Mike Williams is a Contingency Plan: The Case for Keenan Allen
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The Los Angeles Chargers made waves on draft day, selecting Clemson’s Mike Williams seventh overall. For a team loaded with pass catchers including Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, and Dontrelle Inman, the move signified a lack of faith in Keenan Allen’s ability to stay healthy and produce at a WR1 level. This has predictably impacted the perception of Allen in fantasy football circles. A volume receiver as many see it, Allen will have a difficult time carving out the targets necessary to make good on his considerable promise, and that’s assuming he stays on the field all 16 games for the first time in his career. The skepticism is valid. However. Dating back to his freshman year as an 18-year-old in the then Pac-10, the one thing Allen has done even more reliably than miss time is dominate production. Beyond the injury red flags and volume concerns hides one of the best bets to be 2017’s wide receiver darling. The kicker is, his history is too checkered — and the Chargers’ commitment to bolstering the WR corps too strong — for anyone to care.