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Friday, October 14, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY WRAPUP: CHARGERS/BRONCOS

As always we have it all covered when it comes to the Thursday Night Game (and any game for that matter) and last night it was the Chargers beating the Broncos in somewhat of a shocker that had a few fanaasy tidbits worth discussing.  Let's get to it. 

-Not sure what it will take for Chargers QB Philip Rivers to be respected in fantasy football but at late stage of his career it looks like it will never happen.  The guy has made a career out of being a very affordable and very productive fantasy football QB and last night he carved up the Denver defense early and tossed a TD to Hunter Henry.  For the night Rivers had light yardage which as he completed 18-of-29 throws for 178 yards and just the one score whih snapped a recent stroing of 300-plus yard games.  Either way, Rivers is still a top ten fantasy football QB like always.  Even if he is never drafted as suc.

-Maybe Trevor Siemian should have sat another  week as he was brutal last night against an awful Chargers defense.  Siemian missed a game with an injured shoulder but he managed some garbage-time numbers only in completing 30-of-50 throws for 230 yards and a score.  The 4-TD game is becoming a distant memeory already. 

-Once again C.J. Anderson was outplayed by Devontae Booker at least in terms of running the football which again makes this a major situation to watch.  Booker looked explosive in picking up 46 yards on just 5 carries, while Anderson managed only 37 yards on 10.  Anderson did make up for his woeful running by catching 4 balls for 34 yards which helps in PPR but again Booker looks like the better player.  This is becoming a nightmare now for Anderson owners. 

-Melvin Gordon continues to show signs of being in the midst of a breakout season as he rushed for 94 yards on 27 carries.  However when you dig into the numbers a bit, Gordon was not great as his yards per carry was not good and take away one big run and he was even worse.  Bellcow work is very rare though and so Gordon remains a solid RB 2. 

-We had valid concerns about the Denver wideouts with Siemian at QB (or whoever was in there) going into the season but those fears quieted a bit the last few weeks as Demaryuis Thomas scored in three straight games and Emmanuel Sanders was solid.  However Thomas was invisible last night as he caught just 5 balls for 35 yards with 1 fumble, while Sanders went for 4 catches for 40 yards.  In fact Jordan Norwood with 5 catches for 39 yards seemed most in sync with Siemian and that is now what Thomas or Sanders owners want to hear. 

-Hunter Henry meet your older twin Jason Witten.  Henry looks like the next great reeiving tight end as he caught 6 passes for 83 yards and a score.  Henry already seems to have passed Antonio Gates in the Philip Rivers attention meter and so we can really begin using him as an every week guy. 




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