Allen registered seven receptions on 10 targets for 85 yards in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Broncos.
Analysis: Allen continues to be a menace as a chain-moving target, but the continual red-zone reliance on Austin Ekeler and the trio of tight ends has siphoned off the veteran's normally consistent touchdown numbers. It's clear the Chargers have become reliant on Allen between the 20s and with high-octane offensive matchups littering the latter half of the schedule, expect the 29-year-old to have a relatively safe fantasy floor the rest of the season.
Nov 28, 2021 6:17 PM EST
Allen caught nine of his 12 targets for 112 yards in Sunday's 41-37 win over the Steelers
Analysis: After a bit of an uneven stretch to the season, Allen appears to be hitting his stride with 35 receptions and 391 receiving yards in the last four games. With four straight games of double-digit targets, it's clear the veteran wide receiver's role is relatively established even after off games from the offense each of the previous three weeks, but it's hard to imagine an uptick in touchdowns coming with Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams and an assortment of tight ends all emerging as priorities near the red zone.
Nov 21, 2021 9:31 PM EST
Allen caught eight of 11 targets for 98 yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: He just missed producing his second straight 100-yard performance and his fourth of the season, but Allen still led the Bolts in receptions, targets and yards. The veteran wideout is well on his way to another 100-catch season heading into a Week 11 tilt against the Steelers.
Nov 14, 2021 6:51 PM EST
Allen (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Analysis: With that, Allen, who caught 12 of his 13 targets for 104 yards in last weekend's win over the Eagles, is in line to suit up Sunday and barring any setbacks will be in line to log starters snaps alongside Mike Williams. Through eight games this season, Allen has held up his end up the PPR bargain by averaging 75 receiving yards on 10.3 targets per game, while having caught 57passes and two TDs in that span.
Nov 14, 2021 11:49 AM EST
Coach Brandon Staley expects Allen (knee) to suit up Sunday against the Vikings, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Allen officially is questionable to play after logging a pair of limited practices Thursday and Friday. He's been good for a significant target share on a weekly basis this season, earning at least eight in seven of eight games. Such volume could reap rewards versus a Minnesota defense that has conceded 8.7 YPT to wide receivers this season (ninth-most in the NFL).
Nov 12, 2021 2:07 PM EST
Though listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, Allen (knee) is expected to play in the contest according to coach Brandon Staley, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Allen didn't practice Wednesday, but logged limited sessions Thursday and Friday. Though Staley's optimism regarding the wideout's week 10 availability is encouraging, it will still be worth verifying Allen's status in advance of Sunday's 4:05 ET kickoff. With a 57/600/2 stat line through eight games to date, Allen remains a PPR asset, given the steady playing time and target volume he normally garners.
Nov 12, 2021 2:04 PM EST
Allen (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Analysis: Those relying on Allen in the fantasy realm needn't panic too much about this questionable designation, as coach Brandon Staley said Friday that he expects Allen to play, per JeffMiller of the Los Angeles Times. Allen didn't practice Wednesday but was subsequently able to log limited sessions Thursday and Friday. The veteran wide receiver has built up a six-game streak of performances with at least 50 yards, hitting that number on the nose in each of the past two.
Nov 12, 2021 1:31 PM EST
Allen (knee) returned to a limited practice Thursday.
Analysis: Allen didn't practice Wednesday, but his return to the field Thursday bodes well for his chances of playing in Sunday's game against the Vikings. Friday's final injury report will reveal whether the PPR asset heads into the weekend fully cleared for action or carrying a Week 10 injury designation.
Nov 11, 2021 3:42 PM EST
Allen (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It remains to be seen how the Chargers list Allen's official participation level, but his return to the field Thursday, in any capacity, is a good sign after the wideout sat out Wednesday's practice.
Nov 11, 2021 2:01 PM EST
Allen (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Miller speculates that Allen was held out more as a precaution, a notion that would be supported by a return to the field on the wideout's part -- in any capacity -- come Thursday. In the Chargers' Week 9 win over the Eagles, Allen was on the field for 62 of a possible 69 snaps on offense en route to catching 12 of his 13 targets for 104 yards. Overall, he's averaging 75 receiving yards on just over 10 targets per game.
Nov 10, 2021 4:28 PM EST
Allen caught 12 of 13 targets for 104 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: It's the fifth time in eight games Allen has seen double-digit targets, but it's the first time he's reached triple digits in receiving yards since Week 2. The 29-year-old has 57 catches for exactly 600 yards and two TDs on the season heading into a Week 10 clash with the Vikings.
Nov 7, 2021 7:43 PM EST
Allen snared six of his 11 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown in the 27-24 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.
Analysis: It's at least reassuring for fantasy managers Allen can survive a poor outing offensively from the Chargers as the veteran receiver caught five passes for 50 yards in the demoralizing Week 6 drubbing by the Ravens and followed it up with a 6-77-1 day in an equally disappointing performance Sunday. The Patriots run-heavy approach seemed to discombobulate the Chargers rhythm as quarterback Justin Herbert narrowly completed over 50 percent of his pass attempts, but the confusion seemed to impact Mike Williams (two catches for 19 yards on five attempts) far more than the ever-reliable Allen. It'll be interesting to see if the offense will become more efficient in what figures to be a favorable matchup next week against the Eagles.
Oct 31, 2021 5:48 PM EST
Allen caught all five of his targets for 50 yards in Sunday's 34-6 loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: Allen actually led the Chargers in receiving yards, but the team's entire offense couldn't get anything going in the blowout loss. After reaching the 100-yard mark in each of the first two games, Allen has topped 50 only once in the past four, as Mike Williams has established himself as the go-to guy in Los Angeles' passing game heading into the team's Week 7 bye.
Oct 17, 2021 2:02 PM EST
Allen caught six of his nine targets for 75 yards in Sunday's 47-42 win over the Browns.
Analysis: Allen has at least six catches in all but one game this season, but the veteran stalwart did take a backseat Sunday to Mike Williams' career-high 16 targets. The bevvy of looks gave the aforementioned big-bodied wideout two 40-plus yard receptions, but Allen also got in on the action catching a critical 37-yard deep pass on the team's second-to-final possession of the game. While it's not a statistic that rewards points for fantasy managers, Allen was critical particularly on third down and fourth down, moving the chains on three separate occasions. That type of role almost guarantees a certain floor each and every week, but massive fantasy games might not be as easy with Williams emerging as a certifiable star.
Oct 10, 2021 6:39 PM EST
Allen caught 7 of 11 targets for 36 yards in Monday night's 28-14 win over the Raiders.
Analysis: Allen was restricted to underneath passes in the first half but had a good chance to haul in a deep crossing route in the second, only for an accurate delivery to fall off his fingertips. Without a gain longer than nine yards, Allen was held in check by the Raiders defense, but the veteran once again led the Chargers in receptions and targets, salvaging some value. Following consecutive games with under 6.5 yards per catch, Allen will hope to get loose more down the field in Week 5 versus the Browns.
Oct 4, 2021 9:01 PM EST
Allen (ankle) does not carry an injury designation into Monday's contest against the Raiders, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Allen was a limited participant in practice earlier this week, but a full showing Saturday confirmed his status ahead of the critical divisional matchup. Through three games, Allen leads the team in targets (33) and catches (21) and is second in receiving yards (258) despite the emergence of Mike Williams as a co-No. 1 option.
Oct 2, 2021 1:43 PM EST
Allen (ankle) remained limited at practice Friday.
Analysis: Despite back-to-back limited practice sessions, so far there's been nothing to suggest that Allen's Week 4 status is in any danger. In any case, Saturday's final injury report will reveal whether Allen approaches Monday night's game against the Raiders carrying an injury tag, or is cleared to play in the contest.
Oct 1, 2021 3:40 PM EST
Allen (ankle) was limited at Thursday's practice.
Analysis: We'll track Allen's status leading up to Monday night's game against the Raiders, but so far there's nothing to suggest that his Week 4 availability is in peril. Three games into the 2021 season, the veteran PPR-stalwart has recorded a predictably solid 21/258/1 stat line.
Sep 30, 2021 3:39 PM EST
Allen registered eight receptions on 12 targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Chiefs.
Analysis: The emergence of Mike Williams as a key red-zone threat has somewhat negated Allen's influence near the goal line, but the veteran wide receiver took advantage of shoddy goal-line coverage in the first quarter to tack on his first touchdown of the new campaign. Allen has seen double-digit targets in two of three games this season and should continue to see a relatively high workload given the pass-happy nature of the Chargers offense.
Sep 26, 2021 2:17 PM EST
Allen snared four of his eight targets for 108 yards in the 20-17 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.
Analysis: Allen's 42-yard reception was the longest play of the game, but the star wideout was otherwise kept in check with the Cowboys defense repeatedly bearing down on quarterback Justin Herbert. The veteran wideout should be set for a heavy workload next week against the Chiefs, having recorded at least eight receptions and 80 yards in each of his last four games against the aforementioned divisional opponent.
Sep 19, 2021 5:55 PM EST
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