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Value Plays: Tight Ends

The Footballguys staff finds value at the tight end position

A fantasy draft is all about obtaining the most value with each selection. There is value available throughout a draft, and grabbing it is one of the most important keys to a successful fantasy team. In an attempt to point out this value, we asked our staff to look through the top 150 players and identify players that should outperform their draft position.

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Players Receiving 8 Votes

Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis

James Brimacombe: The big reason why Allen is such a value is that Coby Fleener has departed to New Orleans and now there is no direct competition for Allen to compete for targets. Allen is currently being drafting in the 11th or 12th round as his stock plummeted after his 16/106/1 season in 2015. With no Fleener in the mix and with a healthy Andrew Luck to start the season you have to like Allen’s chances to rebound and see at least 50+ targets from his quarterback. At his current ADP of TE16 he gives you solid value and has the potential to become a favorite target of Luck.

Ryan Hester: Indianapolis’ passing game is a candidate for positive regression with Andrew Luck’s return to health. Allen and fellow tight end Coby Fleener were both free agents, and the club elected to keep Allen while Fleener signed for similar compensation in New Orleans. On a team whose top receiver is small and hasn’t been a significant red zone threat, Allen could see plenty of touchdown-scoring opportunities throughout 2016.

Justin Howe: By the numbers, Allen probably can't help seeing TE1-level volume in 2016. Coby Fleener is gone, leaving only Allen and a few speculative youngsters on the depth chart. Allen's never been a volume guy, but the Colts vacate 187 targets from 2015 and get their franchise QB back. The offense should again be truly explosive, allowing Allen to build on his already solid efficiency and touchdown rates.

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