Malcom Floyd finds the end zone Week 16
Malcom Floyd | SD
(December 21, 2014 1:04 AM EST)
Malcom Floyd caught 4-of-10 targets for 50 yards and a touchdown Week 16 against the 49ers.
Floyd saw more targets with Keenan Allen (ankle, collarbone) sidelined, but the overall result was the same. Primarily a deep threat, Floyd has not caught more than five passes in a game this season and has surpassed 90 yards receiving twice. Floyd is a touchdown-dependent WR4 for fantasy.
Dontrelle Inman puts on second-half show
Dontrelle Inman | SD
(December 21, 2014 1:00 AM EST)
Dontrelle Inman caught 7-of-9 targets for 79 yards Week 16 against the 49ers.
Substituted in for an ineffective Seyi Ajirotutu at halftime, Inman made his presence known early and often in the second half. He seemed to get open at will against the 49ers' secondary, and showed strong hands on several contested catches across the middle including a 4th-down conversion on the game-tying drive. A former CFL star, the 25-year-old Inman is a good bet to carve out a role in 2015 in the Chargers' nondescript receiver corps. He is an excellent add in Dynasty formats.
Antonio Gates hauls in two scores Saturday
Antonio Gates | SD
(December 21, 2014 12:54 AM EST)
Antonio Gates caught 7-of-9 targets for 92 yards and two touchdowns Week 16 against the 49ers.
Gates leaked out on a play action boot for a one-yard score in the third quarter and was inexplicably left wide open for a 21-yard score in the fourth. Gates is now one touchdown away from 100 total scores for his career, and he would match his highest single-season total with 13 if he can score next week against Kansas City. Gates will be a TE1 in that matchup.
Eddie Royal shines with Keenan Allen out
Eddie Royal | SD
(December 21, 2014 12:50 AM EST)
Eddie Royal caught 10-of-12 targets for 94 yards and a touchdown Week 16 against the 49ers.
Royal inherited a lot of the targets normally earmarked for Keenan Allen (ankle, collarbone), working primarily in the short and intermediate areas of the field. His touchdown catch was a beautifully lofted ball by Philip Rivers in the second quarter. With Allen likely done for the season, Royal could return WR3 value in PPR formats against the Chiefs next week.
Donald Brown plays second fiddle to Oliver
Donald Brown | SD
(December 21, 2014 12:46 AM EST)
Donald Brown rushed four times for 12 yards Week 16 against the 49ers.
Brown was the clear second option to Branden Oliver, and even lost some pass-game work to Ronnie Brown late in the game. Brown is not a viable fantasy option even if Ryan Mathews (ankle) cannot play Week 17 against the Chiefs.
Branden Oliver dominates the early work
Branden Oliver | SD
(December 21, 2014 12:44 AM EST)
Branden Oliver rushed 13 times for 53 yards and caught three passes for 28 yards Week 16 against the 49ers.
Oliver dominated the early work for San Diego, out snapping the rest of the Chargers' running backs 20-to-8 in the first half. Oliver ceded work to Ronnie Brown in the second half with the Chargers in full comeback mode, but he still comfortably led the Chargers' backfield in touches. Oliver would be an intriguing play Week 17 against the Chiefs if Ryan Mathews (ankle) is unable to play.
Philip Rivers leads comeback win on Saturday
Philip Rivers | SD
(December 21, 2014 12:41 AM EST)
Philip Rivers completed 33-of-54 passes for 356 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions Week 16 against the 49ers.
It was a tale of two halfs for Rivers. He started the game painfully slow, throwing two horrific interceptions and appearing to struggle with the various injuries that have hampered him the last several weeks. Rivers turned it on after the break, though, erasing a 21-point halftime deficit with three second-half touchdown passes. The performance was Rivers' best in months, but it is unlikely to repeat itself Week 17 against Kansas City. He will be no more than a QB2 for the season finale.
Vernon Davis held without a target
Vernon Davis | SF
(December 21, 2014 12:37 AM EST)
Vernon Davis did not receive a target Week 16 against the Chargers.
The goose egg is misleading, as Davis had a 63-yard touchdown catch negated by penalty in the third quarter. Davis caught a bullet from Kaepernick down the seam and bullied his way into the end zone, but the play was called back by a chop block. Even though it did not count, the long catch showed Davis still has the playmaking ability that made him a fantasy star.
Quinton Patton fumbles the game away
Quinton Patton | SF
(December 21, 2014 12:33 AM EST)
Quinton Patton caught 2-of-6 targets for nine yards Week 16 against the Chargers.
Patton saw extended time with Michael Crabtree (knee) sidelined, but failed to do much with the work. Patton's most notable play of the game was an overtime fumble that set the Chargers up for a game-winning field goal.
Anquan Boldin catches seven balls Week 16
Anquan Boldin | SF
(December 21, 2014 12:30 AM EST)
Anquan Boldin caught 7-of-9 targets for 61 yards Week 16 against the Chargers.
With Michael Crabtree sidelined most of the game, Boldin was the clear No. 1 option in the passing game, garnering nine of the 49ers' 24 targets. Boldin did not make much happen with the looks, but did have a touchdown catch called back because of a holding call in the second quarter. With Crabtree's playing status unknown, Boldin will set up as a WR3 in the 49ers' season finale against the Cardinals.