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RB Dexter McCluster - San Diego Chargers

5-9, 172Born: 8-25-1988College: MississippiDrafted: Round 2

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News you need to know

General News (Thu Oct 20): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Oct 19): practiced fully on Wednesday.

Week 7: at Atlanta Falcons

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Melvin Gordon just missed 100 yards rushing vs. the Broncos, with 27/94/0 to his credit (and two targets for zero receptions). Little-known Kenneth Farrow posted two rushes for five yards in a bit role against the Broncos. So far this season Gordon is the fifth-best fantasy back in the land with 116/393/6 rushing and 14/122/1 receiving. He's doing a good job as the Chargers' featured back. The Atlanta rush defense handed over three rushing scores to the Seahawks last weekend (27/72/3 rushing for Seattle as a team), bringing their season total to five rushing scores given out over six games (they average 94.2 rushing yards allowed per game, 11th in the NFL). From Week Four to Week Six of regular season (the last three weeks), Atlanta averages 17.8 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (15th-most in the NFL). This is a neutral matchup for Gordon and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at IND 9 0 0 0 3 2 9 0 0 0.9
4 vs NO 9 1 2 0 3 2 9 0 0 1.1
5 at OAK 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1
6 vs DEN 9 0 0 0 2 2 15 0 0 1.5
7 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 2 * * * *
7 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 2 * * * *
7 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs DEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

McCluster had a nice 20-yard reception on the team's opening drive that was negated due to an offensive pass interference penalty on Hunter Henry. He added one that DID count later in the half on a 3rd and 11 pass play. He darted up towards the line to gain and ended up just shy of the marker. And finally, following a muffed punt by Travis Benjamin, McCluster was put back on punt return duties and sparked a nice return late in the first half in relief.

2016 Week 5 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

In a game that remained close throughout and saw the Chargers run 49 offensive plays from scrimmage, it's telling that McCluster only saw one total touch in the game. Owners who were expecting a mini version of Danny Woodhead's role can probably safely assume at this point that this is Melvin Gordon's backfield. McCluster is strictly a backup at this point.

2016 Week 4 vs NO (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

McCluster didn't get a lot of work in the game, but he did receive two red zone touches. On one such play, he did a great job reading his blockers to pick up first down yardage on a short swing pass out of the backfield, but never really had much of a chance to reach the end zone.

2016 Week 3 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

McCluster, who possesses a skill set very similar to Danny Woodhead (recently lost for the season with a torn ACL), was signed this week by the Chargers and was modestly worked into the gameplan in this one. Despite limited action, he came close to scoring on two separate occasions. The first was an overthrow on an end zone fade. McCluster was absolutely wide open down the sideline, but the pass from Philip Rivers sailed too far for him to bring in. It could have been a poor throw, or it could have been a little bit of missed timing between two players still learning to play together. In the second half, McCluster was targeted on a third and 4 quick slant to pick up six yards down to the goal line. Melvin Gordon came back on the field for the next play, and ran it in from a yard out.


Latest News

Chargers | Thursday practice report for Chargers (Thu Oct 20, 05:11 PM) - San Diego Chargers LB Jeremiah Attaochu (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 20. SS Jahleel Addae (collarbone) and CB Brandon Flowers (concussion) were limited. OT Chris Hairston (groin), RB Dexter McCluster (hamstring) and LB Denzel Perryman (shoulder) fully participated.

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Chargers | Wednesday injury report for Chargers (Wed Oct 19, 04:50 PM) - San Diego Chargers SS Jahleel Addae (collarbone), LB Jeremiah Attaochu (ankle) and CB Brandon Flowers (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 19. OT Chris Hairston (groin), RB Dexter McCluster (hamstring) and LB Denzel Perryman (shoulder) fully participated in practice.

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Chargers | San Diego's injury report for Wednesday (Wed Oct 12, 03:49 PM) - San Diego Chargers CB Brandon Flowers (concussion) and SS Jahleel Addae (collarbone) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 12, and have been ruled out for Week 6. OT Joe Barksdale (foot), OG Orlando Franklin (ankle), OT Chris Hairston (groin), CB Craig Mager (shoulder), RB Dexter McCluster (hamstring) and LB Denzel Perryman (shoulder) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. P Drew Kaser (back) fully participated in practice and is not on the injury report.

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Chargers | Dexter McCluster limited Tuesday (Tue Oct 11, 07:21 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Dexter McCluster (hamstring) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 11.

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