Player Profile: Josh Allen
The ascending Buffalo Bills feature one of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL. Josh Allen, QB BUF, was drafted in 2018 to be the future face of the franchise. So far, he has exceeded expectations. Fast forward to 2020, Allen is now being talked about as one of the top fantasy quarterbacks in all of football.
In a dynasty superflex league, Allen is typically going to be drafted somewhere between the third or fourth round. A superflex league allows for a quarterback to be placed in a flex spot. This makes the quarterback the most valuable position for your fantasy roster. Allen, a 24 year old, with sensational rushing ability makes him one of the most valuable quarterbacks in dynasty football.
If you didn’t own Allen in any of your leagues last year, you may have overlooked the nine rushing touchdowns he had in 2019. In comparison that’s more rushing touchdowns than Nick Chubb, RB CLE, Kenyan Drake, RB ARI and top fantasy quarterback, Lamar Jackson, QB BAL. As a matter of fact, Allen had the eighth most rushing touchdowns in the entire league. He ran for 510 yards on 109 attempts and with standard scoring raises his floor by 51 points over a non-mobile quarterback.
When going into a superflex start up draft, take a look at the scoring settings. Some leagues implement unorthodox rules, which may include points for rush attempts. Even a little bonus for rush attempts can be huge. If you had Jackson as your QB1 last year, you know how awesome a rushing quarterback can be for your fantasy team. Don’t overlook Allen in your drafts, as he is the only quarterback to have over 100 rushing attempts, aside from Jackson.
In typical fantasy football scoring formats, a rushing touchdown is worth six points whereas passing touchdowns only account for four points. Allen’s ability to find holes for his run game raises his ceiling a considerable amount. Two points may not seem like a big difference in scoring types, but having the ability to score rushing touchdowns instead of only passing touchdowns can be the decision maker in matchups.
Allen has so much potential to be a lethal weapon on the ground, I haven’t even gotten into the cannon he has for an arm. In 2019, the Bills had a set of wide receivers that many would not consider to be a “true alpha wide receiver.” However, Allen was able to turn John Brown, WR BUF, into a 1,000 yard receiver, with 1060 yards. Lining up on the opposite side is Cole Beasley, WR BUF, a consistent wide receiver who put up 778 yards and six touchdowns. Both Beasley and Brown have excellent vision on big plays as each of their longest plays were for over fifty yards. Allen threw 20 touchdowns to only 9 interceptions, limiting any negative consequences in a league that penalizes interceptions. Just imagine his fantasy ceiling if he can improve on his completion percentage.
In 2020, you can look for Allen to have his best season yet. Stefon Diggs, WR BUF, was traded from the Minnesota Vikings to be the Bills’ “true alpha.” In 2019, Diggs accumulated an incredible 17.9 yards per reception. With Allen’s arm strength, you can expect huge chunks of yardage per play as Allen and Diggs develop chemistry. Again, taking a look at your league’s scoring settings is essential when deciding who to draft. Fantasy Football scoring is always changing. Many leagues give bonuses for passing, receiving and rushing plays of 40+ yards. An Allen-Diggs stack has the potential to net you lots of bonus points, giving you the edge you may need to beat your opponents.
Lastly, we need to talk about the AFC East, as a whole. Tom Brady, QB TB, finally left the division after 20 seasons of dominance. The Buffalo Bills have become the consensus favorite to win the division this year. Look for the Bills to make a statement by featuring Allen’s incredible arm strength. After all, they bet their 2020 first round pick on the passing game by acquiring Diggs. If you need a reliable, young quarterback Allen is absolutely worth the third or fourth round pick in a superflex dynasty league. In a one quarterback league, you can get him on Sleeper at a bigger bargain with his eighth round ADP (average draft position). Allen will be a league winner and one of the top dynasty quarterbacks for years. If you drafted him already, get ready for a season of glory.