Fantasy 101: Allen and Bills dominate Seahawks in shootout



Josh Allen had a huge bounce back performance as the Buffalo Bills held on to a 44-34 victory over Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in Buffalo on Sunday.

Here’s the fantasy reaction from this week nine matchup.


BUFFALO BILLS


QB Josh Allen (31-for-38 and 415 passing yards, three passing TDs, and a rushing TD)


After a slow October, Allen picked up right where he left off in September, tying a season-high with 415 passing yards and four total touchdowns on Sunday afternoon. The third-year QB torched the league’s worst-ranked pass defense all day long, throwing for 282 yards and three of those touchdowns in the first half. Allen and the Bills seemingly had this plan all along as the Bills threw it 38 times compared to its 19 rush attempts despite jumping out to a 17-0 lead midway through the first half.


Even when the Seahawks made it a game, the Bills continued to step on the gas with Allen’s arm. It should be fantasy galore for Allen and company as the Bills travel to Arizona to take on Kyler Murray and the Cardinals.


WR Stefon Diggs (9 catches for 118 yards)


Up against a very fantasy friendly secondary, Diggs had no issue finding wide open space on Sunday finishing with a team-high 118 yards and game-high 12 targets on the day. Even though he’s only scored three times this season, Diggs remains one of the most consistent WRs in fantasy with six catches in eight of nine games this season.


The 118 yard performance on Sunday was encouraging to see as it was his first one in nearly a month and his fourth of the season. Diggs gets a tough draw next week against Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson in what should be a shootout in the desert next Sunday afternoon.


WR John Brown (8 catches for 99 yards)


Was it a coincidence that Allen had his best game in awhile when Brown was 100% healthy? I think not. After battling injuries all season-long, Brown put together his best performance of the season with a season-high in catches, yards, and targets. Even though Diggs is the clear WR1 on the team, Brown is one of Allen’s go-to weapons not only deep down the field but also on underneath routes as he showed today on multiple occasions.


If Brown can continue to stay healthy, he should be a reliable weapon going forward in one of the league’s more pass happy offenses. The second year Bills WR should be considered a flex option next week.




SEATTLE SEAHAWKS


QB Russell Wilson (28-for-41 for 390 yards, two passing TDs, a rushing TD, two interceptions and two fumbles lost)


Even though he finished with almost 400 passing yards and two scores on Sunday, Wilson did not have a Wilson-like game. Wilson was under duress all game long as the Seahawks o-line simply could not handle the Bills pass rush and blitz schemes. The veteran play-caller also had multiple INTs for the second time in three games and also uncharacteristically coughed the ball up twice. Wilson and company also couldn’t get anything going on in crucial situations as they finished a disappointing 3-for-12 on third down.


Despite the four turnovers, Wilson still had a solid 24 fantasy points in half-PPR scoring and has still scored 20 points in all eight games this season. Wilson will continue to be a top-5 option at the position next week when the team travels to LA to take on the Rams next Sunday afternoon.


WR DK Metcalf (7 catches for 108 yards and a TD)


Another game, another great performance from the second year WR DK Metcalf. Even though he had a tough matchup against All-Pro CB Tre’Davious White for most of the game, Metcalf still got his too, beating White 1-on-1 on a go route in the second half. Metcalf led the team with nine targets and found the end zone late in the fourth quarter to cut the Bills lead to 44-34.


Metcalf continues to shine in his sophomore year as he has now recorded 90+ receiving yards or a TD in seven of eight games this season. He continues to be Wilson’s go-to deep threat and continues to make his case as the 1A in this offense instead of the 1B. Until we see differently, Metcalf should be treated as a WR1 even though he’ll see another great CB in Jalen Ramsey next week in LA.


WR Tyler Lockett (4 catches for 40 yards)


It was another meh performance for the long-time Seahawks receiver. Lockett only had seven targets despite the Seahawks getting down three scores early. Even though it won’t necessarily kill your fantasy lineup, you’d hoped for a better performance from Lockett where the Seahawks had to throw from the start.


It shouldn't be surprising for Lockett managers as he’s had inconsistency issues all season long. Outside of two games this season where he combined for 26 catches for 300 yards and 6 TDs, Lockett has only 23 catches for 275 yards and a TD in the other six matchups. Lockett should be a borderline WR2/3 next week against the Rams.


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