Javorius “Buck” Allen:
It wasn’t that long ago that Javorius “Buck” Allen looked like the next big-thing in the Ravens backfield. His abilities as a pass catcher were very well-documented, and it was thought that he could perhaps become a bell-cow kind-of running back for Baltimore. But following his solid rookie season in 2015 was an injury plagued one in 2016. And as quickly as we fell in love with Allen’s potential, we forgot about him.
In 2017, Allen wasn’t anything special, but he did finish third on the team in receptions with 46 while also nabbing 841 total scrimmage yards and six touchdowns. With only Alex Collins solidified ahead of him on the team’s running back depth chart, Allen could find himself some solid value for Fantasy Football.
Points Per Reception (PPR) leagues are were Allen has the most value. With 94 receptions in three seasons, it’s evident that Allen knows his way around the passing offense. Allen’s six touchdowns in 2017 were also tied with Collins for the team high. All it takes is one unfortunate injury or benching of Alex Collins for Buck Allen to dominate the Ravens back-field once again.
While Allen is definitely not the most talented running back on the team, he’s still worth a look at for Fantasy Football leagues. Maybe he’s a handcuff to Collins, maybe he’s a FLEX starter in deep leagues, or maybe he’s just the guy you stash away for safe keeping. A guy like Allen seems to be a safe bet for 700-800 scrimmage yards and a few touchdowns, but 45+ receptions is definitely something noteworthy of in PPR Fantasy Football leagues.
The Ravens offense may not be star-powered with big names like Rob Gronkowski or Todd Gurley, but there’s certainly diamonds in the rough to be found on the squad that could benefit your Fantasy Football team in a pinch. Fantasy Football is won off the waiver wire, and these three guys are all options to be had late in the season who could win you some games if the situation arises.