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TE Dwayne Allen - New England Patriots

6-3, 255Born: 2-24-1990College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 3

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Week 21: at Atlanta Falcons

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Tom Brady has posted a phenomenal set of records during his post-season performances - for example, Brady is the all-time leader in Super Bowl completions (164), passing yards (1,605) and passing touchdowns (13) - but he comes into this Super Bowl with several of his targets ailing - Martellus Bennett (knee, ankle), Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Danny Amendola (ankle) and Chris Hogan (thigh) were all limited during practice Friday, January 27 - keep an eye on how the various receivers progress/don't progress in their recoveries this week. So far during the 2017 playoffs, Brady has thrown 18/38 for 287 yards, two TDs and two interceptions vs. Houston (with two sacks taken for -8 yards and several other hits/pressures), followed by a stong 32/42 for 384 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown (with two sacks taken for -10 yards) against the Steelers two weekends ago. He threw to three main targets against the Steelers - Hogan (12 targets for 9/180/2 receiving), Julian Edelman (10 for 8/118/1) and Bennett (five for 5/32/0) - Mitchell (four for 1/5/0) and Amendola (two for 2/12/0) were sparingly employed during the Conference Championship game. Brady has found enough offense to win both games by comfortable margins, and his talents as a quarterback remain formidable. The Falcons' pass defense has averaged 238.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing scores given out vs. three interceptions and five sacks generated during the 2017 post-season. Russell Wilson managed 17/30 for 208 net yards passing, with two TDs and two interceptions thrown at Atlanta in the Divisional round (three sacks taken for -17 yards), while Aaron Rodgers managed 27/45 for 268 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown (with two sacks taken for -19 yards) at Atlanta two weekends ago. Atlanta was ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 266.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with a whopping 31 passing scores given out during regular season (vs. 12 interceptions and 34 sacks generated). Over the final three weeks of regular season, Atlanta averaged 19.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-most in the NFL); 21.8 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers (14th-most); and 8.2 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends (17th in the NFL during that time span). The Falcons have played stronger during the post-season in this phase of the game, though, as the 28.7 net passing yards allowed per game drop in their post-season average demonstrates. Brady is one of the all-time best players at his position, and he has a wealth of post-season experience. The Falcons are a young, brash defensive unit that has improved over the course of 2016-17 - but they are still suspect against the league's top talents, as Aaron Rodgers showed us two weekends ago. Advantage, New England.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
17 vs JAX 41 3 34 1 0 9.4

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 17 vs JAX (3 / 3 / 34 / 1 rec)

Dwayne Allen picked up 13 yards beating Jonathan Cyprien over the middle. Allen caught a check down from Luck and picked up 6 yards. Allen beat Cyprien down the seam, made an athletic catch and absorbed a solid hit securing a 15 yard touchdown.

2016 Week 16 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Dwayne Allen came wide open underneath and picked up 10 yards, Allen caught a pass in the flat and ducked out of bounds after a gain of 11. Dwayne Allen picked up 11 again coming wide open underneath.

2016 Week 15 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Dwayne Allen dropped a 3 yard touchdown as he was trying to extend his arms and break the plane. Allen beat Anthony Harris badly on a double move for a 12 yard gain.

2016 Week 14 vs HOU (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dwayne Allen dropped his first target running a curl route over the middle. Dwayne Allen was left one on one with Jadeveon Clowney and surrendered a red zone strip sack.

2016 Week 13 vs NYJ (4 / 4 / 72 / 3 rec)

Allen had a career game against the Jets. Allen came wide open running a crossing route off of play action for a 9 yard touchdown. Allen was again left unmarked this time running a corner route and Luck found him for a 21 yard score. Allen made his third catch for his third touchdown of the game. Allen made an impressive contested catch on a back shoulder throw from Luck for 23 yards and a touchdown. Allen made a 21 yard catch beating man coverage over the middle of the field.

2016 Week 12 vs PIT (6 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)

Dwayne Allen had his best game of the season against the Steelers. Allen beat Laurence Timmons over the middle for a 13 yard gain. Allen made a catch running a curl route and was brought down after a 9 yard gain. Dwayne Allen gave up a sack and was left flat on his back after a 1 on 1 match up with James Harrison. Allen made another catch underneath the linebackers in coverage for a 9 yard gain. Allen caught another pass underneath for 6 yards. Allen went high and made a nice catch on 4th down for a 12 yard gain.

2016 Week 9 vs GB (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Dwayne Allen beat Morgan Burnett down the seam and made a nice catch gaining 15 yards. Dwyane Allen dropped a 15 yard touchdown beating Jake Ryan running an out route.

2016 Week 6 vs HOU (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Dwayne Allen made a 9 yard grab over the middle on the Colts first offensive play. Allen saw his second target knocked away . Allen left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and was seen on crutches after the game.

2016 Week 5 vs CHI (6 / 6 / 50 / 1 rec)

Dwayne Allen played his best game of the season against the Bears. Allen came wide open in the back of the end zone for a 1 yard touchdown off of play action. Allen went up high to make an impressive 17 yard reception reaching over his head and corralling the high pass. Allen picked up 20 yards running an out route and coming open late as Luck scrambled.

2016 Week 4 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Dwayne Allen continues to struggle with drops. Allen came wide open over the middle of the field and dropped an easy 15 yard completion on his first target. Allen made his first catch on a screen pass and followed his blockers for 13 yards. Allen made a nice play over the middle on 3rd down fighting for extra yardage to convert. Allen drew a 35 yard pass interference penalty on Cyprien on what could have been a touchdown. Allen dropped a potential conversion on 4th and short with the game on the line.

2016 Week 3 vs SD (5 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

Dwayne Allen made his first catch over the middle against zone coverage for a 14-yard gain. Dwayne Allen dropped a 6-yard touchdown. Allen picked up 6 running a quick out route. Allen worked all the way across the field as Luck scrambled for a 14-yard gain. Allen's day would have looked a lot better had he caught the touchdown. Jack Doyle surprisingly had more catches and targets than Allen.

2016 Week 2 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Dwayne Allen made his first catch beating TJ Ward one on one over the middle for 12 yards. Luck missed Allen over the middle a few plays later on what would have been at least a 15 yard gain. Allen was held on his third target on what would have been a 10 yard completion.

2016 Week 1 vs DET (6 / 4 / 53 / 1 rec)

Dwayne Allen had his first potential catch knocked out of his hands. Allen's first catch was a quick screen for 5 yards. Lined up in the slot Allen beat a safety on a corner route for a gain of 15. Allen ran a nice double move over the middle beating a linebacker badly and made the catch for 16 yards. Allen came wide open running a double move and Luck found him uncovered for a 19 yard score. Allen added a two point conversion after his touchdown again wide open this time off of play action. Luck threw over Dwayne Allen on a potential 20 yard touchdown but it was a small window to complete the pass. While Doyle scored two touchdowns Allen was much more involved early in the gameplan and Allen was lined up in the backfield when Doyle scored his second touchdown.

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