In 2011, Allen had a career season, as he recorded 22 sacks for fantasy owners. He was only 1/2 sack away from the NFL sack record held by Michael Strahan that stands at 22.5 sacks. It was one of the best seasons in IDP history and caused the defensive end to be drafted extremely early in drafts this past summer.
However, Allen looked completely different in 2013. He only recorded 12 sacks and actually had seven games in which he failed to record a single sack. His 45 tackles was his lowest total since 2004 and it was an all around disappointing fantasy performance from the five-time Pro Bowler.
Allen recorded all 12 of his sacks in the final 14 games and only recorded two total tackles in the team’s first two games. Simply put, Allen wasn’t himself early in the season. He started coming alive as the year went on, but his overall numbers were not what you would expect from a top-10 IDP option.
To help Allen generate a pass rush this year, Minnesota grabbed DT Sharrif Floyd from Florida 23rd overall in the April’s draft. Floyd is a monster in the middle and his athleticism will allow Allen much more room to work on the outside. Allen was constantly double-teamed last year, but the addition of Floyd will certainly give him more one-on-one matchups.
Allen may not finish with over 20 sacks this season, but I fully expect him to have a bounce back season. He will get to the quarterback more frequently and will finish the year with around 15-18 sacks.