Allen recorded six receptions for 52 yards on eight targets in Sunday's 35-32 overtime loss to the Raiders. 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 Joshua Palmer. While Williams 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.
Allen caught just four of his nine targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Broncos. 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.
Allen recorded four receptions on six targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 41-29 loss to the Texans. For the second time in his last three games, Allen was held to less than 40 receiving yards. The 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 has a good chance to bounce back in Week 17 against Denver despite a relatively difficult matchup.
Allen tallied six catches on 10 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 34-28 loss to the Chiefs. 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 in between.
The Chargers activated Allen (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports. 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.
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