Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
|WR - #11||32.43||SD||Out||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.
The second half of this Saturday NFL doubleheader contains a lot of notable injuries. The two most important players for fantasy purposes who were considered questionable coming into tonight's game are both active. 49ers running back Frank Gore and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers have both been given the green light.
Gore suffered a concussion in Week 15, but he has been cleared and will start against San Diego. With Carlos Hyde sidelined by back and ankle injuries, Alfonso Smith is expected to be Gore's backup.
Rivers has been dealing with rib and back ailments for a while now. But he will play through them, per usual
The inactives for the 49ers include wide receiver Stevie Johnson. Meanwhile, tight end Ladarius Green is active for the Chargers. He missed Week 15 due to a concussion.
Rivers took some time off during the practice week, and his back injury is reportedly serious. But this is a man who once played an entire playoff game with a torn ACL. He wasn't going to miss tonight's contest. However, Keenan Allen and Ryan Mathews will. And on the road against a 49ers defense that ranks seventh against QBs in fantasy, Rivers is a very risky start in one-quarterback leagues. At least he'll have Green around as another target.
Gore is a middling flex option as he hasn't gained 70 rushing yards in any of his last four games, and the Chargers haven't allowed a running back to score on the ground since Week 9.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors12/20 - Chargers-49ers injury report: RB Frank Gore, QB Philip Rivers active
12/18 - Chargers TE Ladarius Green returns to practice from concussion
12/16 - Chargers WR Keenan Allen diagnosed with broken collarbone, likely done for 2014
12/16 - 49ers RBs Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde don't practice Tuesday
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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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