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2018 NFL Injury Guide: Keenan Allen

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Name: Keenan Allen

 

Age: 26

 

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.


Links: http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/8379/keenan-allen https://www.fantasypros.com/nfl/projections/wr.php?week=draft

Ziad Dahdul is a Doctor of Physical Therapy practicing in Southern California. He received his doctorate from the University of Southern California and his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from California State University- Fullerton. He is a board certified orthopedic specialist, working with competitive athletes and weekend warriors for nearly a decade. He grew up playing basketball and baseball and continues to play recreationally to this day. He is a die hard fan of the Lakers, Dodgers, Patriots, and USC Trojans and has been playing fantasy sports for 15+ years.

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