With the addition of Andre Johnson and Phillip Dorsett, and with T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief already on the roster, it appears Indy is moving toward 3-4 wide-sets. Dwayne Allen seems secure so this leaves Fleener on the outside looking in. (Source: Indy Sports Central)
Fantasy Impact: Allen is a superior blocker to Fleener so this means Fleener should be left on the draft boards for fantasy purposes.
Fleener agrees that he has been fairly inconsistent for the first three years of his career and offered this to say about it, “up-and-down, up-and-down, but hopefully trending in the right direction. I’m trying to be as consistent as possible. That’s been my number one goal." Fleeners' career year in '14 included 8 TDs and 774 yards. On the other hand, lets not forget the other TE in Indy, Dwayne Allen. Fleener averaged almost 6 (5.75) targets a game from the talented Luck as supposed to Allen's 3.84 targets a game over 13 games. Fleener and Allen will both become unrestricted free agents at the end the season, and its unlikely that the Colts give huge pay-days to both tight ends so it will be interesting to see how consistent Fleener can establish himself.
Fantasy Impact: Fleener is 6-6, 250 pounds and a match-up nightmare for slower linebackers and smaller defensive backs. And lets be honest finding a decent tight end is almost impossible after Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski. But if you're looking for a cheaper option that can produce similar numbers keep an eye on Fleener.
Coby Fleener caught 2 passes (on 5 targets) for 32 yards in the Colts' Week 15 win over Houston. (Source: ESPN )
Fantasy Impact: Owners long for the glory days of Weeks 10-13 when Dwayne Allen missed time with an ankle injury. In the 2 games since Allen's return, Fleener has recorded 7 receptions for 88 yards and 0 TDs. These are serviceable numbers, due to last week's 5-for-56 effort, and Fleener did post a dud in Week 12 (2-for-28) without Allen available. It's hard to gauge Fleener's value for championship week against Dallas, but both he and Allen could put up good stats in what may turn out to be a shootout against a Dallas defense on the road. Fleener remains on the TE1 borderline.
Coby Fleener caught 5 balls on 10 targets for 56 yards in the Colts' Week 14 win over Cleveland. (Source: Yahoo!)
Fantasy Impact: He was the 2nd option in the passing game, behind only T.Y. Hilton. Fleener had a nice 13 yard catch on 3rd and 10 with less than 2 minutes left on the game winning drive, and had 7 more targets than Dwayne Allen. Andrew Luck and the whole team had a hard time putting anything together all afternoon. It's a nice sign for Fleener that he remained involved. It appears he will remain a consistent target for Luck even with Allen back, despite a reduced red zone role.
Fleener caught 4 of 7 targets for 127 yards and 2 TDs in the Colts' week 13 win over Washington. It was his first career multi-TD game and the first time Andrew Luck threw for 5 TDs in a single game. (Source: Yahoo!)
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners will gladly take this performance, which was the best for a TE through the Thursday and early Sunday games. The stat line could have been even better: he was wide open for another big gain (and possible TD) but dropped the ball. There's no easy answer for Fleener's rest-of-season prognosis, which will largely depend on matchups and the health of fellow Colts TE Dwayne Allen, who didn't play. Regardless, performances like this and in week 11 (7-144) make him highly relevant in 10 team leagues for the fantasy playoffs, despite his week-to-week inconsistency.
With Dwayne Allen missing week 13, Coby Fleener will again be the primary TE target for Andrew Luck in the Colts' league leading passing offense. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: This was also the case in week 12, but Fleener was only able to secure 2 catches for 28 yards. The Redskins give up the 16th most points (in 0.5 PPR scoring) to the TE position, and Fleener has been inconsistent in this offense. He's a top-10 option, but the ascension into the fantasy top 5 that looked promising going into week 12 was probably unrealistic.
Colby Fleener caught 2 of 4 targets for 28 yards. He made a nice leaping grab for his first catch early in the first half. He was targeted later in the game in the end zone, but held up his route due to pressure from a safety. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: This was disappointing, but not really Fleener's fault. The first half of this game was highlighted by multiple turnovers, and resulted in 9 total points between the teams. Despite the score line, it was a rough day for the Colts' passing offense, minus one big play to T.Y. Hilton. Fleener's usage going forward will depend on the health of Dwayne Allen, but he still projects as a top-10 TE option, at least through next week against Washington.
Coby Fleener and Jack Doyle will be the top Tight Ends in the Colts' system, which will frequently utilize both players. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Fleener is potentially in line for a big day as a TE1 in the 4-7 overall ranking range. He has upside to crack the top 3, but his inconsistency and the Colts' two-TE system may hold him back. Together, Fleener and Dwayne Allen have combined for over 813 yards and 11 TDs, with Fleener having 439 of those yards and Allen having 7 of those scores. Doyle is a big step down from Allen, but he even has 58 yards and 1 TD on the season in limited action.
Coby Fleener caught 7 passes for 144 yards against New England on Sunday night. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Benefiting from an injury to fellow TE Dwayne Allen, Fleener went 7-for-7 in catches/targets. The only other time he did that this season came in Week 2, when he was targeted just once. Fleener has been targeted 18 times in the last two games, and his stock is trending upwards. Consider him a solid TE1 play for Week 12 against Jacksonville.
Fleener finished with only 1 catch for 4 yards on 4 targets. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: It was another underwhelming showing and his third one-catch performance of the season. The one positive for Fleener is that he is part of a high octane offense, but is limited by his lack of scoring opportunities and competition for targets. He remains a TE2 at best and a decent bye week fill-in.
Fleener was held to just one reception on 2 targets for 30 yards. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Fleener was outplayed by teammate Dwayne Allen and targeted less by Andrew Luck. The Ravens defense did a better job limiting him compared to Allen. Luck appears to have developed better chemistry with Allen as the season has progressed. Fleener has been known to drop some easy passes as well off and on. Continue to view him as a TE2 and start him in deeper leagues only.
To this point in the season the Ravens defense is allowing the fewest fantasy points to the tight end position. (Source: Yahoo Sports)
Fantasy Impact: It would be wise for fantasy owners to explore other options to start at the tight end position. There are only two teams on a bye this week (Miami and Oakland) so there should be others with higher upside. Fleener is typically touchdown dependent and remains a TE2 for week 5.
He finished the game with 2 catches for 26 yards including a score on just 3 targets. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Fleener was relatively quiet throughout the game and saved his day with a touchdown catch. It appears this is what we can typically expect from him on a week to week basis. He continues to compete with Dwayne Allen for targets and his value is touchdown dependent. Like Allen, he can only be counted on as a TE2 - good enough for a bye week replacement or for a league that can start two tight ends.
Coby Fleener caught 4 of 7 passes for 49 yards and a score in Sunday's tilt against the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Fleener could have had a much better outing, dropping a wide open pass in the end zone that would have certainly been a TD had he caught it. This is the second week that he has dropped a wide open pass that he perhaps shouldn't have. Fleener remains a low end TE2 as he is competing with fellow TE Dwayne Allen for targets.
Coby Fleener made three catches for 21 yards on eight targets. He also saw a total of 49 offensive snaps, as compared to 38 for fellow TE Dwayne Allen.
Fantasy Impact: While Fleener was more utilized, Allen was the much more productive of the two. Fleener and Luck have struggled to capitalize on their experience with each other going back to their days at Stanford together. Keep an eye on the target and snap count reports, if Allen passes Fleener in usage there will be no reason for keeping Fleener on your fantasy roster.
Coby Fleener finished the third preseason game with 2 catches for 31 yards and a touchdown on 4 targets.
Fantasy Impact: It was encouraging to see him haul in the touchdown reception after his poor performance in the second preseason game. He is a great red zone threat due to his size and could score a handful of touchdowns this season. Despite this he remains a TE2 worth drafting in deeper leagues with so much competition for targets and catches.
Chris Hagen and Bob Kravitz interviewed Coby Fleener Monday morning during the Colts training camp practice. Fleener acknowledged that there would be some sort of ripple effect with Dwayne Allen back, but was excited to play in more two tight end sets. He also said that his goal for this season was to be more consistent and to be someone the coaches can count on. (Source: FOX59)
Fantasy Impact: Coby Fleener has been up and down throughout his first two years in the league and if he is to take the next step forward he will definitely have to improve his consistency. The offense should finally see some stability this year as a whole and this should allow players like Fleener to become more consistent. Currently, Allen is listed ahead of Fleener on the Colts official depth chart. Allen is the TE to own as he has more fantasy upside. Fleener is only worth a roster spot in the deepest of leagues.
Coby Fleener, who has been relatively quiet during camp, made a nice touchdown grab on a pass across the middle. While Wayne received most of the early attention from Luck, Fleener managed a couple of impressive catches in addition to the TD. (Source: Colts.com)
Fantasy Impact: Fleener's performance in camp has been somewhat overshadowed by the return of fellow TE Dwayne Allen. It is worth noting that the Colt's are looking to implement more two TE sets into the offense which will create opportunities for both. Fleener finished second on the team last year in both receptions and yards (52 for 608). Couple the return Allen to distract the opposing linebackers with the increased opportunities in these two TE sets and Fleener is on track to be a late round sleeper.
From what we've heard so far this offseason we should start seeing lfewer two-tight end sets in Indianapolis, which will limit Fleener's snaps. It's hard to know for sure, but I like Dwayne Allen more as he should stay on the field more.