Player News - Chargers

Date: Team: Pos:

Chargers LG Matt Slauson is done for the year with a torn biceps.

The Bolts will turn to third-round rookie Dan Feeney to replace him. Slauson was run blocking poorly, so this won't necessarily be a downgrade to Melvin Gordon's outlook, although Gordon has struggled mightily to run between the tackles this year. Gordon has gotten by as a fantasy RB1 on sheer volume and receiving skills.
Oct 23 - 4:35 PM

Hunter Henry played 47-of-58 snaps (81%) Week 7 against the Broncos.

If there was any doubt about the Chargers' No. 1 tight end after Henry out-snapped Antonio Gates 100-to-75 the previous two games, those were put to bed on Sunday. Gates ended the game with one target in 18 snaps, and Henry led the team with four catches for 73 yards. With a great matchup against the Patriots up next, Henry is a locked-in TE1.
Oct 23 - 11:51 AM

Antonio Gates hauled in his only target for four yards in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Broncos.

Gates now has just one catch in back-to-back games, and he has still yet to record more than 30 yards in a game this season. Even with the Patriots up next, he is not a fantasy option.
Oct 22 - 8:12 PM

Hunter Henry hauled in 4-of-5 targets for 73 yards in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Broncos.

Henry started out hot, going for 34 yards on the Chargers’ first play of the game and drawing a DPI in the end zone two snaps later. He picked up another long gain in the second quarter, and he ended up leading the team in receiving on a day Philip Rivers threw just 26 passes. Clearly ahead of Antonio Gates on the depth chart at this point, Henry will be a high-end TE1 next week against the Patriots.
Oct 22 - 8:11 PM

Mike Williams failed to catch either of his two targets in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Broncos.

One of the missed connections was a drop, and Philip Rivers could not find the rookie on third down in the second half. Williams now has three targets in two games. He is just a bench stash right now.
Oct 22 - 8:06 PM

Tyrell Williams hauled in his only target for 11 yards in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Broncos.

Williams' only catch came on a give-up throw on third-and-long in the second half. He now has 20 yards or fewer in four of his last five games, and he has done basically nothing all season outside of a 75-yard touchdown in Week 4. Even with New England up next, Williams cannot be trusted in fantasy lineups.
Oct 22 - 8:03 PM

Keenan Allen hauled in 3-of-7 targets for 41 yards in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Broncos.

Allen did not appear to be struggling with the shoulder injury he suffered this week in practice, but he was unable to make much happen against the Broncos' elite pass defense. That said, he did manage to break free for a couple important catches, and he just missed on a few others. Guaranteed a big workload -- this was the fewest targets he has seen all season -- Allen will be in for a bounceback next week in New England.
Oct 22 - 8:01 PM

Austin Ekeler rushed seven times for 38 yards and caught all four of his targets for six yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Broncos.

An undrafted rookie out of Western State, Ekeler scored his second touchdown in the last four games on a swing pass in the second quarter, and he gained as many yards on the ground as Melvin Gordon on 11 fewer carries. Ekeler is not going to push Gordon for the starting job, but he looks to have cemented himself as the backup -- Branden Oliver had been sidelined by a hamstring injury, but he was a healthy scratch on Sunday.
Oct 22 - 7:50 PM

Melvin Gordon rushed 18 times for 38 yards and caught 1-of-4 targets for six yards in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Broncos.

Gordon could not get anything going early in this one. He was stuffed four times from the one-yard line on the Chargers’ opening drive, and he finished the first half with eight yards on just eight carries. He was stuck under 15 yards into the fourth quarter before he escaped for a 21-yard gain. Even with Austin Ekeler stealing 11 touches, Gordon's workload remained strong, and he should have more success next week against the Patriots. He will be a solid RB1 in that matchup.
Oct 22 - 7:33 PM

Travis Benjamin took his only target 42 yards for a touchdown and returned a punt for a score in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Broncos.

Benjamin apparently loves playing Denver. He has scored seven touchdowns since joining the Chargers last season, and four of those have come against the Broncos. He added two more to the tally on Sunday, returning a punt 65 yards to open the scoring in the first quarter and taking a pass 42 yards to ice the game in the fourth. Despite the big game and great matchup against the Patriots, Benjamin will not be a fantasy option next week.
Oct 22 - 7:30 PM

Philip Rivers completed 15-of-26 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Broncos.

Rivers had a mostly nondescript game against a tough defense, but he made some big throws when it mattered including a big third-and-11 conversion to Hunter Henry to keep the clock moving in the fourth quarter and a 42-yard touchdown later in that drive to kill off the game. Travis Benjamin did most of the work on that score, and Rivers' first touchdown was just a dump-off in the flat to Austin Ekeler in the second quarter. They all count, however, and Rivers now has multiple scores in three of his last four games. He will look to keep that going in a great matchup against the Patriots next week.
Oct 22 - 7:28 PM

Keenan Allen (shoulder) is active for Week 7 against the Broncos.

Allen hurt his shoulder Thursday and did not practice Friday, so he is likely less than 100 percent. Still, he has seen at least nine targets in every game and has a history of scoring touchdowns against the Broncos. He is a top-30 option even in the bad matchup. The Chargers declared DL Corey Liuget (back), RT Joe Barksdale (foot), Dontrelle Inman, Branden Oliver, Cardale Jones, OT Tyler Marz, and TE Sean Culkin inactive for Week 7.
Oct 22 - 3:02 PM

Melvin Gordon (shoulder) is active for Week 7 against the Broncos.

This was always expected despite his limited practice participation this week. Gordon has averaged almost 26 touches a game in his last three against the Broncos. He is a solid RB1.
Oct 22 - 3:01 PM

Melvin Gordon (questionable, shoulder) will play Week 7 against the Broncos.

The injury limited Gordon at practice this week but there was never much concern about his status for Sunday. Gordon had some lean weeks early in the year but has come on strong with 313 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns over his last two outings. He'll be a rock-solid RB1 against a Denver run defense that somehow let up 117 rushing yards to Orleans Darkwa in Week 6.
Oct 22 - 8:03 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Keenan Allen (questionable, shoulder) will play Week 7 against the Broncos.

It wasn't looking good for Allen after he injured himself at practice this week but apparently the Chargers think he's well enough to play. It's a tough assignment against the Broncos, though Allen scored his only touchdown of the year against them back in Week 1. Getting this information now is a huge help as it would have been tough on fantasy owners to wait on Allen's status with the Chargers kicking off at 4:25 PM ET.
Oct 22 - 7:58 AM


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