WR Keenan Allen - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-2, 206||Born: 4-27-1992||College: California||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2013|
News you need to know
General News (Mon Jan 28): suffered a bruised knee during the Pro Bowl.
Week 21: bye week
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 19 vs NE (6 / 2 / 75 / 1 rec)
Keenan Allen scored a long touchdown on a blown coverage on the first drive of the game against New England. Allen virtually disappeared after the reception as he was the focus of the New England defensive game plan and saw coverage from Stephon Gilmore. Allen was targeted on a Rivers interception where Rivers underthrew Allen on a cover route that Gilmore was covering underneath. Allen nearly scored another touchdown on his only other official reception on a deep pass down the seam but was ruled down just short of the end zone. He added a 2 point conversion after the Chargers scored on the drive.
2018 Week 18 vs BAL (6 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Keenan Allen had a quiet game against the Ravens. The game plan was conservative as the Chargers got an early lead and the Ravens struggled to move the ball. Allen made a strong catch on a high point along the sideline but was otherwise held to short area catches. Allen also dropped a downfield target from Rivers that was wobbling because of contact on Rivers at the point of the throw. Allen will look to bounce back next week at New England.
2018 Week 17 vs DEN (7 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)
Allen had a mostly quiet afternoon, along with most of the Charger passing offense. The game was largely won on the defensive side of the ball, as the Los Angeles offense has stagnated in recent weeks. Allen lost a potential 26-yard touchdown after his phenomenal individual effort was canceled out by a penalty. He twisted his body to contort himself to grab a floater near the goal line. It appeared as if he hit the pylon while going to the ground for what would have been a score, but a tripping penalty against Justin Jackson negated that. Allen later grabbed a crossing route to pick up 21 yards right to the doorstep of the end zone. It looked like he lunged over the goal line for the score, but there were no good replays to confirm it, so he was ruled out of bounds. Austin Ekeler scored on the next play.
2018 Week 16 vs BAL (8 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Considering the quality of the opponent, Allen hitting his usual floor can be seen as something of a positive. On a day when almost nothing went right for the Chargers offensively, Allen at least turned in a respectable effort. And perhaps most importantly, he looked completely healthy after missing most of last week's game with a hip injury. Allen and Rivers miscommunicated on his first target of the game, as Allen wasn't looking when the ball was thrown his way (it would have been stopped well short of the first down). Soon after, he hauled in a 27-yard reception deep down the sideline but it was negated by a dubious offensive pass interference penalty against Allen. Replays showed that he did put a hand on the defender, but the player slipped largely due to field conditions. Allen was still arguing the call and failed to get set prior to the next play, so he was flagged for an illegal motion penalty to negate a 28-yard pickup by Mike Williams. Allen also lost a first down catch on a third and 5 that was negated by a holding penalty. Allen wasn't able to get much done down the field for the majority of the game, hauling in some short crossing routes and slants that didn't really move the ball down the field much. Late in the game, he jumped for a key 17-yard catch in traffic to keep the drive alive which was by far his (and the Chargers') longest play of the game.
2018 Week 15 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Allen injured his hip on a corner route in the end zone that nearly went for a score. He was held on the play, juggled the ball a few times as he was lying on the ground, and actually managed to haul it in. But his shoulder was just over the sideline when he eventually gained control. He got up and walked off the field very gingerly with the hip injury. He was checked out in the tent on the sideline and returned to the game in the middle of the second quarter. He only returned for one play, however, before exiting again. He was back on the sideline in the second half, but was never a consideration to bring him back into the game.
2018 Week 14 vs CIN (9 / 5 / 78 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Allen's first target came at the conclusion of the team's opening drive, culminating in a touchdown to him along the sideline of the end zone. He beat his man off of a double move, and Philip Rivers lofted a perfect floater along the back sideline. Allen actually didn't get both feet inbounds since he was hit as he caught it, but he did manage to drag his knee across the turn to make it count. The remainder of the first half, he was consistently able to get open against the suspect defense of Cincinnati. It didn't help that the Chargers often started off with very poor field position, so they didn't have very many sustained drives. But he did a nice job nonetheless. He was again targeted near the goal line later in the half and looked like he had a step on the defender, but the ball was tipped at the line for an incompletion. Allen was much quieter in the second half as both teams attacked one another on the ground, but he did make an outstanding fingertip grab on a ball thrown right over his head. He had gotten open deep down the seam, and stretched out to pluck it out of mid-air while also picking up some yardage after the catch for a 37-yard pickup.
2018 Week 13 vs PIT (19 / 14 / 148 / 1 rec)
Allen had his best game of the season by far, dominating the Steelers throughout the contest. They appeared content to cover Allen with a linebacker for the majority of the afternoon, but 14 receptions for 148 yards later shows that that may not have been the best strategy. Allen caught three passes on the opening drive, and never let up from there. On the opening drive, he showed off his remarkable concentration and athleticism simultaneously on a diving grab. He slipped to the turf, got up and somehow re-located the football, then made a lunging grab just shy of the first down marker. That play was one of a small handful of missed opportunities. He was targeted on a deep crossing route near the sideline later in the half, but it was just out of reach. And he also dropped a pass earlier in the half when he tried to run before he had secured the ball. But that's about it as far as negatives. In the second half, it was total domination by Allen. He picked up a big gain in the flat, beating a tackle to pick up a few yards after the fact. Then he added his touchdown, which was equal parts luck and skill. The pass from Philip Rivers appeared headed for an interception in the end zone, but two Steeler defenders collided with one another, sending the ball spinning in the air. Allen remarkably maintained concentration and snagged the ball, keeping control of it as he went to the ground for the score. He stood up grinning, perhaps knowing that it was a bit more luck than skill on that particular score. Following a punt return touchdown early in the fourth quarter, Allen broke free on a crossing route for the game-tying two point conversion. It was the first of his many key contributions that quarter that put the Chargers in position to win. With Steeler fans loud and trying to swing momentum back to their side following a big hit of Austin Ekeler, Allen calmly hauled in a key reception over the middle to quiet the crowd. He then added an amazing diving grab of a seemingly errant pass from Rivers, picking up the first down and possibly saving an interception in the process. And then on the final scoring drive, Allen had perhaps the key reception in the game when he converted a 3rd and 4 just past the sticks to pick up a first down and keep the drive alive. That drive would eventually result in a game-winning field goal with no time left on the clock.
2018 Week 12 vs ARI (7 / 7 / 72 / 1 rec)
After a two-month drought without a touchdown, Allen has now scored in three games straight. Allen had two highlight catches, one a deep out route with a toe tap down to the goal line. Later, Allen hugged the sideline on a goal line touchdown, maintaining his balance through the catch. Allen, like most of the Chargers' starters, had his production front loaded with the offense taking their foot off the pedal in the fourth quarter of the blowout win.
2018 Week 11 vs DEN (12 / 9 / 89 / 1 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Allen was extremely busy once again, as he has clearly resumed his mantle as the go-to guy for the Charger passing offense. He continuously got wide open over the middle of the field, and Rivers put it precisely where it needed to be to get the most out of his routes. Late in the first half with Rivers under heavy duress, Allen beat his defender who fell to the ground. Getting wide open along the back of the end zone, Rivers bought himself enough time to find Allen for the score. In the second half it was more of the same, as Allen got open almost at will over the middle. None of his receptions resulted in big yardage down the field as per usual, but his nine receptions set a new season high.
2018 Week 10 vs OAK (9 / 6 / 57 / 1 rec)
After spending most of the season as a high-floor receiver, Allen has rebounded in the past two games to become a fantasy force once again. While his yardage and reception output left something to be desired, he managed to find the end zone in this game. He had been having a quiet first half, but he shook his defender and got open along the end zone sideline. Philip Rivers put it in a spot where only Allen could get to it, and Allen did a great job of sliding to the ground and dragging his back foot behind him to stay in for the score. With the Raiders gaining a tiny bit of momentum early in the fourth quarter, Allen also did a nice job on a comeback route to pick up a first down. Allen nearly had a first down grab early on, but he uncharacteristically fell coming out of his break and the ball was almost picked off (Allen managed to get his hand up to deflect it away). He was also the target on a deep ball that ended up getting intercepted, a play he never really had a chance on even though it was technically a 50-50 ball (the defender had perfect position the entire time, and the throw was ill-advised).
2018 Week 9 vs SEA (10 / 6 / 124 / 0 rec, 2 / 28 / 0 rush)
Owners who have been patiently waiting for Allen to break out, were finally rewarded in this game. While he once again failed to get into the end zone, Allen turned in a game high six receptions against the Seattle defense and dominated the middle of the field. He even added rushing yardage for good measure, courtesy of a couple of jet sweep handoffs (one of which came on the first play of the game from scrimmage for the Chargers, and went for 28 yards). Allen's biggest play of the game came early on with the Chargers facing a 3rd and 15 from the shadow of their own end zone. Allen got loose behind the defense for a 54-yard bomb down the seam. He used a double move to beat his man, and the safety was caught looking underneath. Allen again shook loose over the middle on a crossing route that went for 23 yards into Seattle territory. Allen went over 100 yards receiving on the first play of the second half. He did a nice job of getting his hands underneath an underthrown quick out where he had to dive forward. Allen then got up and picked up a few more yards after the catch. Both Tyrell and Mike Williams got into the end zone for the Chargers, something that has eluded Allen most of the season. But it's not because those players are seeing more targets than Allen. The Chargers just happen to be scoring longer touchdowns this year, and Allen is more of a factor in the short to intermediate passing game. There were no real scoring opportunities from that range in this game, as all three offensive touchdowns were of the "big play" variety.
2018 Week 7 vs TEN (5 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)
Allen is still waiting for his big breakout game of 2018. With two early receptions for nice yardage on the team's second possession (the first one a wide open 24-yard gain over the middle), it appeared that he was poised for a huge afternoon. But the Titans ran several sustained drives in the first half, rendering the Chargers largely to the sidelines for long stretches of time. In the second half, Allen remained active but just couldn't shake some of the double teams. That opened up avenues for other players, but it did little for Allen's bottom line. On one red zone possession, Allen was lined up wide to the right with an apparent double team. At the snap, one defender backed off while Allen beat the other one to the corner of the end zone and got wide open. But Rivers had already looked to Mike Williams on a quick attempt. Allen became incensed, throwing a mini-tantrum in the end zone and then kicking over a pylon. He was also seen yelling at someone on the sideline, a clear sign that he may be getting frustrated with some of his lack of involvement. However, later in the game he was seen talking to Rivers on the sideline and everything seemed fine between them. Allen also pounced on the onside kick attempt by Tennessee at the end of the game, sealing the victory for the Chargers by diving and covering up the ball.
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.
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