Name: Keenan Allen
Team: Los Angeles Chargers
2015 Stats: 8 games, 67 rec for 725 yards, 4 TD
2016 Stats: 1 game, 6 rec for 63 yards, 0 TD
2017 Stats: 16 games, 102 rec for 1,393 yards, 6 TD
2018 Projections: 16 games, 96 rec for 1,250 yards, 7 TD
Projected 2018 Fantasy Value: WR6
Injury: Allen returned last season from an ACL tear that cut his 2016 season short as he missed the last 16 weeks of the season. He returned last year and dealt with minor injuries to his shoulder (Week 7 during practice) and his low back (during Week 15 game), both of which were minor enough to not cause any missed time. Allen has had a history of small, nagging injuries that have slowed him down from time to time, but he appears to have shown no ill effects from his ACL reconstruction 2 years ago. Oftentimes, players do extremely well two years after an ACL tear, requiring that extra year to really achieve true comfort level with their reconstructed knee.
2018 Health Outlook: Allen enters the 2018 season fully healthy and ready to go. With Hunter Henry expected to miss all of 2018 after tearing his ACL, Allen will serve as the center of the passing game for quarterback Philip Rivers. Last season, Allen proved he could be the go to guy in a high powered offense. Expect more of the same from him this season.
Risk of Re-Injury: 10% for his knee, 0% for the shoulder and back
Recommendations: Draft Allen with full confidence. He’s currently going as fantasy teams’ WR1 and is coming off the best season of his career as the focal point of an explosive offense. With Allen being 2 years removed from ACL reconstruction, this shapes up to be another exciting season for the Chargers stud wideout.
Mock BestBall draft with Dr. Morse
Will DeSean Jackson fly for the Eagles again?
The Super Bowl champs from just 2 years ago are down a starting receiver. DeSean Jackson suffered a broken left ring finger during Tuesday’s practice. It should hold the speedster out for approximately 3-4 weeks. However, it is reported Jackson has intentions of playing through the pain for Philadelphia’s week 1 matchup verses the Washington Redskins, which is just ten days away.
A franchise with lofty expectations heading into the ’19-’20 season has been plagued by a slough injuries. Defensive starters Nigel Bradham and Fletcher Cox haven’t seen any action for months, while starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, has been held out of competitive play since December ’18. Adding to that laundry list, starting guard Brandon Brooks has been inactive, as he is still recovering from a torn Achilles. Offensive starters, Lane Johnson and Dallas Goedert have unfortunately sustained injuries during pre-season play. The Eagles will be incapable of performing at maximum potential with important contributors sitting on the sidelines.
From Jackson’s point of view, this is not an ideal start for asecond go around with his initial franchise. Jackson’s quarterbacks during his first tenure with the Eagles were primarily Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick. Those previously listed individuals aren’t directly comparable to current Eagles’ quarterback, Carson Wentz. Wentz has more capable arm talent and doesn’t need to escape the pocket as frequently, due to his sizeable frame.
With a scrambling quarterback like Michael Vick, Jackson was expected to break off routes to help his under-duress quarterback. Wentz will incentivize Jackson to not “freestyle” as much, running his routes from start to finish. For that concept to work well, Jackson and Wentz must be on the same page. Every break, cut, and hesitation must be accounted for. Jackson has always be heralded as one of the fastest receivers in the league. By no means is he considered slow, but it is expected for him to lose a step or two at age 32. This chemistry is imperative for the success of the Eagles and isn’t something that is garnered overnight.