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Joshua Palmer

#3 WR,


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169 FPTS

RANK: 36


158 FPTS

RANK: 57


23 yrs


6'1'' / 210 lbs




Sliding down depth chart?

Latest Headline: Published 2023-04-28

Palmer is part of a WR room that now includes 21st overall pick Quentin Johnston in addition to veterans Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, Eric Smith of the Chargers' official site reports.

In other words, Palmer may slide down to fourth or fifth on the depth chart, after starting 11 games last season and drawing 107 targets. His volume was aided by both Allen and Williams missing significant chunks of time, and Palmer averaged only 10.7 yards per catch and 7.2 per target -- identical to his marks on 49 targets as a rookie the year before. The 2021 third-round pick could still be given a chance to compete with Johnston for the No. 3 job, and even if Palmer loses that battle he'd likely be one injury away from rejoining the top three.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022


Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingReceiving StatsRoutes Run
1 LV Outdoor 85° 3.9 87th 0.98-3.552.543501.7-130%00012%42%2%56%
2 @KC Outdoor 82° 13.0 33rd
3 JAC Outdoor 81° 15.9 25th 2.65-6.045.59699016.5890%41022%19%4%77%
4 @HOU Dome 78° 3.5 81st 3.50-5.545.51125025.02320%1103%62%0%39%
5 @CLE Outdoor 58° 5.4 75th 1.80-1.547.5632408.05340%00018%29%6%65%
6 DEN Outdoor 69° 14.7 23rd 1.63-3.545.51295706.3330%20022%21%0%79%
9 @ATL Dome 78° 18.6 8th 2.33-3.049.5108106013.310311%53023%22%0%78%
10 @SF Outdoor 57° 7.4 57th 2.477.545.58344014.712325%21023%16%0%84%
11 KC Outdoor 69° 30.6 3rd 3.835.050.5108106213.3940%41135%18%0%82%
12 @ARZ Dome 64° 10.6 44th 2.12-3.047.57556011.21020%20015%15%0%86%
13 @LV Dome 73° 13.0 29th 1.863.049.51176008.6720%30024%23%0%77%
14 MIA Outdoor 57° 9.3 45th 2.333.552.56453013.31300%30013%27%0%73%
15 TEN Outdoor 66° 9.9 43rd 1.98-3.045.5554909.8630%30013%24%4%72%
16 @IND Dome 22° 3.6 77th 1.80-3.546.5321608.0530%00010%48%0%53%
17 LA Outdoor 62° 0.0 127th 0.00-6.540.510000.0000%0003%14%0%87%
18 @DEN Outdoor 43° 9.9 40th 2.486.540.5643909.83720%20014%11%0%89%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving Averages
Home Outdoor 16 60.51.88102nd4.43.3350.310.66.93.72%
Away Outdoor 10 40.51.23148th3.82.0210.
Away Dome 2 16.91.3835th10.05.5530.
Away Retractable Dome 5 52.11.91113th5.44.2490.

Career Stats by Season: 2021 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving StatsRoutes Run
2021 22 LAC 17 5 93 74th4933353410.7833%15307%37%1%62%
2022 23 LAC 16 11 169 36th10772769310.7748%337116%25%1%74%
Yards ball travels in the "Air" per completion. "YAC" is average yards gained after catch. "Drop"ped pass rate. "Share" of team passing targets.

Struggles in playoff defeat

Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-14

Palmer recorded two receptions on six targets for 31 yards in Saturday's 31-30 wild-card round loss to the Jaguars.

Palmer entered the game as the Chargers' second receiver with Mike Williams (back) sidelined, and his opportunity only further increased when DeAndre Carter suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter. In contrast to the regular season, Palmer struggled with the extra looks, as he failed to get on the same page with Justin Herbert. Despite the poor ending to his season, Palmer took a significant step forward in his second campaign as a pro. However, with Keenan Allen and Williams back in the mix in 2023, Palmer is likely to remain the Chargers' third wide receiver.

Will be No. 2 WR sans Williams

Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-13

Palmer could be in store for a prominent role in Saturday's playoff game against the Jaguars, as fellow wide receiver Mike Williams (back) has been ruled out.

Palmer's expected to operate as the No. 2 wide receiver behind Keenan Allen in Williams' absence. With star quarterback Justin Herbert throwing him the ball, Palmer produced 769 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season, including a Week 11 outburst of 106 yards and two touchdowns against the Chiefs in a game Williams left early after aggravating an ankle injury.

Four catches in Week 18

Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-08

Palmer secured four of six targets for 39 yards in the Chargers' 31-28 loss to the Broncos on Sunday.

Palmer's modest performance was underwhelming within a Week 18 context, but it doesn't sully what was a career-best regular season that saw the second-year wideout post a 72-769-3 line across 16 games. Additionally, Palmer could be primed for a substantial role in Saturday's wild-card road matchup versus the Jaguars, considering Mike Williams exited Sunday's game with a back injury and could therefore be sidelined or limited against Jacksonville.

Absent from box score

Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-03

Palmer did not catch his only target in the 31-10 win over the Rams on Sunday.

While Palmer did play a healthy amount of snaps (36), the nature of Sunday's blowout meant the third wideout took a relative back seat with most of the Chargers' regulars sitting by the fourth quarter. The second-year wideout has seen his production dip dramatically with the return of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, to the point he's not at all a lock for fantasy lineups next week despite the Chargers having plenty to play for in terms of playoff seeding.

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