Allen continues to peak at just the right time for owners mired in tough receiver decisions in the postseason.
On Sunday, his victim was the New York Giants. He caught three passes for 59 yards and two touchdowns—all before halftime. As Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego illustrates, Allen set a rookie record for his team, which showcases his stunning reliability:
Keenan Allen sets team rookie record with 60th catch of season. But he's injured. Walks off field.— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) December 8, 2013
No injury to worry about here. Allen returned and did this:
Speaking of reliability, Allen has scored eight or more points in his last three games and has more than 100 yards in each of his last two. He now has had more than 100 yards in five games.
Not bad for a rookie. Even better, Allen finishes the fantasy postseason stretch with games against Denver (allows an average of 23.5 points to the position per game) and Oakland (24.3).
Clearly, he has a great rapport with quarterback Philip Rivers. His alarming consistency paired with a favorable schedule suggests no reason to believe he will hit a rookie wall during this critical playoff stretch.
Allen is a legit No. 2 receiver for the playoffs and a quality option in all leagues for owners in need of a starter (he is owned in just 73.8 percent of leagues).
Others may scoff at a rookie in a playoff lineup, but savvy owners will capitalize on the factors surrounding Allen.