The Chargers picked ILB Denzel Perryman in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. San Diego already has Donald Butler and Manti Te'o in place, but both have had trouble staying healthy and Butler has disappointed even when healthy. Perryman doesn't carry much initial fantasy intrigue but looks OK as a long-term IDP target. We're not excited about his landing spot, and San Diego might well view him as a 2-down player.
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor will be given a shot to win the starting job this summer. The former Raven inked a 2-year deal during the 1st week of free agency. It includes just $1.2 million guaranteed, but Taylor can earn up to $7 million if he becomes the starter. He reportedly turned down more money from Denver because Buffalo (obviously) offered a better chance to start. "I actually tried to trade for (Taylor) when I was with the Jets," HC Rex Ryan said. "If he's not the fastest quarterback in the league, he's certainly up there with them. He's got great run skills. I'm not gonna say he's Russell Wilson, but he's got a little of that in him, where he's able to run zone-reads and pull the ball down and be effective." Taylor attempted just 35 regular-season passes in Baltimore and never reached a 60% completion rate in 4 years at Virginia Tech. He racked up 2,187 yards and 23 TDs on the ground in college -- and then ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash at the Combine. Taylor is certainly a plus athlete, but that can't come to the fore if he's not a serviceable passer. Despite Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel representing his competition, Taylor is a long shot to emerge as Buffalo's starter.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (collarbone) is inactive. Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal will serve as the top 2 WRs vs. Kansas City’s 10th-ranked WR defense.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (collarbone) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. San Diego is holding out hope that Allen will be able to play, but that seems like an extreme long shot. Look for Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal to serve as the team’s top 2 WRs.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (collarbone) did not practice on Tuesday. He supposedly has a shot to play this weekend -- just 2 weeks after breaking his collarbone. We wouldn't bet on that, though. If Allen can't play against the Chiefs, Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal will serve as San Diego's top 2 WRs.
Chargers HC Mike McCoy told reporters Monday that his team might get WR Keenan Allen and RB Ryan Mathews back on the field this week. Allen missed last week's win over the Niners with a broken collarbone and a sprained ankle. If he does return, it might suggest that the ankle is the more severe injury. Players rarely miss a single game for a broken collarbone. Mathews lost the past 2 weeks to his own ankle sprain and would make for a very iffy fantasy football prospect even if he starts against the Chiefs on Sunday. Allen would be a bit easier to put in your lineup but would also carry risk.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen suffered a broken collarbone (in addition to an ankle injury) in Sunday's loss to the Broncos, according to Chargers.com's Ricky Henne. The injury will almost certainly send Allen to IR. He'll finish his 2nd season with a solid 77 catches in 14 games, but a disappointing 10.4 yards per catch and 4 total TDs. Allen's absence will leave San Diego with Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal and Seyi Ajirotutu at WR. Floyd will be the best fantasy bet the rest of the way, but Royal could see the biggest bump in value. He, like Allen, runs a lot of routes near the line of scrimmage. TE Antonio Gates could also see a few extra targets.
Update: Insider Michael Gehlken reports that surgery is not currently planned on Allen's collarbone and that he's not an IR candidate. San Diego is likely hoping to get him back for the playoffs. He won't play against the 49ers on Saturday, though, and is an extreme long shot to play Week 17.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen injured his ankle during Sunday's game against the Broncos. He was shown being carted back to the locker room. We'll pass along an update when we get one.
The Chargers have placed rookie CB Jason Verrett on season-ending IR as he heads toward shoulder surgery. That means San Diego will finish the year without a guy currently tied for 9th in coverage rating at his position by Pro Football Focus. On the plus side, though, the Chargers activated OLB Melvin Ingram on Saturday from short-term IR after a hip injury. Ingram figures to have a little rust to shake off, but he can only help 1 of the league's worst pass rushes.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (groin) is active for today’s game against the Bills. Despite the slow start, keep him locked into fantasy lineups.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (groin) was limited on Thursday and Friday and is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Bills. There’s been no indication that he’s in danger of sitting out, but check back Sunday morning for confirmation. Chargers-Bills kicks off at 1 pm ET.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen spent the offseason working on his speed. It was his 4.71-second 40 time that caused him to drop to the 3rd round of last year's draft. Allen's teammates have noticed the improved speed in camp. "There just seems to be a little more juice," QB Philip Rivers said. "If he can maintain that, it's only going to broaden what he can do. If he develops to where he can really run by you and find ways to get chunk plays down the field — he's so good intermediate — that's just going to complete the whole package for him." CB Shareece Wright added that Allen is "going to be open on more of his routes." Allen just turned 22 in April and hasn't come close to reaching his ceiling yet. He sits 12th among WRs in our Dynasty Rankings. As for 2014, San Diego's run-heavy offense figures to leave Allen as more of a WR2 than WR1.
Broncos CB Chris Harris told the Tulsa World that he's "probably about 85 percent right" in his recovery from last season's ACL tear. "I have one more month of training and then I finally get [medically cleared] so I’m excited about that,” he added. That would put him on the field at the start of training camp. Don't be surprised if the team starts Harris slowly in camp, even if he gets full clearance by late July. We'll see how he looks in the preseason, but Harris could benefit from talent upgrades around the Denver defense this offseason. When healthy, his slot coverage his key to the pass D, and Harris can be a fringe IDP option.
The Chargers landed a much-needed upgrade to their secondary Tuesday, signing former Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers. Despite a down 2013 by nearly all accounts -- Pro Football Focus pegged him for a 66.7% catch rate allowed and 103.9 QB rating on targets his way -- Flowers instantly becomes the top corner on a D that figures to start 2014 first-rounder Jason Verrett right away. Even slight improvement from the pass coverage could help turn San Diego into a sleeper fantasy D, though. There's young pass-rushing upside in 3rd-year OLB Melvin Ingram, rookie Jeremiah Attaochu and veteran Dwight Freeney. ILBs Donald Butler and Manti Te'o provide turnover threats when healthy. Don't draft the Chargers' D to your fantasy football team. But keep an eye on them as a potential waiver-wire option in season. Flowers, by the way, isn't much of an IDP factor.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen suffered a shoulder injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Giants. X-rays in the locker room came back negative, so Allen took a pain-killing shot and went back into the game. He said afterwards, though, that he expects the shoulder to bother him the rest of the season. It'll be something to keep an eye on, but we doubt it'll impact his production. Allen caught just 3 balls on Sunday, but they went for 59 yards and 2 TDs.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) is active for today’s game against the Chiefs. He practiced all week and is ready for a full workload. Use Allen as you normally would.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) put in a full week of practice and is probable for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. The knee shouldn’t be an issue. Despite the tough matchup, Allen’s role as San Diego’s #1 WR keeps him in WR2 territory.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) practiced on Wednesday. It's confirmation that the knee injury that knocked him out of last weekend's game is not serious. Despite just 7 catches for 86 scoreless yards over his last 2 games, Allen is worth keeping in fantasy lineups for this Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He remains San Diego's clear-cut #1 WR.
Chargers HC Mike McCoy said Monday afternoon that WR Keenan Allen's knee is "fine." McCoy didn't go into any more detail, but it jibes with this morning's report that Allen merely suffered a hyperextended knee. He should be available for this weekend's game against the Chiefs, but we'll track his practice participation this week.
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