The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.
It seems after each game this year, there has been reason to sing the praises of Keenan Allen.
Sunday against the Giants was no different.The third-round pick out of Cal notched his 59th, 60th and 61stcatches of the season, setting a new Chargers record for a rookie, besting LaDainian Tomlinson’s mark of 59 set in 2001.
"Keenan was great again,” said Philip Rivers. "That's pretty impressive. (61) catches, that’s awesome when you think about all the receivers that have been through here."
Allen believes he can make any play out there in part due to the confidence his teammates have given him.
“It’s just the confidence I have and that the guys and coaches give me throughout practice,” he said. “You make those plays in practice and then you make them in the game and it’s just like practice.”
Allen broke the rookie record with a third down catch at the end of the first quarter in which he injured his shoulder. He went into the locker room for further evaluations, and when he came back out of the tunnel later in the second quarter, he did so to a raucous ovation from the crowd.
How did he respond to that show of support?
By catching his second touchdown of the game, this one in the back left corner of the end zone to make it 17-0.
Pyro's take: Allen has been on a steady maturation process since he was drafted by the Chargers. In training camp this season he fell behind early and was making a lot of mistakes. If it were not for injuries to Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander we may have missed out on this rookie's development.
Allen has established himself as the Chargers, and Rivers, number one option at receiver. He has shown a pension for making the big touchdown catch, but he also makes the important third down conversion catch.
Allen found the endzone twice on Sunday, and that was on the heels of back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. The rookie is not playing like one, and he should have some nice opportunities against the Broncos on Thursday.
Keenan Allen blogged on the Chargers website this week
Being on a three game losing streak is tough, but me personally, I’m always going to come out and try to get better. I’ll never be satisfied, and I think that’s the mindset of the team as well. We’re going to keep on trying to build our bond and come through this losing streak. We still believe in ourselves, so we’re going to come out, play our best and hopefully we can go on a run.
I get a lot of questions about what my rookie year is like, and it’s been good. I think my knowledge of the game has gotten better and the speed of the game has slowed down. But I’m trying to get better with all aspects, and again I’ll never be satisfied. One thing I’m working on is to improve my technique in my route running. I learned a lot about technique from Danario Alexander. He was one of the best route runners in all of training camp, and Malcom Floyd helped me with being a go-getter.
Oh and one more thing, a lot of fans want to know why I wear number 13. I used to wear it in middle school and I liked it then, and I didn’t want a number in the 80’s so I went with 13.
Pyro's take: Allen has been impressive as a rookie this season. During a stretch of 4 games Allen had three 100-yard receiving games with 3 touchdowns. The rookie has been held under 50 yards and without a touchdown over the past two weeks.
#13 has a tough match-up ahead of him this week. The Chiefs are coming off their first loss of the season, and the Chargers will have their hands full in Arrowhead. Allen should see a lot of Brandon Flowers, which is bad news for fantasy point potential.
A poor decision didn't cost the Chargers this time.
It could, coach Mike McCoy said Tuesday, the next.
Running back Ryan Mathews overall had a gritty, physical night Monday, his first 100-yard rushing game since December 2011. But just as positives can be taken from a loss, McCoy took issue with a negative in the fourth quarter of a 19-9 win over the Colts.
"I can't repeat what I said on the sideline yesterday," McCoy said. "It comes down to, that could have cost us the game."
The Chargers were in their four-minute offense, the goal to milk the clock and build on a 16-9 lead. The Colts had all three timeouts, and Mathews bounced a short run to the outside and out of bounds for a 4-yard gain.
That stopped the clock at 2:34.
Instead of Indianapolis using its first timeout, San Diego did. The drive ended with a 50-yard Nick Novak field goal.
Pyro's take: This type of mistake by Mathews is one that could cost him playing time in crucial situations. Mathews currently does not get redzone carries, and if he makes another mistake like this one, he will not be carrying the ball late in the game either.
It was nice to see him run effectively in this game, but Mathews continues to struggle to break the big run and really be a game changing back in the NFL or fantasy.
Not that he’ll admit to patting himself on the back.
“I’m just out here trying to get a win,” Allen said.
Allen caught six passes for 115 yards (and a touchdown) in just his fifth NFL game.
Early in the third quarter, the rookie appeared to have caught a TD pass that would have cut the Raiders’ lead to 17-7. However, upon review, the officials reversed the call as it looked as though Allen never got his left foot down.
Allen would eventually find the end zone when he scored on a 7-yard pass from Rivers, which came just two plays after Brown’s touchdown was nullified.
Pyro's take: I am not sure how many of you actually stayed up to watch the Raiders versus the Chargers, but I did and I liked what I saw from the rookie. Allen was making full extension catches and displayed nice hands. He was also able to come back and score a touchdown after having one taken away as he just missed staying in bounds. The Chargers also lost Ryan Mathews to a concussion and he may not be back this week, which would mean Rivers will be looking to air it out against the Colts on Monday Night next week. Allen is a nice pickup, but you better do it before he does it on a Monday Night with everyone watching as opposed to the Monday morning game it was this week.
After San Diego's 27-17 loss to the Raiders, not too many people were talking about the fact that Brown had eight receptions for 117 yards
I'm just trying to take advantage of opportunities, that's how I look at every week," said Brown, the Chargers third-round pick in 2011 who sat out last year following a broken ankle. "Unfortunately, we didn't get the win. I was trying to make plays, that's all."
Brown caught a 51-yard pass from Philip Rivers in the third quarter to help spark a scoring drive that brought the Chargers to within 14 points. It looked as though he scored a touchdown via a 30-yard pass in the fourth quarter, but that play was nullified due to an illegal-formation penalty against the Chargers.
Pyro's take: Vincent Brown was a guy we had talked about before the start of the season, and now he is playing like we thought he would. Brown has earned his spot and the Chargers may have finally found the weapons in the receiving game for Philip Rivers with Brown and rookie Keenan Allen.
A hamstring ailment landed Chargers running back Ryan Mathews on the injury report Friday, but he is probable for Sunday night’s game at Oakland.
According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, coach Mike McCoy indicated Mathews was dealing with some tightness.
Pyro's take: Mathews should be able to go against the Raiders this week, but hamstrings are so tricky and it is always possible that it flares up again. Regardless, Danny Woodhead has been the back that has been performing at a high level as of late, and he could be in line for more touches if they limit Mathews at all.
Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd exited Sunday's game and was briefly hospitalized with a neck injury suffered in the third quarter against the Eagles.
Floyd, 32, was sandwiched between two defenders, including linebacker DeMeco Ryans on the frontal blow, when attempting to make a downfield reception on the Chargers' first offensive play of the second half. He was transported to a nearby hospital for further observation.
Floyd did not require an overnight hospital stay, sources said. He joined his teammates on the flight back to San Diego after their 33-30 win.
"He's doing fine," coach Mike McCoy said. "All the tests right now look good, so it was great for the organization to go out and get a win for Malcom."
Pyro's take: This is a nasty collision and Floyd is lucky to just have a neck strain. That was the type of hit that could end your career, but it was a great sign that they left him fly home with the team.
Floyd is most likely going to have to go through the concussion tests as well as feeling fine with the neck before he gets out there, regardless he should be on your bench next week even if he does return.
Malcom Floyd, the San Diego Chargers' No. 1 wide receiver, returned to the practice field for the first time in two weeks Monday, per The Associated Press.
Philip Rivers' best wide receiver target "dodged a bullet" two weeks ago after initially fearing his season would be lost following a collision in practice with cornerback Shareece Wright. Luckily it turned out just to be a knee strain.
Floyd said he hopes to be ready for his team's season opener when the Chargers take on the Houston Texans.
Pyro's take: This was never a serious injury, but this is definitely a quick recovery and good news for Philip Rivers, who has been watching his receivers drop like flies over the past few seasons. Floyd should not be targeted as a starter, even in 3 wide receiver leagues, but he will still have a lot of chances and will have at least a few nice games.
Malcom Floyd went down in practice on Monday and the Chargers thought they might have lost him for the season.
An initial MRI of Floyd's injury revealed a strain, with more tests to come. Floyd knows he lucked out.
"It could have been worse. ... (The knee) feels better than it did yesterday," Floyd told reporters Tuesday, via U-T San Diego. "Fortunately, I kind of dodged a bullet."
Floyd admitted his concern that his career could be over at the time of the injury. That won't be the case, though Floyd will get a second opinion on the injury from Dr. James Andrews.
Floyd likely is sidelined for the rest of camp. He hopes to be ready for the start of the Chargers' regular season.
Pyro's take: This is yet another blow to the Chargers and Philip Rivers who already lost Danario Alexander to a season ending ACL injury. This opens the door for Vincent Brown to become the main target at wide receiver.
This is horrible news for Rivers who continues to lose receivers, as rookie Keenan Allen is having knee issues of his own that are keeping him out of practice.
At this point in time it is important to remind you that this team also has the oft injured Ryan Mathews as well. This could be a rough fantasy season for Chargers.
The San Diego Chargers announced Tuesday that Alexander tore the ACL in his right knee...the injury will require season-ending surgery.
Alexander emerged as an impact player in the back end of last season, finishing with seven touchdowns while averaging nearly 18 yards per catch. He was slotted to be the Chargers' No. 1 wide receiver this season.
Pyro's take: This is yet another player who has been hit by the ACL bug, and it sure seems like this bug is going around the league like wildfire this training camp.
The loss of Alexander hurts the Chargers in a big way, and they will now have to rely on Vincent Brown (coming off an injured 2012 season), Malcolm Floyd and Keenan Allen (who has been struggling mightily in camp for the Chargers).
This is especially tough news for Philip Rivers, who was looking to have a bounce back season, but without his best receiver Rivers will drop a little further down the rankings. Vincent Brown will move a few spots and has the only legitimate chance to be a quality fantasy player in 2013, in my opinion.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers pulled himself out of the NFL Pro Bowl due to his wife having a baby. He was replaced on the AFC roster by Titans QB Vince Young.
Pyro's take: No argument here. What Young did for the Titans once he replaced Kerry Collins was nothing short of Pro Bowl-worthy. After starting off 0-6, Young was finally inserted into the starting lineup and led the team to an 8-2 record down the stretch while just barely missing the playoffs. If there's anything that can be said about Vinsanity, it's that he's a winner, plain and simple.
After being knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a thigh injury last week, Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal participated in practice today and looks like he'll be ready to play Sunday against the Chiefs.
Pyro's take: Royal has been a severe disappointment to fantasy football owners thinking they might have drafted the 2009 receptions leader to their team. As surprising as the Broncos have been this year, it has been equally surprising how far Royal has fallen.
12/01/09, 04:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who is on pace for a career high in yards and second-most in receptions, attributes his resurgence to being completely healthy.
“My approach is just to maintain feeling great,” Gates said. “It's being healthy. I haven't been able to do things in the past I can now. It's the confidence of being able to run without having to worry somebody is going to fall on my ankle.”
Pyro's take: Gates hasn't gone under 49 yards in a game yet this year and had less than 5 catches in a game just once. He is obviously a must-start every week on your fantasy football team regardless of the match-up.
The Miami Dolphins have put running back Ronnie Brown (foot) on injured reserve, thus ending his 2009 NFL season.
Pyro's take: This is really too bad, as Ronnie was having a real nice season both in real life and in fantasy football. The injury is suspected to be a Lisfranc fracture in the midsection of his right foot, which could keep him out of action all the way through to 2010 training camp.
He can safely be dropped from all fantasy teams except those in dynasty leagues.
11/18/09, 06:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown (foot) will definitely miss Thursday night's game against the Panthers, but according to Profootballtalk.com, the team fears it could be a lot longer, and possibly the rest of the season.
Pyro's take: Brown still needs to see a specialist and have a rehab schedule set up, so these fears could be unfounded and all for nothing. We'll see what the doc's advice is and go from there. For now, keep Ronnie at the end of your fantasy football bench and hope for the best.
Dolphins coach Tony Sparano confirmed on Tuesday that running back Ronnie Brown (foot) has been ruled out and will not play against the Panthers on Thursday.
Pyro's take: This news was expected. Ricky Williams becomes an extremely interesting fantasy football RB until Brown comes back, as he can confidently be started as an RB2 now in pretty much every league regardless of format.
Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown missed practice on Monday, and according to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, the team is more concerned with the foot injury Brown suffered on Sunday than the ankle injury.
Pyro's take: Certain foot injuries can keep a player out for multiple weeks, so we'll have to keep you posted on the exact nature of the injury. Either way, Ronnie won't be playing on Thursday which makes Ricky Williams quite an interesting fantasy football player again.
11/16/09, 05:30 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown left the game early on Sunday with an ankle sprain, and though the X-rays came back negative, he was seen leaving the locker room on crutches and is likely to miss the Thursday game against the Panthers.
Pyro's take: The team doctors still have the MRI results to look over, but it doesn't look good right now for the 'Fins leading RB. He's expected to miss a little bit of time, though his season is not believed to be in jeopardy. Keep him on your fantasy football bench until further notice.