5. Let Keenan Allen cook.
While the LA Chargers should focus on the ground game, they also still need to take advantage of Keenan Allen‘s exploitable matchups. The Bengals signed Trae Waynes from the Vikings in the offseason, but his pectoral injury will have him miss a significant amount of time. Losing your projected starting cornerback is a tough blow.
At cornerback, that really leaves either Darius Phillips or William Jackson III to matchup with Allen. Phillips has become a promising prospect for the Bengals, but he only played 108 snaps in total last season.
His season was derailed by a knee injury towards the end of September that landed him on IR. It’s tough to see the former fifth-round pick having a solid game against Allen after being thrown into the starting role like this.
Jackson is an interesting case. He was terrific in 2017 and was rated as one of PFF‘s best cornerbacks that year. His coverage grade was a 90.4 on 698 snaps. Fast forward to last year though and it appears that the magic wore off, as Jackson scored a 55.2 in coverage on 831 snaps. Having a great 2017 season and then falling off of the map reminds me a little bit of Trevor Williams.
If Phillips and Jackson play up to their potential, Allen could have his hands full. Phillips’ inability to stay on the field and Jackson’s regression would concern me if I was a Bengals fan though. I’d put Allen in my fantasy lineup.
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