This is the second article in a series we are referring to as, “Deep Impact” where we at Razzball examine players who are tucked away deep in the player projections and are bound to surpass their underwhelming expectations. The benefit of these players, aside from showing off your fantasy football prowess, is that they are often available on your fantasy league waiver wire and can often provide relief to fantasy owners looking for quality talent in deeper formats.

This article will analyze the fantasy value of Indianapolis Colts third-year tight end Dwayne Allen. The former University of Clemson product was actually drafted in 2012, along with franchise quarterback Andrew Luck and fellow tight end Coby Fleener. He was expected to become a key contributor in the Colts rebuilding offense, and while he played well his rookie season (45 receptions for 521 yards and 3 TD’s), he managed to fly under the radar.

The likely answer for remaining mostly unknown is that Fleener was rated higher than Allen prior to the 2012 NFL Draft. Plus, he was Luck’s former teammate at Stanford. Therefore, it was natural for Colts fans to overlook the less heralded Allen.

However, upon closer examination, many analysts have come to an entirely different conclusion regarding the Colts tight end position. While Fleener essentially plays like a big-bodied receiver, spending the majority of his time split out wide or in the slot, Allen has assumed a more traditional in-line tight end role where he is capable of helping not only in the passing game but also the run game. It is this versatility that makes Allen a valuable commodity for offensive coordinators looking for balance in their offense.

Now, that may sound like a lot of technical jargon for fantasy football analysis, but there is a valid point here. Similar to the New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen possesses the ability to deceive defenses and pose as a blocker before releasing from the line as a receiver. Plus, his size makes him an absolute mismatch for most safeties and defensive backs.

This is an especially helpful tool when trying to create quick windows in the red zone. The fact of the matter is, Allen could easily have a Gronkowski-like upside for the Colts offense if he can stay healthy this year. That of course will be the question in the end, as Allen is coming off of a season-ending hip injury just 32 snaps into his sophomore season. However, with the ample amount of recovery time, and the fact he has already been cleared and participated in a preseason game for Indianapolis, there should be nothing to fear.

While nobody can blame fantasy football owners for being wary of the third-year tight end, he could be a tremendous value on your league’s waiver wire if you are looking for a TE2 with upside or simply a player to take a chance on. After all, Allen is owned in only 7% of Yahoo leagues while being the 1,837 overall projected player. His value increases slightly in PPR formats or touchdown heavy leagues as well.

Jarrod Patterson is a Sports Writer for Razzball.com as well as RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @J_M_Patterson or on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

 

  1. Michael says:
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    Jarrod,

    Love d allen as well. 12 team standard, start 1 qb, 2 rb, 3 wr, flex, te, def and k. Have cutler, McCoy, bush, antonio brown, cobb, michael floyd, heath miller, cinci and novak. Bench have golden tate (likely flex first week), justin hunter, boykin, p. Thomas, khiry robinson, woodhead, d allen and palmer. decent team? im Worried about cutler and rbs …… May dangle one of my wideouts, thoughts? Thanks man.

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Michael: I can understand your hesitance with Cutler, he can be a real hit-or-miss starter fantasy-wise. The way I see it, Brown, Cobb, Floyd and Tate are MUST keeps this year. Additionally, Justin Hunter is looking like he could be this year’s Alshon Jeffrey if Locker can stay healthy, so I’d hold on to him as well. With Palmer looking solid down the stretch last year under Bruce Arians, he might actually suprise some people in certain matchups. He’s definitely not an every week starter being in the NFC West, but could be serviceable from time to time. If you could maybe pair Cutler and Hunter for a mid-level guy like Rivers or Matt Ryan and another WR/RB/TE, you could be sitting prettty for the season. Otherwise, don’t sweat too much! You’re not looking too bad

      • Michael says:
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        @Jarrod: thanks Jarrod, sound advice and appreciate it. Have a great season, good luck.

        • Jarrod

          Jarrod says:
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          @Michael: No problem! Best of luck to you as well!!

  2. Bryan says:
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    What’s your thoughts on Kelce? With Bowe out he could be the top receiving option this week. Dumb to play him over Pitta?

    • Jarrod

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      @Bryan: I like Kelce’s upside a LOT! With Dwayne Bowe’s finger issue, kansas city looks like they’ll be relying heavily on WR Donnie Avery in the pass game and that’s a scary thought. The fear I have with Kelce has been Anthony Fasano cutting into his targets, but with the lack of other options, they could BOTH end up being solid value’s in PPR league’s in particular. However, until we see exactly how the Chiefs plan to use Kelce in-game, I’d stick with Pitta. Week 2 however, Kelce could end up being a STEAL! Sorry for waffling on this one, but that’s a tough call! Good question and good luck!! Hope it helps a little

  3. Joe says:
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    Jarrod do you think levon bell will be a bust because of legarret blount goaline carries and his 3.5 per yards avg?

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Joe: I’m incredibly unsure about Bell right now. On the one hand, the guy has UNBELIEVABLE talent as a running back. He can be a three down player and is stout enough to take goalline carries despite the presence of a guy like Blount. However, Bell AND Blount just got arrested for marijuana possession and Bell got a DUI. Could be looking at a 2-4 game suspension. Blount will be looking at at LEAST 4 games himself. The one guy I’m really curious about given the circumstances is rookie RB Dri Archer. Not only does the kid have legit 4.2 speed but he’s shown up this preseason. I guess what I’m getting at is this, while he probably won’t be a “bust” necessarily, I’d definitely have an insurance policy or a handcuff like the intriguing Archer (who also has serious PPR upside in that offense) on my bench alongside him. I know that’s riding the fence a bit but it’s the best I got right now! Hope it helps somewhat, and thanks for reading!

  4. BTDRNKS says:
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    Struggling with my TE situation, mainly because I have a lack of faith in Rudolph. Is it worth dropping him for a flyer on Allen or Kelce? Or maybe Miller?

    • Jarrod

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      @BTDRNKS: First and foremost, I would STRONGLY recommend holding on to Rudolph! I thoroughly believe the Vikings will force-feed him the ball in their passing game. Not only is he an exceptional red-zone target, but has the speed and size to create mismatches against DB’s and LB’s alike. In fact, he may be the most physically gifted TE outside of Graham and Gronk in the entire NFL.
      With that being said, I really like what Dwayne Allen brings to the Colts offense. Similar to Rudolph, he is a phenomenal red-zone target and has the ability to stretch defenses and make tough catches over the middle. Unfortunately, he is coming off injury but he DOES look healthy now! Kelce has exceptional upside, particularly with KC having very few options in the pass game. Not sure if you are referring to Heath or Zach, I would be higher on Zach personally with Russell Wilson looking so damn good! Ranking in order (personally) I would go Rudolph, Allen, Kelce, Miller…PLEASE consider staying put with Rudolph though!! Thanks for reading!

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