Mo Alie-Cox got some attention for swiping touchdowns away from the likes of Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle, but the big-bodied tight end doesn't figure to get enough playing time or targets to be a part of Fantasy rosters.
Alie-Cox didn't have a reception and was targeted just once in Thursday's preseason loss at Buffalo. Alie-Cox played just 11 snaps on offense, as most of Indy's key players were rested or got just a series or two. Alie-Cox has drawn praise from coaches for his improved play in practice and could have a larger role as the No. 2 tight end if Jack Doyle's oblique injury carries into the regular season. However, Indy's offense features a deep set of options in the passing game.
Alie-Cox has impressed in spring workouts and is expected to play a significant role on offense in 2019, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports. Alie-Cox had the chance to shine as the No. 1 tight end this spring while Eric Ebron (groin) and Jack Doyle (hip) were absent. Specifically, Alie-Cox showed improvement as a route runner, according to coach Frank Reich, who labeled the 25-year-old as "very average" in that area last season. Already established as a solid blocker, Alie-Cox will return to No. 3 spot on the depth chart when Doyle and Ebron return for training camp, but he's nonetheless a young player on the rise and shouldn't be forgotten in deeper fantasy formats.
Alie-Cox hauled in seven of his 13 targets for 133 yards and two touchdowns in nine regular-season games in 2018. Alie-Cox saw most of his offensive workload only after Jack Doyle (hip) landed on injured reserve in Week 12. Even then, the 25-year-old was mostly used as a blocker behind top tight end Eric Ebron. Alie-Cox has one year remaining on his contract, and appears likely to return to Indianapolis in a reserve role in 2019.
Alie-Cox had no catches while only being targeted once despite playing in 32 offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Giants, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports. Alie-Cox hasn't produced much fantasy value since he hauled in a couple touchdowns midseason. The most notable part of his game Sunday was that he played a significant portion of the offensive snaps once Eric Ebron (concussion) exited. Alie-Cox was used primarily as a blocker, but he could see a slight fantasy uptick if he can garner some more targets when on the field. If Ebron is unable to return for Week 17, look for Alie-Cox to again see a larger role on offense.
Alie-Cox failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 23-0 win over the Cowboys. Alie-Cox returned after missing the previous three games and led Colts' tight ends by playing 40 of 72 offensive snaps. The 25-year-old outsnapped starter Eric Ebron 40-38, but with the team bleeding the clock with the run game in the second half it's hardly an indication of changing roles. Alie-Cox appears entrenched as the Indianapolis' No. 2 tight end but holds little fantasy value in the low-volume role.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|5||10/07||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
|14||12/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
|15||12/17||@New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
|3 Year Avg||13||7||133||2||6||19.00||25|