Allen Robinson led the Chicago Bears in receiving in 2018, but could 2019 mean even more production?
When the Chicago Bears signed Allen Robinson as a free agent prior to 2018, they signed someone they expected to be the main weapon in Matt Nagy’s offense.
While, Robinson did lead the Bears in receiving yards in 2018, 754 yards isn’t exactly what fantasy owners probably expected out of Robinson. Robinson missed 3 games, which means his 754 yards and 4 TDs would have been 930 yards and 5 TDs had he played 16 games.
The truth is, while players can come back within a year of a torn ACL, the first year back usually isn’t quite as productive as the player isn’t back at 100% yet.
Robinson is now well clear of his torn ACL and a year of offseason work rather than rehab will definitely help him, not to mention a year of chemistry with QB Mitch Trubisky.
Robinson should still be expected to be the Bears top receiver, but should Robinson be more productive in 2019? Signs point to yes.
First of all, Trubisky’s second year in an offensive system should find him more comfortable and fantasy owners should expect bigger things from him. A QB with better stats will result in receivers with better stats (obviously). A fully healthy Robinson should result in crisper routes, more explosion and better height in jump balls.
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Last year in PPR formats, Robinson averaged about 12 fantasy points per game, which was good enough to rank him in the low 30s. That put him squarely in the WR3 category last year.
Fantasy owners didn’t draft Robinson to be a WR3, so in that regard, Robinson’s 2018 was a disappointment. This year, Robinson should still be drafted in the WR2 category but this year, his performance should keep him in the WR2 realm.
Robinson should be targeted in the 3rd round of most fantasy drafts with nice upside potential.
The Bears have too many weapons to expect Robinson to repeat his 2015 performance with Jacksonville when he had 1400 yards and 14 TDs.
But as long as Robinson stays healthy, fantasy owners should expect an increase in yards and touchdowns while still leading the Bears in receiving. Robinson is a very safe selection this season and could give you more production than his draft position.
Allen Robinson 2019 stat projections– 75 receptions, 1050 yards, 14.0 yards per catch, 7 TDs