WR Keenan Allen - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-2, 206||Born: 4-27-1992||College: California||Drafted: Round 3|
Week 15: at Kansas City Chiefs
FBG says: Good matchup. The Chargers are on an absolute roll at the moment as Phillip Rivers and Keenan Allen are playing some of the best football that they have ever played together. Over his last four games, Allen has gone for 100 or more yards in each of the four contests while scoring four touchdowns in those four games. Phillip Rivers has thrown for 300 or more yards in three consecutive games while throwing for six touchdowns in those three games. Hunter Henry has also emerged as of late as an additional threat in this passing attack as he has 50 yards or more in each of his last three games with two touchdowns in each of them. The Chiefs get Marcus Peters back in this game after a one-game suspension last week and it is much needed as Peters the team played Darrelle Revis 56 snaps last week which is not something that they likely want to do every week moving forward for the 32-year-old cornerback who did play well last week. The biggest issue for the Chiefs, however, is that the one position on the field that they have been torched by is the Chargers best position which is the slot cornerback. On the season the Chiefs have given up the third most fantasy points to opposing slot cornerbacks including allowing 107 and 157 yards to Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson both who rotated at times in the slot two weeks ago.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 14 vs WAS (8 / 6 / 111 / 0 rec)
Allen was once again the team's leading receiver, putting up a game-high six receptions and another 100-yard performance (111). And his stat line could have been even better, as he missed out on a touchdown by a yard. Allen and Rivers were on the same page very early on, as Allen turned to bring in a sideline floater down the sideline on the team's first drive. Soon after that catch, he looked on his way to the corner of the end zone on a catch out of the backfield. But before he could get to the pylon and fight the defenders in the area, he lost his footing a few yards shy. He looked open on the next play too, but the bullet pass from Rivers was too far in front of him in the front corner of the end zone and never had a chance to be completed. In the second half, Allen broke loose down the seam on a flea-flicker. The Rivers pass finally came down 51 yards later just inside the 5-yard line, but Allen stumbled as he hauled in the very difficult catch. As he slid on the ground, he ended up just about a yard shy of the end zone, but was touched down by the trailing defenders just before he could roll in for the score. Melvin Gordon scored on the very next play.
2017 Week 13 vs CLE (14 / 10 / 105 / 1 rec)
Over the last several games, Allen has staked his claim as arguably the best route-running receiver in the league, as well as one of the best overall just in general. He posted another outstanding stat line today, and appears to be nearly uncoverable. The rapport that he has with Philip Rivers is something rare to see, and not many QB/WR combos in the league are on the same page as frequently as these two appear to be. It's almost a broken record at this point; Allen showed tremendous hands on a leaping catch away from his body where he snagged it out of mid-air. Allen continuously beat his man over the middle on crossing routes and slants. Allen is the focal point of one of the hottest offenses in the league, and yet still finds himself wide open time and time again. Twice he was targeted in the end zone on fade passes (on one of them, he had the ball in his hands and just needed to land, but the defender played it perfectly to knock it away just before his feet touched down), and once more he took a screen pass inside the 10-yard line where he just needed to beat one man for the score. And yet despite all these near-misses, he STILL managed to get into the end zone for his owners on a second half pattern. First he had to haul in the 26-yard gain on a 4th and 4 deep ball down the sideline (fortunately making a great individual effort to bring it in). And then once in the red zone, he made a tremendous break off the line to get his defender leaning one way before darting back the other direction for the wide open score over the middle. Late in the game, Allen caught a quick screen and had the ball jarred loose by a defender, but fortunately for Allen and the Chargers, Hunter Henry was right there to pounce on the ball for the recovery. Allen was targeted on one more fade pattern in the corner of the end zone, but it was overthrown a bit and had no chance to be brought in.
2017 Week 12 vs DAL (14 / 11 / 172 / 1 rec)
Allen set a new career high with 172 receiving yards against the Cowboys on a season-high 14 targets. The connection between Philip Rivers and Allen was pronounced as the pair accounted for 42% of Rivers' pass attempts where Hunter Henry was a distant second on the team with 15%. Allen was unstoppable for much of the game, posting a strong start with three catches in the opening quarter, including a contested seam reception and more than 10 yards of after-the-catch yardage on a short hitch route of note. As the game progressed, Allen was a critical element to the Chargers ultimately pulling away for the comfortable road win. Allen drew a fourth down defensive pass interference penalty, another on a critical third down, and eluded multiple defenders on his highlight third down long touchdown. In addition to Allen's two draw interference penalties beyond the box score, Allen also dropped a comeback route target. Between those three plays, Allen was an easy candidate for 200+ yards. After a touchdown drought of eight games in the middle of the season, Allen is one of the hottest wide receivers in the NFL with 23-331-3 over the last two weeks on a gaudy 27 targets. The Browns pose another exploitable matchup next week.
2017 Week 11 vs BUF (13 / 12 / 159 / 2 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Allen was simply unstoppable in this game. His first touch of the game was actually a handoff, which just goes to show the various ways in which he was deployed as an offensive weapon. He caught crossing routes by beating defenders off the line, he caught slants over the middle, he ran free in the secondary on just about every single Buffalo blitz, and nearly every reception he made was followed by a trail of defenders chasing him down, who weren't even in the frame when he first caught the ball. He scored twice before halftime, the first coming on a tremendous individual effort. He made a nice adjustment on a back shoulder fade sort of near the middle of the field. There were defenders all around the surrounding area, but Allen was the only one to find the ball. As he caught it and spun, he dove into the end zone to complete the 21-yard score. His second touchdown was even more difficult. He caught a designed screen from inside the 5-yard line. Defenders met him outside the end zone around the 1 or 2 yard line and seemingly stopped him, but he stretched the ball for the goal line. Initial replays appeared to confirm that the ball had crossed the plane prior to his knee touching down, but one replay then appeared to show the ball inches short with his knee on the ground. But after review, officials ruled it a touchdown anyway and the call stood. Allen wrapped up the first half with an incredibly nine receptions for 123 yards and those two scores. He added a handful of grabs in the second half, much like the first, but with the team up so big and the Buffalo offense showing no signs of life, the Chargers took their foot off the pedal and Allen's production slowed. But he looks to be fully recovered from last year's knee injury, and could be a key for fantasy owners down the stretch and into the fantasy playoffs with performances like this.
2017 Week 10 vs JAX (7 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Allen did not see many targets as he was matched up with Jalen Ramsey during most of the game, but he made the most out of the targets he did get. He converted several third downs on zone beating inside option routes and showed great awareness for the markers and in his routes. His biggest play came on a 19-yard corner route where he beat Jalen Ramsey and stayed in bounds against contact.
2017 Week 8 vs NE (5 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
Allen, like everyone else in the Charger passing game, was quiet prior to halftime. In the second half, he came alive a bit. He had a couple of really nice sideline catches, using his body to shield defenders and demonstrating his excellent balance. But he never did make that big reception to break the defense (although he did draw a long pass interference penalty early in the fourth quarter that put the Chargers about thirty yards closer to the end zone).
2017 Week 7 vs DEN (7 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Allen was questionable to play with a shoulder injury, but was declared fit to play earlier in the day. After a relatively quiet start, he connected on an 19-yard reception down inside the 5-yard line that went for 18 yards. He used a crossing route, and the defenders lost track of him as he streaked towards the sideline. Allen tried diving in at the pylon for the score, but came up several yards shy. His other two receptions totaled just 22 yards, but one of them was a terrific diving grab over the middle featuring a nearly full extension layout on the play.
2017 Week 6 vs OAK (9 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)
Allen had a relatively quiet game. He was involved in terms of targets and usage, but most of it was early on and he didn't seem able to get open at will as he has so often done this season. His first few receptions were very short, most of them shy of the first down markers, and he wasn't getting a ton of separation. He finally shook free over the middle for a 28-yard strike deep down the field, following it up with a nice diving grab on a later 3rd and 9 grab near the sideline. He did a great job of keeping his route alive, reaching out to snatch a pass heading outside while keeping his body inbounds. It was a terrific throw, and a really nice adjustment as well on the catch.
2017 Week 5 vs NYG (12 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)
Allen led the team in targets against the Giants, but squandered his volume opportunity with three dropped passes (one in the end zone) and Philip Rivers missing him in the end zone on another occasion. Allen nearly made a highlight reel highpoint reception down the sideline, but could not control the pass to the ground. Allen did not log a reception until the second half with all of his receptions coming on third down.
2017 Week 4 vs PHI (11 / 5 / 138 / 0 rec)
Allen simply continues to make more and more strides towards regaining the form that found him as one of the best weapons in the game. He continues to abuse defenses over the middle on both slants and crossing routes (both short and deep). He showed some rare outside speed in this one too, shaking a defender with a terrific sell off the line, connecting up the left sideline on a perfectly-thrown ball by Rivers to pick up 49 yards. Allen nearly punctuated his first half with an end zone connection. But despite clearly being shoved by a Philadelphia defender in the end zone, pass interference was not called. In the second half, he added yet another big play featuring a ton of work after the catch when he plucked a ball out of mid-air over the middle on a deep cross. After the catch, there was almost nothing but space in front of him. He took off up the right side and was finally dragged down just outside the 10-yard line after a pickup of 50 yards.
2017 Week 3 vs KC (9 / 5 / 61 / 0 rec)
Allen was once again plenty busy, but he didn't have very many game-breaking opportunities to work with. He ran a few of his typical quick slants and crossing routes, fighting with defenders for extra yards and picking up yards after the catch on nearly every reception. And he got more red zone work than any of his counterparts, hauling in one reception down to the 3-yard line, another that drew a pass interference right at the goal line, and another that was a jump ball in the end zone from close range that was knocked away incomplete. He did show some uncharacteristic strength on two second half receptions. The first featured a battle with the defender where he stumbled to the ground. He had enough body control to pick himself back up, fight for positioning to grab the pass, and take off up the field for decent yardage. And the next, a deep crossing route for 18 yards that again featured good strength after the catch to fight for yardage.
2017 Week 2 vs MIA (10 / 9 / 100 / 0 rec)
Allen has picked up right where he left off prior to his knee injury, leading the team in both receptions and yardage. And as was the case pre-injury, he appears to be almost uncoverable at times. Allen did most of his damage over the middle of the field as usual, but did make one nice grab a little deeper down the seam (still in the middle of the field, but not his typical crossing route or slant or comeback). He got into the soft part of the zone for 24 yards to take the ball down to the 4-yard line with a very nice route. Later he added another big yardage play, most of which came after the catch, on a crossing route. Throughout the game, he showed excellent body control and good moves in the open field. On the potential game-winning drive, he hauled in a quick slant over the middle for a huge pickup that took the ball to the 26-yard line, a spot that set up the eventual field goal attempt (which was missed).
2017 Week 1 vs DEN (10 / 5 / 35 / 1 rec)
A year removed from a torn ACL, Allen re-staked his claim as the top option in the Los Angeles passing game. He didn't have a great game, and even suffered a couple of rare drops, but he made his presence felt with a lot of activity. The volume of passes that went in his direction is all the evidence we need that he is the go-to guy for Philip Rivers. Allen did most of his work over the middle of the field as usual, with a healthy dose of slants and crossing patterns. On his lone deep target, he was able to draw a pass interference penalty on the play. His next-longest target was a mid-range pass that went for a second half touchdown. Allen broke off the line on a slant and got wide open in the back of the end zone for the easy score, but was whistled for a personal foul penalty after it appeared he tossed the ball at a Denver defender. There didn't appear to be any plays where Allen really tested his surgically-repaired knee, as his lone visibly hard cut back came on his left leg. If he isn't 100% recovered from his injury last year, he appears to be extremely close.
Latest NewsChargers | Keenan Allen stays hot (Sun Dec 10, 11:52 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers QB Keenan Allen caught six passes on eight targets for 111 yards in a 30-13 win over the Washington Redskins in Week 14, his fourth straight 100-yard game. link to story Chargers | Keenan Allen on fire down stretch (Sun Dec 3, 07:50 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen posted 10 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns. He was targeted 14 times. Our View: Allen is the hottest receiver in fantasy football with Antonio Brown battling a toe injury. Allen will face Josh Norman next week, but there's no way that we're benching him.
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