So, this week, we are doing a little Neil Diamond ‘Turn on Your Heartlight’, but using spotlight instead. And we’re using it on Dwayne Allen. Yeah, it’s okay to be still singing Neil. Shucks, I am as I continue to write this. So the tight end position has become a walking abyss of uselessness after the barrage of injuries have ransacked the rankings. All of these injuries actually catapult the value of Jimmy Graham into a different category. Don’t believe me? Go look, but I am definitely not waiting for you. I mean Graham was already there, and the rest of us who don’t own him are now suffering through the bye week fill-ins and injury replacements. That’s where Dwayne comes in, and goes Hey Hey Hey. Stick around as I give you some morsels of fantasy goodness that may convince you to join the smoke-show clan of the Hudson river.
First reason you have to love you some Dwayne Allen is Andrew Luck, who is straight killin’ em right now (by a whole 12 points over every other player in RCL universe). Yeah, that’s why Fabulous does all those random, Ohhhhh’s for. So, back to the session at hand… Allen is not going to ravage you with an overpowering cologne like Hai-Karate. He is going to do just what your team needs this week, why? Because I say so. Well, that and I believe the coaching staff of the Colts is finally figuring out what his use is. He is a great blocker for the run game, as witnessed by his witness protection plan game versus the Eagles. Listen, I get the concern that he is anything but ordinary, but that’s all you need this week. Average with a chance to be above average. You didn’t draft Dwayne to be your TE1, you either picked him up because there are zero options on the wire, or you speculated after Week 1 where he saw 5 targets, 4 catches for 64 YDS and a TD. If he got that this week, would you take the 14 points and dance around? I bet you would there Alfonso Ribiero.
The funny thing is, you never really hear anything mentioned about Allen, and he is kinda of the same career path as someone like a Martellus Bennett. So with the nickname of “Chuckie’, I can totally see him going all Charles Lee Ray on the Titans this week. I mean, he calls Andrew Luck the Meal Ticket to his face. That to me is down right awesome, and an ego boost. That’s why I call myself Jay(Wrong) and my pet turtles Hall and Oates. Tangent complete. The Titans defense isn’t awful, but they aren’t on the same page compared to the Colts offense. With Jake Locker looking like an iffy start already, and the great white hope, Charlie Whitehurst as the back-up, the defense is going to be on the field a lot for the Titans. Advantage Allen, who has seen his snap count rise from a 51% rate in Week 1 to an 80 % level in Weeks 2 and 3. For comparison, he has out-snapped fellow tight end Coby Fleener in consecutive weeks. So, good offense, going to be a tired on the field defense, and a rising capability as a pass catcher. Sounds like a Week 4 recipe to me…
Prediction: 8 targets 6 catches 72 yrds 1 TD