|Offense||26th||90.0 (28th)||239.3 (20th)|
|Defense||32nd||153.6 (32nd)||295.8 (32nd)|
Williams nabbed two of six targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 23-22 loss to the Broncos.
Williams' fantasy value was on the rise after he turned in back-to-back 118-yard outings in Week 6 and 7 while reaching the end zone three times in total, but he's been a major disappointment since the Chargers' Week 8 bye. He's posted just eight catches for 91 yards over the subsequent three games, with a touchdown grab in the Week 9 win over the Seahawks representing the only saving grace during that stretch. With Keenan Allen representing the only consistent highly-targeted option on a week-to-week basis, Williams' production forward figures to remain volatile going forward with Philip Rivers inclined to spread the wealth around among the non-Allen pass catchers.
Cullen is expected to be out long term due to a lower-body injury.
While the team didn't provide an update on how long Cullen might be sidelined, it certainly sounds like he is in the week-to-week category at minimum. Given the expectations, the veteran center will likely be placed on injured reserve to free up a roster spot on the team. The Minnesota native logged 10:45 of ice time versus Ottawa on Saturday -- relatively on par with his season average 11:46 -- and even managed to score a goal, so it's unclear when he may have suffered his injury. Riley Sheahan should find himself back in the lineup with Cullen unavailable.
Bratt has played well since making his debut on Nov. 9. The 20-year-old Swede has four assists in his first six contests of 2018-19.
The young winger missed the start of the year with a fractured jaw but it hasn't stopped Bratt from piling up the points in his return to game action. It's also worth noting that he has regularly seen time on the power play since coming back into the fold, though he's yet to register a point with the man advantage. Bratt will look for his first goal of the season Wednesday when New Jersey takes on the Canadiens, a team allowing 3.25 goals per game, eighth most in the league.
DeSmith will patrol the blue paint against the Sabres on Monday, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
While DeSmith has struggled of late -- he's 1-3-0 with a 2.24 GAA in his previous four outings -- starter Matt Murray has been downright awful (a 0-4-1 record and 4.87 GAA in six outings) and has been chased from the net in two of his previous three appearances. At this point, it's hard not to say the starting job is up for grabs in the Steel City as a string of good performances by the 26-year-old DeSmith could earn him significantly more opportunities between the pipes.
Matthews looks poised to miss a second consecutive game as he continues to nurse a strained hamstring that he picked up last week. Dorian Finney-Smith will likely start in his place once again.