Austin Ekeler - RBPosted 3/10/18 6:38pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler's (hand) broken hand has fully healed, and he has resumed a workout regimen.
Huddle Up: With Melvin Gordon handling a bulk of the snaps for the Chargers, Ekeler is only worth stashing on the end of your bench in case Gordon suffers an injury.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 3/1/18 9:43am ET
Los Angeles Chargers impending free-agent TE Antonio Gates' agents will meet with the Chargers this week at the NFL combine, according to general manager Tom Telesco. Telesco said he believes Gates, who will turn 38 years old this summer, can still play in the NFL.
Huddle Up: The Chargers really don't have a need for Gates. He will be 38 years old when the season starts and they already have one of the best, young tight ends in the league in Hunter Henry. They could use him in two tight end sets and near the goal line, but from a fantasy perspective Gates is ostensibly washed up.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 3/1/18 10:02am ET
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers could play into his forties, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Rivers is 36 years old and has not missed a game since 2006.
Huddle Up: Rivers is an iron man and has produced with whoever has been around him. Aside from Drew Brees, he has been the most consistent quarterback in the NFL over the last decade-plus. There's no reason to not draft Rivers as a QB1 again this year.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 2/27/18 8:50pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams has a lot of work to do this offseason before emerging as the No. 2 option at wide receiver, according to beat writer Eric D. Williams, who believes that job is still held by WR Tyrell Williams.
Huddle Up: Williams was on the shelf for a good chunk of 2018 due to injury, and he still has Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams to contend with for targets behind Keenan Allen. As such, Mike Williams is a bit of a risky fantasy play with a murky fantasy outlook heading into the offseason.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 2/27/18 8:49pm ET
The Los Angeles Chargers would like to help RB Melvin Gordon with a stable of running backs with different skill sets, and they might be looking for a bigger, more powerful back to spell Gordon during the year.
Huddle Up: Gordon is a fantasy stud, but he has been dinged up during his NFL career. Austin Ekeler is a nice change of pace option, but the team might be looking for a bruiser in the draft or free agency to take some of the weight off of Gordon's shoulders. He'll still be a fantasy stud, however.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 2/3/18 6:37pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen was named the Associated Press 2017 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Saturday, Feb. 3.
Huddle Up: After battling injuries in 2015 and 2016, Allen posted 102 catches for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. Allen has WR1 potential, especially in PPR formats, and his history of health issues is the only reason he may slip down draft boards.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 1/15/18 10:12am ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's fifth-year option likely will be exercised this offseason, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams.
Huddle Up: Gordon was able to play all 16 games this season and finished with 1,105 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He was also involved in the passing game with 476 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. He will receive most of the work in 2018 and can be a solid No. 2 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 1/8/18 9:53pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams is expected to produce more next year after a full offseason of working with QB Philip Rivers, according to general manager Tom Telesco. Rivers also feels that way and is excited to be working with Williams, citing that he feels he can 'add another dimension' to the offense.
Huddle Up: Williams had a highly disappointing rookie campaign, logging just 11 catches for 95 yards across 10 ballgames, but in his defense, the former No. 7 overall draft pick had a tough time overcoming injuries. First, he sustained a lower back disc herniation that cost him all of his offseason work and training camp, then a knee injury later on during the season that also cost him time. Williams will be worth a late selection next year in deep formats as a stash.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 1/4/18 6:39pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates' future with the team is currently undecided, general manager Tom Telesco said Thursday, Jan. 4.
Huddle Up: Gates took a backseat to Hunter Henry for much of this season, and if he ends up returning to the Chargers in 2018, he'll be a touchdown-dependent TE2.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/31/17 12:36pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is officially active for the team's Week 17 game.
Huddle Up: Gordon likely will receive most of the work at running back this week and should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues despite the injury.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 12/31/17 7:26pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates will be a free agent after the season, but he said he still has 'the juice' and would like to play in 2018.
Huddle Up: Gates closed the year with a couple of solid outings, but if he does play somewhere in 2018, he will be a touchdown-dependent TE2.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/30/17 8:58pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) will play against the Oakland Raiders in Week 17, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Gordon has been dealing with an ankle injury, but the Chargers are facing a must-win situation, so he should see all the snaps he can handle. Don't hesitate to start him.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 12/29/17 7:20pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates (illness) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 29, and he was removed from the Week 17 injury report.
Huddle Up: Gates finished with six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in Week 16, and with Hunter Henry out for the year, Gates is a TE1 candidate again in the finale.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/28/17 12:00pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) missed his second straight practice Thursday, Dec. 28, but he is expected to be limited Friday, Dec. 29.
Huddle Up: Gordon has been optimistic about his chances of playing and him practicing tomorrow should give him clearance. Branden Oliver would make for a sneaky start if Gordon is surprisingly unable to go.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 12/28/17 4:49pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Gates is a late addition to the injury report, since he was fine on Wednesday, but since it's only an illness, he should be out there on Sunday for the season finale. This also could very well be his final NFL game, as there are rumors of retirement for the 15-year veteran, so although he's one of the more volatile options at his position in fantasy, he's worth a roll of the dice, especially while he's hauled in a score in consecutive ballgames.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/27/17 7:39am ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is optimistic about playing in Week 17 with his sprained ankle, according to a source. The swelling was minimal with the injury.
Huddle Up: The Oakland Raiders aren't a good matchup for him, but Gordon is worth at least the RB2 start if he's fit to go.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/27/17 12:30pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) was held out of practice Wednesday, Dec. 27, as he remains day-to-day with an ankle injury.
Huddle Up: There wasn't much swelling in Gordon's ankle and he is optimistic that he'll be able to play. It will be more promising if he is able to practice this week, though. The Chargers need him as they are still alive in the playoff hunt, so start him if he is active.
Austin Ekeler - RBPosted 12/27/17 4:11pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) took part in a full practice session Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Ekeler was active in Week 16 but he did not see any offensive snaps. There is opportunity for someone to step up with Melvin Gordon (ankle) in doubt for the finale, but it might be Branden Oliver, not Ekeler, stepping up into a big role.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/25/17 12:54pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's (ankle) Week 17 availability will be clearer in the next few days, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Gordon left late in the fourth quarter in Week 16 with an ankle injury.
Huddle Up: Gordon's potential absence would pave the way for Branden Oliver and Austin Ekeler to see more snaps. Obviously Gordon's status will need to be monitored, but Oliver is already a sleeper candidate for those finishing their fantasy playoffs.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/25/17 1:10pm ET
Los Angles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) will have his injured ankle looked at Tuesday, Dec. 26, after rolling it a couple of times in Week 16. He was wearing a walking boot following the injury but has suffered similar ailments this season and been able to recover well.
Huddle Up: Gordon appears to have avoided a serious injury and it sounds like he'll be able to take the field in Week 17. The Chargers need Gordon since they're still in the hunt for a playoff wildcard. Fantasy owners can keep him in starting lineups for now, but double check his status over the weekend.
Austin Ekeler - RBPosted 12/24/17 9:28am ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) is officially active for the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Ekeler is expected to be limited to special teams work because of his broken hand and should be avoided in all fantasy leagues.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/24/17 12:59pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in Week 16 and is considered questionable to return.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor the situation during the week to see if Gordon will be able to play in Week 17. He would be a solid starting option for owners if he plays next week, but Branden Oliver would have some fantasy value if Gordon is ruled out.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 12/24/17 2:23pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates caught six passes for 81 yards and one touchdown against the New York Jets in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Gates is back in the starting lineup because of Hunter Henry's injury and was very productive in the passing game. He has a chance to be a No. 1 fantasy tight end in deeper leagues next week against the Oakland Raiders.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 12/24/17 2:20pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) rushed for 81 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries against the New York Jets in Week 16. He also caught three passes for 47 yards during the game.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor Gordon's practice participation this week to see if he will be able to play in Week 17. He would be a solid No. 2 fantasy running back in all leagues if he plays.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 12/24/17 2:02pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers went 22-for-40 for 290 yards and one touchdown against the New York Jets in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Rivers bounced back from a three-interception game and has thrown for at least 290 yards in four of the last five games. He will be facing the Oakland Raiders next week and can be a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 12/24/17 2:30pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Tyrell Williams caught five passes for 50 yards against the New York Jets in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Williams has been a bit inconsistent with his receiving yards during the second half of the season but remains a solid part of the passing game. He could be a flex option in point-per-reception leagues in Week 17.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 12/24/17 2:27pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen caught five passes for 63 yards against the New York Jets in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Allen continues to receive a lot of targets in the passing game and has caught at least five passes in each of the last six games. He should be a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues in Week 17.
Austin Ekeler - RBPosted 12/22/17 3:20pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 22, but he is still listed as questionable for Week 16 against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Ekeler has been limited to single-digit total touch counts over the past five games, and he hasn't found the end zone in each of the past four outings. He remains a very risky fantasy play for Week 16 due to his lack of touches lately.
Austin Ekeler - RBPosted 12/22/17 5:47pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) will be a game-time decision for the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Ekeler is dealing with a broken hand, so he may not receive a lot of touches if he is active for the game. Owners probably should keep Ekeler on the bench and use other options.
Austin Ekeler - RBPosted 12/21/17 2:55pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler (hand) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 21.
Huddle Up: Ekeler probably will not be able a big factor in the offense because of his broken hand, so owners should look for other options for their lineups.
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