Who didn’t get hurt this past Sunday? At first, it didn’t seem like Keenan Allen’s injury was too serious. As it has played out, he suffered a lacerated kidney which will keep him out the rest of the year. A devastating injury to someone who has emerged as one of the best receivers in the league this year – he ended the season ranked 2nd in receptions.
This is the last thing a 2-6 San Diego Chargers team needed, as it probably puts the nail in the coffin regarding their playoff hopes. They can still battle for a Wildcard spot with a late post-season push, but standing in their way are the Oakland Raiders and a litany of mediocre AFC East teams.
Allen is set to make a full recovery in six weeks, but with their playoff hopes bleak, the team opted to put him on injured reserve and not to rush him back.
With Allen out, Malcom Floyd emerges as a viable option in fantasy and I would even slot him as a WR2. Mike McCoy and the Chargers like to throw the ball – we know this. Plus, the running game has been non-existent with Melvin Gordon’s struggles. Floyd will get nearly the double the targets and his big frame makes him a matchup nightmare in the redzone. He is coming off his best game of the season where he went for nearly 100 yards with 2 TDs.
Another guy I like on this offense is Danny Woodhead. The guy catches everything out of the backfield which makes him lethal in PPR leagues – he’ll get even more looks with Allen out. Stevie Johnson will also have a big role going forward, as will backup tight end Ladarius Green and #3 wide receiver, Dontrelle Inman. Basically anyone in San Diego’s passing game will be fair game with Allen’s huge role gone, but it’d be shocking if Antonio Gates didn’t dominate targets going forward. Losing Allen hurts San Diego’s effectiveness to a degree, but they still can’t run the ball and they still have plenty of weapons. Because of that, the fantasy value of Philip Rivers shouldn’t be negatively impacted too harshly.