WR Keenan Allen - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-2, 206||Born: 4-27-1992||College: California||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2013|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Allen didn't have to do much as the Chargers rolled the Browns in Cleveland, although he did add over 40 yards as a runner. Just like last year, better days are yet to come in the second half of the season.
Week 7: vs Tennessee Titans
FBG says: matchup.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Keenan Allen's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 6 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec, 4 / 41 / 0 rush)
It wasn't the huge breakout performance his owners were hoping for, but Allen had a very effective afternoon overall. Nearly half of his yardage came on the ground, with four different end-around handoffs that Cleveland simply had no answers for whatsoever. He actually had a fifth handoff that went for 26 yards, but it was negated by a holding penalty on Virgil Green. The hold was in the area of the gain, but it seemed like Green could have just held his ground without holding and it still would have been a big gain anyway. Allen had a few nice gains in the passing game as well, but with the Chargers sticking to the ground so much there just weren't as many opportunities. Allen also had a few blunders in the game, none of which ended up costing the team anything. He made a very poor threw back to Philip Rivers on an attempted flea-flicker, which got away from him but eventually recovered by Austin Ekeler. Shortly after that, he muffed a punt return attempt but then recovered it himself. And finally, he took a quick screen inside and ran into his own blocker (pretty hard actually). But he managed to regroup enough to dart outside and pick up a nice gain for the first down.
2018 Week 5 vs OAK (9 / 8 / 90 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Allen didn't seem to be having a big day, as most of his receptions were open grabs over the middle and none of them going for huge yardage. He was consistently Rivers' safety blanket, but he didn't have any game-breaking catches. But then at the end of the day, he once again led the team in receptions and receiving yardage, so it was more quantity than quality for him in this one. He hasn't had a truly explosive game since Week 1, but it would stand to reason that the breakout performances aren't too far off considering his usage patterns.
2018 Week 4 vs SF (10 / 7 / 63 / 0 rec)
Despite team-leading receptions and receiving yardage, Allen had another relatively quiet game. He had a few short receptions over the middle that didn't go for much yardage, then finally picked up 18 on an out route to the sideline late in the first quarter. In the second half, he was shown walking to the sideline holding his arm in obvious pain following a reception. There were no updates on his condition right away, and he re-entered the game again before the announcers could comment on it. He even threw a block attempt on a pass intended for Antonio Gates, so it would stand to reason that his arm was fine (if that is what he injured in the first place).
2018 Week 3 vs LAR (7 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
Allen's day began and ended very inauspiciously, and it wasn't all that great in the middle either. His first target of the game resulted in a rare drop on a crossing route over the middle. Allen started turning upfield before he had fully secured the ball. The Chargers tried getting creative a little while after, using Allen on a WR option pass. But the Rams defenders had it so well-covered, that Allen was forced to tuck the ball away and lose yardage on the play so he didn't risk an interception. Fortunately for the Chargers, he shook loose from his defender on the very next play and picked up 25 yards to convert a 3rd and 17 situation. He made a leaping catch between two defenders, expertly using his body to shield off the back defender from the ball and haul it in while taking a hit. In the second half, he ran a quick comeback route for a nice first down gain, but he tried fighting just a bit too hard for extra yardage and the ball was ripped away as he was lunging for the first down (it was recovered by the Rams). And then finally late in the game, Allen was targeted on a deep ball in the end zone. The defender barely got a hand on it to knock the ball away at the last moment, but more importantly, Allen came up limping after the play and headed for the sideline. There was no immediate update on his condition after the game.
2018 Week 2 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
Despite leading all players in both receptions and receiving yardage, it was still a relatively quiet game for Allen. He had zero targets until the 8:30 mark of the second quarter, when he grabbed a wide open reception over the middle. He later added a second catch over the middle on a really well-run route that he took down inside the 5-yard line. It was more of the same in the second half, with Allen doing all of his damage over the middle. Once again he had a catch that took him inside the 5-yard line, this time diving ahead towards the goal line. But he was stopped just shy. He would have been targeted on an ensuing back shoulder out route from Philip Rivers, but the play was whistled dead for Buffalo having too many men on the field, so the resulting play never officially happened. On the last competitive play of the game, Allen fielded the onside kick attempt and tried returning it the other way. He got as far as the Buffalo 23-yard line, when he was taken down from behind.
2018 Week 1 vs KC (11 / 8 / 108 / 1 rec)
It would be difficult to improve upon what he did a season ago, but Allen somehow looks even quicker and more athletic. He is playing at a slightly lighter weight than in 2017, and the result is that he looks very explosive. He had an abnormally quiet first half, but with the Chargers in catch-up mode in the second half, he really turned it on. At one point, he made a terrific leaping grab along the sideline to seemingly put the Chargers around the 3-yard line, but the officials correctly ruled that he had stepped out of bounds prior to the catch. That miscue negated a big play and a really awesome highlight-reel type of catch. But it mattered little to fantasy owners, because a couple of plays later he shook his defender free for a wide open touchdown from 20 yards out. He just ran right by him at the snap, and the defender was helpless to catch back up to him. He did the same thing late in the game to convert a 4th and 2 down to the 5-yard line. Allen was so fast off the line that defenders almost don't even have a chance to jam him. And with so many other Charger receivers having trouble hanging onto the football in this game, it was clear that Allen was one of the only players he trusted down the stretch.
Latest NewsChargers | Keenan Allen posts 103 total yards (Sun Oct 14, 04:42 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen caught four passes for 62 yards against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. He also rushed for 41 yards on four carries during the game. Our View: Allen hasn't had his week-tilting game yet, but Philip Rivers only threw the ball 20 times. Stick with him against the Titans next week and don't sell low.
link to story Chargers | Efficient outing for Keenan Allen (Sun Oct 7, 11:30 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen caught eight of his nine targets for 90 yards in a 26-10 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 5. link to story
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