Through the first 5 weeks of the season, it looks like Allen has taken a backseat to Mike Williams. Even though the targets (51 to 48) and routes (207 to 187) still lean Allen, the production has pretty much all gone to Williams. Williams’ 471 yards and 6 TDs are way out-pacing Allen at 369 and 1. It might be possible that some regression is coming for both players as the production starts to mirror closer to the usage. This could make Allen a buy low. Allen still has a great floor in PPR formats as he caught 6-75 on 9 targets in Week 5.
The tide could turn as early as this week as the Ravens have allowed 49% of their WR production to the slot. This is roughly 13% higher than the league average, which could lead to a solid day for Allen. Currently sitting as the WR18 in PPR on the season, Allen should be viewed as a strong WR2 in Week 6.
Allen caught 7 of 11 targets for just 36 yards in the Chargers' Week 4 win over the Raiders.
Allen has had a couple of slow weeks with the Chargers throwing him a lot of balls right by the line of scrimmage.
Herbert did miss Allen open down the field a couple of times and Allen uncharacteristically dropped 2 passes.
Allen is a borderline WR1 every week in this prolific offense.
Allen is a dynamic, dangerous receiver. He had 4 catches in 8 targets for 108 yards vs. Dallas, including a 42-yard gain in the 3rd quarter. He has exceeded 100 yards in each of the 1st 2 games. A game at Kansas City on Sunday most likely means a high-powered passing game on each side. The Chiefs’ pass defense has played well this season, ranking 10th in yardage allowed. They’ll have to contend with both Allen and WR Mike Williams this week.
In the new-look, Joe Lombardi offense, Allen picked up right where he left off before injuring his hamstring at the end of the 2020 season, and that was with a massive 13-target game. Although he hauled in 9 of those passes, he did commit an important drop that not only would have padded his yardage total, but it also led to the Chargers stalling out on what may have been a TD drive in a low-scoring game.
There’s not much to say here, other than to be excited that Allen, as one of the best route runners in the NFL, will continue to be heavily used in the passing attack in most games that he plays. Even though he’s not a big-play machine, he’ll continue to post decent yardage per catch with volume making him one of the highest floor players at WR. He’s one of the few players who’s almost matchup proof.