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Allen Robinson Is Doing The Impossible

Allen Robinson
Allen Robinson is doing the impossible. He’s putting up great numbers with terrible quarterback play. Something that even terrific receivers don’t do. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

Wide receivers are dependent on their quarterbacks to get them the football. That’s obvious. We all know football. Someone has to throw it in order to catch it. Life is a hell of a lot easier when you have someone capable throwing the football. Allen Robinson continues to do the impossible. Put up great stats with incompetent quarterback play.

Larry Fitzgerald is going to be a first ballot Hall of Famer. I don’t think anybody denies that. His numbers are night and day with and without Kurt Warner. Fitzgerald has only 3 1,000 yard seasons by quarterback that aren’t’ named Kurt Warner and Carson Palmer. He didn’t have Warner or Palmer longer than a 5 year stretch. I had a basic rule, when Larry has a good quarterback, I’ll draft him in fantasy. When he doesn’t I’ll pass. That strategy worked for a long time.

Allen Robinson is doing the impossible. He’s putting with numbers with Blake Bortles and Mitch Trubisky. NOBODY has had worse guys throwing him the football. Just think about this. Robinson had a 1,400 yard and 14 touchdown season with Bortles. He also had a 1,147 yard and 7 touchdown season with Trubisky. Who else is doing that?

Sure, Robinson hasn’t put together back to back monster campaigns. How can you with these egregious offenses? It also took him a while to get back after he tore his ACL in 2017. Still, Robinson is a damn good wide receiver who doesn’t get the props he deserves.

Robinson finished as the 8th best wide receiver in fantasy last year. Again despite dog shit quarterback play. Nobody else does that besides when DeAndre Hopkins carried dudes like TJ Yates. Somehow, someway, Robinson is a fantasy asset despite playing for Chicago.

Here are some basic facts. Robinson had the third highest target share in the league last year. Trubisky lost confidence so he pretty much locked onto his best guy. I don’t see how that changes if he stats. He was also a top 5 target share in the red area meaning Chicago looked for him when it was time to drop points.

Robinson put up numbers with Trubisky. Why can’t he put up better numbers if or when Nick Foles takes over? The Foles hype has gotten a bit crazy but the point is it can’t get worse than Bortles or Trubisky. Even if Foles is 10 percent better, Robinson’s stock only goes up. We’ve seen in the past that Alshon Jeffery put up big fantasy performances with Foles too.

There are exceptions to the rule. I don’t like taking wide receivers in bad offenses with terrible quarterback play. I won’t do it 9.9 times out of 10. Allen Robinson is different. He finds a way to produce no matter what. Better yet, he’s an unrestricted free agent after this year. Investing in Robinson now may be the way to go because next year, chances are his quarterback play improves significantly.


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