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How to handle Keenan Allen illness in Week 9 fantasy football

Keenan Allen is on the Chargers final injury report for Week 9. We break down what it means for fantasy football roster decisions.

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Game status: Allen is ACTIVE for Week 9.

Game day update: Allen tested negative for a second time and is on track to play this afternoon, per Adam Schefter.

The Los Angeles Chargers made a late addition to the injury report on Saturday when they added wide receiver Keenan Allen as questionable with an illness. Adam Schefter is reporting Allen had a sore throat on Saturday, but tested negative for Covid-19. He needs to pass a test Sunday morning before being cleared to play.

Fantasy impact: Keenan Allen (illness)

The Chargers and Raiders don’t square off until 4:05 p.m. ET, so we won’t know with 100 percent certainty until inactives are released at 2:35 p.m. That being said, one of the national media folks will likely have news of Allen’s Covid-19 test later this morning. It is supposed to be private information, but we know how that goes with NFL news and so-called “insiders.”

Given the unique nature of this season with Covid-19, it’s hard to project what you should do if we don’t know Allen’s game status by 1 p.m. If you have other 4:05/4:25 p.m., SNF, or MNF options, then you can just wait on that. If you don’t have other options, you’ll be left rolling the dice.