QB Brandon Allen - Denver Broncos

6-1, 217Born: 9-5-1992College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 6, pick 2016

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 18): Allen was a bold downfield passer against a wilting Vikings secondary and he has some good fantasy playoff matchups against Houston, Kansas City, and Detroit. His 2QB/Superflex appeal is growing.

Week 12: at Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Broncos passing offense looked pretty good for a while last week as Brandon Allen was unapologetically airing the ball out downfield. While he did connect on a few deep balls, he missed more often than not while struggling to sustain drives, particularly in the second half. Through two starts, however, Allen has proven to be an upgrade over what Joe Flacco brought to the table for this passing offense. While not putting up flashy numbers himself, he has supported a couple of decent fantasy showings from Courtland Sutton, who scored a touchdown in Week 9 and amassed 113 receiving yards last week. Sutton is the undisputed top receiver in this offense and has seen a consistent level of volume all season both before and after the departure of Emmanuel Sanders, averaging about eight targets and 80 yards per game. It was actually tight end Noah Fant who led the team in targets last week though--marking the second time in the past three games he has been the top option. Wide receiver Tim Patrick returned from injury in his first game since Week 2 last week, and he was immediately involved with eight targets, hauling in four of those for 77 yards. While Patrick's ceiling remains low, he should provide a viable option opposite Sanders for this passing offense moving forward. The Bills defense has been particularly good against the pass this season, giving up just 217 passing yards and 15 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks--both ranking third-fewest in the league. Every pass-catching position is averaging a below-average fantasy output against this defense as the Bills sport a strong combination of pass-rushing talent up front and a well-rounded secondary. Their rotation of pass-rushers can be quite tiresome for an offensive line, with four very strong edge defenders all seeing consistent playing time to keep a fresh body on the field at all times. Safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer have both done an excellent job over the top, as this Bills defense has tied for allowing the third-fewest pass plays of 40 or more yards (3) and the second-fewest pass plays of 20 or more yards (21). Cornerback Tre'Davious White has also played a big part in their success, as he is routinely shutting down opponents and will be a difficult matchup for Courtland Sutton this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
9 vs CLE 50 12 20 193 2 0 5 13 0 0 18.95
11 at MIN 81 17 39 240 1 1 3 18 0 0 16.8
12 at BUF PROJ-Dodds * 20 32 * * * 3 * * * *
12 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 22 35 * * * 2 * * * *
12 at BUF PROJ-Bloom * 15 27 * * * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Brandon Allen's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 11 vs MIN (17 / 39 / 240 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)

Allen tossed a few nice deep balls in this contest. He took some big shots off play action on the Broncos first drive, narrowly missing Sutton for a big gain and then connecting with Fant up the seam for 31 yards off of a fake to Lindsay. Allen connected with Sutton later in the 1st quarter with another beautiful play action pass, with Sutton making an amazing leaping grab between two defenders for a 48 yard gain. Allen took a shot for Sutton in the end zone on the next play, drawing a pass interference penalty that set Denver up on the goal line. Allen found backup tight end Fumagalli for a short touchdown on a stick route two plays later. Allen and Sutton hooked up again for 40+ on a deep ball down the middle late in the 4th quarter. Allen returned a gift to the Vikings at the end of the 1st half. Minnesota fumbled a kickoff return, giving the Broncos the ball in the Viking red zone, but Allen threw a pick on the first snap of the drive, ending the first half of play. Allen and the offense drove down to the Minnesota red zone at the end of the 4th quarter, but were denied by a staunch effort from the Vikings defense. Allen tried but failed to connect with Fant twice and Patrick once in the end zone as time ran out. Allen added 18 yards on the ground with a few scrambles.

2019 Week 9 vs CLE (12 / 20 / 193 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 13 / 0 rush)

Allen led the offense to a victory on an efficient day that saw the Broncos run just 40 plays total. He dropped a couple of beautiful dime passes to Sutton on the Broncos first scoring drive in the 1st quarter. The two first connected on a deep post that picked up 19 yards, then Sutton beat his man down the right sideline and made a leaping grab over a defender for the score. Allen put the ball where only Sutton could grab it. Allen's second touchdown was all Noah Fant, as the rookie tight end caught a short crossing route and broke several tackles before he turned up the left sideline and housed the 75 yard score. Allen led the Broncos to a field goal in the 2nd quarter and another scoring drive that ended in a Phillip Lindsay touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Allen's mobility isn't elite, but it's certainly an upgrade over Flacco. Allen picked up a 3rd and long conversion with an 11 yard scramble around right end in the 1st quarter. Allen was lucky to escape the day without an interception. Myles Garrett tipped a 2nd quarter pass at the line of scrimmage and nearly gathered it for a pick.

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Schedule

12@ Buffalo Bills
13vs Los Angeles Chargers
14@ Houston Texans
15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16vs Detroit Lions
17vs Oakland Raiders