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How to handle Keenan Allen’s injury in Week 8 fantasy football

The Chargers wide receiver could be limited this week.

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen drops a pass against Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson and Titans cornerback Logan Ryan during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Keenan Allen injury status update, 11:33 a.m.

Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is questionable for Week 8, but is expected to try and play, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. The tweet was not the most optimistic of reports, with Rapoport saying Allen “is going to attempt to play” and “we’ll see how effective he is.” If he’s active, you likely need to start him, but if you’ve got some decent options to play instead, you should consider benching him. It sounds like one wrong move could end Allen’s day early.

It was another rough week for the hard luck Los Angeles Chargers. In the midst of a three-game losing streak the team will travel to Chicago this week for a date with the nearly as inept Bears. Unfortunately for the Chargers, they might not have wide receiver Keenan Allen. And if they do have Allen in the lineup, head coach Anthony Lynn said this week that he would likely see limited snaps.

Allen hurt his hamstring during practice this week. He did not practice Thursday or Friday, and has been officially listed as questionable on the week’s injury report.

During the Chargers’ recent losing streak, Allen’s stats have suffered. He hasn’t done better than 61 yards during that stretch. He hasn’t found the end zone since Week 3.

Fantasy football analysis, Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen

Allen is probably best avoided this week. He’s struggling to achieve No. 1 receiver status, which is what we’re used to expecting from him. Given that he will see limited work if he does even play this week, it’s just too difficult to see what kind of upside there is for him in your lineups this week.

Mike Williams will likely see the bulk of work at wide receiver, particularly given that there just aren’t many decent options otherwise. Tight end Hunter Henry and running backs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler will be busy in the passing game.