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Should you start Chargers WR Quentin Johnston or Joshua Palmer with Keenan Allen out for Week 15?

We discuss whether or not you should start Johnston or Palmer with Allen sidelined in a crucial fantasy football playoff matchup on TNF vs. Raiders.

Joshua Palmer #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on October 29, 2023 in Inglewood, California Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Chargers will face the Las Vegas Raiders for Thursday Night Football in Week 15. The Chargers will be without starting quarterback Justin Herbert for the remainder of the regular season, forcing Easton Stick to be the likely starter for this matchup.

Starting wide receiver Keenan Allen was ruled out, which will see rookie WR Quentin Johnston and Joshua Palmer take over as the top wide receivers for Los Angeles. They are likely going to see ample targets from the backup quarterback, but should you start either of them in your fantasy football lineups?

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Chargers WRs Quentin Johnston and Joshua Palmer

The Raiders defense has been relatively good at limiting opposing wide receivers. They are allowing the 11th fewest fantasy points per game to WRs. We often say the best ability is availability, but with a backup quarterback, that will be tested.

Start or sit in Week 15?

Quentin Johnston

The rookie is the overall WR59 in half-PPR scoring formats. He spent most of the season playing behind some combination of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Palmer. Johnston recently had a chance to be the WR2 in the offense but didn’t do much with it until last week. He finished with 91 yards, a career-high, on three receptions. I like Johnston as a DFS play, but with no teams on bye, you should be able to find a better option outside of 20-team leagues or larger.

Joshua Palmer

Palmer has only played in eight games this season and still has the second-most receiving yards on the team. He hasn’t played since Week 8 after suffering a knee injury. Palmer has 377 yards and a touchdown on 23 receptions. Between him and Johnston, I like Palmer to have the better game. Still, he is a risky play in fantasy football outside of 14-team leagues and larger. You can play Palmer in DFS due to the anticipated target share.