Another week, another start for Kyle Allen. And he even gets to fly to London! Lucky guy, this Allen. Cam Newton continues recovering from his foot injury and although there were some early calls for Allen to take Newton’s starting role even when the veteran made his comeback, that doesn’t seem like it’ll be the case. Yes, Allen destroyed Arizona in Week 3 to the tune of 261 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, but that’s been it since. In fact, these could be the Carolina McCaffreys instead of Panthers. If it wasn’t for the efforts of the tailback, Carolina might trail in the win-loss column and have a good looking zero under the W column. To Kyle Allen’s 674 passing yards, Christian McCaffrey has already surpassed his quarterback with a stupid 866 yards of scrimmage. Even accounting only for the three games they’ve played together McCaffrey would finish really close to Allen with 604.
All in all, we can say that Allen’s Week 3 performance was a fluke and that he’s no more than your average backup quarterback—if anything. In the last two games, Allen has a combined 413 yards on 41-for-64 attempts with just one touchdown. His completion rate is quite high (64.1 percent) but it all comes down to his passing distances of 6.4 yards per attempt. Those are really short throws that simply amount to nothing, and he has only thrown six passes 20-plus yards downfield in his three games this year. Not to mention his six fumbles—four lost—so far. Carolina’s receiving corps has been absolutely dried in the last two games. Only D.J. Moore was able to break the 15-fantasy-points barrier last week and no receiver has logged more than 91 yards when playing under Allen. That is bad not only for Allen owners but also for those who have shares of Moore or Curtis Samuel as their upside has been completely throttled due to the presence of Allen at the QB position.
Fantasy football analysis, Carolina Panthers QB Kyle Allen
Enough said already, but if you skipped the two prior paragraphs I’ll repeat it here: these are not the Carolina Panthers, but rather the Carolina McCaffreys. Kyle Allen was named Newton’s replacement once the latter fell injured, faced the Cardinals, and excelled. In his last two games, though, things have gone awry. Even logging three wins in his three games, if it wasn’t for McCaffrey’s historical performances then Allen and the Panthers might look way different. Carolina enters this weekend’s game in London against Tampa Bay as a two-point favorite. The Bucs are second in points allowed to QBs this season, which should bode well for Allen, but the game script can easily kill his chances to produce. Carolina runs by default, so if they can get a lead and exploit McCaffrey’s rushing prowess, they’ll do that. Don’t expect more than another bland performance from Allen this week.