The Chargers nabbed North Dakota State QB Easton Stick in Round 5 of the 2019 NFL Draft. Stick followed Carson Wentz as the Bisons' starter, completing 61% of his passes, averaging 8.9 yards per attempt and tossing 88 TDs vs. 28 INTs over the past 4 seasons. He ranked just 33rd in this year's QB class in adjusted completion rate last year, according to Pro Football Focus, but was 3rd best on throws of 20+ yards. Stick is also a plus athlete, totaling 2,523 yards and 41 TDs on the ground at North Dakota State. He recorded a 92nd percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. Stick will attempt to develop into QB Philip Rivers' success in Los Angeles.
The Chargers selected Delaware S Nasir Adderley in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. L.A. chose Derwin James in the middle of Round 1 last year and got a strong rookie year from him. But Jahleel Addae, the last season's other starter, is no longer on the roster. That presents opportunity for Adderley to start right away. Adderley grabbed 4 INTs and defensed 7 passes in 2018.
The Chargers grabbed Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery late in the 1st round of the NFL Draft. Tillery put together some nice tape with the Irish, but he topped out at just 9 tackles for loss in 2017. Don't expect big fantasy numbers from Tillery, but there is upside.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hip) put in a limited practice on Wednesday after missing Tuesday's workout. HC Anthony Lynn has said that Allen is trending toward being a game-time decision for Saturday night's tilt with the Ravens. Check back tomorrow for another update on his progress.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hip) is not practicing Tuesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier this week that the team believes Allen has a "legitimate chance" to play against the Ravens on Saturday. But it's worth noting that Dr. David Chao has said that he does not expect Allen to be ready for that one. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen has been diagnosed with a hip pointer, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "No structural damage and nothing that’ll affect him long-term. He could miss some time, but it’s unlikely to be much," Rapoport adds. Allen has some extra time to heal up after going down in Thursday night's win over the Chiefs. We'll keep an eye on him when the Chargers return to practice next week. If Allen misses Week 16, WRs Mike Williams and Tyrell Williams will both be fantasy starters, despite a tough matchup against the Ravens.
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