Fantasy football outlook for Josh Allen in Week 12 against the Saints

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) /

It was another tough day at the office for Josh Allen this past week against the Indianapolis Colts. He finished the game completing 21 of 35 for 209 passing yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in a matchup that seemed to favor the Buffalo Bills passing offense.

Two concerning trends for Josh Allen

Over the past three weeks, there have been two concerning trends that have emerged for the Buffalo Bills quarterback. The first is that he has had trouble protecting the football and turnovers are starting to become an issue.

In the past three games, Allen has five interceptions, two fumbles with one fumble lost. This is a significant increase from the first part of the year with only three interceptions, three fumbles, and one fumble lost in the first seven games.

The other concern has been Josh Allen has been running much less over these past three games, with only an average of three rushing attempts per game. This is down from an average of 7.4 rushing attempts per game during the first seven games of the season.

Should Josh Allen be started in Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints?

The good news is that while Josh Allen has been up and down this season, he hasn’t really had two back-to-back bad games. He is usually able to put that previous week’s performance behind him and play at the level many expected when drafting him high in fantasy football drafts.

This week, Josh Allen gets the New Orleans Saints who over the past four weeks is allowing the most fantasy points in the NFL, according to One of the reasons they have is they are allowing the most rushing touchdowns to quarterbacks over that stretch with five, including three to Jalen Hurts last week.

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The Buffalo Bills are likely taking note of this and Josh Allen should have a good chance to add to his rushing touchdown season total in this game. On paper, this isn’t necessarily as good of a matchup as prior weeks against the Jets or Colts but the Buffalo Bills quarterback should be trusted for at least one more week.