Keenan Allen

Los Angeles Chargers
Wide Receiver #13
Los Angeles Chargers
Wide Receiver #13
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Keenan Allen News

Held in check in loss

Allen recorded six receptions for 52 yards on eight targets in Sunday's 35-32 overtime loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Allen compiled 25 of his 52 receiving yards on the team's 19-play, 83-yard drive to end regulation, but that essentially counted for all of the veteran's big-play production. Allen finished the 2021 campaign with his fifth consecutive 130-plus target season and also registered 1,100-plus receiving yards and at least 100 receptions for the fourth time in the last five years despite the emergence of Mike Williams and gradual improvement from rookie Josh Palmer. While Williams ultimately became the first Chargers wide receiver to have more receiving yards than Allen since Tyrell Williams back in 2016, the multi-time Pro Bowler was still Justin Herbert's most reliable target and will remain a top option in PPR leagues entering next season.

Jan 9, 2022 10:36 PM EST

Kept in check

Allen caught just four of his nine targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Allen struggled to gain much separation in this contest, often matching up against sensational rookie Patrick Surtain with the Broncos cornerback routinely getting the upper hand. The veteran wide receiver did tally his 100th reception for the third consecutive season and appears poised for another solid game next week in a win-and-you're-in divisional battle against the Raiders.

Jan 2, 2022 5:11 PM EST

Blanketed by Texans

Allen recorded four receptions on six targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 41-29 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: For the second time in his last three games, Allen was held to less than 40 receiving yards. His six targets were his lowest in a game since Week 6 and snapped a seven-contest stretch during which he got at least eight looks in the passing game. Given his track record, Allen should bounce back in Week 17 against Denver despite a relatively difficult matchup.

Dec 26, 2021 3:08 PM EST

Scores in defeat

Allen tallied six catches on 10 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 34-28 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Allen's 29-yard reception accounted for the Chargers' longest play of the evening, but it was the slightly overthrown deep pass with 33 seconds left in the game that will go down as the biggest missed opportunity for both Los Angeles and fantasy managers. After failing to score a touchdown from Weeks 9-12, the veteran wideout now has three over the last two games, with a missed contest due to COVID-19 sandwiched inbetween.

Dec 16, 2021 9:18 PM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

The Chargers activated Allen (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.

Analysis: At the time Allen tested positive for COVID-19 last Monday, it was known that he was vaccinated, giving him a chance to clear league protocols and play this past Sunday against the Giants. He wasn't able to do so, but he now is free and clear ahead of Thursday's contest against the Chiefs. The Chargers listed Mike Williams (heel) as a non-participant on Monday's estimated injury report, so Allen could take on even greater target share Week 15 if his fellow wideout is limited or sidelined.

Dec 14, 2021 1:53 PM EST

Coach expects Week 15 return

Coach Brandon Staley expects Allen (illness) to clear COVID-19 protocols in time to play Thursday against the Chiefs, Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: Allen will need to be removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list in order to suit up, but Staley's optimistic that will happen barring any setbacks. Quarterback Justin Herbert didn't have any trouble carving up the Giants secondary in Allen's absence Sunday, tossing touchdowns to Jalen Guyton, Joshua Palmer and Jared Cook en route to a 37-21 win.

Dec 12, 2021 5:22 PM EST

Not slated to play Sunday

Allen, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, is not in line to play Sunday against the Giants, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: While Allen is not slated to be activated for the contest, the report notes that barring any late issues, fellow wideout Mike Williams, who is also on COVID list, should be able to play this weekend. Minus Allen, added Week 14 snaps will be available for Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer.

Dec 10, 2021 1:23 PM EST

Could still play Week 14

Allen (illness), who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday after testing positive for the virus, is vaccinated and could have a chance to clear all protocols prior to the Chargers' Week 14 game against the Giants, Taylor Bisciotti of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Vaccinated players that test positive are eligible to rejoin their teams as soon as they show diminished symptoms of the virus and turn in two negative COVID-19 tests at least 24 hours apart. In similar instances this season, players have typically needed more than a week to clear protocols, but the Steelers' T.J. Watt notably bucked the trend in Week 13, returning to the team five days after testing positive and then playing his normal allotment of snaps in Pittsburgh's win over the Ravens. Allen will hope to follow a similar path Week 14, but the odds are still against him gaining clearance ahead of Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff. The fact that the Chargers are hosting the Giants rather than traveling across the country for the matchup at least removes one possible complication in Allen's bid to play this weekend.

Dec 6, 2021 4:56 PM EST

Tests positive for COVID-19

Allen's placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday was the result of a positive test for the virus, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Allen has been his usual productive self this season -- 86 catches for 929 yards on 124 targets -- but he only had two touchdowns before doubling that number this past Sunday in Cincinnati. Now, his status is in question following Monday's development. Coach Brandon Staley told Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register that Allen is "day-to-day right now, and hopefully we'll have some good news on him in the next few days." A lot of that depends on Allen's vaccination status. If he's able to test negative twice at least 24 hours apart, he'd be eligible to return to the active roster. If he's unable to do so before Sunday's game against the Giants, Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer would be in line for more work along with starting wide receiver Mike Williams.

Dec 6, 2021 2:29 PM EST

Hits reserve/COVID-19 list

The Chargers placed Allen (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Taylor Bisciotti of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The vaccination status of Allen is unclear, but he's now in danger of missing his first game of the season, one day removed from doubling his TD count on the campaign with two scoring strikes this past Sunday at Cincinnati. His status will be one to monitor as the week goes on, but if Allen ends up sidelined Week 14 against the Giants, Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer would be in line for additional work alongside starting wide receiver Mike WIlliams.

Dec 6, 2021 2:10 PM EST

Snares two touchdowns

Allen tallied four catches on eight targets for 34 yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers' 41-22 win over the Bengals on Sunday.

Analysis: It's a bit disappointing that in Allen's first game with a touchdown since Week 8 he suddenly saw his fewest targets since mid October, but he did technically see a team-high in looks as quarterback Justin Herbert spread the ball around plenty. It'll be interesting to see the type of workload Allen will receive next week against a hapless Giants team that did not have starting quarterback Daniel Jones (neck) and also saw backup Mike Glennon leave Sunday's matchup with a concussion. Facing an opponent possibly down to its third-string signal caller entering Week 14, the Chargers offense, and by default Allen, could be utilized less against a suddenly toothless New York lineup.

Dec 5, 2021 3:39 PM EST

Tops in receiving again

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

Leads team in receiving

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

Falls short of century mark Sunday

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

Active for Week 10

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

Slated to play in Week 10

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

Listed as questionable, expected to play

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

Questionable but should play

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

Returns to limited session

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

Returns to field Thursday

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

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