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  • Kalen Ballage Not Expected To Play Against Bills

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage (ankle, calf) is not expected to play against the Bills In Week 12. Ballage was listed as questionable and is a game-time decision, though it appears he is on the wrong side of that designation. This coincides with the news that Austin Ekeler (hamstring) was activated and is expected to make his return to the field. While the Chargers won't run Ekeler into the ground, it's likely that the star back will see at least 15 touches against a Buffalo defense that struggles to contain the ground game. This would put Ekeler squarely in the RB2 conversation, with a bit of risk. Troymaine Pope could have some flex value if Ballage doesn't go, though he wouldn't be an option you can start with any sort of confidence.

    Nov 29 · Source via Chargers Kalen Ballage
  • Los Angeles Activates Austin Ekeler For Sunday's Game

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) has been activated and is cleared to play in Sunday's contest against Buffalo. Ekeler's return coincides with Kalen Ballage (ankle) earning a questionable designation, which could lead to Ekeler getting additional touches in his first game since Week 4. Having proven to be an integral cog in the Los Angeles offense, Ekeler is worthy of starting in nearly all season-long formats, even as he carries some risk due to possible snap count limitations after an extended layoff. The Bills Defense has allowed the sixth-most rushing yards (1,069) to opposing running backs during 2020, working in Ekeler's favor. Those hanging onto Ballage in season-long formats can begin to explore contingency options.

    Nov 28 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Hunter Henry A Must-Start Against Bills

    Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry has an excellent matchup on tap against the Bills in Week 12. Buffalo allows the third-most fantasy points per game and the fourth-most red zone targets per game to opposing tight ends, making this a smash spot for Henry. The veteran tight end has hauled in a touchdown reception in two straight games and has a great chance of making it three in a game against Buffalo with an over/under of 52.5. Henry should be started with confidence in Week 12.

    Nov 28 · Source via Chargers Hunter Henry
  • Mike Williams A Boom/Bust Starter In Week 12

    Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams will take on the Bills in Week 12. Williams has been one of the league's best deep threats, averaging 16.9 average targeted air yards per game, good for third in the NFL. The veteran wideout has three touchdown catches of 20 yards or more this season. With the Chargers as underdogs in a game with an over/under of 52.5, there could be a lot of scoring. Quarterback Justin Herbert hasn't shied away from slinging it downfield to Williams and could be aggressive in this contest, particularly if playing from behind. Williams is a good flex play for those who need upside.

    Nov 28 · Source via Chargers Mike Williams
  • Keenan Allen A Top-Five Option Against Buffalo

    Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is red-hot heading into a Week 12 matchup with the Bills. Allen had an astonishing, career-high 16 receptions on 19 targets last week and has been a target hog all year, as he's averaged 11.2 looks per game. The 28-year-old has one of the highest floors in fantasy football right now and could give his fantasy managers another look at his ceiling this week. The matchup against the Bills isn't a smash spot, but Allen's volume and talent make him a virtual lock to finish among the top-12 at his position. Plus, this game features two teams with strong offenses and suspect defenses, making a shootout likely. There's the upside for another WR1 overall finish.

    Nov 28 · Source via Chargers Keenan Allen
  • Kalen Ballage A Risky RB2 If He Suits Up

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage (ankle, calf) is questionable ahead of a matchup with an underachieving Bills' defense. Ballage appears to have a good chance of playing after logging limited practice sessions all week. He hasn't looked all that impressive as a runner but has a stranglehold on the Chargers' backfield, as he's averaged 21 touches per contest over the last three games. That's a borderline RB1 workload that the coaching staff is trusting the 24-year old with. Of course, this could all change if Austin Ekeler (hamstring) returns in Week 12. If Ekeler is out, play Ballage as an RB2, albeit one with risk of re-injury. If Ekeler goes, he'll be an RB2 and will bump Ballage into flex territory, as Los Angeles isn't likely to give the former a heavy workload in his return.

    Nov 28 · Source via Chargers Kalen Ballage
  • Justin Herbert A Strong QB1 Against Bills

    Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert gets a favorable matchup in Week 12 against the Bills. Buffalo has surrendered the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing signal-callers and has allowed a QB1 finish in each of their last two contests. Herbert, fantasy football's QB7 this year, has thrown for at least 250 yards and two touchdowns in six of his last seven games. The over/under is currently 52.5 for the game, making this one of the most appealing for fantasy purposes on Sunday's slate. Fire up Herbert as a strong QB1 in all fantasy formats.

    Nov 28 · Source via Chargers Justin Herbert
  • Chris Harris Jr. Activated, Melvin Ingram To Injured Reserve

    The Los Angeles Chargers activated cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (foot) from Injured Reserve on Friday and placed defensive end Melvin Ingram (knee) on IR in a corresponding move. Harris hasn't played since Week 3, but he's not a lock to be active this weekend against the Bills. The Bolts could certainly use him to slow down the Buffalo offense, though, with cornerback Casey Hayward being ruled out with an injury. This will be Ingram's second stint on IR in 2020. The former 18th overall pick in 2012 has just 10 tackles, one interception and no sacks in seven games this year and may not make it back at this point in the season. Avoid the Chargers Defense in Week 12 against a high-octane Bills offense.

    Nov 27 · Source via Chargers Chris Harris Casey Hayward Melvin Ingram
  • Casey Hayward, Melvin Ingram Out For Chargers Defense

    The Los Angeles Chargers have ruled out cornerback Casey Hayward (groin) and defensive end Melvin Ingram (knee) for Week 12 against the Bills. Ingram has already spent time on Injured Reserve for a knee injury, so this is more bad news for the 31-year-old pass-rusher from South Carolina. He's totaled just 10 tackles, four QB hits and one interception in his seven games played this season. The Chargers secondary will be extra vulnerable without Hayward out there on Sunday, giving more upside to both Bills QB Josh Allen and top wide receiver Stefon Diggs. The Los Angeles defense should be faded this week in DFS and season-long leagues with both Ingram and Hayward out.

    Nov 27 · Source via Chargers Casey Hayward Melvin Ingram
  • Kalen Ballage Questionable Against Bills

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage (ankle, calf) is listed as questionable for Week 12 against the Bills. Ballage was limited in practice this week, so he should be able to play, barring a last-minute setback. But we also don't know for sure yet if Austin Ekeler (hamstring) will return yet after being designated to return from Injured Reserve this week. But if Ekeler sits out another game, which is expected, Ballage should continue to be the leader of this backfield while fending off rookie Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope. The Bills Defense has allowed the 11th-most fantasy points per game to running backs, too, so Ballage will be in the RB2 conversation if he's active and Ekeler remains sidelined.

    Nov 27 · Source via Chargers Kalen Ballage
  • Austin Ekeler Set To Return From Injured Reserve

    The Los Angeles Chargers plan on designating running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) to return from Injured Reserve this week, according to a source. However, it isn't clear if Ekeler will play in Week 12 against the Bills, but he'll practice for the first time since suffering a serious hamstring injury in Week 4. The 25-year-old has been posting videos of himself working out on social media, so he's definitely getting close to a return. Don't expect to have him this weekend, but Week 13 against the Patriots is much more realistic. Ekeler should be stashed in all fantasy leagues, as he'll return to a featured-back role when he's ready. Kalen Ballage has become the Chargers preferred backfield choice in recent weeks, and he'll be a low-end RB2/high-end RB3/flex this Sunday if Ekeler misses another game. The Bills Defense has allowed the 11th-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

    Nov 24 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Uchenna Nwosu To Miss Time With Shoulder Sprain

    Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (shoulder) is expected to miss around three weeks with a Grade 2 AC joint sprain in his shoulder after getting injured in the Week 11 win over the Jets. Nwosu will seek a second opinion but will be a candidate for Injured Reserve. A second-round pick out of USC in 2018, the 23-year-old has contributed 23 tackles (15 solo), eight QB hits, two passes defensed and 3.5 sacks in 10 games so far this season. The Chargers Defense will be a little bit short-handed in the middle of the field for at least the next three weeks. They'll be more of a back-end starting fantasy unit against a high-powered Bills offense coming off their bye in Week 12.

    Nov 23 · Source via Chargers Uchenna Nwosu
  • Hunter Henry Scores A Touchdown In Second Straight Game

    Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry scored in his second straight game in Week 11 versus the New York Jets. Henry also caught four balls for 48 yards. The 48 yards was the most for Henry since he picked up 50 yards against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. Henry now has exactly four catches in four straight games and remains touchdown dependent. Henry should be considered a fringe TE1 with a safe floor and draws a favorable matchup against the Buffalo Bills in Week 12.

    Nov 22 · Source via Chargers Hunter Henry
  • Mike Williams Scores A Touchdown In Week 11

    Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams put together another strong performance in Week 11 versus the New York Jets. The big receiver hauled in four of his seven targets for 72 yards and used his strength to score a 39-yard touchdown. Williams has now put together three strong performances over his last four games with a pair of touchdowns and five or more targets in every game over that span. Williams should be taken seriously in all formats as a WR3 option with upside and will be worth firing up against a weak Buffalo Bills secondary in Week 12.

    Nov 22 · Source via Chargers Mike Williams
  • Keenan Allen Has A Career Day In Week 11

    Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen put together a career day in Week 11 versus the New York Jets. Allen was targeted 19 times on Sunday and caught 16 balls for 145 yards and a touchdown. Allen's 16 catches is a new franchise record for most receptions in a game in Chargers history. The wide receiver has been heavily targeted all season long and remains a WR1 in all formats. Allen will draw a favorable matchup against a poor Buffalo Bills secondary in Week 12.

    Nov 22 · Source via Chargers Keenan Allen
  • Kalen Ballage Leads Chargers Backfield In Week 11

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage rushed 15 times for 48 yards and caught seven balls for 27 yards in Week 11 against the New York Jets. Ballage received the bulk of the backfield snaps on Sunday. With Austin Ekeler (hamstring) and Justin Jackson (knee) both on IR, Ballage will continue to be the top backfield option for the Chargers and should be rostered in all formats as a RB2/flex options. Next up for the running back will a favorable matchup versus the Buffalo Bills.

    Nov 22 · Source via Chargers Kalen Ballage
  • Justin Herbert Continues To Impress

    Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert continued his strong season with a magnificent performance on Sunday versus the New York Jets. Herbert finished the contest 37-for-49 for 366 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions. He also rushed for 11 yards on a pair of carries. Herbert's 277 yards in the first half were the most for a Chargers quarterback since 1991. Herbert has now thrown for over 300 yards in five games this year and has thrown for multiple touchdowns in seven straight games. Herbert has been putting up QB1 numbers and will face the Buffalo Bills in a favorable matchup in Week 12.

    Nov 22 · Source via Chargers Justin Herbert
  • Kalen Ballage Limps Off Field Early In The First

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage (leg) limped off the field during the team's opening drive in Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Ballage had a four-yard run and a two-yard catch before appearing to injure his leg. Luckily, he returned to the field during the team's next drive. He should be the team's primary rusher in Week 11 withJoshua Kelley and Troymaine Popeplaying complementary roles.

    Nov 22 · Source via Chargers Kalen Ballage
  • Kyzir White Lands On COVID-19/Reserve List

    Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Kyzir White (COVID-19 list) was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list Saturday, although it was not revealed whether he tested positive or was merely in contact with someone who had. Due to the ambiguity around the move, it's unclear whether Sunday's contest between the Chargers and Jets is in jeopardy, but the lack of fervor around the transaction indicates that things are moving forward as planned. White has compiled a career-high 68 tackles through the first nine games of the 2020 season, adding three passes defended, three quarterback hits, and half a sack to his stat sheet. Even without White, the Chargers Defense is in a golden fantasy spot Sunday, facing Joe Flacco and the Jets, who have struggled mightily to score this year.

    Nov 21 · Source via Chargers Kyzir White Coronavirus
  • Chargers Defense Struggling To Generate Turnovers

    The Los Angeles Chargers Defense is currently tied for 27th in the NFL in takeaways -- four interceptions, four forced fumbles (three recovered). "If the ball is thrown at you, you have to make plays," Pro Bowl defensive end Joey Bosa said, via Fernando Ramirez of Sports Illustrated. "I am not pointing fingers, but, if you want to win and be a great team, you got to call it out and you got to tell it how it is." The team's secondary has allowed 18 touchdown passes and has picked off just three passes. They are one of two teams (Washington the other) to allow at least eight 40-plus yard completions this year. Despite the lackluster results from the Bolts defense in 2020, they will be an elite defensive play in Week 11 against the winless Jets and aging quarterback Joe Flacco.

    Nov 20 · Source via Chargers Los Angeles Chargers
  • Austin Ekeler Hints At Return

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) hinted at his return on social media on Thursday by posting a video of him running. Ekeler has been on Injured Reserve since Week 4 but appears to be nearing a return. It won't come in Week 11 against the Jets, but there's a chance that the 25-year-old could be back on the field for Week 12 against the Bills or in Week 13 against the Patriots. Either way, it looks like fantasy managers will have Ekeler back in the fold to begin the fantasy playoffs, which begin in Week 14 in most leagues. If for some reason he's available in your league, pick him up now and stash him. The Bolts will continue a committee approach with Kalen Ballage, rookie Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope until Ekeler returns. Ballage is the hot hand right now and has RB2 upside in a great matchup with the winless Jets this weekend.

    Nov 19 · Source via Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Austin Ekeler dynasty ADP slipping

    Nov 18 · Dynasty League Football Chargers Austin Ekeler
  • Chris Harris Jr. Returning To Practice

    Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (foot), who has been out since Week 3 with a foot injury, will return to practice on Wednesday. Harris went on the short-term Injured Reserve after suffering the injury earlier this year, but he could make his return in Week 11 against the Jets. The Bolts will welcome Harris back to their secondary after trading Desmond King to the Titans at the deadline. With Harris and Casey Hayward on the field together, the Chargers have one of the better cornerback tandems in the league. Going up against a winless Jets squad this Sunday, the Chargers Defense is one of the most attractive fantasy units in the league, regardless of whether Harris makes his return.

    Nov 18 · Source via Chargers Chris Harris
  • Joey Bosa Remains In Concussion Protocol

    Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said that defensive end Joey Bosa (concussion), who has missed the last two games, remains in the concussion protocol on Monday. The good news is that Bosa was able to practice last Friday before eventually being ruled out for the second straight game. The 25-year-old defensive end is one of the most effective pass-rushers when he's on the field, but the problem is that he struggles to stay on the field because of injuries. Bosa has 18 tackles (14 solo), eight tackles for loss, 13 QB hits and 4.5 sacks in his seven games this season. If he's able to return in Week 11, he'll be a starting IDP defensive lineman against the winless Jets and veteran quarterback Joe Flacco.

    Nov 16 · Source via Chargers Joey Bosa
  • Hunter Henry Picks Up Second Touchdown

    Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry scored his second touchdown of the season versus the Miami Dolphins in Week 10. Henry was also targeted six times on the evening and caught four balls for 30 yards. Henry has become touchdown dependent, but still remains a low-end TE1 at a position that has been tough on managers this season. Henry will look to help his managers against the New York Jets in a favorable matchup in Week 11.

    Nov 15 · Source via Chargers Hunter Henry
  • Mike Williams Only Catches Two Balls In Week 10

    Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams struggled to do much damage against the Miami Dolphins in Week 10. The big receiver drew five targets on the afternoon, but was only able to snag two balls for 38 yards. Williams has been a shaky option this season, because he has been inconsistent. Williams will get a date with the New York Jets in Week 11 and managers should consider giving him another shot in what should be a favorable matchup.

    Nov 15 · Source via Chargers Mike Williams
  • Joshua Kelley Struggles In Week 10

    Los Angeles Chargers rookie running back Joshua Kelley remained a non-factor in Week 10 versus the Miami Dolphins. Kelley played behind Kalen Ballage in this contest and continues to see a decrease in work with Austin Ekeler (hamstring) and Justin Jackson on IR. Kelley was only able to muster 21 yards on seven carries and had no catches. The rookie drew rave reviews in the offseason, but he has struggled when he has been given opportunities. Even with a favorable matchup against the New York Jets in Week 11, Kelley can be avoided.

    Nov 15 · Source via Chargers Joshua Kelley
  • Keenan Allen Held In Check In Week 10

    Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen struggled in Week 10 versus the Miami Dolphins. Allen was able to salvage his day with a late touchdown, but finished the game with just three catches for 39 yards on seven targets. Allen has been Justin Herbert's favorite option and managers would be wise to chalk this up as a bad game for the star receiver. Allen remains a WR1 and he should be able to get back on track versus the New York Jets in a tasty matchup in Week 11.

    Nov 15 · Source via Chargers Keenan Allen
  • Kalen Ballage Leads The Chargers Backfield In Week 10

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage was the lead man out of the backfield in Week 10 versus the Miami Dolphins. Ballage's only competition was rookie Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope was a non-factor in this matchup. Ballage responded with 18 carries for 68 yards and hauled in five of his six targets for 34 yards. Kelley only had seven carries in this contest and it appears that Ballage will be the teams top option in the Chargers backfield until Austin Ekeler (hamstring) and Justin Jackson (knee) return from the IR. Ballage will have a juicy matchup versus the Jets in Week 10 and should be a popular waiver wire option this weekend.

    Nov 15 · Source via Chargers Kalen Ballage
  • Justin Herbert Throws For Season-Low 187 Yards

    Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert struggled on Sunday versus the Miami Dolphins. Herbert threw for a season-low 187 yards in Week 10 and threw one interception, but he did have a pair of passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown to help managers. He also rushed four times for 10 yards. The Dolphins Defense held the Chargers offense in check and Herbert only attempted 32 passes on the afternoon. Managers should chalk this up as just a bad game for Herbert and he should be able to get back on track in a juicy matchup versus the Jets in Week 11.

    Nov 15 · Source via Chargers Justin Herbert
  • Troymaine Pope Active In Week 10

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Troymaine Pope (neck) is officially active for the team's Week 10 game against the Miami Dolphins. Pope rushed the ball 10 times for 67 yards the last time he was active, in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos. Last week, he was out with a concussion. Pope will likely split carries with Joshua Kelley and Kalen Ballage in Week 10. It's hard to say exactly how big of a share each running back will get, but all three are risky starts and should be considered low-end flex options only in deep leagues.

    Nov 15 · Source via Chargers Troymaine Pope