Allen was the more productive of the two Sunday, hauling in a touchdown, however he had just two receptions of his own for 16 yards in total. In all, he has just 21 yards since making his return from an injury.
If either Allen or Fleener was the go-to option at tight end, they would probably emerge fairly quickly as a consistent Fantasy starter. However, it's hard to rely on either when they are splitting work. At this point, Fleener has the bigger role, and looks like the better choice, but neither is a must-start Fantasy option for Week 16 against the Cowboys.
The best of the bunch was tight end
After regressing to just two catches for 28 yards in Week 12,
And clearly, it wasn't just a bunch of dink-and-dunk stuff. He showed genuine big-play potential -- something you don't often see at the tight end position -- getting open along the sideline on a 30-yard score in the first quarter and outrunning a couple defenders on a 73-yard catch-and-run in the third. His quarterback got him the ball, and he made plays with it, which is what separates the good tight ends from the great ones in Fantasy.
After his disappointing performance last week, I said Fleener was too low in the pecking order to deliver big numbers every week, and it's true he has to share the spotlight with T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne, Donte Moncrief and, when he returns from injury, fellow tight end Dwayne Allen. But it's also true Luck's trust in him appears to be growing, which will only move him up the pecking order.
At a thin position, you should plan to start him Week 14 at Cleveland and beyond.
The two touchdowns were the first multiple touchdown game of his career. It was Fleener’s second 100-yard receiving game of the season.
The Colts next play at Cleveland Week 14.
Coming off the best two-game stretch of his career and having the tight end spot all to himself with Dwayne Allen sidelined by a sprained ankle, the
It was a far cry from the seven catches for 144 yards he had in Week 11 and the four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown he had in Week 10. And in those games -- or at least parts of them -- Allen was still in the mix.
True, Fleener wasn't solely responsible for his lack of production. Quarterback Andrew Luck didn't play his best, throwing for less than 300 yards for just the second time this season. Still, three players got more targets than Fleener's four, and another, Donte Moncrief, got just as many.
As prolific as the Colts passing game can be, Fleener is just too low in the pecking order to deliver big numbers every week. At a thin position, he's been productive enough to start in standard 12-team leagues, but he's on the lower end of the startable tight ends.
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