Guyton (hamstring) finished the 2020 season with 28 receptions for 511 yards and three touchdowns across 16 games. The second-year player provides an example that high snap counts don't necessarily translate into fantasy success. Despite playing the 12th-most snaps of any wide receiver in 2020 and posting the third-highest average depth of target among wideouts with at least 40-plus targets (16.0), Guyton was hardly a factor in his first season as a starter. Content to use the 23-year-old as blazing speed decoy and not much more, Guyton caught three or more passes just three times all season, with two of those efforts coming in down the stretch with Keenan Allen (hamstring/COVID-19) and Mike Williams (back) both sidelined. There's a distinct possibility Guyton could be even less of a focal point depending on how the Chargers change their offense in 2021. With Anthony Lynn now gone, a system that relied heavily on a speed threat to open up the field for numerous crossing routes could fall to the wayside, leaving Guyton possibly on the outside looking in when it comes to the team's No. 3 wide receiver role.
Guyton (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports. Guyton's ability to take every rep Thursday clears the way for him to fill a starting role out wide for the Chargers in Sunday's game versus the Chiefs. Though Guyton has typically served as a secondary target for quarterback Justin Herbert this season, the receiver could be in store for a heightened role in the passing attack Week 17. No. 1 receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring) has already been ruled out for the contest after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, while top tight end Hunter Henry remains on the same list as of Thursday and is uncertain to gain clearance for the season finale.
Guyton was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to a hamstring injury. With Keenan Allen (hamstring) seemingly trending toward a second straight absence Sunday against the Chiefs, Guyton's Week 17 status gains added import. If Allen ends up out and Guyton is cleared to play this weekend, he would be taking aim at a Kansas City squad that's likely to be sitting or limiting some of its key defensive players, given that the Chiefs have already clinched the AFC's No. 1 seed.
Guyton caught three of his five targets for 43 yards in the 19-16 win Sunday over the Broncos. For a fourth consecutive week, Guyton saw the most offensive snaps of any wide receiver, but the speedy wideout was once again used as a decoy despite Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Hunter Henry (reserve/COVID-19 list) ruled out ahead of the contest. The 23-year-old Guyton has risen from relative obscurity to tally at least 30 receiving yards in four of the last five games, but he is simply a cursory cast member when considering the rest of the Chargers' dangerous receiving ensemble.
Guyton brought in four of six targets for 91 yards in the Chargers' 30-27 overtime win over the Raiders on Thursday night. He also rushed once for four yards. On a night when both Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back) were at least partly hobbled, Guyton took advantage of extra opportunity to post a career- and team-high yardage figure. The catch that propelled him to those accomplishments was the most critical of the game for Los Angeles, as it came in the form of a 53-yard grab on a post pattern with just 3:05 remaining in overtime and the Raiders holding a 27-24 lead. The play, which nearly resulted in a touchdown, ultimately set up a Justin Herbert one-yard game-winning scoring push into the end zone. Guyton had previously flashed this season with 72- and 84-yard showings in Weeks 4 and 7, respectively, and he'll look to continue a strong finish to the campaign in a Week 16 matchup against the Broncos on Sunday, Dec. 27.
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