News: Gates caught three passes for 61 yards and one touchdown Sunday against Kansas City.
Impact: Gates has again become a favorite end zone target for Philip Rivers. Gates has caught a touchdown in each of San Diego's last three games and now has seven scores this season. Sunday marked the 67th career TD pass from Rivers to Gates, the most in NFL history from a quarterback to a tight end.
News: Gates caught three passes on five targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Kansas City.
Impact: Gates was spectacular right before halftime, making back-to-back 27-yard catches, including his touchdown grab on a tipped pass in the end zone. Otherwise, he was quiet, but he still extended his touchdown streak to three straight games. In Week 8, he'll have his hands full with a strong Broncos' pass defense.
News: Royal (elbow) had just one catch on five targets for 20 yards in Sunday's loss to Kansas City.
Impact: Royal left last Sunday's game at Oakland with a rib injury, but it was never considered serious. He nearly connected with Philip Rivers on a long pass play in the final minute of the game, but he could not come down with the ball. He'll get a stiff test in Week 8 at Denver, although Rivers might be forced to air it out more than usual, against a potent Broncos' offense.
News: Floyd had three catches on seven targets for 50 yards in Sunday's loss to Kansas City.
Impact: Floyd is only averaging three receptions per game this season, but he's making the most of them, with a stellar 20.7 YPC. He's also scored three touchdowns this year, making him a better option in standard scoring leagues.
News: Oliver ran for 67 yards on 15 carries and caught two passes on two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's loss to Kansas City.
Impact: Oliver didn't pop off any big plays, with a long rush of just 13 yards, but he ran hard once again, breaking tackles on numerous runs. He's been nothing short of brilliant, since taking a larger role in the offense due to injuries to starter Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown, rushing for 282 yards and two touchdowns in the last three games. Mathews (knee) is expected back relatively soon, but Oliver has played well enough to stay fantasy relevant, serving as a third-down and change-of-pace runner, at a bare minimum.
News: Allen caught six passes on 10 targets for 58 yards in Sunday's loss to Kansas City.
Impact: Allen still hasn't scored a touchdown, and other than an outstanding 10-reception, 135-yard game in Week 4 against Jacksonville, he has underachieved this season. He was targeted throughout the game, but didn't make much of an impact until he caught three passes for 32 yards on San Diego's penultimate drive of the game. He was also targeted in the end zone on a short pass in the second half, but the Chiefs' defender did a good job of getting his head around, knocking the ball away. Considering that Philip Rivers is playing better than ever, with 17 touchdown passes through seven games, and Allen leads the team in targets (54), it's a very disappointing outcome for the second-year wideout. He's got a challenging matchup in Week 8 at Denver, although the game has the potential to be a high-scoring affair.
News: Rivers completed 17-of-31 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 23-20 loss to Kansas City. He also threw an interception.
Impact: Rivers continues to play at a high level, tossing 16 touchdowns in his last six games, although the Chiefs did a good job of keeping him in check Sunday. His lone interception came in the closing seconds, as he was trying to force a big play, with San Diego trailing. He's got a tough matchup at Denver next week, but on the flip side, the game has the potential to be a shootout.
News: Flowers was diagnosed with a concussion and will not return to Sunday's game against Kansas City, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Michael Gehlken reports.
Impact: A tough break for Flowers, who finishes with three tackles (one solo) against his former team. The Chargers play Thursday night at Denver, giving him just three days to advance through the league's concussion protocol. It seems unlikely that he'll be cleared to play in that game, but we'll monitor his status throughout the week.
News: Flowers left Sunday's game against the Chiefs with a head injury and is questionable to return, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Michael Gehlken reports.
Impact: Flowers left the game with what looked like a possible head injury in the second quarter, but he re-entered the contest, after going through some tests with the trainers on the sideline. However, when the Chargers took the field in the second half, Flowers was on the sidelines without a helmet and eventually headed back to the locker room. This has all the appearances of a concussion.