Player News - Chargers

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Chargers LT King Dunlap (illness) didn't practice on Wednesday.

He's being treated for migraines. The Chargers are adamant that he doesn't have a concussion. Dunlap missed a large chunk of last season while battling a concussion. Chris Hairston will fill in at left tackle if Dunlap can't go against the Saints in Week 4.
Sep 28 - 6:16 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) is not practicing Wednesday.

Gates reportedly wasn't even close to playing Week 3 at the Colts. His body appears to just be breaking down at 36 years old. Rookie Hunter Henry will make another start in what looks to be another plus matchup. Daily Slant: With Gates looking like he'll miss another week, Hunter Henry (who is minimum priced on most DFS outlets) will step into the lead role against a defense that ranked dead last against the TE position last season. Henry was the 35th pick in this year's draft and after catching each of his five targets last weekend, he could very well be in for another 2-3 looks against a vulnerable Saints defense. New Orleans allowed more FPPG to TEs last year than the leader at the position (Rob Gronkowski) averaged on the season.
Sep 28 - 3:50 PM

Chargers signed ILB Korey Toomer from the Raiders' practice squad.

He takes Manti Te'o's roster spot after Te'o tore his Achilles' last Sunday. Toomer has 18 games of experience and will likely pitch in on special teams.
Sep 28 - 11:04 AM

The Union-Tribune San Diego reports Antonio Gates (hamstring) "wasn't close" to suiting up against the Colts, and will likely miss another game. Daily Slant: With Hunter Henry still priced at the minimum in a dream match-up with the Saints, he's a great value target in DFS for Week 4. The Saints allowed more FPPG to TEs than the highest scorer at the position, Rob Gronkowski, averaged last season, so it's hard not to get excited about Henry's potential $/point value in what is expected to be one of the highest scoring games of the weekend. Fire him up confidently assuming Gates needs another week of rest.
Sep 26 - 1:17 PM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o will be sidelined the rest of the season after suffering a torn Achilles' Week 3 against the Colts.

This was the expectation after he went down without contact in coverage. Te'o is the third player the Chargers have lost to an Achilles' injury already this year. It is a really tough blow for Te'o, who is in the final year of his rookie deal. Already a limited athlete, the former second-rounder will likely have to settle for a prove-it deal.
Source: ESPN
Sep 26 - 10:34 AM

The expectation is Chargers ILB Manti Te'o suffered a torn Achilles' Week 3 against the Colts.

He will have an MRI on Monday to confirm, but Te'o is likely done for the season. If so, he will be the third Charger lost to a torn Achilles' this season. "Freak accidents like this, you can’t predict stuff like that," Te'o said of the injury. "It’s all about moving forward."
Sep 26 - 8:51 AM

Hunter Henry caught 5-of-5 targets for 76 yards in the Chargers' Week 3 loss to the Colts.

Henry did everything right in place of the inactive Antonio Gates (hamstring), but his critical lost fumble late in the fourth quarter on the Chargers' final drive essentially ended any hope of a comeback with San Diego trailing and ultimately losing by four. He looked like a natural pass catcher and will be on the TE1 map next week vs. New Orleans if Gates sits again.
Sep 25 - 8:31 PM

Dontrelle Inman caught 3-of-4 targets for 32 yards in the Chargers' Week 3 loss to the Colts.

Inman did all of his damage in the first half, leading the team in receiving at the break. After halftime, Tyrell Williams took over with 6-69 to lead the Bolts. Inman is a tough sell as an add in 12- and 14-team leagues.
Sep 25 - 8:28 PM

Chargers LCB Brandon Flowers suffered a concussion in Week 3.

He took a knee to the helmet late in the game and didn't return. The Chargers have the high-scoring Saints on deck, so they will need Flowers. Flowers has been enjoying a bounce-back season following a dreadful 2015 campaign.
Sep 25 - 8:25 PM

Tyrell Williams caught 6-of-9 targets for 69 yards in the Chargers' Week 3 loss to the Colts.

Williams didn't catch a single pass in the first half, but was Philip Rivers' go-to- guy in the second half. He saw one look at the goal line, but was unable to turn it into a score. Williams has now seen a team-high 15 targets in the two games since Keenan Allen was hurt. He'll be a high-upside WR3 play against the Saints at home in Week 4. New Orleans will travel on a short week.
Sep 25 - 8:22 PM

Travis Benjamin caught 3-of-6 targets for 62 yards in the Chargers' Week 3 loss to the Colts.

Benjamin had a drop and was stuck on two catches for 19 yards most of the day before catching a long 43-yard pass in the fourth quarter to set the offense up inside the 10-yard line. San Diego ultimately settled for a short field goal. Benjamin has now drawn six targets in back-to-back games without Keenan Allen (torn ACL). He'll be on the WR2 map next week vs. the Saints.
Sep 25 - 8:16 PM

Dexter McCluster caught 2-of-3 targets for nine yards in the Chargers' Week 3 loss to the Colts.

McCluster also handled kickoff returns in his Bolts debut. He said he pretty much has the playbook down after playing for OC Ken Whisenhunt in Tennessee, but Melvin Gordon was still the preferred back on most passing downs. McCluster played in spots, but if Sunday is any indication, Gordon is going to play heavy snaps sans Danny Woodhead (torn ACL). McCluster is worth monitoring in PPR leagues, but he's not a must-add at this point.
Sep 25 - 8:12 PM

Philip Rivers completed 25-of-38 passes for 310 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions in the Chargers' Week 3 loss to the Colts.

Rivers was flat-out bad in the first half, throwing balls at his receivers' feet and also overshooting them. He threw for almost 200 yards after the break, but took a sack on third-and-goal at one point. He spread the ball around, targeting each of Tyrell Williams (9), Melvin Gordon (7), Travis Benjamin (6), and Hunter Henry (5) at least five times. Rivers' receivers didn't help him with some untimely drops, however. He'll be an elite QB1 next week at home against the Saints.
Sep 25 - 8:02 PM

Melvin Gordon rushed 16 times for 35 yards and one touchdown in the Chargers' 26-22, Week 3 loss to the Colts, adding four catches for 43 yards on seven targets.

In a dream spot against a horrific Colts defense, Gordon was a mild disappointment, though he was able to save his fantasy day with a one-yard touchdown plunge. The Colts had been eviscerated by opposing running backs Weeks 1 and 2, but held Gordon to just 2.2 YPC. Gordon played a ton on passing downs, but Philip Rivers threw one ball at his feet and overshot him on what should have been a walk-in 16-yard touchdown on a screen pass. Gordon will be in an elite spot once again Week 4 when San Diego hosts the Saints on a short week.
Sep 25 - 7:52 PM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o exited Week 3 against the Colts with an Achilles' injury.

He was out in coverage on Frank Gore before going down with the non-contact injury. It has the looks of a torn Achilles'. Jatavis Brown is in the game in Te'o's place next to fellow starter ILB Denzel Perryman.
Sep 25 - 4:57 PM

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