This veteran back is well out of his prime and can only be used as an occasional flex option when needed. His numbers have been decreasing and are projected to continue to fall more now that he will be splitting time with Frank Gore, TJ Yeldon, and Devin Singletary. He was only good for 161 carries and 43 targets last season, a large dip from the 218 carries and 77 targets he saw in 2017. On top of that, his 31 years of age doesn’t show any hints of an upside nor breakout season. It looks like Devin Singletary will be the lead back Week 1, but there is no one in this backfield that has great fantasy upside this season.
Allen is coming off a rookie season where he really struggled throwing the football, ranking dead last in completion percentage(53%) and off-target rate(22%). Despite his throwing woes, Allen ranked as the top fantasy quarterback after returning from injury in Week 12. This was largely due to his 89/631/8 rushing line he posted. Allen can do nothing but improve his play at quarterback, and adds great value with his rushing ability. Allen is a low-end QB1 in deeper leagues.
John Brown and Cole Beasely
Bills’ receivers will probably have a down fantasy season due to Allen’s accuracy problems. John Brown is coming off a good year in Baltimore, and is always a threat to burn a defensive back deep. This bodes well with his new strong-armed quarterback who likes to throw down the field. Cole Beasely also presents potential value for PPR leagues. Beasely is a scrappy slot receiver who can pose as a safety blanket for Allen. However, Beasely lacks upside due to his lack of targets down the field and in the red zone. Neither of these guys should be drafted.
He is not one of the best defenses you can draft but definitely in the top ten. They are coming off a year, allowing the second-fewest yards (4,706) and the second-most fumbles (21). We can expect similar production, knowing Sean McDermott’s defense has stayed the same with a few new assets.