Gameday update — The return of Ekeler doesn’t seem to have affected Allen’s fantasy upside much. Only Ekeler and Herbert are expected to score more than the star wideout, who is projected to score 16.32 fantasy points on ESPN. Williams is projected for 10.87.
The Chargers had a tough time on offense against the Bills in Week 12, managing to find the end zone just twice all game. This led to mediocre fantasy performances from most skill position players, including Mike Williams with 5.6 PPR points on the day. The game was not a wash for receivers though, as Keenan Allen was able to total 16.0 fantasy points on four receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown. With Austin Ekeler returning from injury, there are less targets to go around for the wide receivers, which may be cause for concern for some fantasy owners. Where do Keenan Allen and Mike Williams rank this week and are they safe for your lineup? We break down the fantasy analysis below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Chargers WRs Keenan Allen, Mike Williams
Keenan Allen has seen a healthy dose of targets all season, with an average of 11.1 per game. He is a favorite target of Justin Herbert’s, has managed to average 19.3 points per game, and has recorded seven touchdowns thus far. Austin Ekeler may take a small bite out of Allen’s workload, but it was so robust to begin with that this should not worry fantasy owners. The Patriots are middle of the pack in defending wide receivers and are by no means a matchup to avoid. You are starting Keenan Allen as a WR1 this week, just as you’ve been doing every week this season.
Mike Williams had a disappointing outing in Week 12, bringing in three of five targets for 26 yards. Averaging only 5.2 targets per game this season, it is more concerning for Williams if Ekeler were to cut into his target share. It is also worth noting that Williams did not practice on Wednesday due to reason unrelated to injury. His status is worth keeping an eye on leading up to Sunday. Mike Williams should remain on the bench in standard leagues, and should be considered as only a boom/bust flex play in deeper leagues.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Keenan Allen as a WR1
Sit Mike Williams