Keenan Allen Active, but Still Has Poor Fantasy Outlook Against Bears in Week 8

Zach Brunner
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Dealing with a hamstring injury, Los Angeles Chargers start wide receiver Keenan Allen has been labeled as a game-time decision on Sunday morning, but after warming up he's set to play against the Chicago Bears. That doesn't give him a great Week 8 fantasy outlook though, as he could still see limited snaps.

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Keenan Allen Fantasy Outlook

Allen has been one of the few bright spots for the Chargers this season, and having him at less than 100 percent could prove to be an issue against the Chicago Bears. With Travis Benjamin already out, Philip Rivers' options will be limited in the passing game.

Allen ranks as WR8 for the season in PPR scoring, but his production has slowed in recent weeks. After totaling 404 receiving yards and three touchdowns during the first three weeks, Allen has just 160 receiving yards without finding the end zone in the four games since.

Without Allen getting a full workload, there should be more targets to go around for running back Austin Ekeler and tight end Hunter Henry. Even with Melvin Gordon coming back into the lineup, Ekeler has been an active receiver, totaling 28 targets during the past three games.

Henry has played just three games this season due to injury, but has been the best tight end in fantasy on a per game basis, averaging 18.6 fantasy points in PPR scoring.

Unless you're truly desperate at WR, it's best to leave Allen on your bench in fantasy football this week. A limited workload is a huge red flag at the best of times, and the Bears have held opposing wideouts to bottom-10 fantasy production on the year.

This does mean good things for their other weapons though, and Ekeler ranks as RB19 and Henry as TE7 in our Week 8 PPR fantasy football rankings.


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