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TE Dwayne Allen - Indianapolis Colts

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

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Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Matt Hasselbeck did enough to defeat Atlanta last week - 23/32 for 213 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with both TDs going to Ahmad Bradshaw (four targets for 4/20/2 receiving). Donte Moncrief led the team in targets with eight for 5/41/0 receiving, while Frank Gore led in yards with five for 5/46/0. T.Y. Hilton, usually a favorite of Hasselbeck, had just four targets for 2/21/0 receiving on the day. The Buccaneers' pass D is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 234.6 net yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores given out vs. 10 interceptions (tied for 11th in the NFL) and 23 sacks (tied for 15th) generated this year. Last week, Mark Sanchez threw 26/41 for 247 net yards, two TDs and three interceptions while taking three sacks for -14 yards from Tampa. Dallas threw 19/30 for 174 net yards, zero TDs and one interception with three sacks taken for -12 yards from Tampa two games ago. Over the past four weeks, the Buccaneers have allowed the ninth-least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (17.6); the tenth-least fantasy points to opposing wideouts (18.7), and were 16th vs. opposing tight ends (8.9 fantasy points allowed per game on average). This looks like a tougher-than-usual matchup for Hasselbeck and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at CAR 44 1 4 0 0 0.4
9 vs DEN 59 0 0 0 0 0
11 at ATL 43 1 7 0 0 0.7
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Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Though he drew two defensive penalties on targets on Sunday, Dwayne Allen's fantasy production was limited to just one seven-yard catch. Allen was noticeably open a few other times, but Hasselbeck failed to recognize the mismatch. With his focus on blocking in Chudzinski's offense, it's unlikely that Allen ever gets the volume this season to be a reasonable fantasy asset.

2015 Week 9 vs DEN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

While the Colts continue to use Dwayne Allen heavily in running situations, his usage in the passing has been very limited all season. With Denver marking him with Aqib Talib heavily on Sunday, Allen's struggles in the passing game continued. Luck targeted him three times, but just one of those was catchable, and T.J. Ward managed to knock it down before Allen could box out the incoming safety. If the Colts' offense continues to be as efficient as it was on Sunday, Allen could see more touchdown opportunities, but his usage in the offense is too inconsistent to roster him right now.

2015 Week 8 vs CAR (3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Once one of the most promising tight ends in the league, Dwayne Allen has all but disappeared from the Colts' offensive game plan. He was wide open in the middle of the field several times in the first half, but Andrew Luck missed him with completely inaccurate throws. As the game grew out of hand, the Colts went increasingly to spread sets, limiting Allen's snaps. As the Colts struggle to gain leads or keep games close, Allen is going to continue to see his offensive production go stale.

2015 Week 7 vs NO (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

The Colts' favorite versatility tool was off the field for much of Sunday's game, as the team went to a spread offense for much of the second half in an attempt to score quickly. His 26 snaps simply aren't enough for a limited part of the offensive game plan to make a difference in fantasy football, especially given the fewer red zone opportunities the team has produced this season. Until the Colts' offense becomes more consistent, Allen won't be relevant in fantasy.

2015 Week 6 vs NE (3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

The Colts' No. 1 tight end was an underneath favorite for Andrew Luck early on against the Patriots, and was dependable for an eight-yard gain on every target. But as the Patriots began dropping more into coverage, and the Colts grew more desperate, Allen's involvement disappeared. Allen's best game scripts will come against teams that the Colts lead against, and that wasn't the case against New England. The Colts went pass-heavy, trying to spread the field and playing Coby Fleener more often.

2015 Week 5 vs HOU (1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)

Allen's return back to health didn't result in much involvement in the Colts' offense, as he saw just one target on Thursday. It was a high-reward opportunity, as the Colts got Allen wide open on a play-action design, and he picked up 21 yards on the play. But the Colts were looking for former Texan Andre Johnson in the red zone, so Allen was unable to see traditional red zone targets. Still, it was good to see Allen return to his normal starting spot over Coby Fleener, playing 51 snaps to Fleener's 33.

2015 Week 2 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Injuries popped back up for Allen early on Monday, as he left the game with an ankle injury after just 19 snaps. He should be back in the game plan for Tennessee, but his usage will tentatively depend on how his ankle heals. Allen has played through injuries before, but his effectiveness has been sapped.

2015 Week 1 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 17 / 1 rec)

The Bills are one of the best defenses in the league at defending tight ends, so it's not surprising that Allen's total numbers are low, but Sunday should be encouraging for Allen owners. Not only did the touchdown magnet get another goalline score on Sunday, but he was the Colts' main tight end in three-wide receiver sets over Coby Fleener. If the Colts continue to use those sets as the base offense, Allen could be a more consistent fantasy threat than he was in 2014.


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