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What to do with Keenan Allen, Mike Williams in Week 12 fantasy football

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams ahead of the Chargers Week 12 matchup against the Bills.

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) celebrates with quarterback Justin Herbert (10) and wide receiver Mike Williams (81) after scoring a third quarter touchdown against the New York Jets at SoFi Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Gameday update: The Chargers’ passing game has been reinvigorated this season by the selection of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert and tutelage of QB coach Pep Hamilton. The coach and QB duo has made Keenan Allen and Mike Williams viable fantasy plays. This week, the Chargers are taking on a Bills’ defense that is giving up a modest 20.6 fantasy points to opposing wideouts and 10.6 yards per completion. We expect Allen to matched up with Tre’Davious White, which could open up some opportunities for Williams.

ESPN projects Allen to score 12.4 fantasy points, while Williams to produce 8.7 fantasy points on Sunday.

The Chargers will look to build on a Week 11 win as they head to Buffalo for a tough Week 12 matchup. The Chargers backfield is dealing with a lot of injuries at the moment, so the receiving corps may be asked to step up to the plate and carry the majority of the workload. Which of these receivers will provide the biggest boost to your lineup? We break down the fantasy analysis below.

Fantasy Football analysis: Chargers WRs Keenan Allen, Mike Williams

Keenan Allen has returned to his top form, as he has developed an excellent connection with Justin Herbert, is receiving a robust target share, and has found the end zone six times this season. He is averaging 19.7 points per game and will look to continue his elite performance in Week 12. After a 19 target outing in Week 11, Allen could see his target share halved this week and still remain a viable fantasy option. His talent and opportunity plant him solidly in high WR1 territory and owners should have no doubts about starting him this week.

Mike Williams has made the most of the opportunities he has been given this year, as he is averaging 11.3 points per game. Unfortunately, his upside is capped by the large target share commanded by Keenan Allen. Williams has found the end zone four times on only 52 targets so far this season, so he has touchdown dependent upside. He also receives a large enough target share to deserve weekly consideration. Given this week’s matchup, Williams can be considered a low end flex play with upside.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Keenan Allen as a WR1

Start Mike Williams as a low end flex