Jared Allen | Minnesota Vikings | DE
2013 Experience: 10th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: As the off-season moved along we found out Allen was playing with not only a bad shoulder but a bad knee as well in 2012. This would explain why we saw Allen fail to total 40 or more solo tackles for the first time since his rookie year.
Allen is good to go for training camp and I believe he will have a bounce back year, but in reality, he wasn’t that bad by most standards. With improvements on offense, hopefully Minnesota will put Allen in situations where the team can play with a lead more often in the second half and give him a few more chances for sacks. He should be fine and is a worthy top five option at his position.
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2012 IDP Fantasy Projection
A late-season explosion found Jared Allen coming up just one sack short of breaking Michael Strahan’s single season record. Yup, 22 big ones, and we shouldn’t be surprised if he lands over 16 again.
With Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler (has weapons now), and Matthew Stafford you know in those six games the Vikings will be torched in the passing game, but because they will pass, Allen has opportunities against average to below average pass protecting lines.
Maybe Jason Pierre-Paul is the top lineman to take but Allen isn’t far behind. Both are clearly ahead of the rest of the pack as far as linemen go.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Since 2005, no defensive lineman has been more dependable for IDP fantasy football than Jared Allen but fantasy owners who had him a year ago went through a trying time in the first half of the season. Allen only produced one sack in the first seven weeks and even failed to rack up more than one tackle in weeks six and seven.
Allen gave IDP fantasy owners a terrific second half when he had at least half a sack in every game but one of the final tend contests and had no fewer than four tackles in eight of those games.
It just goes to show you that even the best of players go through down times but since Allen is still in the prime of his career and relatively healthy, you’re probably not going to keep him down for a full season. Some may have another lineman ahead of Allen on their draft board because of his slow start in 2010, but that can happen to anyone, and it’s usually not a problem for him, over his career.
Because it can be a challenge to find lineman with a long track record you can trust, I would actually look to Allen as the top IDP player to target because it’s easier to find a high tackle linebacker that can give you top end production. Finding a lineman like Allen that will give you double digit sacks, usually at least three forced fumbles, pass deflections and around 60 tackles, is worth hanging your hat on.
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2010 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook
Make no mistake about it Jared Allen is the best defensive lineman for IDP. The hype was huge when Allen came over to the Vikings a couple years ago and the big man hasn’t let down his fans. Expect another fabulous season as Allen still has his great supporting cast around him.