A Target Machine
Keenan Allen returned to fantasy prominence last year, as Phillip Rivers’ most trusted receiver and one of the NFL’s most targeted players (159 targets). As long as Allen is healthy, his role is secure, particularly with the Chargers tight end group decimated by Hunter Henry’s season-ending ACL tear. For the Chargers to function in the way we’re accustomed, Allen has to play a massive role. The only bad news is Allen’s ADP is now in-line with his value, for the first time in four seasons. However, in the first two or three rounds, the goal isn’t to find hidden value but to capture fair value. Allen is among the safest players at the position and could vie for No. 1 overall honors if he gets positive touchdown regression.
- Finished as the No. 3 receiver in both points per reception (PPR) and non-PPR last year
- Philip Rivers and Ken Whisenhunt remain in place; continuity it key
- Hunter Henry tore his ACL in the preseason, leaving a massive target vacuum
- Set a Chargers record (with Rivers at quarterback) with 159 targets
- Remained healthy last year for the first time
- Allen’s substantial role in the red zone belies his low career touchdown rate
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