Allen secured eight of 11 targets for 102 yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers' 31-28 loss to the Broncos on Sunday.
Analysis: Allen paced the Chargers in receptions, receiving yards and targets while doubling up his season touchdown total with scoring grabs of 14 and three yards, the second coming off the arm of backup Chase Daniel. Allen's already-elevated importance to L.A.'s passing attack will bump up another notch if the back injury Mike Williams exited Sunday's contest with limits or sidelines him for next weekend's wild-card road matchup against the Jaguars.
Jan 8, 2023 6:48 PM EST
Allen recorded five receptions on six targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 31-10 win over the Rams. He added one rush for eight yards.
Analysis: Allen entered Sunday's game having recorded at least 85 yards in five of his last six contests, though he turned in a relatively poor performance due to game script. He salvaged his day thanks to a 28-yard catch late in the third quarter, and he now has at least one reception of more than 20 yards in each of his last three matchups. If the Ravens defeat the Steelers on Sunday Night Football, Allen will likely see the field in Week 18 with playoff seeding still at stake.
Jan 1, 2023 5:14 PM EST
Allen recorded 11 receptions on 14 targets for 104 yards in Monday's 20-3 win over the Colts.
Analysis: Allen earned 14 targets for the third time in his last four games, a mark made more impressive by the fact that Justin Herbert attempted only 31 passes in Monday's win. Allen's performance was highlighted by a long gain of 25 yards, and he narrowly missed a touchdown on the play as he attempted to stay inbounds while running free down the sideline. Though he missed out on the opportunity to reach the end zone, Allen did manage his first 100-yard performance of the season and has at least 85 receiving yards in five of his last six games.
Dec 26, 2022 8:27 PM EST
Allen caught eight of nine targets for 86 yards in Sunday's 17-14 win over the Titans.
Analysis: Points and yards were hard to come by for both teams, but Allen led both clubs in catches and receiving yards on the afternoon. The veteran wideout has topped 80 yards in three straight games, posting a 26-266-1 line on 37 targets over that stretch heading into a juicy Week 16 matchup against a reeling Colts defense that just got lit up by Justin Jefferson and K.J. Osborn.
Dec 18, 2022 7:23 PM EST
Allen caught 12 of his 14 targets for 92 yards in the 23-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.
Analysis: Allen was once again Justin Herbert's favorite targets on crucial possessions converting a number of key third downs in the final half. Since returning from a balky hamstring issue in Week 11, Allen has recorded an impressive 28-322-2 on 43 targets with at least a half dozen of those accounting for chain-moving catches. Mike Williams (ankle) also made his return after a two-game absence and immediately paid dividends as a deep target, something that should allow Allen even more space in the middle of the field so long as the big-bodied target continues to stay healthy. Expect more production in a matchup against the vulnerable Titans defense in Week 15.
Dec 11, 2022 9:20 PM EST
Allen caught six of his 14 targets for 88 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: The Chargers trailed for much of the second half prompting Allen's incredibly high target rate. It would have been a sour day for fantasy managers had the veteran not snared an absolute laser of a 33-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to keep the game relatively close, but it's still encouraging to see Allen receive the type of workload that was expected for him entering the season.
Dec 4, 2022 8:38 PM EST
Allen recorded five receptions on seven target for 49 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 25-24 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Allen was seemingly the primary focus of the Arizona defense, as peripheral options in the Chargers' offense such as DeAndre Carter and Joshua Palmer were both allowed to out-gain him. However, Allen still managed to make an impact by finding the end zone from two yards away and with receptions of 16 and 13 yards. In two games since returning from a hamstring injury, Allen has recorded 10 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown.
Nov 27, 2022 5:49 PM EST
Allen corralled five of his eight targets for 94 yards in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Chiefs. He also fumbled.
Analysis: It was clear the Chargers sorely missed their veteran receiver as Allen was a frequent target in the early going. Allen's critical fumble with the Chargers driving for the go-ahead score in the fourth appeared to spell doom for the team, but the 30-year-old erased the gaffe on the ensuing possession with a terrific drive-extending 46-yard reception that ultimately led to the team's final touchdown. Mike Williams also made his return after a lengthy absence, but the big-bodied target was forced out of the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter. Should Williams' injury prove to be troublesome, expect more of the burden of the passing game to fall on Allen and Joshua Palmer.
Nov 20, 2022 8:57 PM EST
Allen (hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Also in action is Mike Williams (ankle), with Los Angeles' top two wideouts making their first game appearances since Week 7. Per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Williams is expected to garner a full workload in the contest, while Allen could be on something of a pitch count, possibly in the range of 30-35 snaps. That figures to be enough work for Allen to be a factor in Week 11, but it may take him some time to get back into his usual high-volume role. Meanwhile, Joshua Palmer and DeAndre Carter figure to return to lesser roles in the offense now that Allen and Williams are both back in the mix.
Nov 20, 2022 3:55 PM EST
Allen (hamstring), who is in line to play Sunday against the Chiefs, likely will be operating under a pitch count, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Considering Allen will be making just his third appearance of the season Sunday, if active, it's no surprise the Chargers will take a cautious approach with the 10th-year pro. He was able to log a full practice Friday after opening Week 11 prep with back-to-back limited showings, but Fowler noted that Allen may be in the range of 30-to-35 plays. Meanwhile, fellow wide receiver Mike Williams (ankle) is expected to handle a typical workload, so the pecking order at the position may be Williams, Allen and DeAndre Carter.
Nov 20, 2022 10:30 AM EST
Allen, who's listed as questionable due to a hamstring injury, said he plans to play Sunday against the Chiefs, but the coaches will ultimately make the final call, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Allen has only played in two games this season due to a lingering hamstring issue and has failed to finish either of those contests. The veteran wideout was able to log his first full practice Friday since Week 1 prep and is clearly trending in the right direction, but fantasy managers are still encouraged to monitor Allen's status ahead of Sunday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff.
Nov 19, 2022 9:25 PM EST
Allen (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Chiefs after logging a full practice Friday.
Analysis: That's also the case with Mike Williams (ankle), which gives the Chargers' top two wideouts a chance to return to action in Week 11. Per Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times, Allen indicated that he was able to run full speed this week and felt his usual explosiveness in the process. Meanwhile, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com relays that Allen believes that he's ready to play Sunday, but a determination on that front rests with the team's training/coach staff. The Chargers' Sunday night kickoff adds a layer of risk to relying on Allen in Week 11 fantasy lineups, but he's clearly trending in the right direction at this stage.
Nov 18, 2022 1:58 PM EST
Allen (hamstring) remained limited at practice Thursday.
Analysis: The same applies to fellow WRs Mike Williams (ankle) and DeAndre Carter (ribs), who were all limited Wednesday as well. Friday's final injury report will add a layer of context with regard to the trio's Week 11 status, but Allen, who was able to run routes at practice Thursday, per Daniel Popper of The Athletic, seems to be trending toward being listed as questionable for Sunday night's 8:20 ET contest against the Chiefs.
Nov 17, 2022 3:53 PM EST
Allen (hamstring) was officially limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: The same applies to Mike Williams (ankle), which offers hope that the Chargers' top two WRs could return to action Sunday night against the Chiefs. Per Daniel Popper of The Athletic, when Allen was asked if he thought he'd play this weekend, the wideout -- who last suited up in Week 7 -- replied, "I hope." In two games to date this season, Allen has caught six passes (on as many targets) for 77 yards.
Nov 16, 2022 3:37 PM EST
Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (ankle) participated in individual drills during Wednesday's practice,
Analysis: When asked if he thinks he'll be able to play Sunday night against the Chiefs, Allen -- who last suited up in Week 7 -- replied, "I hope." In any case, the practice participation of the team's top two wideouts offers hope that one or both players could return to action in Week 11, which would be a nice boost for the 5-4 Chargers in advance of their key divisional contest.
Nov 16, 2022 2:54 PM EST
Coach Brandon Staley said Monday that Allen (hamstring) is expected to return to practice this week, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Limited to just two appearances this season due to a lingering hamstring issue, Allen would be a welcome presence on the practice field for quarterback Justin Herbert and the rest of the Chargers offense. Both Allen and Mike Williams (ankle) are slated to mix into drills, but it remains to be seen if they'll do enough to be able to play Sunday against the Chiefs. Wednesday's injury report will reveal how much activity, if any, Allen was able to handle in the first session of Week 11 prep.
Nov 14, 2022 4:20 PM EST
Allen (hamstring) won't play Sunday against the 49ers.
Analysis: The same applies to Mike Williams (ankle), which means that the Chargers' Week 10 wideout corps will once again be headed by Joshua Palmer, DeAndre Carter and Michael Bandy. Allen and Williams' next chance to see game action will arrive in Week 11 when Los Angeles hosts Kansas City.
Nov 11, 2022 1:42 PM EST
Allen (hamstring) remained sidelined at practice Thursday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Allen now has one more chance to return to practice ahead of Sunday night's game against the 49ers, but if he's unavailable this weekend, the Chargers would turn to fellow WRs Joshua Palmer, DeAndre Carter and Michael Bandy to see added snaps in Week 10, with Mike Williams still dealing with an ankle injury.
Nov 10, 2022 2:05 PM EST
Allen (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Eric Smith of the Chargers' official site reports.
Analysis: Allen, who last suited up in Week 7, is considered day-to-day by coach Brandon Staley, but the wideout's continued absence from practice clouds his status for Sunday night's game against the 49ers. If he's unable to return to action this weekend, Joshua Palmer, DeAndre Carter and Michael Bandy would be in line to lead the Chargers' Week 10 WR corps, given that Mike Williams remains sidelined by an ankle injury.
Nov 9, 2022 4:00 PM EST
Allen (hamstring) isn't expected to practice Wednesday, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: At this stage, coach Brandon Staley views Allen as day-to-day, but if the wideout is unable to suit up Sunday night against the 49ers, Joshua Palmer, DeAndre Carter and Michael Bandy would be in line to continue seeing added snaps in Week 10.
Nov 9, 2022 12:21 PM EST
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