Dynasty Death Match : Allen vs Herbert
By Tim Lazenby
The consensus among experts is that Josh Allen is the QB1 in dynasty. This statement is definitely not unfounded, as we’ll discuss. When looking at contenders for the crown of top quarterback in dynasty, there are a few. Many would put Patrick Mahomes right at the top. Other names like Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray and even Joe Burrow have popped up. But, I think the biggest contender is none other than Justin Herbert.
Since Justin Herbert only has two seasons in the National Football League, let’s take a moment to break down the first two seasons for Justin Herbert and his top competition, Josh Allen, as passers.
Passing Numbers Comparison
When it comes to prowess in the passing game, although Allen has greatly improved, he wasn’t even close to the same level in his first two seasons as Justin Herbert was in his. Even now, Allen’s passing game, whether it be from the system or his talent itself, doesn’t approach the numbers that Justin Herbert has put out. I’d still take Josh Allen over the vast majority of the league as a passer, but he’s quite a distance away from Herbert, at least by the numbers.
Let’s not forget about the running game for both Allen and Herbert though. We all know that a rushing quarterback is much more valuable in fantasy than in real life. It’s a talent that can’t be ignored when considering dynasty QB1 status. Here are the stats for each as a rookie and sophomore.
Rushing Numbers Comparison
When it comes to the running game, it’s not even close. Josh Allen is far superior in this regard. While he’s not at the level of Lamar Jackson, Kyler Murray or even Jalen Hurts, he rules supreme among the duo we’re talking about and is still a top option in the entire NFL in this regard. It is important to note, however, that the rushing game of Justin Herbert is underrated and respectable: quite in the realm of what you look for in that elite quarterback when paired with their passing game.
It’s a tale of two very different entrances into the NFL. Josh Allen’s beginning was very difficult. With Kelvin Benjamin, as a journeyman at that point, and an aging LeSean McCoy as the best options, you can see why he struggled out of the gate. The defense also ranked in the middle of the pack, often leaving Allen without his best shot at success. His continued improvement is fantastic, and even though I’m only highlighting his first two seasons, I don’t need to tell you how good he’s become. The current team surrounding him is also very good. The Buffalo Bills don’t have many holes and they should win their division; clearing the way for another year of fantasy success for Josh Allen. I’m sure we can expect similar production from Allen, but that’s the problem. I don’t see things getting any better.
For the first time in 16 years, someone other than Philip Rivers was QB for the Chargers and Herbert was better than most predicted, even behind the league’s worst offensive line. In his first two seasons, Herbert was sensational and he’s only gotten better. He didn’t need a couple years to develop. He’s simply always been amazing and he’s only getting better. Coupled with the unbelievable off season that Tom Telesco has given to the Chargers, I can’t see Herbert’s stock doing anything else but skyrocket. The offensive weapons have quietly improved, but the defense is the most helpful part to aid in Herbert’s continued success. If the Chargers don’t finish as the league’s best defense it’d be surprising, but even if they don’t, they are light years better. This will keep Herbert on the field more, hence scoring more fantasy points than ever before.
In today’s NFL, dual threat quarterbacks are all the rage, but some are just so good that they don’t need to rely on it. Take the discount now and bank on Justin Herbert as dynasty’s QB1 moving forward.
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Tim Lazenby just joined Dynasty Pros, after writing for a few years elsewhere, and is passionate about all things fantasy football. Tim has been playing fantasy sports for over twenty years now and takes his love of the game to every article he writes. Although he’s played a variety of fantasy football, he is especially in love with dynasty football. If you ask him for advice, whether you’re just joining or you’ve been playing for years, he wants nothing more than to help you succeed, than to keep that fantasy gold to himself. A lover of the game and ultimate competitor, Tim is just trying to spread the good news of fantasy football to all.