Allen caught nine of his 12 targets for 133 yards and a touchdown in the 30-10 win over the Raiders on Sunday. He also recovered a fumble for a touchdown early in the contest. Finally healthy after two seasons ruined by serious injuries, Allen capitalized on his immense potential by recording 102 receptions and 1,393 receiving yards, easily career-highs for the 25-year-old. So long as veteran quarterback Philip Rivers returns for his 15th season in the NFL, Allen projects as a potential early-round selection in redraft leagues come the fall, particularly in points-per-reception leagues given the 25-year-old's immense usage rate (159 targets in 2017).
Allen finished with five catches for 63 yards on 10 targets in Sunday's 14-7 win over the Jets. Allen turned in a pedestrian performance offensively, with the highlight of his day actually coming on a defensive play as he intercepted Jets quarterback Bryce Petty on a Hail Mary to end the first half. After four consecutive performances over 100 receiving yards, Allen has cooled off with a combined 117 yards in his past two appearances. Los Angeles is in the thick of the AFC playoff race at 8-7, so expect a full workload for the team's top wide receiver against Oakland next week.
Allen (back) isn't listed on the Chargers' injury report Wednesday. Allen was carted off the field in the second half of Saturday's 30-13 loss to the Chiefs, but he apparently is back at full strength ahead of the Week 16 game against the Jets. He'll look to get back on the right side of the century mark in receiving yardage after concluding a four-game streak where he recorded at least six catches and 105 yards.
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said Monday that he expects Allen (back) to be fine. Allen was carted off the field in the closing stages of Saturday's 30-13 loss to the Chiefs, failing to reach 100 yards for the first time since Week 10. It seems the cart may have been a precaution, though Lynn stopped short of saying that Allen will return for Sunday's road game against the Jets. The Chargers' injury reports will bear close watching this week, as Hunter Henry (kidney) is also in danger of missing time. Should Allen end up sitting, Travis Benjamin and Mike Williams would be in line for added playing time while Tyrell Williams would figure to see an uptick in targets.
Allen caught five of eight targets for 54 yards during Saturday's 30-13 loss to the Chiefs. Allen led the team in targets, but a concerted effort to contain him by the Kansas City defense caused his streak of four straight games over 100 receiving yards to come to an abrupt end. This wasn't exactly what Allen's fantasy owners envisioned, considering his recent success and the matchup against one of the most generous pass defenses in the league. Despite this disappointing effort, Allen remains a top-tier fantasy asset and will look to bounce back next week against the Jets.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|3||09/23||@Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
|4||09/30||San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|15||12/14||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||85||58||727||3||38||12.53||90|