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Keenan Allen injury update: WR out for Chargers, fantasy owners

The San Diego Chargers wide receiver is out indefinitely. We break down the fantasy implications.

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen was carted off the field late in the second quarter with an apparent right knee injury in the team’s Week 1 meeting against Kansas City. The fourth-year WR went down while running an inside route in what looked to be a non-contact injury, and was visibly emotional. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy acknowledged postgame that the team believes Allen may have suffered an ACL injury, according to editor Ricky Henne. Allen is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Allen going down just left the Chargers and fantasy owners with a big hole at the WR position. Unfortunately Allen is no stranger to season-ending injuries. In 2015, Allen’s season was cut short when he suffered lacerated kidney. If he has torn his ACL, he will likely be out for the remainder of this season as well. Owners should be looking for Allen’s replacement now. Some Week 1 studs to consider: Mike Wallace in Baltimore, Will Fuller in Houston, and Mohamed Sanu in Atlanta. All three WRs had impressive openers and are available in over 40 percent of fantasy leagues.