Fleener isn't the perfect substitute for Reggie Wayne, but he's taken on a greater deal of responsibility, acting as a de facto No. 2 since Wayne's injury. Fleener's Week 14 opponent, the Bengals, have been up-and-down against opposing tight ends; while they've been relatively stingy with yardage, the Bengals have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends on the season, including two in the last three games.
There's no reason for Fleener to drop out of the offensive game plan, so the targets should keep coming his way. If he scores is another matter, but as long as he's getting 50 yards, Fleener remains a top 12 option at the position. He can be started in most leagues.
Fleener did most of his work in his team's second possession of the game with two of his receptions for 37 yards, including a 21-yarder. He will try to make more of an impact throughout when Indianapolis plays its Week 14 game at Cincinnati.
Fleener has at least eight Fantasy points in four of his past five games, which coincides with when Wayne got hurt in Week 7 against Denver. Included in that span is a Week 11 matchup at Tennessee when Fleener had a season-high eight catches for 107 yards on 10 targets.
The Titans have allowed six tight ends to score at least eight Fantasy points in a standard league, with Fleener one of two to reach double digits. We expect him to continue playing well as the de facto No. 2 receiver for the Colts behind T.Y. Hilton with Wayne out, and he should be started in all leagues.
Fleener only caught four balls, but led the team with 55 receiving yards. He also scored the team's only touchdown, catching a 17 yard pass from Andrew Luck in the fourth quarter. Fleener received eight targets, but had a tough time getting open against a tough Cardinals' pass defense. He continues to be a major weapon for Luck with Reggie Wayne out.
Fleener will take on the Titans Week 13.
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