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Chargers WR Keenan Allen ruled OUT ahead of Week 16 vs. Bills

Chargers WR Keenan Allen is dealing with a heel injury going into Week 16 vs. the Bills. We break down the news for fantasy football and betting.

Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at SoFi Stadium on November 26, 2023 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Chargers will take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 16 of the NFL season. The Chargers will already be down starting quarterback Justin Herbert and will play their first game after firing head coach Brandon Staley. Wide receiver Keenan Allen missed Week 15 with a heel injury and would be a big boost if they can get him back.

Keenan Allen injury updates

Thursday PM update: Allen has been ruled out, per Kris Rhim. Expect Joshua Palmer to be the lead receiver against the Bills.

Thursday update: Allen isn’t practicing on Thursday. He is trending toward not playing for the second consecutive week.

Wednesday update: Allen didn’t practice on Wednesday. The Chargers are on a short week so it isn’t ideal for Allen to be sidelined even one day of practice. Los Angeles will have its injury statuses released on Thursday, so hopefully, Allen can take the field.

Fantasy football analysis

Allen was having a great season with Herbert under center. He had played in 13 games and had brought in 108 of his 150 targets for 1,243 yards with seven touchdowns. Allen heads into this week as the overall WR3 in half-PPR scoring. With the fantasy football playoffs underway in most leagues, not having him would be tough to overcome for a lineup. If he is active, he should be started despite not having Herbert throwing to him.

If Allen misses the game, Joshua Palmer and Quentin Johnston will remain the top wide receivers for the Chargers. In last week’s blowout loss, Palmer brought in all four of his targets for 113 yards and a touchdown. Johnston brought in two of his three targets for 23 yards and a touchdown of his own.

The Bills’ defense allows the ninth-fewest points per game to opposing wide receivers. Palmer can be started in 12-team leagues, while Johnston is worth a start in 14-team leagues. With no teams on bye, you should be able to find a player with a better matchup or at least quarterback that has more upside in smaller leagues.