The Chargers believe WR Keenan Allen has a torn ACL based on initial tests, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's certainly what it looked like on the field. We should get confirmation within the next 24 hours. A torn ACL would knock Allen out for the season and vault Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams to the top of San Diego's WR depth chart. TE Antonio Gates and RB Danny Woodhead would be just as good of bets for targets.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen suffered an apparent right knee injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He had to be carted off the field. This obviously looks like a significant injury, but we'll update his status when we learn more. His absence would leave San Diego with WRs Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman atop the WR depth chart. TE Antonio Gates would probably be the biggest beneficiary.
The Chargers announced on Monday that 3rd overall pick DE Joey Bosa has finally signed a 4-year contract. It's much harder to like Bosa's immediate IDP outlook after he missed the whole summer. We'll see how soon he can make his way into the starting lineup. Don't let the situation change your opinion of him in dynasty leagues. Bosa looks like he could put together a Justin Smith-type career (if he proves as durable).
The Bills and QB Tyrod Taylor have agreed to a 6-year deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. No word yet on how much money Taylor is getting. Regardless, it's a significant investment in a guy who's made just 14 career starts. Taylor showed well last year, though, completing 63.7% of his passes with 20 TDs vs. 6 INTs. He also brings plus athleticism. The extension is a good sign that Buffalo is happy with the growth Taylor has made between the end of last season and now. He's a nice target at his 11th-round ADP. Only 6 QBs scored more fantasy points per game last year.
Update: Taylor's 6-year deal is for $92 million but includes a team option after paying him $9.5 million in 2016. So it's closer to a 1-year deal that the Bills can turn into another 5 years next offseason.
Chargers ILB Denzel Perryman took the field Monday after missing 8 days of workouts with an injury the Chargers never specified. As long as he suffers no further setbacks, we won't worry about Perryman's status. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, he returned as a full participant in Monday's padded practice. The 2nd-year man carries the highest fantasy ceiling in a crowded group of San Diego ILBs.
Andrew Mason of the Broncos' official website considers Virgil Green the "most likely" candidate to lead the team's TEs in receiving. His competition comes in the form of Jeff Heuerman and Garrett Graham. Green is certainly the best blocker of the group and is a high-end athlete. He'd present the most fantasy appeal of the group. And whoever does emerge as the lead guy will have some upside as potentially the #3 target in Gary Kubiak's TE-friendly offense.
Broncos HC Gary Kubiak revealed Thursday that TE Virgil Green had offseason finger surgery that will keep him out for part of OTAs. When he returns to the field, Green faces a battle with former Texan Garrett Graham and 2015 third-round pick Jeff Heuerman for targets. Kubiak has been kind to TEs historically but will go without retired Owen Daniels for the 1st time since he drafted Daniels in Houston back in 2006. Green's an impressive athlete on his 2nd Denver contract but has caught just 35 passes through 5 pro seasons. We'll see where the TE battle goes, but we're not worried about Green's finger at this point.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers said from OTAs on Monday that Keenan Allen "figured out last year what it took to be a #1 WR in this league." Allen racked up 67 catches, 725 yards and 4 TDs in less than 8 full games before suffering a season-ending kidney injury. That had him on a 16-game pace of better than 134 catches, 1,450 yards and 8 scores. Allen has been talked up this offseason first by his OC and now by his QB. He's a legit WR1 in 2016 fantasy drafts.
Rookie TEs rarely make significant impacts. But the Chargers are hoping 2nd-rounder Hunter Henry is an exception. "He’s going to be one of those guys that will get in there early and start playing," HC Mike McCoy said. "So we’re not going to hesitate to put him in there. He’s going to make some mistakes, and we’re going to live with that for a while." Added OC Ken Whisenhunt, "The thing I’m excited about with him is he is one of the few I’ve seen come out over the past years who is good (catching and blocking). And he’s further along in both. Now that’s not to say he’s ready to go by any stretch of the imagination, but he is further along than most college tight ends coming out." Henry, of course, will play behind future Hall-of-Famer Antonio Gates this season. That role produced just 2.9 targets per game for Ladarius Green over the past 4 seasons; 3.2 over the past 2. Henry remains a poor bet for 2016 fantasy value but is a nice dynasty stash.
Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt called WR Keenan Allen the "focal point" of his offense. "He's grown. He obviously understands the game," Whiz said. "The one thing that shows up all the time is that he makes plays. But he is at the point now where this is an important year because he's going to be a focal point. He is going to have to win one-on-one matchups. That is something that is a real testament to a receiver." Allen was already the focal point of the offense last year. He saw a whopping 84 targets in 7 games -- a 16-game pace of 192 that would have tied for 3rd among all WRs. Allen garnered 27% of San Diego's total targets, so it's tough to see his role growing a whole lot. But he should still challenge for the league lead in both targets and catches this season.
It appears that the Chargers plan to play top pick Joey Bosa primarily at DE. GM Tom Telesco told the press Thursday: "Joey plays big. He’s 6-5, 275-280. He’s 20 years old. He’s going to put some more weight on, but the weight doesn’t bother us at all. The way he plays the run. He’s stout, strong and powerful." We haven't seen him expressly say that Bosa will play end, but that sounds like the lean based on Telesco's words above. That would certainly make sense as well with OLBs Melvin Ingram and Jeremiah Attaochu young and promising. The DL designation would help Bosa's fantasy football value tremendously, while his exact role matters much less to his real-life impact on the San Diego D. The Chargers look like a unit that could at least deliver some starter weeks in 2016, with perhaps some sleeper upside.
The Chargers used the 35rd overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft to select TE Hunter Henry. The Arkansas product grew his numbers in each of his 3 seasons, topping out with a 51-739-3 line in 2015. He averaged 14.3 yards per catch for his career but scored just 9 times. The 6'5, 250-pounder is a below-average athlete (34th percentile SPARQ) but can work downfield and has ultra-reliable hands. Henry is coming from a pro-style offense, which will help his transition. He'll also benefit from learning from future Hall-of-Famer Antonio Gates in San Diego. Of course, Gates' presence will prevent Henry from being a 2016 fantasy option. He's worth considering in the 3rd round of dynasty rookie drafts.
The Chargers drafted Joey Bosa with the 3rd pick of the NFL Draft. We'll see whether they consider him a DE or OLB in their 3-4 base defense, but we'd bet on a LB designation at this point. Bosa's a well-rounded edge player who will remain on the field in all situations. His sack upside might lie in the low double digits, however.
Here's how Broncos CB Chris Harris described playing with his injured shoulder in Sunday's win over the Steelers, according to The Denver Post: “It affected my whole game. It was so hard to play. I preach on getting hands every time on somebody. It’s hard playing my game, and part of my game is taken away. I have to figure out a way.” Denver has added a CB to the roster this week, so we'll see if Harris can continue to play through the issue. If he's on the field at New England on Sunday, you can bet Patriots QB Tom Brady will test him in coverage. We'll keep that in mind as we weigh this week's WR rankings.
The Chargers have hired Ken Whisenhunt as OC. He failed miserably as the Titans' HC but has a strong track record as OC. Whiz held that title in San Diego back in 2013, helping the Chargers finish 5th in total yards and 12th in points.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Vikings DT Linval Joseph is expected to miss Sunday's game because of a foot injury. DT Sharrif Floyd will slide over to Joseph's NT spot, with Tom Johnson entering the lineup in Floyd's place. Missing Joseph -- who has particularly stood out in recent weeks -- certainly hurts the Vikings D. It can only help the fantasy outlook for Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls against an already shaky Minnesota run D.
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) is active and starting today’s game against the Chiefs. Taylor’s injury is to his throwing shoulder and was clearly bothering him last Monday night. He threw in practice on Thursday and Friday, but it’s unclear how close he is to 100%. On the road against a hot Chiefs defense, Taylor isn’t a recommended Week 12 fantasy play.
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) is probable for this weekend's game against the Chiefs. He practiced all week and reportedly threw on Thursday and Friday. Still, the throwing shoulder issue adds risk to a guy already in a tough spot in Kansas City against a hot Chiefs defense. Taylor is a low-end QB2 for Week 12.
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice but didn't throw. He said afterward that he will throw on Thursday. Taylor is expected to play against the Chiefs this weekend, but he won't be a recommended fantasy start at less than 100% in a tough matchup.
Bills HC Rex Ryan expects to have QB Tyrod Taylor (shoulder) for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. "We all know it’s a right shoulder thing," Ryan said in a Tuesday radio interview. "I don’t know the particulars of what they call things or whatever. If we had the technical terms on it, you guys wouldn’t know it either. We’ll see how the week progresses how everything goes, but I think he’ll be ready to roll." Taylor has averaged just 191 passing yards and .67 TDs in 3 games since returning from his knee injury. Now he has a bum throwing shoulder and goes to Kansas City to face a red-hot Chiefs defense. Taylor is a low-end QB2 for Week 12.
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