Branden Oliver is expected to be the No. 3 running back for the Chargers this season behind Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead. His best chance for Fantasy relevancy this season is an injury, but he played sparingly in 2015 with 31 carries for 108 yards and 13 catches for 112 yards. Keep an eye on what happens during the season with Oliver, but he is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues.
Oliver was looking quick and fluid during the final days of the Chargers offseason minicamp, Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Oliver was placed on IR after Week 8 thanks to a turf toe injury, but the undrafted back from Buffalo looks to be healthy heading into his third training camp with the team. While Oliver isn't expected to receive a majority of the carries to start the year, he's still in line to be the primary backup for starter Melvin Gordon (knee) and versatile receiving threat Danny Woodhead (ankle). Oliver is expected to see some competition for the role in the form of Dreamius Smith and Kenneth Farrow, but it remains to be seen how many running backs the Chargers will keep on the roster heading into the new year.
Oliver (toe) appears to have recovered from last year's season-ending toe injury, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Limited by turf toe, Oliver was placed on injured reserve after Week 8 last season. He'll again be part of a backfield that includes Melvin Gordon (knee) and Danny Woodhead, the former of whom figures to lead the way on early downs while the latter handles most of the passing-down work. Oliver, however, could still have an important job, as he may be the top backup for both roles. Chargers running backs coach Ollie Wilson recently said that he expects Oliver to be a key part of the offense.
Chargers running backs coach Ollie Wilson expects Oliver (turf toe) to have a big role in 2016, the Chargers' official website reports. Oliver, a 2014 UDFA, seems to have made a full recovery from the toe injury that landed him on IR after eight games. Melvin Gordon (knee) and Danny Woodhead figure to get most of the snaps, but Oliver could also mix in. His roster spot appears secure, and he might eventually challenge for a leading role if Gordon isn't up to the task. It's also worth noting that Gordon is still recovering from January microfracture surgery, though he is expected to be ready for training camp.
Oliver -- who is dealing with turf toe -- was on crutches, with his right foot in a protective boot Monday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. If Oliver is forced to miss time, Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead should pick up some extra snaps in the Chargers' backfield, with Donald Brown a candidate to be activated for next Monday's game against the Bears.
Oliver rushed four times for 18 yards and caught both of his targets for 16 receiving yards Sunday against the Ravens. Melvin Gordon dominated the backfield, though he only turned his 18 carries into 54 rushing yards. Danny Woodhead also didn't do much, rushing thrice for nine yards and catching two passes for 36 receiving yards. As long as Gordon and Woodhead are healthy, Oliver's fantasy prospects appear limited.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|4||10/02||New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|13||12/04||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||16.88|
|17||01/01||Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|3 Year Avg||96||345||2||24||192||0||65|