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Juwan Thompson rushed seven times for 24 yards and two touchdowns in Denver's Week 8 win over the Chargers.

Thompson vultured workhorse Ronnie Hillman for two- and one-yard scores in the second half. The touchdowns were his second and third of the season. Thompson has been running well as a situational hammer, but will likely lose that role upon Montee Ball's (groin) return.
Oct 24 - 12:34 AM

Ladarius Green caught his lone target for nine yards in San Diego's Week 8 loss to the Broncos.

It just isn't happening for the explosive third-year pro, who's been glued to the sideline as Antonio Gates has exploded for six touchdowns over his past four games. Green has seven total targets over the same stretch. Keep Green stashed in Dynasty leagues, but quarantined to the waiver wire in re-draft formats.
Oct 24 - 12:32 AM

Eddie Royal caught 3-of-3 targets for 29 yards in San Diego's Week 8 loss to the Broncos.

Royal's predictable fade from his early-season touchdown surge continues unabated. Royal has just nine total grabs for 138 yards and one score over his past four games. Players looking for 12-14 team league value are going to struggle to find it. Royal will score more touchdowns, but they'll be impossible to predict.
Oct 24 - 12:29 AM

Malcom Floyd caught 4-of-7 targets for 58 yards in San Diego's Week 8 loss to the Broncos.

Floyd used his unreal body control to nearly reel in two more catches on difficult deep targets, but had no shot on his third missed connection, a Philip Rivers pick thrown into double coverage. Floyd briefly left with a shoulder injury, but was quickly deemed probable and returned. Floyd is one of the league's very best deep threats, but it doesn't translate to more than WR4/5 value in fantasy leagues.
Oct 24 - 12:27 AM

Wes Welker caught 2-of-2 targets for five yards in Denver's Week 8 win over the Chargers.

Welker's biggest impact of the night came when he fell on Emmanuel Sanders' fourth-quarter fumble. Welker has now been limited to six grabs for 63 yards and a touchdown over his past three games. We know Peyton Manning likes to get his weapons going after slow stretches, but Welker is shaping up a distant fourth on the Broncos' targets totem pole. He's settling in as a low-upside WR3/4.
Oct 24 - 12:24 AM

Julius Thomas caught 2-of-6 targets for 23 yards in Denver's Week 8 win over the Chargers.

Both the catches and yards were Thomas' fewest of the season. The zero-score effort was also Thomas' second straight after he started off 2014 with nine touchdowns across his first five games. The scoring rate was bound to regress, but Thomas will remain one of the league's very best red-zone threats moving forward. He's a top-three weekly option at tight end.
Oct 24 - 12:21 AM

Demaryius Thomas caught 8-of-12 targets for 105 yards in Denver's Week 8 win over the Chargers.

Thomas failed to score for the first time since Week 3, but both the 100-yard and eight-catch efforts were his fourth straight. Thomas ate up the Chargers' secondary for yards after the catch, but watched Emmanuel Sanders gobble up all the Broncos' primo end-zone looks. Playing the best football of his already excellent career, Thomas would be an All-Pro were the season to end today.
Oct 24 - 12:13 AM

Branden Oliver rushed 13 times for 36 yards in San Diego's Week 8 loss to the Broncos, adding seven catches for an additional 27 yards.

Oliver was lucky to escape with the yards that he did, as he simply got gobbled up by the Broncos' athletic front seven. Oliver didn't have a prayer on over half his carries, and was sitting on -3 yards through his first 12 touches. The Broncos were simply getting too much penetration. Oliver's yardage total would have been even less impressive if not for a meaningless 23-yard scamper on the game's final play. Oliver remains a workload monster, but has another tough Week 9 matchup in the Dolphins.
Oct 24 - 12:10 AM

Keenan Allen caught 9-of-13 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 8 loss to the Broncos.

The touchdown — as you may have heard — was Allen's first of the season. Allen could have had his second 10-catch effort of the year, but committed a drop. He was also the target on one of Philip Rivers' two interceptions. Allen showed why he was so highly valued in summer drafts, putting on a clinic as a route runner against the Broncos' elite secondary. He'll enter San Diego's Week 9 trip to Miami the owner of a 43/427/1 line on 65 targets. There is WR2 hope still.
Oct 24 - 12:04 AM

Ronnie Hillman rushed 20 times for 109 yards in the Broncos' Week 8 win over the Chargers, catching 3-of-4 targets for an additional 29 yards.

The 138 yards from scrimmage were Hillman's most in his three games as starter, but it's his amazingly-bad touchdown luck that will have owners talking on Friday. Hillman had five potential scores wiped away by happenstance and shenanigans. In no particular order, Hillman: Lost a touchdown by stepping out of bounds, had a score wiped out by holding, lost a shot at a goal-line carry thanks to a botched snap and watched Juwan Thompson vulture not one, but two TDs. The good news, if you want to look at it that way, is that Hillman was in position for so many touchdowns, and continues to run circles around the work Montee Ball did before going down with a groin injury. Ball will have a role when he returns, but it's getting harder to believe it won't be as Hillman's caddie.
Oct 23 - 11:56 PM

Antonio Gates caught 5-of-8 targets for 54 yards and two touchdowns in San Diego's Week 8 loss to the Broncos.

The scores were Gates' eighth and ninth of the season. Six of those have come in his past four games. Gates is now just one touchdown away from his first 10-score campaign since 2010. The TDs weren't Gates' only accomplishment this evening, as the yards gave him 9,610 for his career, moving him past Lance Alworth (9,584) as the Bolts' all-time leader. Gates will enter San Diego's Week 9 trip to Miami the owner of 751 lifetime catches, and 96 career touchdowns.
Oct 23 - 11:51 PM

Emmanuel Sanders caught 9-of-9 targets for 120 yards and three touchdowns in Denver's Week 8 win over the Chargers.

Sanders added one rush for six yards. Sanders entered the game with only one touchdown, but exited it by joining Brandon Marshall as the only receivers to notch three-score games this season. Sanders' first TD came as he simply ran around long enough to get open in the end zone. For the second, he toasted Richard Marshall for a 31-yard catch-and-run. The third was a simple slant he caught in the painted area. The only blemish was a fumble that the Broncos thankfully recovered. Sanders will enter the Broncos' Week 9 trip to New England the owner of a 47/634/4 line, and as a legit WR1.
Oct 23 - 11:45 PM

Philip Rivers completed 30-of-41 passes for 252 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in San Diego's 35-21, Week 8 loss to the Broncos.

Going up against the Broncos' daunting pass rush, Rivers had his worst game of the season. The multi-turnover effort was his first of 2014, while his 6.15 YPA was his lowest of the year by nearly half a yard. Rivers had little time to throw, and made some "old school" Rivers decisions as a result. Both of his interceptions were passes that should not have been thrown, but especially the second. Rivers launched a Norv Turner-style bomb into double coverage to Malcom Floyd, and it was easily picked by Rahim Moore. Coming off a grueling five-day stretch — and back-to-back losses — Rivers now has 10 days to rest up for San Diego's Week 9 trip to Miami.
Oct 23 - 11:39 PM

Peyton Manning completed 25-of-35 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns in Denver's 35-21, Week 8 win over the Chargers.

Touchdowns No. 511, 512 and 513 all went to Emmanuel Sanders, who entered the game with one score on the season. Manning simply picked apart a secondary missing Brandon Flowers and Jason Verrett, and is now up to 22 touchdowns through seven games. That puts him on pace for 50, which would amazingly be five fewer than he tossed last season. Manning has 10 days to rest up for nemesis New England in Week 9.
Oct 23 - 11:35 PM

Chargers CB Jason Verrett was forced from San Diego's Week 8 game against the Broncos with an aggravation of his shoulder injury.

Verrett went down in the first half, and was spotted on the sideline in street clothes and a sling after the break. It's the worst-case scenario after Verrett surprisingly played through the ailment on a short week. The Bolts' first-round pick has gotten off to an excellent start this season. A prolonged absence would be a huge blow for the Chargers.
Oct 23 - 10:44 PM



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