QB Josh Allen - Buffalo Bills

6-5, 233Born: 5-21-1996College: WyomingDrafted: Round 1, pick 2018

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Allen was nearly perfect on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys. He has been strong since the team switched more no huddle and he'll continue to be a strong QB1 against the Ravens this week.

Week 14: vs Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Buffalo's passing attack grades as an average-to-slightly-below-average unit across the board this season. The Bills lean towards a run-heavy approach, ranking 24th in total pass attempts this season, producing medial yardage, touchdown, and interception numbers to go along with their 6.3 net yards per attempt, ranking 17th in the NFL. Josh Allen has proven to be a competent quarterback here in year two, with definitive strengths and weaknesses to his game. Allen's athletic ability enables him to run frequently and successfully, yet remains behind the expected learning curve processing opposing defenses and making the proper reads. When Allen does air it out, he funnels the ball to John Brown and Cole Beasley the majority of the time. Brown leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and air yards, making him the most valuable fantasy asset on the team. However, Beasley has emerged in recent weeks as a viable fantasy receiver, tallying back-to-back 6-catch, 75+ yard, 1-touchdown performances. Moving forward, these two should continue to dominate the production through the air, even in an unimpressive passing attack as a whole. Baltimore's pass defense grades as an almost perfectly-average unit this season, defending almost exactly the league-average number of pass attempts and allowing the 15th-best net yards per attempt mark in the NFL. The Ravens have, however, excelled in preventing touchdowns through the air and forcing turnovers, with a 10-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio allowed, that ranks 3rd-best and 7th-best in the league, respectively. On the season, the Ravens rank fourth in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, which makes it exceptionally difficult for wide receivers to flourish as well. A more nuanced feature of a pass-defense, tight end coverage, is another place that the Ravens accel, also posting the fourth-best fantasy defense in that regard. Along the defensive line, Matthew Judon stands out as the team's most feared pass-rusher. Judon leads the team in sacks, with seven on the season, and he has more than twice as many pressures on opposing quarterbacks as any other Baltimore defender. Then, in the secondary, Marcus Peters and Earl Thomas top the charts as the team's best defensive backs. Peters, a mid-season acquisition, leads the way with five interceptions on the season, tied for the most in the NFL, with three coming in a Ravens' uniform. Thomas, an offseason free agency acquisition, grades as one of the NFL's best pass-defending safeties once again this season, rounding out one of the NFL's best secondaries. In all, this is a unit that should give Josh Allen fits in Week 14, making Buffalo's quest to lock up a wild card spot exceptionally difficult down the stretch.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at CLE 69 22 41 266 0 0 6 28 2 0 27.1
11 at MIA 72 21 33 256 3 0 7 56 1 0 36.4
12 vs DEN 80 15 25 185 2 1 9 56 0 0 21.85
13 at DAL 67 19 24 231 1 0 10 43 1 0 24.85
14 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds * 19 32 * * * 6 * * * *
14 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 20 33 * * * 8 * * * *
14 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom * 19 30 * * * 7 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

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

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs DAL (19 / 24 / 231 / 1 / 0 pass, 10 / 43 / 1 rush)

Josh Allen had an efficient game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Allen was good as a passer with a stretch of 12 straight completions that spanned four scoring drives. Allen was effective throwing on the move and had multiple good throws to Cole Beasley while on the run, including a touchdown pass over the middle in the red zone. Allen added another rushing touchdown on a red zone scramble. He ran frequently in the game and was efficient while avoiding big hits. Allen had other opportunities for big plays but overthrew John Brown who got his feet tangled with a defensive back along the sideline and targeted Dawson Knox deep down the perimeter when Knox drew a defensive pass interference. Allen also missed Devin Singletary short on a throw in the red zone while he was under pressure for what could have been another touchdown pass. Allen has a massive matchup against a tough Ravens defense at home in week 14.

2019 Week 12 vs DEN (15 / 25 / 185 / 2 / 1 pass, 9 / 56 / 0 rush)

Josh Allen had a good overall performance on Sunday against the Broncos. Allen only threw 25 times as the Bills got up early and ran 47 times a result of both positive game script and a windy day. For the second consecutive week, Allen hit John Brown for a deep perimeter touchdown after struggling to make big plays in the passing game in the first half of the offense. Allen also hit Cole Beasley for a touchdown on a post out of the slot in the red zone. Allen threw a bad interception intended for John Brown that sailed over his head and had another would-be interception dropped. Allen was heavily involved in the running game, scrambling for multiple third downs and had some designed quarterback runs in addition to keepers on zone reads. Allen will get a matchup against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

2019 Week 11 vs MIA (21 / 33 / 256 / 3 / 0 pass, 7 / 56 / 1 rush)

Josh Allen had a strong performance with four touchdowns against the Dolphins on Sunday. Allen threw two touchdown passes to his favorite target, John Brown. The first was a cover 2 beating throw along the perimeter that Allen threw on time and accurately to allow Brown to make a big run after the catch. Allen's second touchdown to Brown was a bootleg in the red zone where he hit Brown through zone coverage in the end zone. Allen also added a touchdown to Dawson Knox on a good throw to Knox who was able to make a defender miss for a run after the catch score. He also added a scramble for a touchdown in the red zone. Allen was largely accurate and on time during the game and made good decisions. In recent weeks, Allen has avoided the mistakes he made early in the season and was finally able to connect for a big play in the passing game which has been absent most of the season. Allen will get a home matchup against the Broncos next week.

2019 Week 10 vs CLE (22 / 41 / 266 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 28 / 2 rush)

Josh Allen struggled in the passing game against the Browns on Sunday in a loss. Allen too frequently misses easy throws, largely because of inaccuracy, and did so on Sunday, including throws on third down and a fourth down slant pass to John Brown that should have been an easy completion but instead resulted in a turnover on downs. Allen has made progressions as a passer this season, including reducing his turnovers but still struggles to consistently create scoring opportunities through the air. He also missed a deep target to Isaiah McKenzie which could have been a score, the type of target that he misses weekly. Allen did score twice on the ground, including a designed quarterback draw and a quarterback sneak from the goal line. Allen did fumble again, but the ball was recovered by the Bills. He will get a good matchup next week at Miami.

2019 Week 9 vs WAS (14 / 20 / 160 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 12 / 1 rush)

Josh Allen had a solid game against Washington on Sunday. The offense was more run heavy than in prior weeks, which limited Allen to only 20 attempts, but he was efficient, with a box score that should have been better, but included two drops by John Brown and a deep throw to Robert Foster who fell down on the play. Allen was effective in the game and continued to look to throw first when he was moving in the pocket, including big throws to John Brown and a near touchdown to Devin Singletary down the seam on a ball that was barely broken up. Allen had an easy touchdown on a whip route to Cole Beasley on a drive that was dominated by the run game and later converted a goal line sneak on fourth down after Frank Gore failed to convert on three straight carries at the one yard line. Allen did take two bad sacks in the red zone that forced Buffalo to settle for a field goal on the drive and recovered his own fumble on a quarterback keeper. Allen has been less mistake prone in the passing game in recent weeks, but still continues to fumble too frequently. Allen will have a good matchup next week against the Browns.

2019 Week 8 vs PHI (16 / 34 / 169 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 45 / 0 rush)

Josh Allen struggled on Sunday against the Eagles. Allen struggled with ball security, including fumbling three times, two of which were in the pocket and a third on a running attempt which he lost. Allen ran frequently in the game, on both scrambles and designed runs, and was able to avoid big hits from defenders, something he has worked to avoid in recent weeks. He threw two touchdown passes. The first was to Cole Beasley in the red zone, where Allen moved from the pocket and kept his eyes up to see Beasley on a crossing route for an easy score. The second was to Devin Singletary on a flat pass where Singletary did the hard work after the catch for the score. Allen played the game in heavy winds, which resulted in some errant throws, including a missed deep ball to Robert Foster. He also missed a critical opportunity late in the game on a late throw to John Brown that was broken up by an Eagles defender. Allen will get a good matchup next week against Washington.

2019 Week 7 vs MIA (16 / 26 / 202 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 32 / 0 rush)

Josh Allen came alive in the second half to beat the Dolphins after their offense bogged down early in the game. Buffalo has consistently thrown the ball on early downs to create easy opportunities for Allen this season and Sunday was a similar strategy. Allen moved the ball well to start the game but ground to a halt forcing Buffalo to settle for three field goals. Allen's volume was down as the Dolphins effectively ran the ball and controlled the clock throughout much of the game. Allen heated up in the second half, completing the first eight passes of the half and had big throws including a touch pass to Duke Williams on an over route, John Brown down the seam for a touchdown, and flat pass to Isaiah McKenzie in the flat. Allen also had a short touchdown on a quick flat route to Cole Beasley, before adding a two-point conversion on a designed quarterback run. Allen was more involved in the running game with designed runs this week and managed to avoid some of the bigger hits he has taken in prior weeks. Allen will get a good matchup against a Philadelphia secondary next week at home.

2019 Week 5 vs TEN (23 / 32 / 219 / 2 / 1 pass, 10 / 27 / 0 rush)

Josh Allen started against the Titans after spending the week in the concussion protocol following a vicious hit last week against the Patriots. Allen was more effective this week, limiting his mistakes after an error-prone effort last week. Allen threw one interception, a late throw in traffic across the middle of the field, but otherwise was risk-averse. Allen missed a couple of short throws but played on time in good rhythm throughout much of the game. Buffalo has been very pass-heavy on early downs throughout the season and Sunday was no exception. This allowed Allen to get in rhythm with easy throws early in the game, particularly to John Brown. Allen had a quieter second half, in part because of heavy rains. Allen threw two touchdown passes, the first a throwback across the field on a play-action pass to Lee Smith in the red zone, and the second an RPO to Duke Williams on a skinny post. The RPO was a consistent threat in the game and created defined open reads for Allen. Allen also ran effectively, including several scrambles with slides that avoided contact. Allen will be off next week before a prime matchup against the Dolphins in week 7.

2019 Week 4 vs NE (13 / 28 / 153 / 0 / 3 pass, 5 / 26 / 1 rush)

Josh Allen left the game against the New England Patriots after a hit to his head on a scramble. Before the injury, Allen struggled mightily with his accuracy, consistently missing open targets. Allen threw three bad interceptions. His first was a post to John Brown in double coverage. He then threw two targeting Zay Jones, the first off his back foot and the second on a scramble where he threw the ball across his body into traffic on a scramble. Allen performed better in the second half helping the Bills move the ball including finishing off a drive with a quarterback plunge over the line of scrimmage at the goal line. The Patriots deployed a defensive scheme intending to keep gap integrity in their pass rush which kept Allen in the pocket and did not allow him to create plays with his legs. Allen will look to return from the concussion protocol in a tough matchup at Tennessee. If he is held out of the game, he will have a bye week before facing Miami in week seven.

2019 Week 3 vs CIN (23 / 36 / 243 / 1 / 1 pass, 9 / 46 / 0 rush)

Josh Allen had a high variance game in a win against the Bengals. Allen was prone to mistakes during the game, including a bad intentional grounding that took the Bills out of field goal range, a fumbled snap, and throwing a bad interception while falling away from pressure. He was also fortunate a fumble on a carry bounced out of bounds before the Bengals recovered the ball. On the positive side, Allen threw well from the pocket and consistently made plays to get away from pressure. Allen's strength allowed him to break tackle attempts in the pocket on multiple occasions to extend plays. He was strong with his legs running, with both scrambles and designed runs, including a red zone rush that was stopped just short of the end zone on the game-winning drive. Allen showed good rapport with Cole Beasley in the short area of the field but missed a long touchdown chance to Zay Jones on an overthrow. Allen will need to limit his mistakes next week as a home underdog against the Patriots.

2019 Week 2 vs NYG (19 / 30 / 253 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 21 / 1 rush)

Josh Allen had a strong performance in a week two win at the New York Giants. Allen has improved this season as a passer, showing more comfort in the pocket and the ability to make multiple progressions in the passing game. Last season, when Allen was forced to scramble, he frequently ran and was prone to bad decisions. Against the Giants, he made better decisions on the move, keeping his head up when he scrambled and made on target throws on multiple occasions. Allen scored a touchdown on the ground and through the air, the first a designed quarterback run in the red zone and the second an easy shovel pass to Isaiah McKenzie on an end-around. Allen could have had a bigger day, as Zay Jones dropped a touchdown in the end zone, and he overthrew John Brown on a 52-yard touchdown. He remains a threat on the ground, with 21 yards rushing, including a third down conversion scramble, but his growth as a passer and a strong relationship with John Brown can open the offense up to go with a strong defense. The Bills play their home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals in week three who were shredded this week by the 49ers.

2019 Week 1 vs NYJ (24 / 37 / 254 / 1 / 2 pass, 10 / 38 / 1 rush)

Josh Allen struggled early against the New York Jets, before leading a fourth-quarter comeback win on the road in week one. Allen lost a fumble on a bad sack on the first drive of the game, then threw a pick-6 on a ball intended for Cole Beasley that deflected off his hands for an unlucky interception. Allen also threw another deflected interception and lost a second fumble but was able to overcome the errors in the second half. He capped off a scoring drive with a roll out for a red zone touchdown and taking the lead on a perimeter throw to John Brown where Brown worked back inside on the play for a contested-catch touchdown. Allen had a good rapport with Brown and Beasley during the game and was allowed to play up-tempo and in a pass-heavy game script from the start, where the first running back carry was on the fourth drive. He will return to the Meadowlands next week to face the New York Giants, who were shredded by Dak Prescott on Sunday.


Latest News

Jaguars | Jacksonville's injury report for Week 13 (Fri Nov 29, 02:22 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars S Ronnie Harrison (concussion) and TE Seth DeValve (oblique) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. LB Myles Jack (knee) and CB Tre Herndon (shoulder) were limited in practice on Friday, Nov. 29, and are listed as questionable. DE Josh Allen (knee), OL Brandon Linder (shoulder), DL Calais Campbell (back) and DE Dawuane Smoot (knee) fully participated in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

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Bills | Josh Allen accounts for two touchdowns (Thu Nov 28, 07:25 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen went 19-for-24 for 231 yards and one touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13. He also rushed for 43 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries during the game.

Our View: Allen was nearly flawless in the high profile win. He has been excellent since the team has switched to more no huddle, although he has a tough matchup against Baltimore next week.
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Jaguars | Wednesday practice report for Jaguars (Wed Nov 27, 04:15 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars S Ronnie Harrison (concussion), LB Myles Jack (knee), C Brandon Linder (shoulder) and TE Seth DeValve (oblique) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 27. DE Josh Allen (knee), DT Calais Campbell (back) and DE Dawuane Smoot (knee) were limited during practice.

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Bills | Josh Allen accounts for two TDs (Sun Nov 24, 04:44 PM) - Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen went 15-for-25 for 185 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against the Denver Broncos in Week 12. He also rushed for 56 yards on nine carries during the game.

Our View: Allen has been fantasy gold this year. He was a strong runner early while the team was settling for field goals and came on as a passer later against a tough defense. He'll be a strong QB1 against Dallas on Thanksgiving.
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