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Fantasy spin: Colts TE Dwayne Allen

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By William Del Pilar

The Colts went with a second tight end in Dwayne Allen at the top of the third round. Allen may not be the vertical pass receiver Coby Fleener is, but he’s an excellent short-to-intermediate pass receiver and possibly closer to being a complete tight end than Fleener.

 

Well-built and light on his feet, Allen has great body control and can adjust to the ball while making the difficult catch. However, he’s not a great blocker, needs work on his routes and concentration. That said, he was one of the top-three tight ends in the draft. 

 

One can see Fleener used in deeper routes with Allen handling short-to-intermediate routes, but with neither being great blockers something will have to give with snaps. Remember we’ve been told the team wants to move towards a power rushing attack.

 

Watch training camp and the preseason, as some analysts do believe Fleener may be overrated, but either way, the Colts now have two exceptional pass-receiving tight ends. Allen’s draft value is unpredictable and right now dynasty leagues are the only format to draft him. That could change over the summer.

 

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