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Fantasy Analysis | 1413835562
There's no easy answer for Keenan Allen's struggles
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Through seven mostly-disappointing games, it has become clear that Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen is the victim of the dreaded sophomore slump. And the weird thing is, there isn't a clear, obvious reason why.

Allen is on pace for 118 targets and 77 yards receptions this season, both of which would be improvements over last year. Unfortunately, his pace for yards is lacking. He is on pace for just 809.1 yards, more than 200 less than his rookie season, and has also failed to find the end zone through seven games; he had three by this point last season.

One big problem for Allen is that he and Philip Rivers simply cannot get on the same page when it comes to the deep ball. Though Rivers has targeted him nine times on passes beyond 20 yards, Allen has caught just one, for 22 yards. However, he had just two receptions on passes thrown deeper than 20 yards last season, so it isn't like that is the main culprit in his regression.

The big issue, then, is that Allen still isn't making plays with the ball in his hands. He is averaging just 2.9 yards after the catch, down from 6.0. That is almost the entire difference between his 14.7 yards per catch average as a rookie and his 10.4 mark now.

Allen has gone from one of the league's best playmakers as a rookie to someone who can barely get anything done after the catch. Though he makes for a solid buy-low candidate based on last season alone, Fantasy owners are understandably running out of patience. At this point, he makes for a risky play every week.  

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413816032
Chargers defense struggle again in losing effort
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Chargers defense couldn't get off the field Sunday, in a 23-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 7.

The Chiefs held the ball for 39 minutes Sunday, which makes the Chargers' performance better than it appears. The Chiefs racked up 365 yards of total offense in the game while the Chargers failed to record a single turnover. Quarterback Alex Smith was sacked three times in the loss.

The Chargers DST unit has been solid for most of the season, but is now riding its worst two-game stretch yet. They head into Week 8 against the Broncos averaging 10.1 Fantasy points per game, but should not be relied on in any Fantasy formats. 

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Chargers' Nick Novak sets franchise record in Week 7 loss
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Chargers kicker Nick Novak made both his field-goal attempts and added two extra points in his team's 23-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 7.

Novak set a new franchise record by making his 30th straight field goal from 24 yards out in the fourth quarter. He tied the game and extended his record later in the quarter with a make from 48 yards. The Chargers head to Denver for a Thursday night matchup with the Broncos in Week 8.

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Malcom Floyd, Eddie Royal limited in Chargers' Week 7 loss
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd caught just three of his seven targets for 50 yards Sunday while wide receiver Eddie Royal gained 20 yards while catching just one of his five targets in San Diego's 23-20 loss to Kansas City in Week 7.

The team's secondary threats failed to get much going on a day where quarterback Philip Rivers recorded a season-low 205 passing yards. The Chargers will head to Denver for a Thursday night battle in Week 8.

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Chargers WR Keenan Allen catches six passes in Week 7
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen caught a team-high six passes on 10 targets for 58 yards in San Diego's 23-20 loss to Kansas City in Week 7.

Allen was the focal point of the passing attack Sunday, but he continues to have trouble breaking big plays. It was his third straight game averaging less than 10 yards per catch, and he's barely surpassed that mark on the season, logging 34 receptions and 354 yards while failing to catch a touchdown in seven games. He'll look for a long-awaited breakout performance when the Chargers head to Denver for a Thursday night battle in Week 8.

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