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Chargers RB Branden Oliver will be active for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Oliver will be the No. 3 back behind Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown. He earned a spot on the 53-man roster over sixth-rounder Marion Grice after averaging 4.6 YPC during the preseason. Oliver will return kickoffs, but should see limited snaps on offense.
Sep 20 - 6:40 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) is probable for Week 3.

Gates will be in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with Buffalo. He's Rotoworld's No. 9 tight end this week.
Sep 20 - 5:33 PM

Chargers placed OLB Melvin Ingram (hip) on injured reserve/designated for return.

Ingram won't be able to practice for a minimum of six weeks, and isn't eligible to return until Week 11. It's a major downgrade to the Chargers' pass rush, as Ingram already had a sack and eight quarterback hurries through two games. A combination of Jerry Attaochu and Tourek Williams will replace Ingram opposite Dwight Freeney. Ingram missed 12 games last year with a torn ACL, and will now be sidelined at least seven games this season.
Sep 20 - 4:12 PM

Keenan Allen (groin) is listed as questionable for Week 3 at Buffalo after practicing on a limited basis Friday.

He was limited in both Thursday and Friday's practices. The fact that Allen did bounce back to get in some reps Friday should bode well, and we'll know his Week 3 availability early on Sunday because the Chargers trek to Buffalo for a 1PM ET game. If Allen does play, he'll be a borderline WR1 in fantasy.
Sep 19 - 2:50 PM

Keenan Allen was added to the Chargers' injury report on Thursday, getting in a limited session with a groin issue.

It's a new injury for Allen, who must have suffered it in Thursday's practice. The Chargers' press corps doesn't seem alarmed, but Allen's status will obviously be worth double-checking on Friday. We're still leaving him penciled in as a borderline WR1 for Week 3.
Sep 18 - 4:14 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) returned to Chargers practice Thursday.

He was limited. Gates will get plenty of rest days this season as the Bolts try to keep him fresh. He's a low-end TE1 for Week 3.
Sep 18 - 2:28 PM

Antonio Gates (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.

It's just a maintenance day. Gates is a low-end TE1 for Sunday's matchup with Buffalo.
Sep 17 - 2:23 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego suggests Danny Woodhead's role may not change much despite Ryan Mathews' multi-week knee injury.

Specifically, beat reporter Michael Gehlken anticipates Donald Brown "absorbing the bulk" of Mathews' old early-down work, while Woodhead "remain(s) in a role fairly similar to the one he currently occupies." Woodhead has led San Diego's backfield snaps in each of the first two weeks, but only has 18 touches to show for it. The superior fantasy bet will be Brown, although Woodhead will certainly be on the radar as a flex option in PPR leagues.
Sep 15 - 2:17 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego expects Donald Brown to "absorb the bulk" of Ryan Mathews' work in Mathews' (MCL sprain) 4-6 week absence.

Beat writer Michael Gehlken expects Danny Woodhead to "remain in a role fairly similar to the one he currently occupies." Through two weeks, Mathews had 27 touches, totaling 117 yards with a touchdown. Woodhead should be a quality flex option in PPR leagues moving forward. Brown is the preferred pickup, particularly in non-PPR. He should lead San Diego in carries and get most of the goal-line work, although Woodhead will mix in there, too.
Sep 15 - 2:09 PM

According to the NFL Network, Ryan Mathews' sprained MCL could keep him out 4-5 weeks.

The timetable was established following a Monday MRI. We wouldn't rule out the ultra-tough (yet fragile) Mathews getting back sooner, but Donald Brown needs to be added in all formats. He's going to pick up the majority of early-down work in this run-first scheme, with Danny Woodhead mostly staying in a passing-back role. Mathews, who had 23 carries for 72 yards and one touchdown through two games, should be able to make a full recovery without surgery.
Sep 15 - 12:13 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego confirms the "initial prognosis" for Ryan Mathews' right knee injury is a sprained MCL.

It remains "unclear how much time" Mathews will miss. Mathews is expected to be "further evaluated," but a sprained MCL would be good news at this point, as opposed to an ACL tear. Mathews could be back within a month. The Chargers' bye isn't until Week 10, so Mathews won't have that date to work around. Look for Donald Brown to take over as San Diego's primary back while Danny Woodhead continues to handle most passing-down and change-of-pace work.
Sep 14 - 9:20 PM

Eddie Royal caught 7-of-10 targets for 69 yards in the Chargers' Week 2 win over the Seahawks.

Royal did what he does best — play fantasy spoiler, soaking up targets as Keenan Allen dealt with Richard Sherman. Royal's seven-reception day comes after he caught one ball in Week 1. He's a scattershot producer who is never worth the hassle in fantasy leagues.
Sep 14 - 8:15 PM

Malcom Floyd was held without a catch on one target in the Chargers' Week 2 win over the Seahawks.

The doughnut comes after Brown posted a 4/50/1 line against the Cardinals in Week 1. An experienced lid lifter, Floyd plays an important real-life role for the Chargers, but will be hard pressed to come into any real fantasy value. He's a role player with unpredictable stat-lines.
Sep 14 - 8:11 PM

Ladarius Green wasn't targeted in the Chargers' Week 2 win over the Seahawks.

Green's 0-fer came on a night where Philip Rivers attempted 37 passes, three of which became Antonio Gates touchdowns. Although Green's upside has been well established, fantasy owners have to accept Green is miles behind Gates on the Bolts' depth chart for the time being. He's not a must-drop in 12-team leagues, but he's hardly a must-hold.
Sep 14 - 8:07 PM

Keenan Allen caught 5-of-6 targets for 55 yards in the Chargers' Week 2 win over the Seahawks.

Allen got the better of Richard Sherman's side of the field a few times, but was mostly held in check for the second-consecutive week as he squared off with one of the league's top corners. Things should finally open up in Week 3, where the Bolts will venture to Buffalo to do battle with the Bills' shaky secondary.
Sep 14 - 8:02 PM

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