Early Bold Prediction: Herbert & Allen / Both Top 5 in 2021
Article by MD Fantasy Sports
Before you call me crazy at least hear me out. Justin Herbert, in his ROOKIE season was just .9 PPG off from being a top 5 QB. Deshaun Watson, who finished as fantasy’s QB5 scored 22.9 PPG—Herbert averaged 22.0.
The Chargers budding star possesses the 2 most important qualities for a fantasy QB:
Passing volume — He finished 4th in the NFL in attempts and yards per game, the only rookie EVER to finish in the top five in yards per game.
Rushing ability — quietly added 5 rushing TD’s and 216 yards on the ground last season. Expect that number to increase. Herbert ran a 4.69 40 yard dash and Watson, who ran a 4.6, has rushed for 400+ yards the last three seasons. Herbert could surpass that.
Now that former HC Anthony Lynn has been exiled (rightfully so) we can expect this Chargers offense, and team, to take a step forward. This team is loaded with offensive weapons, but was hampered by poor offensive line play and questionable coaching last season. If both phases improve even marginally, the sky's the limit for this offense.
Speaking of weapons, this brings us to Keenan Allen, a.k.a. the model of consistency. Over the past four years he’s averaged 100.7 catches and 147.7 targets, and if not for a hamstring injury late last season Allen may have finished as top 5 WR. If you take out week 5 against New Orleans (Allen left the game in first half) and week 16 against Oak (hamstring injury) Allen finished with under 10 targets just ONCE in games played with Herbert under center. He will have to improve on his 9.9 YPC (career low) and 992 yards (19th in NFL) but the volume will be there, it always is. A healthy Allen coupled with a second year franchise QB oozes potential.
Both guys will finish as top five positional options.