The Los Angeles Chargers are banged up all over the place, but they’re getting some key cogs back to full health. Wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams have been playing but showing up on the injury report. For Week 9 against the Green Bay Packers, Williams was off the report entirely, and Allen was a full participant Thursday and Friday after a limited Wednesday. Considering the Chargers’ injury issues, this is a positive.
Last week, Allen was a game-time decision heading into the game. He finished with a team-leading ten targets and had seven catches for 53 yards. Williams had three receptions for 69 yards. The numbers weren’t spectacular against the Bears, but this is all a work in progress for a suddenly shaky Chargers squad.
Fantasy football analysis: Chargers WRs Keenan Allen, Mike Williams
The Packers bring a solid defense to the table, but it’s just shaky enough to offer some opportunities for both Allen and Williams. The Packers give up the ninth fewest fantasy points to the wide receiver position, but last week we saw Matt Moore find his wide receivers to put up some decent numbers against them.
Allen has been scuffling the past five weeks. After a monster 13-catch, 183 yard, two touchdown performance in Week 3 that netted 37.1 points in 0.5 PPR leagues, he’s totaled 32.3 fantasy points in Weeks 4-8. At some point it’ll be time to back away, but with improved health, you gotta keep going with him barring some solid clear options elsewhere.
Williams has struggled to get much of anything going this year. His best game as a six-reception, 74-yard performance against the Broncos in Week 4. That’s his only double digit week in 0.5 and full PPR leagues. Unless he starts finding the end zone, it’s hard to justify him in standard leagues.
Keenan Allen: Start
Mike Williams: Start in PPR leagues, sit in standard leagues