Keenan Allen may benefit early with Tyrod Taylor as starting quarterback

Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) /

Keenan Allen could benefit from Tyrod Taylor being the Chargers’ starter.

The Los Angeles Chargers named Tyrod Taylor their starting quarterback for Week 1 over No. 6 overall pick Justin Herbert. While Herbert is the Bolts’ future at the position, this move was totally expected and one that may help Los Angeles get off to a hot start offensively. One player who could benefit from this in a myriad of ways is the Chargers’ No. 1 wide receiver Keenan Allen.

Jason Moore of The Fantasy Footballers has had Allen rise up his fantasy football draft boards of late, mostly because of Taylor’s expectation to emerge as the Chargers’ Week 1 starter. When healthy, Allen is an undisputed top-10 wide receiver in football. However, potential quarterbacking concerns could have people trending down on Allen’s overall fantasy productivity for 2020.

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There are several factors for why Allen could get off to a hot start as a fantasy player because Taylor has been named the Week 1 starter. Taylor is head coach Anthony Lynn‘s guy from their time together with the Buffalo Bills. Once Lynn became the head coach of the Bolts, Taylor quickly left Western New York for sunny Southern California to follow his former offensive coordinator.

Could Keenan Allen get off to a hot start in fantasy football for 2020?

No, Taylor isn’t going to be a great quarterback for the Chargers. He’ll do what he does, as in play within the system, make some plays with his legs and not turn the football over. While Herbert clearly has the higher upside over Taylor, the former Oregon Ducks standout is the rawest quarterback taken in the top 10 of the 2020 NFL Draft. Herbert needs some time to marinate.

Because Allen is a dominant possession receiver, he’ll be a favorite target of Taylor’s for as long as he’s the Bolts starter. However, there will come a time when it will be Herbert’s day to take the reins and begin starting games for the Chargers. He could get off to a great start just as easily as he could struggle initially playing against better competition as a rookie in the NFL.

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For that reason, the high variance of what Herbert may be as a rookie quarterback is why it’s smart to buy Allen early and then sell high mid-season before Herbert takes over. Of course, you may want to start Allen every week as your high-end WR2, as he’s a great player. However, be prepared for a down second half for him from a fantasy standpoint once Herbert is the starter.