The Keenan Allen we have all been waiting for finally showed his face during the 2017 season. The Bolts hadn’t seen a wide receiver perform that dominantly in quite some time so it’s not surprising to see PFF bring up the fact that Allen shattered all previous highs in fantasy points for a Chargers WR1 over the last 10 years.
A small note which plays into the “what if?” category is that Allen was the Bolts’ WR1 in 2015 even though he only in seven full games before being injured against the Ravens in their eighth game of the season. Could you imagine if he was able to finish out that tear he was on? If you want to stretch it out over the length of a 16-game season, we can simply double his point total from eight games (164) and get a whopping 328 points, almost 50 more than his total from last year.
Now we just gotta string some of these years together pic.twitter.com/mM50JHZTMR— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) July 5, 2018
The last wide receiver to put together back-to-back WR1 season for the Chargers was Vincent Jackson in 2008-2009. If Allen never fell to the injury bug, we could have been looking at Allen having four-straight years of being at the top.
All hypotheticals aside, Allen is finally the player we all knew he was capable of being and, with a little luck, we should get to see his dominance continue for the foreseeable future.