Keenan Allen's Instant Fantasy Reaction for 2013 Fantasy Playoffs

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) carries the ball in the 4th quarter during the Chargers 17-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Liu-USA TODAY Sports
Stan Liu-USA TODAY Sports

Week 14 of the NFL season saw San Diego Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen once again make a name for himself.

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:

No injury to worry about here. Allen returned and did this:

GIF courtesy of B/R.

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.


Note: All fantasy scoring info courtesy of ESPN standard leagues. Points against info courtesy of ESPN.