past month and a half. He's a risky DFS play this week. We prefer the cheaper Austin Ekeler.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport describes the injury Chargers RB Melvin Gordon suffered in Sunday's win over the Ravens as "a little knee sprain." Rapoport adds that it's similar to the right knee injury he suffered in Week 12. That cost him 3 games -- but Gordon returned to Sunday's contest in Baltimore and is expected to play against the Patriots this weekend. "Just may not exactly look like his old self," Rapoport cautions. Gordon averaged just 2.4 yards per carry vs. the Ravens and was out-snapped 39 to 32 by Austin Ekeler. Don't be surprised if Ekeler plays an expanded role again this weekend.
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.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon injured his left knee in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Ravens and limped back to the locker room. This is the opposite knee from the one he injured back in Week 12. We'll update Gordon's status as we learn more. His absences leaves the Chargers with RBs Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson.
Update: Gordon has returned to the game.
Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (groin) is active for today's game against the Ravens. He was limited in practice all week and listed as questionable, so he comes with added risk in fantasy lineups -- beyond the difficult matchup.
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.
The Chargers have ruled out LB Jatavis Brown for Sunday's game against the Ravens because of an ankle injury. That leaves the Chargers' LB corps with no one worth trusting in most IDP lineups. It adds upside to S Adrian Phillips and S Derwin James, though.
Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens after a limited week of practice. This is a new injury for Ekeler. (He missed time late in the season with a neck injury and concussion.) If Ekeler is unable to play this weekend, the Chargers would turn back to rookie Justin Jackson as the change-of-pace back behind Melvin Gordon.
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.
Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (neck) put in a full week of practice and will return for Sunday’s game against the Broncos. He figures to see a handful of touches behind Melvin Gordon and is just a DFS tournament flier.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hip) is active for tonight’s game vs. Baltimore. As expected, he'll give it a go following limited practices on Wednesday and Thursday. There’s certainly risk here, but Allen still resides in the top-20 of our Week 16 WR rankings.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hip) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Ravens. He got in limited practices on Wednesday and Thursday and is expected to play in this one. We'll find out for sure around 7 pm ET on Saturday. As long as he's active, Allen will be a low-end WR1 vs. a Baltimore defense that's a neutral matchup for slot receivers.
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) isn't listed on the final injury report after putting in 3 full practices this week. He'll return for Saturday night's game against the Ravens. Both Gordon and HC Anthony Lynn have admitted that the RB isn't quite at 100%. That, plus the tough matchup, makes Gordon more of a low-end RB1 for Week 16. RB Austin Ekeler (neck) is doubtful, so Justin Jackson will serve as the #2 RB.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers WR Keenan Allen is expected to play Saturday night against Baltimore. Allen returned to a limited practice Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday with his hip injury. We'll certainly keep an eye on his status the rest of the week, right up until Saturday night's kickoff. If he's active, Allen will belong in nearly all fantasy lineups. His presence knocks Tyrell Williams down the Week 16 WR rankings.
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