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Branden Oliver

San Diego Chargers
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Chargers | Ryan Mathews fine to play?

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:43:21 -0800

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle), who hasn't practiced all week and is listed as questionable for Week 15 against the Denver Broncos, could still be part of the game plan Sunday, Dec. 14, according to head coach Mike McCoy. "He'll be fine," McCoy said. "He's played plenty of football in his career, and he knows what to do. He's been here. He's been in the system for the two years we've been here together, so he'll be fine." RB Branden Oliver handled the bulk of the work when Mathews missed seven games this year, but since, he's had just 144 yards in six games.

Fantasy Tip: McCoy seems to be playing it coy in regards to Mathews' status against the Broncos. Because of all the uncertainy, and the fact that the Broncos are one of the best teams at stopping the run this year, it's best to avoid Mathews ($5,700) at FantasyScore.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Chargers | Branden Oliver fading

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 11:57:56 -0800

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver saw just six snaps in Week 13, the least amount of snaps he's had all season.

Fantasy Tip: With Ryan Mathews and Donald Brown healthy, Oliver is now primarily riding the pine and is worth dropping at this point in the season.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Chargers | Bolts managing Ryan Mathews' touches

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:32:38 -0800

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, shoulder) has 175 rushing yards in two games since returning from a knee injury, but he's carried the ball an average of 14 times in those two games, with just four carries in the fourth quarter and two in the red zone. Head coach Mike McCoy said that team is monitoring Mathews' touches as he makes his way back from injury. RBs Branden Oliver and Donald Brown are still being sprinkled in. Mathews suffered a shoulder injury in the second half but returned to the game, and the injury isn't considered serious.

Fantasy Tip: Mathews looked healthy and spry against the St. Louis Rams in Week 12. However, be careful not to overvalue him heading into Week 13 in a very tough matchup against a strong Baltimore Ravens run unit on the road at FantasyScore.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

Chargers | San Diego struggling with run game

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 15:11:01 -0800

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver recently acknowledged the team's lack of success on the ground this year. Oliver said the team needs to stick together and keep playing with each other. The Chargers are currently one of four teams averaging fewer than 90 rushing yards per game.

Fantasy Tip: Ryan Mathews and Donald Brown have been dealing with injuries while Oliver has been the main running back in their absences. The team is on a bye this week, with the prospect of Mathews possibly returning and taking over the starting role afterwards.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

Chargers | Ryan Mathews likely to regain role

Mon, 03 Nov 2014 07:34:36 -0800

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) is all but assured to regain his role as the featured back when he returns. RB Branden Oliver has rushed 32 times for 49 yards in the last two games.

Fantasy Tip: Mathews will be a flex option upon return, but he doesn't play on third downs often. Oliver will likely shift into the third down role, which really hurts his value. Donald Brown is likely to continue to see sparse work.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Matt Calkins

Chargers | Ronnie Brown could play in Week 6

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 09:34:55 -0700

San Diego Chargers RB Ronnie Brown (concussion) could have a role in the passing game if he is cleared to play in Week 6. RB Branden Oliver likely will receive most of the carries during the game.

Fantasy Tip: Brown would be limited if he is active for the game, so owners may want to avoid using him until he is completely healthy. Oliver probably will receive most of the work during the game and could be a solid starting option on FantasyScore at $5,900.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

Chargers | Branden Oliver has an opening

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 05:39:31 -0700

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver will likely have a week or two with the backfield mostly to himself after RB Donald Brown (concussion) suffered a concussion in Week 5. Oliver rushed 19 times for 114 yards and a touchdown Sunday, Oct. 5, and caught four passes for 68 yards and another score.

Fantasy Tip: Oliver is sure to be a hot waiver wire topic this week and could be a good play on FantasyScore in the interim.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Kevin Acee

Chargers | Donald Brown injured

Sun, 05 Oct 2014 14:40:54 -0700

San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown (undisclosed) left the Week 5 game in the first half against the New York Jets due to an undisclosed injury. He was taken to the locker room for evaluation, leaving RB Branden Oliver as the primary ball carrier.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN - John Clayton

Chargers | Chargers won't give up on run game

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:14:14 -0700

San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown and RB Branden Oliver combined for 42 yards on 29 carries in Week 4, and although head coach Mike McCoy bashed the running game during a press conference Monday, Sept. 29, he also said that the team is committed to improving it. "We're going to be forced to run it more down the road, and we're going to run the football," McCoy said. "So we'll be successful, we just have to do a better job doing it. You've got to have balance without a doubt."

Fantasy Tip: While the Chargers aren't going to abandon the run game, but until things begin to turn around, Brown and Oliver probably aren't worth gambling on at FantasyScore, especially in Week 5 against the Jets and their top-ranked run defense.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Chargers.com - Ricky Henne

Chargers | Branden Oliver may see more time

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:47:56 -0700

With injuries to both RB Ryan Mathews (knee) and Danny Woodhead (ankle/leg), RB Branden Oliver could see more playing time going forward with the San Diego Chargers.

Fantasy Tip: Oliver would be a clear No. 2 to Donald Brown assuming Mathews is out for a while. Woodhead may be done for the season, so owners wanting a backup for Brown should consider Oliver as a handcuff.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Eric D. Williams

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