|ADP:||Round: 5, Pick: 1|
|Team:||Los Angeles Chargers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 206 lb.|
|Born:||April 27, 1992|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 3 (76)|
Allen caught nine of 10 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-21 loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: Allen put the Chargers on the board early in the second quarter, skying for a Philip Rivers loft pass and tapping his toes down in bounds as he went to the ground. Despite a disappointing all-around season for Allen, he managed to snag at least five passes in seven consecutive games to close the season and set a new career high with 104 receptions on the season. Now will come an offseason with some intrigue as the Chargers head into a new stadium, potentially without Rivers in tow.
Allen converted five of his 10 targets into 71 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: Allen very nearly had a touchdown in the third quarter, almost hitting the pylon on a 18-yard reception. Unfortunately, Melvin Gordon immediately pounded his way into the end zone on the very next play, one of two instances in which Allen got the team within 10 yards of the goal line but didn't score. The 27-year-old has failed to eclipse 100 receiving yards since Week 3, but it's entirely possible Allen could still surpass his lofty 2018 numbers with a positive performance against the Chiefs in Week 17.
Allen caught nine of 10 targets for 99 yards during Sunday's 39-10 loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: Allen was targeted heavily with his team trailing throughout, and he finished with his best receiving output since Week 3 as a result. His long gain went for just 19 yards, but his heavy usage helped him to a solid day from a fantasy perspective. Allen's big game puts him over 1,000 yards for the season, and he should remain heavily involved during next Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Allen caught five of six targets for 83 yards in Sunday's 45-10 rout of the Jaguars.
Analysis: The Chargers' backfield was the engine of the offense in this one, and as a result Allen saw only six targets for the second straight game after getting 10 or more in four of the prior five contests. Despite the reduced workload, the veteran receiver posted his highest yardage total since he torched the Texans for 183 yards in Week 3. Allen is now only 53 yards shy of his third straight 1,000-yard campaign, a mark he'll look to reach next week when the Chargers host the Vikings.
Allen caught all six of his targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in the 23-20 loss Sunday to the Broncos.
Analysis: Allen rebounded from a four-catch, 18-yard outing against the Broncos in Week 4, taking advantage of broken coverage from cornerback Chris Harris to record his second straight game with at least 60 receiving yards and a touchdown. A possible change at quarterback is about the only thing stopping Allen at this point, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com suggested the Chargers may look to bench Philip Rivers in the event the team continues to struggle.
Allen caught eight of 12 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 24-17 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Allen led the Chargers in targets and tied tailback Austin Ekeler for tops in receptions, but actually scored his team's only touchdown of the night. That came on a seven-yard grab to close the third quarter, giving the veteran his first end-zone trip since Week 3. Allen now sports good momentum heading into Los Angeles' bye week, but when he returns he'll face a Broncos defense that held him to a season-low 18 receiving yards earlier this season.
Allen caught two of his six targets for 33 yards in the 24-17 loss Sunday night to the Steelers.
Analysis: That's now three consecutive games Allen has been held to under 50 receiving yards, especially considering the 27-year-old piled together a 29-315-3 line in the first three weeks of the regular season. It won't get much easier for Allen next week as the Chargers face a Titans' secondary that has yet to allow any wide receiver to crack over 100 receiving yards in 2019.
Allen caught four of six targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Broncos.
Analysis: Clearly a focal point of the defense, Allen didn't record a single catch longer than 10 yards on the day. That is in line with many of the other Chargers players' outputs, as Philip Rivers finished averaging just 4.4 yards per attempt without any plays longer than 20 yards. Albeit in a tricky matchup, this effort was likely even more disappointing than his five-catch, 48-yard performance against the lowly Dolphins a week ago. Still, his track record speaks for itself and he could be a bounce-back candidate for next Sunday's home matchup against the Steelers.
Allen caught five of his six targets for 48 yards in the 30-10 win Sunday over the Dolphins.
Analysis: Allen had a relatively mundane final line but was once again frequently utilized in the red zone, falling just short on two separate occasions of cashing in a touchdown. While the 27-year-old receiver has an impressive 452 receiving yards and three touchdowns through four weeks, Allen could be in for a tougher test Week 5 against the Broncos. In eight career games against Denver, Allen is averaging just five receptions and a paltry 49 receiving yards per contest.
Allen hauled in 13 of his 17 targets for 183 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3 against the Texans. He also added one rush for three yards.
Analysis: Allen was lethal in Week 3, posting incredible numbers in terms of both volume and efficiency. Not only was he targeted on nearly 40 percent of Philip Rivers' pass attempts, but he also turned in a 76 percent catch rate. His performance was capped off by two trips to the end zone, one from seven yards away and the other from 12. Through three games, Allen has posted an impressive 42 targets while finding the end zone three times. It shouldn't be difficult for Allen to keep things going in Week 4, as he will draw a matchup against the woeful Dolphins.
Allen (knee) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Texans after practicing fully Friday.
Analysis: After being limited Wednesday and Thursday, Allen was full-go Friday, which sets the stage for him to continue to serve as a high-volume target for QB Philip Rivers in Week 3. He's logged 25 targets through his first two games this season, which has produced back-to-back eight-catch outputs for the Chargers' top pass-catching option.
Allen (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Allen's workload was restricted for the second day in a row, but no reports have surfaced suggesting his status for the Week 3 matchup with the Texans is in any serious peril. Through Los Angeles' first two contests, Allen has played 87 percent of the team's offensive snaps while hauling in 16 of 25 targets for 221 yards and a score.
Allen (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Allen was on the field for 59 of a possible 65 snaps on offense in Week 2's loss to the Lions, and with no reported setbacks in that contest, we suspect that his limitations Wednesday were maintenance-related.
Allen gathered in eight of 15 passes for 98 yards during Sunday's 13-10 loss at Detroit.
Analysis: Allen dominated the attention of Philip Rivers, more than doubling the next Charger (Austin Ekeler - 6) in terms of targets. Granted, Allen was helped by an absent Hunter Henry (knee) and a limited Mike Williams, who was active but contained to just five looks himself. Still, only two of Allen's catches went for more than 15 yards while nearly half of his targets fell incomplete, with one intercepted by Lions cornerback Darius Slay to ice the game with 1:10 remaining in the fourth quarter. Moving forward, Allen should continue to be Rivers' favorite pass catcher by a long shot due to the injuries littering the Chargers' receiving corps.
Allen snared eight of his 10 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown in the overtime 30-24 victory over the Colts on Sunday.
Analysis: Allen led the way for the Chargers in receptions, targets and receiving yards, with both Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin rarely factoring in Sunday. Allen's lone touchdown came on a tremendous contested catch, leaping over two secondary players to come down with the pivotal reception. The 27-year-old's role as an intermediate demon is unquestioned, but he might prove to be a larger factor in the red zone if Williams, who left the game late with a knee injury, ends up missing any time.
Allen did not play in Thursday's 27-24 preseason victory over the 49ers.
Analysis: This shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering neither the Chargers or 49ers opted to play any of their regular starters. Allen did miss time throughout the preseason with a minor ankle injury, but it never seemed to be significant issue. As a result, the 27-year-old should be set for a Week 1 matchup against the Colts.
Allen isn't expected to suit up for Saturday's preseason contest against the Seahawks, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Allen was a surprise scratch for the Chargers' exhibition opener, and a minor ankle injury was revealed as the culprit shortly before the team's second game of August. While he was back on the practice field Tuesday, he likely won't be forced into action until the regular season, especially considering his history with health concerns. Allen will aim to be 100 percent for Week 1, which arrives Sunday, Sept. 8 against the Colts.
Allen (ankle) returned to the practice field Tuesday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Given Allen's past struggles with injuries, there was plenty of cause for concern when it was initially believed he could miss the remainder of the preseason. Fortunately, his participation should alleviate some of those worries. Even if Allen's held out of the upcoming preseason contests, it would likely be a precautionary measure to ensure his health for the start of the regular season.
Allen is dealing with a minor ankle injury and may not play in the Chargers' three remaining preseason games, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Allen has been oft-injured throughout his career, so considering his cluttered medical chart, the Chargers seem to be taking the prudent approach with the regular season in mind. While playing complete 16-game slates the past two years, he's averaged 99.5 catches (on 147.5 targets) for 1,294.5 yards and six touchdowns.
Allen (undisclosed) didn't practice Thursday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Popper notes that Allen "banged up his knee in the last joint practice, with the Rams two weeks ago," so it's possible that the wideout is simply getting a maintenance day. Allen didn't play in the Chargers' preseason opener last Thursday and his status for Sunday's exhibition game against the Saints has yet to be clarified.
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