NFL fantasy football: Chargers recommendations
Keenan Allen is without a doubt the best Chargers player in fantasy this week, both due to his skill as well as some unfortunate injury circumstances. With the loss of Hunter Henry due to injury, and the uncertainty regarding Mike Williams’ knee, Allen’s role in this offense has become greater than it already was. He might even outdo the production he put up last week, especially vs. Detroit.
Other than just the injuries to the rest of the team, Allen has taken advantage of Darius Slay and a mediocre Lions’ secondary before. In 2015 he had 15 catches for 166 yards mostly matched up with Slay for the whole game.
Philip Rivers had a great game last week and probably would’ve went for four touchdowns and no interceptions if not for Malik Hooker’s incredible interception in the back of the end zone. Expect him to throw for tons of yards again as well as multiple touchdowns. Rivers threw for 403 yards in his last game against the Lions, and while it may not be expected that he goes that high again, he could be in that range.
There was a mistake last week regarding projections for the snap shares between the two starting running backs. Last week while writing, the snap split between Ekeler and Jackson really felt like it would be more even, maybe around 50/50. But it wasn’t even close to that. Ekeler was on the field for 48 snaps while Jackson was on for 16. Ekeler had double the rushing attempts as well as five more receptions. He’s going to get carries and he’s become a favorite target of Rivers in the passing game. He may not put up 40 points like he did in leagues this week, but Ekeler is a definite start if he’s on your roster.