Fantasy Football: Allen Robinson among top-25 to watch


Allen Robinson has been turning heads so far this offseason and looks like the perfect candidate to finally become a 1000 yard receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has a great rapport with quarterback Blake Bortles and should ignite a Jags offense that struggled last season.

But for fantasy owners, what is most important is just what that rapport with Bortles yields. How many catches will he snag? How many will he take to the house? Who cares if he’s the first Jags receiver since Jimmy Smith to put up 1000 yards, what matters is just how many yards he will put up each week!

Well, have no fear dear fantasy football owners, because it seems that the Allen Robinson hype train has a seat for everyone, or so writes’s Matt Harmon:

"One of the more popular breakout players in the fantasy community, the Allen Robinson hype train is a near universal one for analysts to board. With all the excitement surrounding Robinson, preseason will be a big time for those in his fan club. Even his most staunch defenders will admit there is something of a leap of faith after he only played 10 games as a rookie. Robinson is set to absorb at least 130 targets this season, but fantasy owners must pay careful attention to how Robinson looks and the status of the quarterback delivering those passes. How Blake Bortles plays will speak to what kind of ceiling Robinson will have, even if his floor is still safe."

Now, Harmon doesn’t note if his 1-25 is a ranking or if it’s simply a way to order his list, but if you’re curious, he had Allen Robinson at number five.

Before we all get giddy with excitement, let’s keep in mind that Robinson was on a list that also included quarterback Geno Smith (number four), so Harmon may not be getting everything right.

The important thing to look at here, as a fantasy football team owner, is the number of targets that Robinson could get. Harmon notes that he’s “set to absorb at least 130 targets this season” but that is no guaranteed number. Last year, Robinson had 81 targets in 10 games. He was easily the most reliable receiving option for Blake Bortles. Now he is joined by tight end Julius Thomas and a better running game behind T.J. Yeldon. Will he still get eight targets a game, putting him on pace for 130?

That’s the big question.

Whether Allen Robinson can stay on the field for the whole year should also be an important consideration. While I think he can definitely be there for all 16 games, some more wary owners aren’t illogical if they pass on the wide receiver.

It’s nice to see Robinson’s skills getting the attention they deserve, but in my opinion there are still plenty of questions to ask before drafting him for your team.

Next: Allen Robinson player profile

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