After the 2012 fantasy football season saw a dozen rookies have breakout fantasy campaigns, many pegged the 2013 rookie class to put up similar fantasy numbers. As a result, fantasy owners locked onto early-round stars like WR Tavon Austin, RB Eddie Lacy, RB Giovani Bernard, WR DeAndre Hopkins, QB E.J. Manuel, and QB Geno Smith from this past year’s draft.
Among all these rookie players, San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen ended up having the most impressive all-around fantasy performance. The former California standout posted 1,046 yards in his rookie season and tied a team-high with eight receiving touchdowns. He was an amazing waiver wire addition in the middle of the year and ended up becoming a weekly fantasy option to rely on down the stretch.
QB Philip Rivers leaned on the rookie much more over the final months of the season and Allen ended up hauling in seven touchdowns in his final six games, including a two-touchdown outburst in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. Allen has run flawless routes in his first season and the speedster has quickly formed a strong rapport with Rivers. Allen has looked like the number one wideout that San Diego has been missing for some time.
Allen proved that he is skilled enough to warrant a spot in the top-15 wideouts next season. He will only get better as he becomes more familiar with the team’s offense and his 2014 season should be even bigger than his 2013 campaign. If you are already preparing draft boards for next fantasy season, make sure to keep Allen near the top of your wide receiver rankings.