Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen
27-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Los Angeles Chargers
Questionable
Injury Knee
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In many ways, Allen's 2018 season mirrored his previous one with 8.8 YPT, six scores and nearly 100 receptions in both. But the shape of Allen's output was different. In 2017, he had four catches of 40-plus yards; last year, he had only one. The efficiency remained constant thanks to an improved catch rate - 71 percent last year compared to 64 in 2017. In other words, like many receivers in the NFL, Allen became more of short-pass catcher with 8.6 average depth of target. Allen's volume also dropped off, even though he was healthy for the second straight year. The emergence of second-year man Mike Williams (66 targets) likely had an effect, as did the Chargers' overall improvement - Philip Rivers attempted only 508 passes in 2018 after slinging the rock 575 the previous year. At 6-2, 211, and with only average speed, Allen makes his living with crisp route running, excellent hands and a tight rapport with Rivers. Allen's red-zone usage declined steeply last year, thanks in part to the 6-4, 220-pound Williams' emergence as a threat in that area, and it's unlikely to rebound in 2019 with Williams taking on a bigger role and tight end Hunter Henry set to return. The departure of Tyrell Williams (65 targets) to Oakland clears some space, but the personnel changes are likely to be neutral for Allen at best. Allen was removed from the Pro Bowl with a bruised knee, but the injury isn't expected to affect his preparation for the upcoming season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $45 million contract with the Chargers in June of 2016.
Shines with less volume
WRLos Angeles Chargers
Knee
January 29, 2019
Allen (knee) finished the 2018 regular season with 97 catches for 1,196 yards and six touchdowns on 136 targets in 16 games, adding six catches for 112 yards and another score in two playoff appearances.
ANALYSIS
Allen maintained his impressive efficiency and played all 16 games for a second straight season, but his targets dropped off from 9.9 per game in 2017 to 8.5 in 2018. The decrease was largely a symptom of team success, with Philip Rivers losing 67 pass attempts from the previous season as the Chargers' defense and running game improved. With the nucleus of the team under contract for at least one more year, the Chargers hope to repeat their balanced approach in 2019. Allen was removed from the Pro Bowl with an injury, but early reports suggest it's nothing more than a bruised knee. He'll turn 27 in April and has two seasons remaining on a four-year, $45 million contract that could soon become a point of contention.
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  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
72.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.46
 
% Team Air Yards
29.3%
 
% Team Targets
27.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
8.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
71.3%
 
Drop Rate
3.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.2
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Keenan Allen's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
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Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
211 lbs
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
32.75 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After missing 23 of his last 32 games with various injuries, Allen stayed healthy for 16 games in 2017 and had a career year. He finished fifth in the league in targets (159), fourth in catches (102) and third in receiving yards (1,393). Allen's per-play numbers were also solid - 8.8 YPT (9th), though he had only 13.7 YPC (15th among the league's 27 100-target WR). At 6-2, 211, Allen has good size, but only average speed - he's almost certainly faster than his 4.71 40 run at the combine on an injured foot - but he's had only five catches of 40-plus yards in his entire career (though four of those came last year). Allen is a superb route runner, has great hands and is Philip Rivers' first look. Despite his size, Allen was ineffective in the red zone. Even though he had 24 looks there (1st), 15 inside the 10-yard line (1st) and seven inside the five (T-1st), he converted only four for touchdowns. As a result, he scored only six TDs on the year. The red-zone numbers cut both ways, though, as they show the Chargers were willing to look his way, something that should result in more TDs if that trend persists in 2018. Allen is healthy heading into 2018, and while the Chargers should have good complementary options in a presumably healthy Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin, Allen, who turns 26 in April, is the team's unquestioned No. 1 target.
Since coming into the NFL in 2013, Allen has missed 26 games, including 15 last year due to a torn ACL. That the Chargers took wideout Mike Williams with the seventh overall pick, despite Tyrell Williams' breakout, shows they're also concerned about Allen. When Allen plays he's usually productive in a high-volume possession capacity. Through eight games in 2015, before he lacerated a kidney, Allen was on pace for a whopping 142 catches for 1,577 yards. At 6-2, 211, Allen has good size and runs crisp routes. While his 4.71 40 time at the NFL Combine was run on a bad foot, Allen's never been much of a downfield threat -- only one catch for 40-plus yards in his four-year career, and he's averaged less than 11.0 YPC since his rookie season. The Chargers didn't use him much in the red zone, either, and that shouldn't change with bigger-bodied Tyrell Williams, Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry and rookie Mike Williams around. During the offseason, Allen declared himself "85 percent," before participating in a limited fashion at OTAs. However, he's healthy heading into training camp and the regular season, where he should reprise his role as the team's go-to possession receiver and top target of quarterback Philip Rivers. Allen just turned 25 this spring, so he's still squarely in the prime of his career should be make it all the way back.
The West Coast Julian Edelman was off to a monster start in the first half last year before suffering a lacerated kidney in the team's eighth game, costing him the rest of the season. Prorate Allen's seven full games over 16 and you would get 142 catches for 1,577 yards and seven touchdowns. While Allen once averaged 14.7 YPC and 10.1 YPT as a rookie, the Chargers used him more as a possession receiver last year (10.8 YPC, 8.1 YPT) with no catches of at least 40 yards. At 6-2, 211, Allen actually has more size than most possession receivers, but he's not especially fast - his 4.71 40 time at the Combine was abysmal, though he was hampered by a foot injury at the time. Allen was also not targeted often in the red zone - only seven from that area, and none from inside the 10-yard line. Allen was cleared for the team's offseason training program this spring, so the kidney injury should be behind him. While the Chargers brought in Travis Benjamin as a field-stretcher to replace the retired Malcom Floyd, Allen should still be the team's top option between the 20s, provided he stays in one piece -Allen also missed two games in 2014 with a broken collarbone and played through a shoulder injury his rookie year.
After a stellar rookie year, Allen was one of the bigger disappointments in the league last season before succumbing to a broken collarbone that cost him the final two games. Despite playing with quarterback Philip Rivers in the same system in which he thrived, Allen's per-play efficiency plummeted from 10.1 YPT (5th) in 2013 to 6.4 (38th among the league's 41 100-target WR) last year. As a result, he managed 263 fewer yards and four fewer touchdowns on 18 more targets. In Allen's defense, he played through rib, groin and quad injuries and showed up on the injury report in six of the 14 games for which he suited up. At 6-2, 211, Allen has decent size, is sure-handed and is a good deal faster than his injury-hampered 4.71 Combine time from 2013. Heading into 2015, Allen should again be the team's No. 1 target and figures to see more time in the slot with Eddie Royal gone. Moreover, 35-year-old Antonio Gates isn't likely to repeat last year's 12-TD, 8.4 YPT outburst, and Malcom Floyd, who turns 33 in September, probably won't play 16 games again. (Floyd has only managed 14 or more games three times in his 11-year career.) The Chargers did sign Stevie Johnson, and reserve tight end Ladarius Green should have a bigger role, but Allen's workload should be assured so long as he stays healthy.
Allen became only the fifth rookie receiver this millennium to crack 1,000 yards – and he did it in only 15 games. In fact, he got 1,016 of those yards from Week 4 on as he was hardly used early in the year. At 6-2, 211, Allen is not quite as imposing as the league’s top targets, and while he’s significantly faster than his injury-reduced 4.71 NFL Combine speed, he’s not a downfield burner. Nonetheless, he averaged 14.7 YPC (14th) and 10.1 YPT (5th). Moreover, he was tied for ninth in red-zone looks with 20, despite seeing significant work in only 13 games. Allen is also incredibly sure-handed, dropping only two passes all year. Though Malcom Floyd and slot man Eddie Royal are also in the mix, Allen is the team's clear-cut top wideout. With TE Antonio Gates getting old, and Ladarius Green showing promise, but not fully integrated into the offense, Allen enters 2014 as the clear No. 1 option in Mike McCoy’s and Philip Rivers’ potent passing offense.
Taken in the third round, Allen was at one time considered one of the top receivers the 2012 class until a PCL tear and injury-related 4.71 40 time sank his stock. At 6-2, 206, Allen has good size, and he's uncommonly quick for a bigger receiver. While he lacks top-end speed, he's almost certainly faster than his poor 40 time as he was an effective after-the-catch runner in college. When he was drafted, Allen landed in a good spot, as the Chargers had three injury prone receivers ahead of him in Danario Alexander, Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown, and a quarterback that at one time was among the best in the league. Now that Alexander is out for the season, Allen's chances to make an impact as a rookie have increased.
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Leaves Pro Bowl
WRLos Angeles Chargers
Knee
January 27, 2019
Allen exited the Pro Bowl on Sunday after sustaining a knee bruise, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Long TD not enough to save season
WRLos Angeles Chargers
January 13, 2019
Allen caught two of six targets for 75 yards and a touchdown while also catching a two-point conversion in Sunday's 41-28 divisional-round loss to New England.
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Relatively quiet in wild-card win
WRLos Angeles Chargers
January 6, 2019
Allen brought in four of six targets for 37 yards in the Chargers' 23-17 wild-card win over the Ravens on Sunday.
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Makes four catches in win
WRLos Angeles Chargers
December 30, 2018
Allen caught four of seven targets for 64 yards in Sunday's 23-9 win over the Broncos.
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Ho-hum performance in loss
WRLos Angeles Chargers
December 22, 2018
Allen snagged five of his eight targets for 58 yards in the 22-10 loss Saturday to the Ravens.
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