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Golden Nuggets: Keenan Allen should be on everyone's fantasy teams

Confirming what Cal fans already knew: Keenan Allen is basically amazing.

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It's the offseason for football, meaning we need to inject some kind of football into our life. So let's start planning out fantasy team!

WR Keenan Allen's stunning rookie-year production has made him an attractive candidate for a second WR for your team. Let's review 2013 for the Bear:

By Week 5, however, he exploded, transforming into Philip Rivers' weapon of choice and certifiable WR1 in 12-team leagues. From that point on he cracked the top-10 among WRs in PPR and standard settings compiling 63 receptions, 936 yards and eight touchdowns, many of those catches of the dazzling variety.

Overall, Allen operated as a near elite performer, stunning when weighing his inexperience and early physical obstacles. According to Pro Football focus, he ranked top-13 at his position in drop rate (12), yards per route run (13) and WR rating (4). In the latter category, only DeSean Jackson, Demaryius Thomas and Anquan Boldin were more efficient.

Two of the top receivers being Cal products? Awesome.

So, why exactly is this article recommending Allen?

To avoid a sophomore slump, Allen has worked diligently this offseason improving his speed and separation downfield. Last year, on caught only two passes beyond 20 yards. He's far from an athletic freak like Julio Jones, but his reliable hands and smooth routes are high-end qualities and the reason why he can be trusted as a WR1.

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