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43 Branden Oliver RB

San Diego Chargers

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
44%10%
Key Stats
GPAttYdsAvgTDsFum
131465113.520

Player Updates

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Chargers RB Ryan Mathews gets the red-light for Week 17
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was officially ruled out for Sunday's regular season finale at Kansas City, per the team's official website.

Mathews' 2014 regular season campaign comes to an end after appearing in only six games, registering 330 yards and three touchdowns on 74 attempts on the ground. Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown will all shoulder the load in the running game.

According to Vegas Insiders, the Chargers are a 1-point underdog at Kansas City. San Diego can clinch a playoff spot with a win on Sunday.

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Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) still sidelined
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) was unable to practice again Wednesday as the team prepared for Sunday's game at Kansas City. Mathews has missed two straight games and nine overall this year.

If Mathews can't play, Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown would share backfield duties. The Chargers are 3-point underdogs.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1419204465
Branden Oliver nothing special
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

For a two-week stretch in his first stint replacing Ryan Mathews earlier this year, Chargers running back Branden Oliver looked like a legitimate standout in Fantasy, rushing for 100 yards in back-to-back games with some receiving yards to boot. But he faded in the weeks thereafter, making it easy for the Chargers to go back to Mathews when he returned from a shoulder injury in Week 11.

Unfortunately, in the two weeks since Mathews went down with what may be a season-ending ankle injury, Oliver hasn't regained his form from those two 100-yard games, averaging 39.5 rushing yards and 36.0 receiving yards.

One difference is that Donald Brown, who was second on the depth chart coming into the year, is healthy now and cutting into Oliver's production. The two actually had a combined 20 carries Week 16 at San Francisco, but Brown got seven of them. As much the issue, though, is that the Chargers aren't playing from ahead as often as they were earlier in the season. The turn actually began in Week 7, which was also when Oliver's production slipped.

Obviously, if you're still in the hunt for a championship in your league but have major issues at running back, you won't find too many players who are their team's primary ball carrier on waivers this time of year. But Oliver shouldn't be a priority for any Fantasy owner right now, whether or not Mathews returns for Week 17.

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Branden Oliver heads Chargers rushing attack in Week 16 win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Chargers running back Branden Oliver lead the running-back committee Saturday, racking up 53 yards on 13 carries and adding three receptions for 28 yards.

Oliver showed plenty of burst while continually churning out positive plays, leading the running-back carousel with 16 of the Chargers backs' 29 touches. Ronnie Brown managed to pick up 33 yards on seven carries while adding a nine-yard reception, and Donald Brown delivered 12 yards on four carries as well as a four-yard reception.

If starter Ryan Mathews cannot play in Week 17, Oliver figures to once again lead a multifaceted rushing attack. The Chargers will square off with the Chiefs next Sunday.

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Chargers RB Ryan Mathews could miss last two games
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) missed his second straight practice Thursday ahead of Saturday's visit to San Francisco. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, it's unclear if Mathews will return during the regular season.

Running backs Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will carry the load against the 49ers, assuming Mathews sits out. Mathews has played in just six games this year.

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Schedule
WeekDateOpp.AttYdsLgTD
19/8/14ARI0000
29/14/14SEA0000
39/21/14BUF31160
49/28/14JAC92370
510/5/14NYJ19114521
610/12/14OAK26101121
710/19/14KC1567130
810/23/14DEN1336230
911/2/14MIA1319110
1111/16/14OAK133680
1211/23/14STL61770
1311/30/14BAL1770
1412/7/14NE3140
1512/14/14DEN1226110
1612/20/14SF1353220
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
1712/28/14@ KC1:00 pm
Rushing
YearTeamGGSAttYdsAvgLgTD20+1st
2014San Diego Chargers1361465113.5522325
TOTAL1361465113.5522325
Receiving
YearTeamGGSRecYdsAvgLgTD20+40+1st
2014San Diego Chargers136342677.95013111
TOTAL136342677.95013111
Kick Returns
YearTeamGNoYdsAvgLgTD40+
2014San Diego Chargers1312222.02200
TOTAL1312222.02200
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2014San Diego Chargers1311.000000.0000
TOTAL1311.000000.0000
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-8/208
Birthdate:
5/7/1991
Age:
23
Hometown:
Miami, FL, USA
School:
Buffalo
NFL Experience:
0
Awards:
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