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Chargers WRs Keenan Allen, Joshua Palmer ruled OUT ahead of Week 17 vs. Broncos

Chargers WRs Keenan Allen and Joshua Palmer are dealing with a heel injury and concussion respectively going into Week 17 vs. the Broncos. We break down the news for fantasy football and betting.

Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during warm ups 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 play the Denver Broncos in an AFC West battle in Week 17. The Chargers will once again be going with quarterback Easton Stick under center. He may be searching for reliable pass-catchers as Los Angeles’ top two pass-catchers are heading into this week with injuries.

Keenan Allen injury updates

Friday update: Both Allen and Palmer have been ruled out for Week 17. Gerald Everett and Quentin Johnston get the biggest fantasy bump.

Thursday update: Allen did not practice on Thursday. The feeling is that it is unlikely that he suits up on Sunday.

Wednesday update: Allen did not participate in practice on Wednesday and is dealing with a heel injury.

Fantasy football analysis

Allen has played in 13 games and leads the Chargers in most receiving categories. He has brought in 108 of his 150 targets for 1,243 yards and seven touchdowns. Allen heads into the week as the overall WR6 in half-PPR scoring despite missing two games already. The Broncos defense allows the 10th-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. If he is active, Allen can be started in 10-team leagues or larger.

Joshua Palmer injury updates

Friday update: Both Allen and Palmer have been ruled out for Week 17.

Thursday update: Palmer didn’t practice on Thursday. The feeling is that it is unlikely that he plays against Denver, and he still needs to clear protocols.

Wednesday update: Palmer didn’t practice on Wednesday and is dealing with a concussion. He remains in the league’s concussion protocol.

Fantasy football analysis

Palmer has struggled with injuries this season and has played in only 10 games. He has brought in 32 of his 51 targets for 537 yards and two touchdowns. While Palmer’s numbers aren’t great, he has the second-most receiving yards on the team, and his best game of the season came with Stick under center. Still, if Palmer is active, he can only be started in 12-team leagues or larger.