|ADP:||Round: 7, Pick: 11|
|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 237 lb.|
|Born:||May 21, 1996|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 1 (7)|
Allen completed 14 of 27 passes for 122 yards and two TD passes with one interception during Monday's loss to the Chiefs. He added eight rushes for 42 yards.
Analysis: The two TDs and the rushing yards made this a palatable performance from a fantasy perspective, but it was a rough outing for the second straight prime-time week for Allen and the Bills, who fall to 4-2. The third-year quarterback has put up his two worst performances of the season in these two games after being the fantasy darling for Weeks 1-4. While Allen still has enough flaws in his game that there will be occasional tough sledding in matchups against championship-level teams like the Chiefs and Titans, he's also improved his game by miles since his rookie season and remains a top-10 fantasy QB. Things get much easier in Week 7 with Allen and the Bills traveling to face the Jets.
Allen completed 26 of 41 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions during Tuesday's loss to the Titans. He also rushed four times for 18 yards.
Analysis: The fantasy stats aren't terrible, but this just wasn't the Bills' night in an ugly 42-16 loss, with Allen misfiring several times and getting a bad bounce on one of the two picks. His 77.6 rating is by far his worst of the season and he tripled his 2020 interception total on one night. On the bright side, Allen has almost thrown for two-plus touchdowns all five games this season and has 14 TD passes on the campaign. He and the Bills will get a chance to bounce back in another primetime game Monday against the Chiefs.
Allen and the Bills remain on track to meet the Titans on Tuesday after the latest round of COVID-19 testing turned up no new positives among Tennessee's players or coaches, according to several media reports.
Analysis: Things are not in the clear yet, however, as both teams still have to go through more testing with no setbacks. In a strange state of the times, if you're rolled the dice on Allen thus far you're essentially betting the game will go on as planned -- or in other words, the next round of COVID-19 testing will come back clean, with your last bailout being a late pivot to Drew Brees or Justin Herbert. On the bright side, Tuesday's Bills-Titans actually seems like a decent possibility at this stage given the most recent testing results.
Tuesday's scheduled contest between Allen and the Bills and the Titans is in line to proceed as planned, barring further developments, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: That said, the status of the slated 7:00 ET kickoff should still be monitored by fantasy managers, with Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com noting that "another positive (COVID-19 test Monday) would likely throw things into limbo." In addition to having their Week 5 game moved to Tuesday, the Bills' Week 6 tilt against the Chiefs has been moved from this coming Thursday to Monday, Oct. 19.
Allen and the Bills are now scheduled to face the Titans on Tuesday instead of Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The game will only be played this week if there are no more positive tests among the Titans, who have still yet to open up their practice facility following numerous positive COVID-19 tests. As for Allen, at least managers still have a chance of being able to use him this week, though the game being played in Week 5 is still far from a certainty. Still, we should have a better idea of the likelihood of that happening by the time the first wave of games kicks off Sunday, pending the next few days of test results.
Allen (left shoulder) was able to practice fully Wednesday.
Analysis: This is the final confirmation that Allen didn't significantly injure his non-throwing shoulder during Sunday's win over Las Vegas, bad as it initially looked. He'll resume his starting role Sunday in Tennessee, though the status of the game itself remains up in the air while the Titans work through COVID-19 issues.
Coach McDermott said Monday of Allen's injured left shoulder that, "Josh is in pretty good shape, as of this morning," Dante Lasting of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Although Allen didn't miss any plays, he landed on the shoulder awkwardly and had to go to the locker room for evaluation, likely while Bills Nation collectively held its breath. We'd be surprised if Allen misses any time since the injury is now officially not a severe one and it's to his non-throwing arm. The third-year quarterback has been nothing short of excellent this season with 12 TD passes and three rushing scores to go with one interception, though the shoulder could potentially limit him in practice this week. It's also worth noting that Buffalo's Week 5 opponent -- the Titans -- still have to work through a COVID-19 flare-up before the game can go off as scheduled in the early wave Sunday.
Allen completed 24 of 34 pass attempts for 288 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Raiders. He also carried three times for -1 yard and a touchdown in the 30-23 win.
Analysis: Allen completed 71 percent of his passes while averaging a healthy 8.5 yards per attempt. He completed touchdown passes to Gabriel Davis and Cole Beasley in the first half while adding a one-yard touchdown plunge of his own in the fourth quarter. Allen has been nothing short of excellent through four games, totaling 15 touchdowns compared to one interception. He'll look to continue his hot start in another favorable matchup next Sunday against the Titans.
Allen completed 24 of 33 passes for 311 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 35-32 win over the Rams. He also rushed four times for eight yards and a touchdown, in addition to losing a fumble.
Analysis: Allen found Lee Smith for a one-yard touchdown on fourth down to open the scoring, then took it himself from one yard out on the next drive before adding a three-yard score to Tyler Kroft to take a 21-3 lead into the locker room at halftime. He hit Stefon Diggs for a four-yard touchdown to take a seemingly insurmountable 28-3 lead in the third quarter, but Los Angeles scored the next 29 points before Allen led a late touchdown drive capped by another three-yard touchdown to Kroft. All told, Allen has led the Bills to a 3-0 record with 12 total touchdowns compared to four turnovers heading into a Week 4 trip to Las Vegas.
Allen completed 24 of 35 passes for 417 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bills' 31-28 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. He also rushed four times for 18 yards.
Analysis: Allen ended up having to do plenty in a game that the Bills were fairly solid favorites in, averaging 11.9 yards per attempt while connecting with eight different pass catchers on the afternoon. The third-year signal caller hit the eclectic quartet of Stefon Diggs, John Brown, Gabriel Davis and Reggie Gilliam for his scoring throws, the final one a 46-yarder to Brown to give Buffalo critical separation with 3:09 remaining. Perhaps almost as encouraging for the Bills' coaching staff was Allen's mistake-free effort, which helped bring about an outstanding 147.0 rating for the afternoon. Allen also averaged a whopping 11.9 yards per attempt, partly the byproduct of his burgeoning connection with prize offseason arrival Stefon Diggs, whom he targeted a team-high 13 times on the way to an 8-153-1 day for the wideout. Allen will look to build on this landmark effort when the Bills battle the Los Angeles Rams in a Week 3 home matchup.
Allen completed 33 of 46 passes for a career-high 312 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Jets. He also rushed 14 times for 57 yards and a touchdown while losing two fumbles.
Analysis: Allen consistently kept passing plays alive with his escapability and topped 300 passing yards for the first time in his career while also providing most of Buffalo's rushing production himself. He bounced back beautifully after fumbling on the Bills' first drive, leading his team into the end zone on each of the next three possessions thanks to a two-yard rushing score followed by a four-yard touchdown pass to Zack Moss and a 15-yard score to John Brown. Allen was on his way to a fourth consecutive scoring drive but lost his second fumble with less than two minutes left before halftime. While he still struggles with turnovers, that flaw is overshadowed by Allen's tremendous rushing production from the quarterback position, and he appears to be taking the next step as a passer heading into a Week 2 meeting with the Dolphins.
Allen took part in practice Monday after missing Sunday's session due to a false positive COVID-19 test, Jourdan LaBarber of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Several Bills got burned by the false positive test, and while the Bills' quarterback wasn't super pleased with the development, he was able to move on quickly with the rest of his teammates. Bills coach Sean McDermott later stated that this was a good dry run for the team in terms of surprises that may happen in an unusual NFL year.
Allen will miss practice Sunday after receiving a false positive COVID-19 test result, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Several Bills fell into the false positive bucket and will get a day off from workouts, but Schefter's report says all is well and the players should be back to practice shortly after passing through the proper protocols. For Allen, that should mean Monday.
Allen has looked noticeably bigger and stronger in the upper body in videos posted by his quarterbacks coach, Jordan Palmer, The Buffalo News reports. Said Palmer, " "It's muscle. He's in crazy shape and spinning it great."
Analysis: Allen has always been a physical specimen, which has helped make up for some of his longstanding accuracy issues, but the reports show he looks even more chiseled even though the quarterback says he's only gained three pounds. The Bills have actually gone on record saying they'd prefer their franchise QB runs less going forward, but the bottom line is he's a handful to bring down and you'll get a bonus in rushing yards and even goal-line carries if you use him. Allen is not without his flaws and there's a pretty good debate as to where he stacks up long term compared to other young starters around the league, but if you're on the "pro" side of the argument, this is probably a good season to get ahead of the curve. He posted a 20:9 TD:INT ratio last season, perhaps not great but when add in his 510 rushing yards and nine TDs on the ground to go with a six percent increase in completion percentage (59 vs. 53 in his rookie season), things are starting to click. Add in familiarity with Brian Daboll's offense and the addition of Stefon Diggs, and there's a chance he posts a big fantasy season, even if Allen does come with more risk than others.
Allen picked up a dangerous new target Monday when the Bills acquired Stefon Diggs from the Vikings.
Analysis: Allen and the Bills continue to trend up following a playoff season where the quarterback threw for 3,089 yards and 20 touchdowns while running for 510 yards and nine scores. Diggs and John Brown should work as some sort of 1A/1B combo, while Cole Beasley remains one of the more effective slot guys in the league. Add a potential pass-catching feature back in Devin Singletary to the mix along with a tight end with decent upside in Dawson Knox, and Allen should have plenty of weapons to continue improving his numbers as he gains more experience.
Allen completed 24 of 46 pass attempts for 264 yards, adding 92 rushing yards on nine attempts and catching one pass for 16 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's AFC wild-card loss to the Texans.
Analysis: Allen got off to a strong start with both his arm and legs, capping off an impressive opening drive with a touchdown reception on a trick play. The second-year quarterback regressed in the second half, making some questionable decisions that allowed Houston to catch up and eventually win the game in overtime. Overall, Allen took a step forward as a passer this year (59 percent completion rate, 3,089 passing yards, 20:9 TD:INT) after a mediocre showing in that department his rookie season. The 23-year-old will look further improve from the pocket as he leads Buffalo's strong supporting cast towards another potential playoff run in 2020.
Allen completed three of five passes for five yards before being replaced by Matt Barkley in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Jets.
Analysis: Allen didn't get the entire season finale off like some other prominent Bills starters, but he only played two drives before leaving the contest to keep him healthy for the postseason. The second-year quarterback wisely didn't attempt to make any plays with his legs, finishing the regular season with 3,089 yards and a 20:9 TD:INT through the air, as well as 510 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. Allen will need to bring his A-game in his first career playoff appearance next week, as the Bills will be underdogs in Houston.
Coach Sean McDermott expects "a majority" of the Bills starters, including Allen, to play Week 17 against the Jets, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Allen and the Bills are already locked in as the AFC No. 5 playoff seed, so it any playing time received by the starters is likely a means of keeping the rust off ahead of wild-card weekend. With that being said, backup quarterback Matt Barkley is in line to get significant snaps during Week 17's matchup depending on how much Allen ends up playing.
Allen completed 13 of his 26 pass attempts for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the team's Week 16 loss to the Patriots. He also added seven carries for 43 yards.
Analysis: Allen failed to produce much in the first half, compiling only 80 total yards and one touchdown through two quarters. However, he connected for several long completions thereafter, highlighted by a 53-yard touchdown pass to John Brown halfway through the third quarter. As has become the norm, Allen also produced with his legs, surpassing 40 rushing yards for the fourth time in his last six games. With the AFC East now out of reach and a wild card berth locked up, it remains to be seen how much Allen will be on the field in Week 17 against the Jets.
Allen completed 13 of 25 pass attempts for 139 yards, a touchdown and an interception while adding 28 yards and a rushing touchdown on seven carries in Sunday's 17-10 win over Pittsburgh.
Analysis: It was a classic Allen game from start to finish, as he flashed inaccuracies while also making plays when it mattered with both his arm and legs to lead the team to another win. From a fantasy perspective, the strong-armed quarterback doesn't put up gaudy enough passing numbers to warrant "must-start" status, as he needs to make some noise with his legs -- as he did with a rushing touchdown -- to post a big line. Allen may struggle posting a big fantasy game against one of the tougher defenses, the New England Patriots, in a rare Saturday matchup.
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