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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:12:13 -0700
Los Angeles Chargers RB Branden Oliver re-signed to a one-year contract Thursday, March 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:01:29 -0800
Los Angeles Chargers RB Branden Oliver should receive a chance to compete for the kick returner job next season if he remains on the roster.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:43:19 -0800
Los Angeles Chargers restricted free-agent RB Branden Oliver (Achilles') has a good chance to return to the team.
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:49:29 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (Achilles') and OG Donavon Clark (knee) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:13:09 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (Achilles') will miss the season after tearing his Achilles' against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Aug. 28.
Fantasy Tip: Tough break for the Chargers' No. 3 back, who has filled admirably well at times during his first two years in San Diego. His injury likely locks in Dreamius Smith into a roster spot as the third back behind Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead, while fellow first-year player Kenneth Farrow's chances at making the final 53 increase substantially as well.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:23:15 -0700
It is believed that San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (Achilles') tore his Achilles' tendon based on initial tests, according to a source. He will undergo more tests before the diagnosis is official.
Fantasy Tip: Oliver had an important role despite being San Diego's No. 3 running back. Assuming he did suffer a torn Achilles', Danny Woodhead and Melvin Gordon would likely be more involved. No one else in the backfield has much fantasy relevance. Gordon and Woodhead are both RB2 considerations in standard leagues and PPR leagues, respectively.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:32:54 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (Achilles') suffered an Achilles' tendon injury during the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Aug. 28, and will not return.
Fantasy Tip: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to find out the severity of the injury. Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead would receive more playing time if Oliver is out for an extended period of time. Gordon should receive most of the carries this season and can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues. Woodhead will likely be more involved in the passing game and will be a No. 2 or No. 3 back in point-per-reception leagues.
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:49:55 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (toe) practiced the way he played before his toe injury Wednesday, June 15, according to The San Diego Tribune's Tom Krasovic.
Fantasy Tip: Oliver figures to be the third man down on the Chargers' running back totem pole, but an injury could quickly catapult him into greater fantasy relevance. At this point, though, he's only a deep flier in fantasy drafts.
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 15:15:37 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (toe) was able to make cuts during organized team activities Monday, June 6, and does not appear to be bothered by the toe injury that ended his 2015 season early.
Fantasy Tip: Oliver should be part of a committee at running back this season, but Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead likely will receive touches during games. He should be involved in the running and passing game in 2016 but may not be a great fantasy option if he sees limited touches.
Fri, 27 May 2016 11:38:39 -0700
San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will each be "used to their strengths" in the upcoming season in helping comprise a committee, according to running backs coach Ollie Wilson. "Those guys can do a lot of different things and they have all bought in to working together and having their own role instead of being (angry) not getting all the touches," he said. "They understand we don't have just one starter here. They are all part of our scheme and system."
Fantasy Tip: As proven last year, the Chargers can make this work for all involved. Woodhead, for instance, is as good as anyone in catching passes out of the backfield, and is capable of running all sorts of routes. He's also serviceable in goal-line situations, which arguably makes him the most valuable of all Chargers running backs. Gordon probably has the highest ceiling and will still see a lot of work, though this may hinder his overall outlook, considering the hype he had as a rookie last year. Oliver, meanwhile, should also see some usage in both rush attempts and receiving targets.
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