Allen finished the 2017 regular season with 10 catches on 22 targets for 86 yards and a TD. Signed by the Patriots this past offseason to provide the team with both valuable insurance for, as well as a complementary option to, oft-injured tight end Rob Gronkowski, Allen seemed likely to make a fantasy splash at some point in 2017. However, with Gronkowski avoiding any major in-season injuries, Allen never came close to the sort of production, especially around the red zone, that he did during his stint with the Colts. The 27-year-old is under contract with the Patriots through the 2019 season, but Allen could end up being cut by the team for salary-cap purposes in the absence of a contract restructuring.
Allen was on the field for 26 of 60 snaps on offense in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Steelers. Allen caught his only target in the contest for 10 yards. Meanwhile, top tight end Rob Gronkowski returned from a one-game suspension and played every snap on offense Sunday, hauling in nine catches for 168 yards. Though Allen could conceivably see the odd red-zone target in the coming weeks, he's not a fantasy lineup option as long as Rob Gronkowski is in uniform.
Allen was on the field for a season-high 56 out of a possible 61 snaps on offense in Monday night's 27-20 loss to the Dolphins. In the process, Allen logged two catches (on five targets) for 10 yards. While the one-game absence of Rob Gronkowski (suspension) led to more playing for Allen in Week 14, the Patriots didn't run their two-tight-end package Monday, per ESPN's Mike Reiss, instead favoring three-wideout alignments in the contest. Allen will revert to a backup/complementary role this coming Sunday against the Steelers, with Gronkowski's return to action on tap.
Allen figures to take on an expanded role with Rob Gronkowski suspended for Week 14 in Miami, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports. Allen played a season-high 50 snaps (68 percent) when Gronkowski sat out with an injury in Week 5 against Tampa Bay, but the former Colt still didn't draw any targets, which marked his fourth of seven consecutive games without a single opportunity in the passing game. Allen has been a bit more active the past four weeks with five catches for 40 yards and a touchdown on seven targets, and the Patriots may not have any choice but to get him more involved if they're missing both Gronkowski and Chris Hogan (shoulder) for Monday Night Football in Week 14. Regardless, the Patriots likely will use multiple players to account for Gronkowski's usual targets (7.8 per game).
Allen, who was on the field for 37 of 70 snaps on offense in Sunday's 23-3 win over the Bills, caught his only target in the contest for three yards. Allen continues to make more of an impact as a blocker than a pass-catcher in the Patriots offense, but that may change some next Monday against the Dolphins in the event that Rob Gronkowski draws a suspension for his late hit on Buffalo's Tre'Davious White on Sunday.
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