Coach Brandon Staley said in July they would bring Quentin Johnston along slowly, and that’s held true. Staley said the slow ramp-up for their first-round pick isn’t because Johnston isn’t ready, but rather because of the talent ahead of him.
But that timeline has shifted. Mike Williams suffered a season-ending ACL tear in Sunday’s win against the Minnesota Vikings. The Chargers no longer have the luxury of keeping their first-round receiver hidden on the sidelines.
“We believe in the makeup of this guy, and now he's going to get a bigger opportunity because there are going to be more opportunities available for him,” Staley said. “So it's a great chance for him to step up.”
Allen is obviously still the top target but will probably draw more attention from defenses. Johnston will battle with Palmer for the WR2 spot but certainly has a chance to take over that role given his first-round talent. But as the story said, Johnston's play fluctuated in camp and he struggled with drops at one point. Still, if you're looking for help at the WR position, Johnston should be picked up and at least stashed for a week or two to see how he starts to fit in with this high-powered offense.
LAC WR Josh Palmer - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 4 vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Josh Palmer had his most productive game of the season in Week 3 against the Vikings, Palmer played 61% of the Chargers' offensive snaps and earned seven targets. He corralled four for 66 yards and a touchdown, giving him 12.6 Half PPR points and a WR27 finish for the week.
The Raiders have been better against wide receivers than other positions so far this season, and rank 11th in aFPA to wideouts. Palmer has generally benefited from a higher workload when Mike Williams has missed time over the last few seasons, earning 15.8% of the targets with Williams out of the lineup compared to 10.9% when the former Clemson Tiger plays. Still, it's hard to get too excited about Palmer from a fantasy point of view, given his finishing as a WR3 or worse in 79% of his games over the last two seasons. He's a desperation WR4 option this week.