The Indianapolis Colts have a fantasy football mystery at the tight end position thanks to an injury to starter Dwayne Allen and the limited use of Coby Fleener.
Allen suffered a hip injury in the Colts' opener against the Oakland Raiders and did not return in the second half despite it being a close contest. As the team prepares for its second contest against the Miami Dolphins, Allen was missing from practice Thursday per Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star:
Turns out no practice for Dwayne Allen today. Still rehabbing. #Colts— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) September 12, 2013
No practice equals bad news for fantasy owners, with one more missing day on Friday meaning it's panic time.
The problem is there's nothing behind Allen with quarterback Andrew Luck's college roommate at Standford, Coby Fleener. Last week when Allen went down, Fleener was still only targeted once, which resulted in seven yards.
Now would be the time to grab or make a trade for Fleener, despite the bad production a week ago. Last week Miami gave up nine receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown to Cleveland's starting tight end Jordan Cameron.
That's a favorable matchup for Fleener, who is an intriguing prospect thanks to his speed deep. Things aren't as vertical as they once were with Bruce Arians gone and Pep Hamilton in his place, but Fleener should see some quality targets if Allen misses a full game.
Is Coby Fleener worth picking up after Allen's injury?
Adding to the cause for taking a gamble on Fleener is Allen's production from a week ago, as the injury occurred on a 20-yard touchdown reception. Allen scored three times last year on 45 receptions as a intermediate target, which is the role Fleener will take over in the short-yardage passing attack Hamilton has installed.
Hips can be a nagging issue in football, so take a chance on Fleener as he moved up to No. 1 on the depth chart. He's worth a flex look on the chance he breaks out now that he has had a chance to be in the game plan as the No. 1 option all week. Luck will find his former roommate early and potentially often.
Stay tuned as Bleacher Report will have more on Allen's injury and Fleener's stock as updates are released.
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