On December 14, 2023, Los Angeles Chargers’ star wide receiver Keenan Allen was confirmed to be suffering from a heel injury and will be sitting out an upcoming divisional game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Additionally, quarterback Justin Herbert will be out for the rest of the season due to a fractured index finger on his throwing hand, which required surgery.
Despite his injury, Keenan Allen finished Week 14 with an impressive performance, with six catches for 68 yards, resulting in a new team record of 108 receptions for the season. He has also accumulated 1,243 yards and is only one touchdown away from tying his career-high of eight touchdowns.
ESPN’s fantasy football portal ranks Allen #3 out of all wide receivers for this season, causing concern among fantasy football team managers who will need to make adjustments to their lineups for the start of the playoffs. On the bright side, the Chargers will have wide receiver Joshua Palmer back in the lineup, having recovered from a sprained knee.
The report also touched on rookie wide receiver Quentin Johnston, a first-round pick out of TCU, who struggled with dropped balls early in the season but has shown improvements in recent weeks, culminating in a career-high of 91 receiving yards in the previous game.
Regarding the forthcoming matchup with the Raiders, the Chargers, with a 5-8 record, are currently considered underdogs against the Raiders, who are 5-8 favorites. The Chargers previously defeated the Raiders 24-17 in Week 4, but the Raiders narrowly covered the spread as +7.5 underdogs.
The article also provided an overview of other teams in the AFC West division, reporting a loss for the Kansas City Chiefs, who still hold the top spot in the division, closely followed by the Denver Broncos. Lastly, it mentioned that the Raiders are leaning towards rookie Aidan O’Connell as their starting quarterback for the game against the Chargers, despite previous struggles in their recent games.