The Los Angeles Chargers' injury report for Thursday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders will have serious impacts on the Week 15 fantasy football landscape, one way or another.
Wide receivers Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back) are both expected to be game-time decisions on Thursday, which opens up a ton of possibilities for ramifications in fantasy football.
Keenan Allen Fantasy Outlook
Allen is the easiest player to analyze here: If he suits up, you start him.
Hamstring injuries are tricky and there's always a risk he re-aggravates it during the game, but that's just a risk you have to accept. You didn't make it all the way to your fantasy football semi-final game to bench a guy who has seen double-digit targets in 10 of his last 12 games and is averaging 7.6 receptions and 75.0 yards per game.
Mike Williams Fantasy Outlook
If both Allen and Williams suit up, Williams is still a strong play, but he's a boom-or-bust producer that isn't necessarily a must-start if you have depth at wide receiver.
He's averaged 6.0 targets per game though, and as a deep threat (15.9 yards per reception), that kind of volume gives him the potential to go off for massive games (like we saw when he racked up 109 yards and 2 touchdowns on 5 catches in Week 5). Of course, the nature of deep passes mean he's always going to have some bust potential — he's caught fewer than 50% of his targets in two of his last four games.
If Williams plays and Allen sits, some of that risk goes away and Williams does become a must-start again. That Week 5 explosion Williams had? Allen left that game after just 12 snaps.
Combining Williams' big-play ability with the potential increase in volume with Allen vacating so many targets would make him an outstanding fantasy option this week.
Jalen Guyton and Tyron Johnson Fantasy Outlook
If both Allen and Williams are out, Jalen Guyton and Tyron Johnson will be the starters, and Guyton in particular would be an interesting Week 15 fantasy football sleeper.
Guyton actually led Chargers receivers in snaps in Week 14, showcasing that he's earned plenty of trust in this offense. He also saw 7 targets the week before.
Getting expanded run with Williams out last week, Johnson caught 6 of his 7 targets for 55 yards and a touchdown. That was his first time playing even 25% of the team's offensive snaps this season, though, and he likely won't play as big a role in the gameplan as Guyton.
There are lots of possibilities to consider here, and it's important to have all your bases covered at this crucial stage of the fantasy football season.
With the Chargers taking on a Raiders D that ranks 21st against the pass by Football Outsiders' DVOA metric, whoever suits up at WR is likely to make an impact.
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