Keenan Allen - WRPosted 7/24/17 7:34am ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) looked quick and explosive in offseason work. He's due for a monster season, according to beat writer Eric D. Williams.
Huddle Up: Allen has played just nine games the last two years and is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The 25-year-old has ample upside and ample injury risk as a WR2 in fantasy.
Melvin Gordon - RBPosted 7/22/17 10:11am ET
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon accepted 213 of the 234 carries handed out to running backs from Week 3 through 13 after Danny Woodhead was lost for the season in Week 2 and before Gordon got hurt early in Week 14.
Huddle Up: There are metrics that suggest Gordon is an inefficient runner, and the fact he has yet to crack four yards per carry for a season yet would seem to support that. A more likely explanation is the third-year back simply has been held back behind a poor offensive line. The Chargers dramatically upgraded their front five in the offseason, so 2017 should reveal whether or not Gordon is an elite runner. He's a solid mid-first round fantasy pick with the potential to be fantasy's top running back.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 7/22/17 6:33pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) denied reports that he could need season-ending back surgery. 'I'm good,' Williams said Saturday, July 22. 'Everything good. The back situation. That was some false information being released. I don't know who released it but everything is good.'
Huddle Up: Williams is expected to start training camp on the PUP list, and his recovery time remains unclear. The top-10 pick will have a chance to prove himself at some point, so his long-term potential is undeniable. However, he is looking more like a WR5 for this season.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 7/19/17 1:12pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) may need to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back, according to sources. He recently received a second epidural in his back to see if he could return at some point during training camp, but the team are preparing as if he will not be able to return during that time frame. The team is still hoping that Williams will be able to avoid surgery.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Williams will miss the entire 2017 season. He probably would be considered a No. 4 receiver if he was healthy but can be avoided if his health is in question. Dontrelle Inman would receive more playing time if Williams misses the season and can be a No. 4 or No. 5 fantasy receiver.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 7/19/17 1:32pm ET
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) started to run this week and is feeling better after receiving an epidural in his back, according to a source. He is expected to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor his status during training camp to see if he has a chance to play in 2017. Owners may want to avoid Williams in fantasy leagues because of his uncertain status.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 7/19/17 2:28pm ET
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams' (back) back injury is improving, and surgery for Williams is not on the table at this time, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Williams probably will not be ready for the start of training camp, so owners will need to monitor his situation over the next several weeks to see if he will undergo surgery or if he will be able to return. He could be a No. 4 receiver if he is healthy, but owners may want to look for other options in their drafts.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 7/11/17 7:22pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TEs Antonio Gates (18) and Hunter Henry (16) ranked second and in a tie for third, respectively, in the league among tight ends in red zone targets. Both Gates and Henry were tied for second among all tight ends with seven targets inside the 10.
Huddle Up: While owners should not look for a repeat of these high-target numbers from either player given how many quality options the Chargers have at receiver now, Philip Rivers has long enjoyed throwing to his tight ends. However, Henry is in danger of being over-drafted this summer given his likely unsustainable touchdown rate of 4.5 (eight scores on 36 catches). Owners should view him more as a high-upside TE2 who will miss out on some red zone production because of Gates.
Hunter Henry - TEPosted 7/8/17 8:24pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry's has rare awareness and ball skills and is poised for a long career, according to tight ends coach John McNulty. 'You don't have to spell everything out A-Z for him,' McNulty said. 'He can catch the ball that gets in on him fast, and he makes the contested catches with big, strong hands.'
Huddle Up: Henry is expected to be the No. 1 tight end this year, but with Antonio Gates hanging around to steal red zone targets, it could stop Henry from reaching his full potential. Consider him a low-end TE1.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 7/6/17 5:37pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Tyrell Williams was one of eight wide receivers in the NFL last year with at least 19 catches of 20 yards or more. The other seven were New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper and Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton.
Huddle Up: Williams enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2016, ultimately finishing with 69 receptions for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. Of course, at least some of that had to do with Keenan Allen missing virtually the whole season, but even with the team's No. 1 wide-out set to be at full health for the start of this season, Williams certainly has potential to churn out another productive year in the Chargers' high-volume passing offense.
Tyrell Williams - WRPosted 7/2/17 6:20pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Tyrell Williams' ranked fifth in the NFL with 13 catches of 25 yards or more last season, and he was one of eight receivers with at least 19 catches of 20 yards or more.
Huddle Up: Williams has the size and speed to continue making big plays, but with Keenan Allen currently healthy and the addition of Mike Williams, it could be tough for him to repeat last year's numbers. Target him in the later rounds.
Travis Benjamin - WRPosted 7/2/17 6:06pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (knee) is fully healthy heading into training after having knee surgery at the end of last season.
Huddle Up: Benjamin has big-play speed, but consistency is going to be tough to come by as part of a suddenly deep receiving corps. He is a late-round flier in deeper formats.
Travis Benjamin - WRPosted 6/18/17 6:21pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin's vertical speed is a 'game changer' for the offense, according to head coach Anthony Lynn, and Lynn said he wants Benjamin to return punts this season.
Huddle Up: Benjamin has the speed to take the top off the defense, but the Chargers' crowded receiving corps will make consistency tough to come by. His value will be tied to big plays, making him more appealing as a DFS flier than a standard league option.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 6/16/17 6:44pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) said he has been logging mental reps while recovering from a back injury, and head coach Anthony Lynn said the hope is that Williams can return for the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: The back injury could make for a steeper learning curve for Williams, but he has the physical tools you look for in a No. 1 receiver. He is worth a look as a WR4 in redraft leagues, and he is a first-round prospect in rookie drafts.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 6/14/17 5:11pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers said he believes he can play a few more seasons before he considers retirement.
Huddle Up: Rivers has thrown for at least 4,000 yards in eight of his last nine seasons and at least 30 touchdowns in three of the last four season. He did struggle with 21 interceptions in 2016 but should reduce that number this season. Rivers have a solid group of pass catchers to work with on offense and can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 6/6/17 10:22am ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) will be held out for the final two weeks of the offseason program as he continues to deal with a mild disc herniation in his lower back.
Huddle Up: Williams has been out since suffering the injury during the first practice of rookie minicamp, and there reportedly is no guarantee he'll be ready for the start of training camp either. While early June still gives him almost two months to heal, he is already a raw talent - as in he has a limited route tree - who could have used as much time as possible developing his game and trying to work his way up a crowded receiving corps. This development makes the rookie a risky WR4 consideration at best in early drafts.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 6/6/17 1:54pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) will be held out for the remainder of the offseason program as he recovers from a disc injury in his back, according to a source.
Huddle Up: An eye will need to be kept on Williams' status as the offseason programs, perhaps even two eyes. The Chargers will likely take it easy with their first-round pick so as not to aggravate the issue. Even if/when Williams is healthy he'll be in his first professional football season as part of a deep wide receiver corps. He's merely a late-round pick in traditional drafts.
Travis Benjamin - WRPosted 6/5/17 9:48pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Travis Benjamin saw his numbers drop across the board in 2016 in his first year with the club. In his final season in Cleveland in 2015, Benjamin registered 68 catches on 125 targets for 966 yards and five touchdowns, while playing in all 16 games. Last year, though, Benjamin managed to suit up in 14 games, en route to notching 47 receptions on 75 targets for 677 yards and four touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Even when No. 1 wide-out Keenan Allen went down in the beginning of the campaign, Benjamin still couldn't consistently post the big statistics that some owners were expecting, as injuries also contributed to his sometimes erratic play. With Allen set to return, not to mention the presence of emerging receiver Tyrell Williams and first-round draft pick Mike Williams, it doesn't seem likely Benjamin can be relied upon regularly in fantasy this season.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 5/30/17 9:16am ET
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry is expected to move into the role of team's main tight end, while veteran TE Antonio Gates will transition into more of a third-down, red zone role, according to ESPN's Eric D Williams.
Huddle Up: The Chargers basically said as much back in December, so this should not come as a surprise. Although this changing of the guard should mean Henry ascends quickly into high-end TE1 territory, the Chargers may have too many weapons for their own good to allow that to happen. As a result, Henry may only be in line for a slight increase over last year's 36 receptions, 478 yards and eight touchdowns, leaving him on the lower end of the TE1 pool.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 5/24/17 7:25am ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) is falling behind, according to head coach Anthony Lynn, who'd like to see him back on the field next week. 'If he wasn't a rookie it would be different,' Lynn said. 'But he has so much to learn, and some of this you can only learn on the field.'
Huddle Up: Williams is worth consideration for one of your final receiver spots in fantasy if he can get caught up.
Branden Oliver - RBPosted 5/24/17 8:17pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver has caught the attention of QB Philip Rivers this spring. 'He looks good. He looks explosive. ? I think he really is a great complement to Melvin (Gordon). Their styles are different, but similar. (We) have two backs who can run all the same plays, but it?s a little different. ? Their movements are different. I think BO can be a heck of a changeup for us,' Rivers said.
Huddle Up: Due mostly to injury, Oliver has faded into fantasy oblivion a bit, but some owners will fondly remember his 114-yard, two-touchdown performance against the New York Jets as a rookie in 2014. If he is fully healthy - and it sounds like he might be - Oliver should be considered a strong handcuff option for Gordon owners this season.
Dontrelle Inman - WRPosted 5/20/17 5:04am ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman (core) underwent core muscle surgery Friday, May 19, in Philadelphia. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers and will keep Inman sidelined for six weeks, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The 28-year-old Inman had a career year in 2016, with 58 catches for 810 yards and four touchdowns. However, he wound up seeing more playing time than expected due to a slew of injuries to several key players on the Chargers' offense. With Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin and the rest of the team's receiving corps expected to be completely healthy for the start of the 2017 campaign, fantasy owners should view Inman as nothing more than a late-round flier in most formats.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 5/18/17 8:21pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) is already running routes at full speed in practice, and he said Tuesday, May 16, that he surprised himself with how well he is able to compete.
Huddle Up: Allen has WR1 upside, especially in PPR formats, but he should be drafted as a WR2 because of his extensive injury history.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 5/18/17 8:20pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) is dealing with some soreness in his lower back and won't be rushed back to practice, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.
Huddle Up: Williams won't jump into a major role in San Diego's passing attack, but his size will make him an immediate threat in the red zone. He is worth taking a chance on as a WR4, and he has added value in keeper formats.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 5/11/17 2:00pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 11. Financial details were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Williams joins a crowded wide corps in Los Angeles, but he does have the ability to make an impact right away. He may be frustrating to start at times due to counterparts Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams Dontrelle Inman and others, but a player of his size and skill is a nice red-zone threat. That said, it's best to draft Williams as a WR4 or flex.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 5/4/17 10:22am ET
Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers has started 176 consecutive games, and head coach Anthony Lynn believes he has another three or four productive years ahead of him. The Chargers did not a draft a quarterback because Lynn still has high expectations for his veteran quarterback. 'We definitely think Philip can still play,' Lynn said. 'Whoever we drafted was going to have to come in and sit for a while because I think Philip is going to continue to play at a high level.'
Huddle Up: Rivers has been the most consistent quarterback over the last decade aside from Drew Brees. In fact, he hasn't finished outside of QB1 territory since 2007 and hasn't missed a game since 2005. Rivers isn't a sexy pick, but he gets the job done. You can draft him late, too.
Mike Williams - WRPosted 4/30/17 7:42pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams was No. 1 on the team's draft board and will have an immediate impact, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. 'You just can't have enough good players,' Lynn said. 'We'll definitely find a role for him.'
Huddle Up: Williams will likely have a limited role as a rookie, but because of his size, that role could include red zone targets. He is a late-round pick in redraft leagues, but he is a first-round pick in rookie drafts thanks to his long-term upside.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 4/27/17 7:54pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Mike Williams' presence will help open up the offense, according to WR Keenan Allen.
Huddle Up: The Chargers already had some weapons in the passing game, so Williams will likely have a limited role as a rookie. He will be a late-round pick with upside in redraft leagues, but he is worthy of a first-round pick in rookie drafts.
Dontrelle Inman - WRPosted 4/25/17 4:24pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers restricted free-agent WR Dontrelle Inman signed his one-year tender Tuesday, April 25.
Huddle Up: Inman is coming off of a breakout campaign, but that was largely due to injuries the Chargers had on offense, namely Keenan Allen. Inman is a sleeper candidate after managing 810 yards last year, but Allen and Travis Benjamin will be playing ahead of him. The fourth-year receiver is merely a late-round flier as of now.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 4/10/17 1:16pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) said he's around 85 percent healthy but feels good with his rehabilitation process.
Huddle Up: Allen has been bit by a pretty big injury bug the last couple years, missing 23 games in that span. He's the Chargers' best receiver and one of the best receivers in the NFL, he just can't stay on the field. The high-risk, high-reward nature of Allen puts him in low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 territory.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 3/20/17 8:27pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) is still not 100 percent and he won't be a full participant when the Chargers begin organized team activities April 3. However, Allen did say he's doing 'almost everything,' including running and cutting, and expects to be ready for the start of training camp in July.
Huddle Up: Allen has exhibited WR1 upside since entering the league in 2013, but unfortunately, significant injuries have limited him to just nine games combined over the last two seasons. The 24-year-old should be at or close to full health entering the new campaign, but given his recent history, he remains an injury risk. If he can just stay healthy, Allen has the potential to be one of the top-10 receivers in all of pro football.
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