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Keenan Allen Fantasy Outlook Clouded by Late Injury Designation Ahead of Week 9 Matchup With Raiders

By David Hayes
Keenan Allen injury update clouds fantasy outlook ahead of Week 9 matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Keenan Allen injury update clouds fantasy outlook ahead of Week 9 matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders. / Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

Los Angeles Chargers star wide receiver Keenan Allen has been off to another solid season, especially for his fantasy managers heading into Week 9.

Aside from a back injury that forced an early exit from his team's Week 5 performance against the New Orleans Saints, and then subsequent back spasms that caused him to sit out of Week 6, Allen has been highly productive for both his team and fantasy managers once again in 2020.

Keenan Allen Injury Update

Unfortunately for those same two groups, Allen was added to the Chargers' injury list with the designation of "illness" Friday evening just two days away from his team's showdown with the Los Angeles Rams.

Keenan Allen Fantasy Outlook

This late of an addition to the injury list to due illness certainly isn't a good sign, and if Allen isn't good to go this Sunday against the Rams, all eyes should be on LAC receiver Mike Williams and tight end Hunter Henry as the direct beneficiaries of this potential fantasy scratch.

Allen's 72 targets lead the Chargers' by quite some margin, with Henry's 46 and Williams' 33 coming in as the second- and third-most, respectively. Therefore, the absence of Allen would likely incorporate more of Henry in the passing attack at the hands of rookie breakout QB Justin Herbert, who has been absolutely slinging the ball lately.

Allen's potential absence could also equate to Williams assuming the role of WR1 responsibilities against a Rams' passing defense allowing the second-fewest passing yards per game to opponents this season, at just 197.1

That means it could be hard to place the same kind of faith in Mike Williams' fantasy upside, even with the increased target share, however, Henry's value from the tight end position offers a little more solid upside than Williams at the WR slot.

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