The Los Angeles Chargers lost their game to the Detroit Lions 41-38 on Sunday, but the offense wasn’t the issue in this game.
Justin Herbert had a huge day passing the ball, as he finished 27-of-40 passing for 323 yards and four touchdowns. His favorite target on the day was Keenan Allen, who finished with 11 catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
Rookie Quentin Johnston had four catches for 34 yards and was also able to score the very first touchdown of his career. Is this the start of a string of big games, and should fantasy football managers start taking notice?
Should Quentin Johnston Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 11?
Johnston was drafted in the first round this year in a move that was as much about the future as it was this year. One of the biggest positives for him was being able to learn from Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. However, Williams tore his ACL, and then wide receiver Joshua Palmer got hurt, and he is now being counted upon a lot sooner than expected.
It has been up and down this year for Johnston, but he is starting to make some strides, especially in his last three games. He has 18 catches on the season, and 11 of them have been in that three-game stretch. While it is a good thing for the Chargers that he is starting to become more involved in the passing game, should fantasy managers make the waiver wire move?
No, as he is still at best the No. 3 option on the Chargers. The Allen-Hebert duo is arguably the most underrated in all of the NFL. Allen has been as good as any wide receiver in the NFL this year. He currently leads the league in catches (73), is fourth in yards (895), and is tied for fourth in TDs (six).
That isn’t going to change, as Allen has had five games this year with at least eight catches. As he has continued to get healthy, running back Austin Ekeler is getting more and more involved in the offense. He has averaged 102.6 total yards in his last three games and has scored four of his five touchdowns during this stretch.
Also, there is still a chance that wide receiver Joshua Palmer comes back from his injury. If he can do that, then Johnston’s role in the offense will shrink further. If not being the top target on the team wasn’t enough to stay away, the schedule is not favorable against pass defenses in the next couple of weeks.
The Chargers’ next two games coming up against the Green Bay Packers and the Baltimore Ravens, two of the better defenses against the pass this year.
The Packers are ranked seventh (187.6 passing yards allowed per game) and the Ravens are currently ranked fourth (173.1 yards) against the pass. If Johnston does become more involved in the offense and has two more solid games, then maybe we take a look at this question again. Until then, don’t be surprised if Johnston goes back to having some subpar fantasy performances.
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