2. Top Fantasy Football Pickups For Week 9 – Los Angeles Chargers WR Joshua Palmer
It’s been a minute since we’ve seen Joshua Palmer, who missed Los Angeles’ Week 7 game against the Seattle Seahawks after suffering a concussion in Week 6. Absence did create an opportunity for Palmer, however, as Mike Williams suffered a knee injury in that game.
Williams is expected to be out for at least four weeks, creating a spot in the starting lineup for Palmer if he can clear the concussion protocol after the Chargers’ bye week. Keenan Allen is back from a lingering hamstring injury but was on a pitch count in Week 7, a trend that could continue for another week as Los Angeles tries to work him back into game shape.
These two events could converge nicely for Palmer, who has formed a strong connection with Justin Herbert this season by catching 26 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown. Herbert has looked Palmer’s way 40 times in six games with Palmer getting at least six looks in four of Los Angeles’ six contests.
There is a good value opportunity here with Palmer, who is rostered in only 23 percent of Yahoo! leagues, ahead of the Chargers’ Week 9 matchup against the Falcons’ struggling pass defense. Palmer is a plug-and-play WR3 for as long as Williams is out with the upside to be a WR2 if Allen doesn’t re-acclimate to the offense quickly.