Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said WR Keenan Allen "will be fine" after he was knocked out of Monday night's game against the Saints with back spasms. Allen gets a Week 6 bye but should be back out there for Week 7's meeting with the Jaguars.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen was knocked out in the 1st half of Monday night's game against the Saints with a back injury. He was shown getting stretched out on the sidelines by trainers but was never able to return. HC Anthony Lynn said afterward that Allen was dealing with back spasms. He gets a well-timed Week 6 bye. We'll see if Allen is ready to roll come Week 7.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (hamstring) is active for tonight's game against the Saints. He's a risk/reward fantasy play after missing last week.
Saints TE Jared Cook (groin) is active for tonight's game against the Chargers. He was limited in practice all week after missing Week 4, so Cook is a risk/reward fantasy play. TE Adam Trautman is a healthy scratch tonight.
Chargers DE Joey Bosa is active for tonight's game against the Saints. He entered the night questionable with multiple issues but should be in your IDP lineups if you waited for him.
Saints TE Jared Cook (groin) is expected to play against the Chargers tonight, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Cook was limited in practice all week after missing Week 4, so he'll carry elevated risk in fantasy lineups.
Chargers DE Joey Bosa (triceps, knee) is questionable for Monday night’s game at New Orleans. He put in limited practices Friday and Saturday. We’d try to wait for him for IDP lineup, using Uchenna Nwosu as a potential fallback.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Saints. He put in limited practices on Friday and Saturday. We'd make Williams prove that he's healthy before tossing him back in fantasy lineups. His return would be good news for QB Justin Herbert, though.
Saints TE Jared Cook (groin) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Chargers after a limited week of practice. With the late kickoff, you're better off looking elsewhere for your starting TE this week.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Friday. That gives him a chance to play against the Saints on Monday night, although fantasy owners still shouldn't be counting on him at this point. We'll get another update on Williams tomorrow.
Saints TE Jared Cook (groin) put in a limited practice on Thursday. That gives him a shot to return for Monday night's game against the Chargers. We'll get another update on Cook's status tomorrow.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (hamstring) did not practice on Thursday. It doesn't look like he'll make it back for Monday night's game against the Saints, leaving WR Keenan Allen and TE Hunter Henry as the clear top 2 options in the passing game.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn named QB Justin Herbert his starter for the rest of the season. Lynn had been dancing around this decision, but the rookie has given him very little choice, completing 72% of his passes and averaging 8.7 yards per attempt through 3 starts. Herbert ranks 9th among QBs in fantasy points over that span and will be a viable spot starter the rest of the way. He has a string of favorable upcoming matchups against the Saints, Jets, Dolphins, Jaguars and Raiders.
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.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Chargers RB Austin Ekeler sustained a "serious hamstring injury" in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers. He says the team hasn't made a final decision yet but that Ekeler is likely headed to IR, "with hope of returning later in the season." That language indicates they don't know yet whether Ekeler will return. We'll wait for the official IR move. But Ekeler might be a drop candidate if you play in a shallower league with no IR spots. Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson, meanwhile, make obvious moves up the depth chart and should be owned in nearly all leagues of 10+ teams.
Chargers RB Austin Ekeler is expected to miss "multiple weeks" with a hyperextended knee and hamstring injury suffered in today's loss to the Bucs, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ekeler was in a brace and using crutches afterward. We'll look for a more concrete timeline for him, but fantasy owners should obviously start making other plans for Week 5 and beyond. The Chargers will turn to a backfield committee with Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson.
Chargers RB Austin Ekeler left late in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers with what could be a serious left ankle injury. Ekeler was holding his foot off the ground before the play even ended, as he was being tackled. He left the field with the help of 2 trainers, putting no weight on the affected leg. And then he left the sideline on a cart. We'll watch for updates, but this looks bad. Joshua Kelley entered the game when Ekeler left. Justin Jackson also figures to see more playing time if/when Ekeler is out.
Saints TE Jared Cook (groin) is out for Sunday's game against the Lions. He missed practice all week and might be looking at a multi-game absence. Rookie TE Adam Trautman stepped in for Cook last week but would be a desperation Week 4 fantasy play.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. WR Keenan Allen, TE Hunter Henry and RB Austin Ekeler should dominate targets for L.A.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him in Week 4 lineups. We'll see if Williams is able to get on the field tomorrow.
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