If opportunity and coaching tendencies mean anything, Dwayne Allen could be in for a big season. That's because offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, in his first full season at the helm of the Colts offense, has always leaned on his tight ends in his offense. That should mean a lot of work for Allen, particularly with teammate Coby Fleener leaving Indianapolis for New Orleans via free agency. Now, all of that sounds great, but Fantasy owners have found Allen to be touchdown-dependent -- he has nearly twice as many games with a touchdown (13) than he has with 50-plus yards (seven). So for Allen to really evolve into a great Fantasy tight end, he'll need more targets more often (or just score a touchdown pretty much every week). Because of the improved depth at the tight end position, Allen barely registers as even a late-round flier. Expect to find him on waivers if he gets off to a hot start.
Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski assured Allen that his role will change in 2016, according to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. Despite catching just 16 passes in 13 games last season, Allen recently re-signed with the Colts for $29.4 million over four years. He's a strong inline blocker with solid receiving skills, but he never topped 66 targets while sharing playing time with Coby Fleener the past four years. If Fleener isn't re-signed, Allen could see a major bump in targets next season, potentially filling a three-down role.
Allen re-signed with the Colts on Monday, picking up a four-year, $29.4 million contract, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. Both Allen and fellow Colts tight end Coby Fleener entered the offseason as unrestricted free agents, but Allen was the first, and perhaps only, one to come to terms. Considering the contract includes $12 million for the first year and $5 million more for the second, Allen appears to have won the long-term battle of 2012 draft picks, though Fleener could also re-up on a lesser deal. In any case, Allen will look to harken back to the 2014 season, when he gathered in 29 of 50 passes for 395 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games.
Allen (calf) has been placed on IR by the Colts. In a corresponding move, the Colts promoted fellow tight end Erik Swoope to their 53-man roster, while Allen's disappointing 2015 campaign concludes with a modest total of 16 catches for 109 yards and one TD in 13 games.
Allen pulled in his lone target of the game for a six-yard reception in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. After recording more targets than his counterpart, Coby Fleener, for just the second time of the season in Week 12's victory over Tampa Bay, Allen returned to the role of Robin on Sunday against Pittsburgh. Allen wasn't a prolific receiver in 2014 either, never hauling in more than four passes in a game, but he remained a fantasy threat by posting eight touchdowns. Allen hasn't found the end zone since Week 1 of this season, thus eliminating his fantasy value.
Allen had two receptions for 19 yards in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay. He was targeted four times. Allen has been a non-factor in the Indy passing game most of the season, but the four targets are the second most he's had in a game this year.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||San Diego Chargers||22||8.00|
|8||10/30||Kansas City Chiefs||5||5.67|
|9||11/06||@Green Bay Packers||21||7.78|
|13||12/06||@New York Jets||2||4.75|
|3 Year Avg||27||15||175||3||10||11.67||35|