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Chargers Week 8 Fantasy Preview: Wideouts are risky vs. Chicago

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers signals first down after catching a pass during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 20: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers signals first down after catching a pass during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 20: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers calls a play against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter of the game at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – OCTOBER 20: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers calls a play against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter of the game at Nissan Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images) /

Chargers fantasy preview: Philip Rivers and the wideouts

The passing game

The Bears simply don’t give up fantasy points to quarterbacks. Unless your team really doesn’t have a better option, leave Rivers on the bench this game. In addition, Rivers might also be playing with an Allen who seems to be much, much less than 100 percent with a hamstring injury. He’ll get a rebound game from his current mediocre stretch fantasy-wise eventually, but it won’t be against the Bears’ defense in Chicago.

The receiving game

Allen, who’s been one of the best receivers in the league in fantasy, is in danger of not playing on Sunday due to a hamstring injury. If he does play, he’ll allegedly be limited. Allen and Mike Williams have really been the two fantasy wide receivers that have been relevant for the Chargers in fantasy, and Williams may be the only one you can reliably start on Sunday.

Maybe guys like Geremy Davis and Andre Patton get a few more targets as a result of Allen’s status, but there’s no other receiver you could start than Allen and Williams. If Allen is out, the three receivers Rivers will rely on are Henry, Ekeler, and Williams.

Dontrelle Inman had a good fantasy day when he filled the second wideout role when there were injuries at the top, but that was against the Miami Dolphins. With Chicago, Rivers will be lucky to have a little over 200 passing yards, so that just doesn’t leave a lot for wide receivers once you get past Williams when Henry and Ekeler are there. Start Williams and keep an eye on Allen’s status pre-game.

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