Kyle Allen Fantasy Value Makes Him Sneaky Streaming Option With Cam Newton Unlikely to Play Week 3

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - AUGUST 29: Kyle Allen #7 of the Carolina Panthers drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during their preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers v Carolina Panthers | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

After a rough first couple weeks of the season, things keep getting worse for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Uncertainty has surrounded the QB's status all week, and after missing three straight practices, the latest update is that he's unlikely to suit up against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3.

Enter Kyle Allen.

We don't have a lot of stats to draw on for Allen. His last full season as a starter in college was his sophomore year at Texas A&M in 2015, and he attempted just 31 passes as a rookie in 2018.

Getting benched in his only college season at Houston is definitely not a good sign, but he looked more than competent in the pros in 2018. He completed 64.5 percent of his passes, going 20-for-31 for 266 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. It's a tiny sample, but his 9.9 adjusted yards per attempt would rank sixth among qualifying passers in 2019.

His Week 3 matchup is also a great one. For as exciting as the Arizona offense has been, the Cards' defense still ranks 22nd in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA rankings, including 24th against the pass. Their high-paced approach also opens the door for huge snap counts and fantasy production for opposing QBs, as they gave up 27.6 fantasy points to Matthew Stafford in Week 1 and 30.9 to Lamar Jackson in Week 2. Those are the seventh- and fourth-highest single-game fantasy scores for any QBs this season.

Allen may not offer much fantasy appeal as a multi-week starter, as his matchups would get decidedly more difficult if he started against the Houston Texans in Week 4 or Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5.

Just for Week 3, though, Allen's outstanding matchup puts him firmly in play in the streaming quarterback conversation. Newton's fantasy owners, in particular, can look to add Allen to their bench – something that would fully cover their bases until an official announcement is made about Sunday's starter for Carolina. Know that this one could come down to a game-time decision, and with the Panthers-Cardinals kicking off in the 4 p.m. slate, having Allen ready and available would be a prudent play for fantasy owners heading into Week 3.

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