As if starting the season at 0-2 wasn’t bad enough for the heavy AFC favorite, Indianapolis Colts; they may be without their starting tight end in Dwayne Allen during their division opener as they travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans in week three.
The Colts are coming off an embarrassing loss on Monday Night Football at home against the Jets. Despite an offense filled with talent and playmaking ability, they failed to get in sync and suffered 5 turnovers. If Allen is unable to play in week 3, that leaves them one less playmaker on offense. However, backup tight end Coby Fleener is a viable option to replace him.
Head coach Chuck Pagano and quarterback Andrew Luck have already pointed to the lack of involvement of the tight ends as a problem for the offense, and it’s starting to sound like they could work to rectify that in week three. The matchup certainly supports it, while the inclusion of the tight end position (sans Allen) could mean for a huge day for Coby Fleener. Naturally, that has his name heating up in the daily fantasy football scene and could make him a solid play in regular leagues, as well.
Last season, Fleener turned in a much more productive season through the air in 2014 with 774 receiving yards (3rd on the team) and tied Allen for the team lead with 8 touchdowns. Although, he has only 1 target in both games to start the season. While Fleener isn’t the red zone threat that Allen is, or as good of a blocker, he brings more upside as a big play threat.
Entering his 4th season, Allen has had trouble staying healthy as he has missed 18 games since 2012. From a fantasy perspective, this boosts the stock of Fleener tremendously as the talented receiving tight end will be the lone tight end lining up for the offense. If you have trouble at the TE position, he is definitely worth a start based on his upside. Also, Andrew Luck looks to revitalize his season against a poor Titans team, and Fleener could benefit from that.