Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
|WR - #12||32.86||SD||Active||2 years||22||6'2||206|
2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jul-14-2014 by Jeb Gorham
Keenan Allen enters his second season with much hype and lofty expectations. His 71 receptions for 1,046 yards and eight TDs is close to one of the best rookie receiver seasons ever. Philip Rivers will be sending many passes Allen's direction, but now that defenses know of him, how will they adjust in order to shut him down? This season he will be targeted by more defenses and may not find as much room to work. Nonetheless, Allen is a fantasy stud-in-the-making and should have enough production to keep him worthy of your WR1 slot. With Malcom Floyd healthy, Allen will have some help to draw defenders away. Allen has the speed, size and natural ability to produce in his sophomore year.
Editor's note: It seems that many consider an even better season for Allen a foregone conclusion. That may very well be true, but it doesn't always happen that way though. Look at the career arc of New England's Terry Glenn after his amazing rookie season in 1996. Guys fall off a cliff statistically. That's just part of the game. Like with any other pick, make sure you're getting a good value for Allen. The former Cal receiver, according to our ADP data, is the 10th WR drafted with an ADP of 25.05. This puts him ahead of Jordy Nelson, Pierre Garcon and a flurry of other veteran receivers. This isn't a very great deal for fantasy owners and provides little opportunity for him to outplay his ADP.
Wide receiver Vincent Brown was a fantasy sleeper heading into the 2012 season. Unfortunately, he's still sleeping, and now he'll have to find a new city in which to get his wake-up call. The Chargers cut the 25-year-old Brown on Saturday.
After posting a few solid games as a rookie in 2011, Brown's 2012 season was wiped before it even began due to a broken ankle during the preseason. He put up pedestrian numbers in 2013 and couldn't really make a dent in the Chargers' rather thin receiving corps. His last month with San Diego was spent on the sidelines as he nursed a calf injury. He hasn't practiced since July 25.
It was telling that Brown couldn't stand out last season despite the fact that quarterback Philip Rivers experienced a renaissance without a clear No. 2 WR. Brown is expected to be healthy soon and should play this season; he just won't play for San Diego. It's still a little early, but that broken ankle may end up being the story of Brown's career.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/30 - Chargers release oft-injured WR Vincent Brown
8/2 - Chargers WR Keenan Allen is faster, a 'deep threat now'
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|3.05||BFDFantasyFootball.com - Sophomore slump? I hope not. He's the man in San Diego.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|3.02||DLF - Established himself as a must have last year in his rookie season. Allen should continue his dominance this season and makes a great cornerstone for my WR corps.|
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