It looks like the season is over before it even started for the San Diego Chargers. Prized pass catcher Keenan Allen suffered a torn ACL – a huge blow to a San Diego team looking to rebound in 2016 as Allen was poised for a huge season as the main target for Philip Rivers on a pass heavy offense.

After jumping ahead to a 21-3 lead in the season opener against division rival Kansas City, the Chargers scored only 6 points following Allen’s injury as they blew a huge lead which resulted in a loss. A huge cause for concern.

Fantasy Impact

With Allen now out, Travis Benjamin becomes the top outside weapon for Rivers in the vertical passing game. Benjamin had a big season last year in Cleveland. A speedster who can stretch the field. He’s clearly a must-start from here on out as a solid FLEX option. However, defenses will be able to shift their focus solely on him with lack of weapons surrounding him.

Hot waiver-wire adds prior to week 2 will be Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams. Inman, the more established WR was a consistent contributor last year as he accumulated nearly 500 receiving yards and 3 scores. Williams is a 2nd year guy out of Western Oregon. He possesses plus athleticism and a big target at 6’4”. Inman will bring a reliable 5 points or so per week, while Williams provides more upside and breakout potential. Pick your poison.

Allen’s absence will hurt no one more than Philip Rivers. After a lackluster fantasy performance in the opening week, Rivers finds himself on the ‘Fallers’ portion of our weekly Risers and Fallers stock watch. Losing a target like Allen is never good for a QB, especially when there is limited depth to back him up. You can’t trust him as your weekly QB from here on out.

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