Oliver carried the ball three times for 31 yards in the 19-17 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. Oliver's 26-yard scamper was actually the longest play for the Chargers offense as a whole as the Dolphins mainly kept it in check. The long run also doubled starter Melvin Gordon's total rushing yards on the day, as the 2015 first-round pick finished with just 13 yards on nine carries. Still, owners shouldn't read too much into the stat line, as it was clear from the get-go the Chargers were content moving the ball through the air. It's important to note Oliver remains the prime handcuff to Gordon considering third-stringer Austin Ekeler did not see a single snap on offense. That being said, handcuff is the only fantasy value Oliver has at this point, as he saw just seven offensive snaps compared to Gordon's 48.
Oliver picked up 10 yards on four carries in Monday's loss to the Broncos. While Oliver was used sparingly as a runner, Austin Ekeler did not receive a carry, though he caught a pair of passes in the losing effort. Barring the addition of outside competition, don't be surprised if the two backs remain engaged in a battle for snaps behind Gordon throughout the early part of the season. If the Week 1 distribution of touches is any indication, Gordon is in line to be a workhorse for the Chargers this season.
Oliver carried the ball seven times for 10 yards in Sunday's preseason loss to the Saints. Oliver was the first running back to enter the contest fort he Chargers after starter Melvin Gordon was removed, taking carries for the majority of the second quarter. It echoes the line the Chargers' coaching staff has been saying since the opening days of training camp: the No. 2 job is Oliver's to lose. It probably helps that Oliver's main competition, Kenneth Farrow (ankle) and Kenjon Barner (concussion), have been hurt, while Andre Williams has been wholly uninspiring. Oliver could be a useful fantasy asset as a handcuff to Gordon, but he's not expected to bring much fantasy value unless the former first-round pick succumbs to an injury.
Oliver is listed as the No. 2 running back on head coach Anthony Lynn's first, unofficial depth chart of the new season, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports. Oliver has made waves throughout the early portions of training camp, so it's not a surprise to see him listed as the No. 2 behind starter Melvin Gordon (knee). Fully healthy after tearing his Achilles last preseason, Oliver will need to continue stringing together positive practices in order to hold off challengers Andre Williams and Kenjon Barner.
Oliver appears to have the edge for the backup job at running back behind starter Melvin Gordon, Eric. D Williams of ESPN.com reports. Oliver profiles as a solid complement to Gordon, as he's capable of taking a beating between the tackles while also being able to contribute as a pass catcher. Now healthy after tearing his Achilles last preseason, Oliver will still need to continue stringing together positive practices in order to secure the gig, but it looks like it's his to lose at this point in training camp.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.00|
|5||10/08||@New York Giants||11||13.00|
|8||10/29||@New England Patriots||32||32.00|
|15||12/17||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.00|
|16||12/24||@New York Jets||31||28.00|
|3 Year Avg||64||230||1||16||128||0||41|