Phillip Rivers Looking for the Right Fit

There is rampant speculation that Rivers will not play for San Diego this year

There is rampant speculation that Rivers will not play for San Diego this year

It appears that quarterback Phillip Rivers is ready to call it quits in San Diego even though he made sure to show up for the start of the Chargers offseason workout program on Monday. Rivers is in the final year of his contract and has made it clear that he is open to being traded this season if he can find the right fit.

The 33 year-old QB cut off contract extension negotiations in March and reports have surfaced that the Bolts may try to acquire the #2 overall pick in the draft to get Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

The writing on the wall is clear and 2015 will be Rivers last season in San Diego, unless of course he ends up somewhere else this year. The Chargers don’t want to pay Rivers and feel that his long-term health is an issue. Many experts believe that a trade with the Titans for the #2 overall pick makes a lot of sense because Rivers would be playing with his ex-Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

Trading Rivers to the Titans seems like a no-brainer for the Chargers organization since they will be getting rid of a disgruntled QB who only has a few decent years left in the tank. The reason this trade is not inevitable is because the Titans may see more long-term success drafting Mariota, Leonard Williams or perhaps even Amari Cooper.

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Denver Looking for Payback Against Bolts

Oh how familiar this scenario must look for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. It’s almost as if there is some type of deja vu going on here. The Broncos found themselves in this same exact spot last this time last year. They were 13-3 in the regular season and start off the playoffs in the divisional round because of a first round bye.

The pressure has got to be on the Broncos right?

Just think if the great Peyton Manning goes down two years in a row with an unbelievable team to a wild card team in the San Diego Chargers. This is not just an ordinary Chargers team though, no not so fast. San Diego is the only team to beat the Denver Broncos in that vaunted climate in Mile High Stadium.

Still with all this said the edge still goes to the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning is not going to take the Charges lightly. The Broncos passing game is just too overwhelming for the Chargers secondary. The Broncos will get back Manning’s favorite target in Wes Welker. This should provide an ample boost that Denver needs to outscore the Chargers.

This game could very well come down to a shootout between the two high powered offenses. If it comes down to this you have to trust in the guru Peyton Manning. Denver gets the slight edge in this game but they cannot overlook this Chargers team who has all the momentum in the world right now.

Wild Card Game Analysis: Cincinnati Bengals vs San Diego Chargers

Chargers have a tough matchup in Cincy

Chargers have a tough matchup in Cincy

When the playoffs arrive, every player knows that a brand new season is about to begin. Many more factors play more significant roles in who wins a playoff game and continues on and who loses and packs up for the season. One of the most important aspects a team can bring into the playoffs is momentum. When the San Diego Chargers travel to cold Cincinnati to take on the Bengals, they will look to derail a team with a lot of momentum.

The Chargers are currently riding a thrilling four game win streak, highlighted by their most recent win against the talented Kansas City Chiefs and a 27-20 win over the top seeded Denver Broncos. If any team were to be riding the most momentum going into this weeks wild card games, San Diego would top that list.

The Bengals are coming off a big win over their divisional rival Baltimore Ravens, winning convincingly 34-17. While the Bengals offense has been inconsistent this season, their defense has held strong, finishing the regular season ranked fifth in the NFL. When the Chargers come to town on Sunday, one of the biggest factors playing for the Bengals will be their home field advantage, as they are undefeated at home this season.

When the two face off, it will be hard to bet against the hometown favorites. With a top tier defense highlighted by the league’s fifth best pass defense, and home field advantage the Cincinnati Bengals will look to ride their own momentum into the next round of the playoffs by never allowing quarterback Philip Rivers to get comfortable.

Week 16 Running Back Sit and Start Report

Ryan Mathews is a great play against a WORTHLESS Raiders defense

Ryan Mathews is a great play against a WORTHLESS Raiders defense

Week 16 is here, and with that comes fantasy football championships. All of your hard work and maybe some luck have brought you to this point and it all comes down to one more Sunday of football. If you still have some questions at the running back position, this will be your guide to bringing home the title.

Start:

Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers: After being the butt of fantasy football jokes for most of his career, Mathews has put together a solid 2013 season which has seen him catch fire in recent weeks. He has scored a combined 60 fantasy points in his last 4 weeks and is seeing a huge workload. Mathews has had 29 carries in each of his last two games which has resulted in two straight 100 yard rushing games. With a matchup against an Oakland Raiders defense which surrendered 5 TDs to Jamaal Charles last week, Mathews should be a great play this week.

DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys: On the start list for the second straight week, Murray has been ridiculously good in recent weeks. He gauged the Packers for 134 yards and a score last week and is now averaging 6.3 yards per carry since his return from injury in Week 9. This week the Cowboys take on the Washington Redskins who are horrendous against the run. With the Redskins surrendering the most rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs, it’s a good bet we’ll see Murray in the end zone sometime on Sunday.

Sit:

Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints: With a division title on the line in the Saints matchup against the Carolina Panthers this week, don’t expect much from the Saints primary back. Thomas has cooled off from his hot streak earlier in the season and is only averaging 4.4 fantasy points in his last three games. Travelling to Carolina, Thomas will not have any running room in what will be one of the best games of the week.

Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots: Overcoming his fumbling woes, Ridley has come back in the past two weeks to get back most of his carries. However, even with 8 carries in each of the last two weeks, Ridley has been non-productive, averaging only 35 yards per game. His hot stretch in November is long gone, and a matchup with a solid Baltimore Ravens defense doesn’t bode well for the back. Ridley is still unreliable at this point.

Broncos Receiver Wes Welker Still Not Practicing

Welker's back-to-back concussions have fantasy owners worried

Welker’s back-to-back concussions have fantasy owners worried

Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker missed practice Monday as he continues to deal with a concussion that kept him sidelined for Week 15. Seeing as how he has not been cleared yet for exercise, his availability for Week 16 is questionable.

Welker has been diagnosed with 2 separate concussions in the last four weeks, and the time to recover may be longer than usual. Granted he does have a few days to be cleared to take the field again, the slot wide receiver with a history of head trauma should be taken care of accordingly.

The Broncos missed his presence very much so as they lost to the San Diego Chargers by a score of 27-20 on Thursday night. QB Peyton Manning struggled to get things going, missing his slot target, as he only managed to throw for 289 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.

However, though he holds great importance to the Denver offense, their weak opponent in the Houston Texans may allow Welker to rest for precautionary measures as he will most likely not be needed to secure a win. Until further notice, consider Wes Welker’s status doubtful.

If Welker is able to overcome his injury, he can be considered a WR1 in fantasy leagues across the board.

 

Broncos Receiver Wes Welker Still Not Practicing

Welker's back-to-back concussions have fantasy owners worried

Welker’s back-to-back concussions have fantasy owners worried

Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker missed practice Monday as he continues to deal with a concussion that kept him sidelined for Week 15. Seeing as how he has not been cleared yet for exercise, his availability for Week 16 is questionable.

Welker has been diagnosed with 2 separate concussions in the last four weeks, and the time to recover may be longer than usual. Granted he does have a few days to be cleared to take the field again, the slot wide receiver with a history of head trauma should be taken care of accordingly.

The Broncos missed his presence very much so as they lost to the San Diego Chargers by a score of 27-20 on Thursday night. QB Peyton Manning struggled to get things going, missing his slot target, as he only managed to throw for 289 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.

However, though he holds great importance to the Denver offense, their weak opponent in the Houston Texans may allow Welker to rest for precautionary measures as he will most likely not be needed to secure a win. Until further notice, consider Wes Welker’s status doubtful.

If Welker is able to overcome his injury, he can be considered a WR1 in fantasy leagues across the board.

 

NFL Week 15 Running Back Sleeper Report

Ridley may get a chance at redemption during Week 15 in Miami

Ridley may get a chance at redemption during Week 15 in Miami

Let’s all pour one out for the Denver Broncos.

Peyton Manning lost his first game against a division opponent since signing in Denver. And it was to the Broncos’ arch nemesis Phillip Rivers and the Chargers.

San Diego had a huge game on the ground, whereas the Broncos struggled to get anything going running the ball at all.

Here are two options that will hopefully resemble the Chargers and help you finish out the fantasy year strong.

Stevan Ridley (NE)

Ridley has been in the doghouse lately due to fumbling issues, even getting benched for a game two weeks ago because of it. LeGarrette Blount has done a serviceable job essentially taking his carries, although he’s not immune to the fumbling bug either.

With Ridley, however, Bill Belichick may not have a choice but to rely more heavily on the back the Patriots envisioned as their number one going into this year. Now that Rob Gronkowski is out for the season, New England will have to grind out more yards on the ground. And though Ridley drew the ire of his head coach by coughing it up too frequently, he is talented.

Ridley has 7 TD’s on the year despite all of his troubles, and he’ll get a chance to prove himself once again this Sunday against Miami.

Benny Cunningham (STL)

Since having a breakout game in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears, Cunningham has come back down to earth the past two games with only six touches total. Zac Stacy is definitely the Rams number one option now and going forward, but Cunningham may get another chance to shine this weekend against New Orleans.

The Saints are unstoppable at home, but are simply a different team on the road. Cunningham is still averaging 6 yards per carry on the season, and the Saints have been much better against the pass than they have been against opposing ball carriers.

The Saints probably win this game, but the Rams won’t go down without a fight; most of that fight will take place on the ground.

Thursday Night Football Sit and Start Report

Moreno is likely to post another big game against the Chargers

Moreno is likely to post another big game against the Chargers

Thursday Night Football is upon us once more. Week 15 brings together two high powered passing offenses in the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers. With Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning facing off, this game is destined to produce some big fantasy points.

Start:

Keenan Allen- San Diego Chargers rookie wide receiever Keenan Allen has been a constant performer this season. With five 100-plus yard receiving games and five receiving touchdowns, Allen has been the top receiver for the Chargers. The Broncos pass defense ranks fourth worst in the NFL, allowing an average of 274.3 yards per game. With Philip Rivers showing that he is back to his old form, Allen is a must start in Week 15.

Knowshon Moreno- The NFL season began with a lot of questions regarding whom would be the Broncos top running back: Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman, or Montee Ball. However, it did not take long for Denver to realize that Moreno would be their feature back. While he only has one game of 100 plus yards rushing, Moreno has been an endzone beast, rushing for 10 touchdowns and bringing in two more through the air. Not to mention he has 921 rushing yards. Start Knowshon Moreno against the Chargers, as the Broncos will look to keep their air and ground attack relatively balanced.

Sit:

Eddie Royal- Chargers receiver Eddie Royal started off the season with a bang, hauling in 10 receptions for 114 yards and five touchdowns through the first two games. However, through Week 14 he has just 37 receptions for 497 yards and 7 touchdowns. While the Broncos pass defense is still one of their weaknesses, fantasy owners should steer clear of the cold Eddie Royal.

Montee Ball- Knowhson Moreno and Montee Ball have begun to develop into a strong one-two punch for the Broncos. While Moreno is still the main go-to runningback for Denver, Ball has had his oppurtunites. He has rushed for 455 yards and four touchdowns so far in his rookie campaign. However, fantasy owners should steer clear of starting Ball as he is still the backup to Moreno and his workloads vary anywhere from a loan carry to 15 carries per game. Sit Montee Ball in Week 15.

Thursday Night Football Sit and Start Report

Moreno is likely to post another big game against the Chargers

Moreno is likely to post another big game against the Chargers

Thursday Night Football is upon us once more. Week 15 brings together two high powered passing offenses in the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers. With Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning facing off, this game is destined to produce some big fantasy points.

Start:

Keenan Allen- San Diego Chargers rookie wide receiever Keenan Allen has been a constant performer this season. With five 100-plus yard receiving games and five receiving touchdowns, Allen has been the top receiver for the Chargers. The Broncos pass defense ranks fourth worst in the NFL, allowing an average of 274.3 yards per game. With Philip Rivers showing that he is back to his old form, Allen is a must start in Week 15.

Knowshon Moreno- The NFL season began with a lot of questions regarding whom would be the Broncos top running back: Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman, or Montee Ball. However, it did not take long for Denver to realize that Moreno would be their feature back. While he only has one game of 100 plus yards rushing, Moreno has been an endzone beast, rushing for 10 touchdowns and bringing in two more through the air. Not to mention he has 921 rushing yards. Start Knowshon Moreno against the Chargers, as the Broncos will look to keep their air and ground attack relatively balanced.

Sit:

Eddie Royal- Chargers receiver Eddie Royal started off the season with a bang, hauling in 10 receptions for 114 yards and five touchdowns through the first two games. However, through Week 14 he has just 37 receptions for 497 yards and 7 touchdowns. While the Broncos pass defense is still one of their weaknesses, fantasy owners should steer clear of the cold Eddie Royal.

Montee Ball- Knowhson Moreno and Montee Ball have begun to develop into a strong one-two punch for the Broncos. While Moreno is still the main go-to runningback for Denver, Ball has had his oppurtunites. He has rushed for 455 yards and four touchdowns so far in his rookie campaign. However, fantasy owners should steer clear of starting Ball as he is still the backup to Moreno and his workloads vary anywhere from a loan carry to 15 carries per game. Sit Montee Ball in Week 15.

Thursday Night Football Sit and Start Report

Moreno is likely to post another big game against the Chargers

Moreno is likely to post another big game against the Chargers

Thursday Night Football is upon us once more. Week 15 brings together two high powered passing offenses in the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers. With Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning facing off, this game is destined to produce some big fantasy points.

Start:

Keenan Allen- San Diego Chargers rookie wide receiever Keenan Allen has been a constant performer this season. With five 100-plus yard receiving games and five receiving touchdowns, Allen has been the top receiver for the Chargers. The Broncos pass defense ranks fourth worst in the NFL, allowing an average of 274.3 yards per game. With Philip Rivers showing that he is back to his old form, Allen is a must start in Week 15.

Knowshon Moreno- The NFL season began with a lot of questions regarding whom would be the Broncos top running back: Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman, or Montee Ball. However, it did not take long for Denver to realize that Moreno would be their feature back. While he only has one game of 100 plus yards rushing, Moreno has been an endzone beast, rushing for 10 touchdowns and bringing in two more through the air. Not to mention he has 921 rushing yards. Start Knowshon Moreno against the Chargers, as the Broncos will look to keep their air and ground attack relatively balanced.

Sit:

Eddie Royal- Chargers receiver Eddie Royal started off the season with a bang, hauling in 10 receptions for 114 yards and five touchdowns through the first two games. However, through Week 14 he has just 37 receptions for 497 yards and 7 touchdowns. While the Broncos pass defense is still one of their weaknesses, fantasy owners should steer clear of the cold Eddie Royal.

Montee Ball- Knowhson Moreno and Montee Ball have begun to develop into a strong one-two punch for the Broncos. While Moreno is still the main go-to runningback for Denver, Ball has had his oppurtunites. He has rushed for 455 yards and four touchdowns so far in his rookie campaign. However, fantasy owners should steer clear of starting Ball as he is still the backup to Moreno and his workloads vary anywhere from a loan carry to 15 carries per game. Sit Montee Ball in Week 15.