Game day update: After being held scoreless and under 100 receiving yards last week by the New England Patriots, Chargers WR Keenan Allen gets a favorable matchup on Sunday in the Atlanta Falcons.
This season, the Falcons’ pass defense has been notoriously bad and liable to give up the big play, especially if they can’t create a pass rush. That spells good news for Allen, who is averaging 12.3 fantasy points, and scored four touchdowns in LA’s last five games. Let’s not forget about Mike Williams and Jalen Guyton, who have had their moments this season, but are not reliable fantasy plays. ESPN projects Allen to score 11.0 fantasy points, along with Willians and Guyton to score 8.1 and 4.1 points.
Will Keenan Allen become the 10th wide receiver to post a 100-yard game against the Atlanta Falcons? He will assuredly get lots of chances to get there. Let’s talk about what he, Mike Williams and Jalen Guyton might accomplish for the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 14.
Fantasy Football analysis: Chargers WRs Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Jalen Guyton
Among L.A’s receivers, Allen isn’t the only show in town here, but he feels like it at times. Justin Herbert has not been shy of just peppering Allen with targets — 83 over the previous seven games and at least 10 in all but one of those weeks. Week 13’s embarrassing shutout loss to the Patriots was the first time during that span in which Allen didn’t either score or gain 100 yards. He registered five catches and 48 receiving yards on 11 targets, leading the Chargers in all three categories. Williams saw nine targets, tying a season-high, and came away with a 4-43-0 line. Guyton played more snaps than Allen or Williams against the Patriots, but he hauled in just two of his seven targets for 38 yards. He’s a big-play threat who has gone almost two months without a big play. He hasn’t surpassed 40 receiving yards since Week 7.
The Falcons have permitted the second-most receiving yards and the fourth-most fantasy points to WRs this season. And if you’re big-play hunting, Atlanta is susceptible to those. The Falcons’ have allowed a league-leading 49 receptions of 20 or more yards.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Unfortunately, Allen ($7,700) is the only man here you can trust. But he will probably reward that trust with another big box score. Williams ($4,700) and Guyton ($3,200) have plausible upside, but their floors are at the ground level. With Austin Ekeler back, each man falls a rung in the pecking order for targets. Williams is obviously the better start in any format among the two players, but only as an unpredictable WR3.