Josh Allen

Josh Allen

25-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Buffalo Bills
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Allen played himself into the MVP conversation last season, which perhaps shouldn't be surprising, considering better accuracy was seemingly the only thing keeping him from being a top-5 fantasy QB. The extent to which his accuracy improved, however, was surprising. Allen improved his completion percentage by nearly 11 points to 69.2 percent, vaulting from last in the league in 2019 to fourth last season. And he went from 29th in bad-pass percentage (22.1) to 12th (18.2), sandwiched between Patrick Mahomes and Ryan Tannehill as he set franchise records for completions, passing yards and TDs. Part of Allen's turnaround was thanks to shorter passes — his average target depth dropped from 9.5 to 8.9 — but the most notable improvement came on downfield passing where his percentage of on-target throws jumped from 41.4 (24th) to 47.8 (15th), improving his completion percentage on attempts of 20-plus yards from 25.7 (28th) to 43.3 (8th). Allen's improvement wasn't a fluke — he entered training camp with re-worked mechanics, footwork and balance aimed specifically at improving accuracy. The addition of Stefon Diggs also helped (20 of his 62 completions of 20-plus yards (4th) went to the speedster). Even if Allen's accuracy dips modestly this season, he still has his legs to boost his fantasy value. Allen's 25 career rushing TDs (8 last season) already rank 20th all-time among QBs. He has one of the strongest arms in the league and plays in an offense that offers a heathy number of attempts, and he has an excellent supporting cast in Diggs, Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis and newcomer Emmanuel Sanders. Allen has as much fantasy upside in 2021 as any quarterback. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a six-year, $258 million contract with the Bills in August of 2021.
Tops 350 yards in narrow defeat
QBBuffalo Bills
October 18, 2021
Allen completed 35 of 47 passes for 353 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Monday night's 34-31 loss to the Titans. He also rushed nine times for 26 yards and caught a two-point conversion.
ANALYSIS
Allen came up short on a fourth-and-one sneak attempt from the Titans' three-yard line with under 25 seconds remaining, but the quarterback still turned in an impressive overall performance. He started with a 14-yard touchdown to top wideout Stefon Diggs, then after being hit on an interception in his own territory, Allen rallied with a 29-yard score to Cole Beasley with under a minute left in the first half. Allen then hit Tommy Sweeney from one yard for his third score, after which he caught a reverse pass for a two-point conversion. Although Monday's narrow defeat will now send Allen into the Bills' bye week on a sour note, he's accounted for at least 350 total yards in three of his last four outings, producing 14 touchdowns over that span.
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How do Josh Allen's 2021 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
19.7%
 
Avg Target Depth
9.7 Yds
 
Sack Rate
3.4%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
4.1 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
4.8%
 
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Overall QB Rating Against
108.4
 
Cornerbacks
104.0
 
Safeties
129.6
 
Linebackers
97.3
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Josh Allen's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
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Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
237 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.75 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.40 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.90 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
119 in
 
Hand Length
10.13 in
 
Arm Length
33.25 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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If the Bills are to win the AFC East and a playoff game for the first time in a quarter century, Allen needs to take an even bigger step than he did last season — yes, his accuracy improved, but that's not saying much. His completion percentage increased by six points, but at 58.8 percent still ranked last in the NFL, and while his bad-pass percentage was no longer the league's lowest, it merely improved to bottom 10 at 22.1 percent. At 6-5, 237, Allen has a cannon arm, but he is among the league's least effective deep passers. He attempted 63 throws longer than 20 yards last season, completing just 15 as only Kyle Allen (23.1) and Mason Rudolph (23.6) had lower downfield completion percentages than Allen's ugly 23.8. That's partly why his average depth of target ranked seventh at 9.5 yards while his YPA ranked 25th at 6.7. Allen's decision-making improved, though. After throwing seven interceptions in the first five games, he threw just two more the rest of the way. But he continued to fumble at a high rate, fortunate to lose only five of 14. Allen is too quick to take off in the face of pressure, but the rushing stats elevate his fantasy upside — among quarterbacks since 1970, only Cam Newton had more rushing touchdowns (22) in his first two years than Allen's 17. The Bills acquired wide receiver Stefon Diggs to help with Allen's deep passing, and he still has speedster John Brown, effective slot man Cole Beasley and a promising young tight end in Dawson Knox. Given his rushing numbers, if Allen gets the passing game going, he could jump into the top 5 of fantasy quarterbacks.
The knock on Allen entering his rookie season was accuracy, and he did nothing to prove critics wrong. He finished last in the league among 33 qualified quarterbacks with a completion rate of 52.8 percent. While his 11.3-yard average depth of target tied for the league lead (Jameis Winston), Allen completed just 23.7 percent of his attempts longer than 20 yards (29th), and his 11.9 INT percentage was the highest among those with at least 35 downfield attempts. He did better with shorter throws, but his 64.8 completion percentage on attempts of 0-10 yards was still much lower than the league average of 69.7 percent. Allen, who earned the starting job Week 2 and missed four games midseason with an elbow injury, finished 32nd with a 6.5 YPA, besting only fellow rookie Josh Rosen (5.8). Allen used his legs to salvage some fantasy value, rushing for 631 yards - second to Lamar Jackson (695) among QBs - with a position-leading eight touchdowns. His running ability creates some fantasy optimism entering 2019, especially with expected gains in the passing game in Year 2. The Bills added talent and depth with the additions of John Brown, Cole Beasley, Tyler Kroft and Frank Gore, and Allen's elbow is healthy entering offseason workouts. Even if the passing improvement is modest and the rushing isn't quite as efficient as it was last season, Allen has the makings of a decent sleeper candidate with an improved roster around him.
The seventh overall pick in the draft, Allen is expected to sit to at least start the year in Buffalo. Coach Sean McDermott said Allen will compete in training camp with AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman for the starting job, but scouts question whether Allen's game is ready for the NFL. At 6-5, 237, Allen has perfect size for a quarterback, and he has one of the league's strongest arms. But he struggled mightily with accuracy in college at Wyoming, and the need to work on his decision-making and timing likely means he's destined for the backup job behind McCarron. Allen can make all the throws - downfield, outside the numbers, on the run, what have you - but playing behind a shaky offensive line (it lost three starters) with few receiving threats besides Kelvin Benjamin is a tough proposition for any rookie. Nevertheless, McCarron, the four-year backup in Cincinnati, is unproven as well, and whoever emerges with the job is likely to spend more time in a game-manager role than anything, with LeSean McCoy remaining the offensive centerpiece.
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Wins battle of superstar QBs
QBBuffalo Bills
October 10, 2021
Allen completed 15 of 26 pass attempts for 315 yards and three touchdowns, adding 59 rushing yards and another score on 11 carries in Sunday's 38-20 rout of the Chiefs.
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Efficient day against Texans
QBBuffalo Bills
October 3, 2021
Allen completed 20 of 29 pass attempts for 248 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's Week 4 win over the Texans. He added six rushes for 41 yards.
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Stellar performance in rout
QBBuffalo Bills
September 26, 2021
Allen completed 32 of 43 passes for 358 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bills' 43-21 win over Washington on Sunday. He also rushed four times for nine yards and another score.
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Tosses two TDs in rout of Fins
QBBuffalo Bills
September 19, 2021
Allen completed 17 of 33 passes for 179 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 35-0 win over the Dolphins. He added 35 yards on five rushing attempts.
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Big numbers but no win in opener
QBBuffalo Bills
September 12, 2021
Allen completed 30 of 51 passes for 270 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Bills' 23-16 loss to the Steelers on Sunday. He also rushed nine times for 44 yards and committed two fumbles, losing one.
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