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Keenan Allen: An Under-The-Radar WR in 2023

Even with up-and-down play from Justin Herbert in 2022, Mike Williams running opposite of him, and Austin Ekeler catching 100+ passes, Keenan Allen has remained as one of the most reliable and highly productive fantasy receivers in the NFL.

Upon his return from injury in Week 11, Allen went on to lead the NFL in receptions (60) in the final eight weeks, as well as ranking 2nd in targets and total PPR points behind only Justin Jefferson in that span. It’s worth noting, as well, that over the back half of the season, Austin Ekeler’s targets per game dropped from 9 between Weeks 1-10 to 5.75 between Weeks 11-18.

That drop in targets coincides with Keenan Allen’s return, and in a pass-first offense with new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore coming over from Dallas, things could be shaping up for Justin Herbert to be throwing the ball downfield much more often than he did in 2022. That’s good news for Allen, who has proven himself to be Herbert’s favorite target – even with Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler on the field.


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