Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has really come into his own the last two seasons. After a rocky start to his NFL career, he has cemented himself among the best of the best at the position in the league.
Even though he took a step back in his production in 2021 compared to what he accomplished in 2020, he is still light years ahead of what he was able to do in 2018 and 2019 as he acclimated himself to a higher level of competition following a collegiate career at Wyoming. All of the intangibles and potential that made him the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft have started showing through the last two seasons.
Allen is a true dual-threat quarterback. While some of the other players who can hurt you with their legs show some inconsistencies when it comes to throwing the ball, Allen has shown that he can produce just as well with his big arm as he can running opponents over as a ball carrier.
That is why he is projected to be the No. 1 overall quarterback in Fantasy Football in 2022 according to Sports Illustrated. Another monster season is on deck for Allen should the projections come close to being true.
Sports Illustrated has Allen completing 65 percent of his passes for 4,574 yards, which would be a career-high. That is the fifth most yards on the projections behind Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert and Dak Prescott.
His 36 touchdown projection would tie his amount from last season, which is one shy of the career-high he set in 2020. Burrow is the only player projected to have more touchdowns, as he sits at 37.
So, you may ask how is Burrow projected to finish fifth while Allen is projected first despite the difference in passing stats? It is on the ground where Allen will separate himself. The Wyoming product is projected to rush the ball 103 times for 483 yards and six scores.
That is a sizable scale down from the 122 attempts and 763 yards that Allen amassed last season. But, the Bills shouldn’t have to rely on him as much to carry the ground game as well with James Cook joining Devin Singletary in the backfield this season.
Josh Allen is projected to still finish the season as the No. 1 quarterback with 443.98 points. Kyler Murray is second, projected to finish more than 16 points behind Allen with 427.68.