TE Coby Fleener - Free Agent
|6-6, 247||Born: 9-20-1988||College: Stanford||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2012|
2017 Week 1 vs MIN (6 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)
Fleener had the most productive night of any Saint in the passing game as he took advantage of the soft coverage by the Vikings. Brees was able to find Fleener up the seam or settled in between the void behind the linebackers and in front of the safeties. Fleener accounted for the lone Saints touchdown in the fourth quarter when he went up to take a ball away from corner Trae Waynes in the end zone. Fleener is expected to play a big role in the red zone as was a safety valve for Drew Brees all night.
2017 Week 2 vs NE (4 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)
Today's game script seemed almost identical to last week against the Vikings. Fleener was quiet for the majority of the game but was able to find some holes up the seam late in the game to help the Saints move the ball. Fleener's extra effort touchdown came when Brees put the ball a full yard short of the goal line and the big tight end reached the ball over as he was being tackled. This put the Saints within two scores, but it was too late in the game to mount a comeback. Fleener has been contained for the first few quarters of the first two games but seems to find an extra gear in the fourth quarter. If Fleener can sustain this production over the course of a whole game he will be in for a very big season.
2017 Week 3 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
The Panther's defense must have decided that they were not going to let Coby Fleener beat them this week as the big tight end only managed one catch the entire game. Fleener had broken free for a touchdown in each of the season's first two games but found no room to run today. Even with multiple attempts in the red zone, Fleener did not even draw a target near the end zone. The Saints have enough weapons to spread the ball around but Fleener seemed almost non-existent on the field today. Aside from Fleener's 21-yard catch down the sideline, the only other stat line comes in the offensive pass interference call that negated a first down play.
2017 Week 4 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Fleener's value came in that he is often forgotten about with all of the other weapons the Saints have. After scoring touchdowns the first two weeks of the season, opposing teams have keyed in on Fleener and not given him any room to run. Fleener's best play came on a 12-yard catch up the seam against the linebacker but he was unable to break free for the rest of the game. With Willie Snead coming back from suspension there may be more room for Fleener to run on the field but he is also going to see his number of targets decrease. Fleener will need to re-establish himself next week against the Lions or he may get forgotten again in the Saints offense.
2017 Week 6 vs DET (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Fleener completely disappeared today in the Saints offense. He was unable to corral his only target of the game and has not been effective since week 1. Fleener has 11 receptions on the entire season and looks to be losing playing time to Michael Hoomanawanui who scored the second receiving touchdown of the game. Fleener has not topped 50 yards since week one and just does not look to be the same weapon he was last season for the Saints.
2017 Week 7 vs GB (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Another game, another example in the continued decline of Coby Fleener. The big tight end was supposed to play a big role for the Saints this season but has seen his production drop from the first two weeks of the season. His lone big play today came on a 17-yard catch up the seam. Fleener has also been a non-factor in the red zone since his two garbage-time touchdowns to open the season. Fleener is not at risk of losing his roster spot unless the Saints are willing to bring someone else into the organization to replace him.
2017 Week 9 vs TB (2 / 2 / 46 / 0 rec)
After disappearing in the Saints offense for weeks, Fleener reemerged with a big 33-yard catch and caught both of his targets. He still has not been the red zone target that he was brought in to be but was able to recoup a little value in the offense this week. Fleener showed great awareness on the 33-yard play and Brees frantically went through his progressions, could not find anyone open, scrambled in the pocket, and eventually found Fleener who had brought his route back to bail out Brees. The pass was only 9 yards down the field and Fleener rumbled on for another 24 before being tackled. This play was immediately followed by another 33-yard pass to Alvin Kamara for a touchdown. It has been a rough season for Fleener since the first two games but hopefully this is the bounce back that he needs to get going.
2017 Week 11 vs WAS (5 / 5 / 91 / 0 rec)
Heading into the fourth quarter, Coby Fleener did not have a catch or even a target. However, Fleener played a significant role in this comeback this week as he had 91 yards in the fourth quarter as the defense seemingly left him wide open at times as they played a soft zone coverage. Fleener who has been disappointing this season led the team in snaps as a tight end for the first time since week four. This is likely a scenario in which it is difficult to imagine Fleener's role increasing due to having a big garbage time performance this week.
2016 Week 1 vs OAK (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
It was an inauspicious debut in white and gold for the free-agent acquisition to say the least, as Fleener was a distant fourth option in New Orleans' passing attack. Fleener was targeted on the opening play of the game, but did not record the catch. Concerningly, his next target did not come until early in the fourth quarter, when he was unable to execute a vertical route up the right seam, letting his defender get in front of him and bat the pass away. Fleener's first catch as a Saint, his only one of the day, came on the following possession when he served as safety valve in the middle of the field while his quarterback was under pressure. There's still reason to believe the TE spot will return production in New Orleans' offense, but the transition for Fleener certainly hasn't started without a hitch.
2016 Week 2 vs NYG (8 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Hoping to rebound from his disappoint debut in a Saint uniform, Fleener unfortunately picked up just where he left off.Fleener was targeted on New Orleans' first third-down of the game, and although he had a step on his man coverage and the ball was placed perfectly into his hands, it fell incomplete. Fleener ran a shallow flat route midway through the second period to record his first catch, totaling seven yards underneath the defense. The offense continued to try to involve him in the attack, but two failed incompletions in the beginning of the third period had another disappointing day written in stone. Fleener finally had a notable gain midway through the fourth quarter, crossing through the middle of the field off play-action to gain 21 yards. The 25% success rate on his targets is anything but encouraging after last week's disappoint performance, and Fleener has to be downgraded to risky TE2 status until further notice.
2016 Week 3 vs ATL (11 / 7 / 109 / 1 rec)
With Willie Snead sidelined, getting Fleener the ball took on added urgency, and he delivered for the most part. Fleener got involved in the game early, finding space in the left flat off play-action for five yards on the second play of the game. He later punctuated the long drive with a touchdown, running free in the endzone on an uncovered crosser off play-action. Fleener served as a safety valve early on the following drive, settling down in the right flat for a yard, but suffered a brutal drop on the very next play that ended a drive. Just before halftime, Fleener ran a deep seam route into wide open grass before hauling in a pass for 32 yards to set up a field-goal attempt. Fleener's next reception came early in the fourth on a shallow crosser for nine. The ball went right back in his direction on the following play, another deep seam route in which he encouragingly fought through contact to secure a 36-yard gain. Later in the period, he won against man coverage over the middle of the field to finish his promising night with a 109-yard pickup. The encouraging performance can be partly attributed to Snead's absence, but even Drew Brees acknowledged rising trust in his TE and more beneficial production should follow.
2016 Week 4 vs SD (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Fleener's first target came on the Saints' second drive, a shallow crossing route against a voided zone for nine yards and a new set of downs. He ran an in-breaking route for a key first down on the team's opening drive of the third quarter. Later in the period, he ran a very shallow stick route breaking toward the sideline, but was immediately thrown down after a two-yard pickup. New Orleans spent zero effort trying to establish a downfield passing game, limiting Fleener's production on the seam routes in which he thrived on last week. He's still ironing out the kinks in his new stomping grounds, but rarely earns much separation.
2016 Week 6 vs CAR (7 / 6 / 74 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 1 rush)
Fleener got involved early on, settling down in the middle of the field on New Orleans' first drive for seven yards. He caught a short stick-route in the right seam for five yards later in the series. A surprising playcall allowed Fleener to earn a rushing touchdown on a jet sweep off right tackle to punctuate the promising start. His next catch came very late in the first half, a simple checkdown for an easy five yards. The veteran added an exclamation point to his performance with a vertical route up the left seam, hauling in the pass between two defenders and accelerating through the end zone for a 50-yard touchdown. Fleener received two short crossing routes late in the fourth to gain four and three yards. The rushing touchdown was a bit fluky, but the 50-yard touchdown is a positive sign for his featured role at the heavily productive NO TE position.
2016 Week 7 vs KC (2 / 2 / 44 / 0 rec)
Fleener's relatively quiet day did not get started until late in the first half, when he was seemingly uncovered on a vertical route through the middle of the field for 30 yards. Fleener's second and final catch came on the very next play, an intermediate in-route from the right slot that gained 14. Fleener coughed up the football on this play, but possession was fortunately recovered by a NO teammate. He was an afterthought for the rest of the afternoon, never even drawing another target. Fleener will not be the consistent TE1 than Ben Watson was in 2015, but he does offer weekly upside.
2016 Week 8 vs SEA (4 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Fleener caught Brees' first pass of the game, a short out route to the right seam for a gain of four. He sat down in a short zone later in the first period for a modest pickup of eight underneath the defense. Fleener ran a shallow crossing route through the heart of Seattle's defense early in the second, gaining 11 before being pushed out-of-bounds. He nearly found the endzone midway through the fourth quarter, finding ample space on a shallow crosser but failing to break through contact to score. The 13-yard gain set the Saints up at the one-yard line. Fleener was given a chance to convert a 2PC early in the fourth, but the shovel pass was easily snuffed out by Seattle's defense. It wasn't a terrible day for Fleener, but this average production seems to be what to expect from him on a weekly basis. He executes his role in the offense, often in unspectacular fashion and seems to go down on first contact more often than not.
2016 Week 9 vs SF (6 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Fleener settled down in a shallow zone towards the right seam to pick up nine yards and narrowly move the chains. He ran a similar short out-route on the next drive, gaining seven yards underneath the defense in SF's red zone. Fleener received a goal line target later in the half that could've easily went for a TD if not for air-tight coverage from a SF linebacker. He ran a deep post route late in the first half through the middle of SF's defense, picking up 26 in the two-minute offense. Fleener has shown a pattern of disappearing in the second half of contests this season, and it happened again here. A lack of consistently valuable targets mean he needs a touchdown to return weekly TE1 value.
2016 Week 10 vs DEN (2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Fleener got involved early as he has done multiple times this year, catching a dumpoff pass on the first play from scrimmage over the middle for eight when Drew Brees was feeling pressure. On the following possession, Fleener was matched up in man coverage with Von Miller, and Drew Brees attacked the matchup with a back-shoulder route. Fleener fought through tight coverage for an 18-yard catch, managing to stay in bounds with his forearm. He unsurprisingly disappeared the rest of the way, and is an easy drop candidate if he still remains on fantasy rosters.
2016 Week 11 vs CAR (5 / 3 / 17 / 1 rec)
Fleener's first catch came late in the first quarter, a short out-route to the right seam which looked like a drop on first contact, but was ruled a catch-and-fumble for just a one yard gain on third-and-two. Fleener came across the field late in the first half on a shallow crosser for eight yards. He caught a rare second-half pass on a vertical route between two defenders for an eight-yard TD. It's clear that Fleener's 2016 role will not be a voluminous one.
2016 Week 12 vs LA (4 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)
Fleener's first reception came in the red zone on New Orleans' second drive, a hitch in the left slot for 12 yards between two defenders. He ran a seam route early in the second quarter, elevating over an LA defender and making the catch despite a defensive holding penalty for 31 yards. Fleener stayed busy on the following drive, running a slant from a wideout position for a gain of five. He provided a checkdown option over the middle later in the half, picking up an easy 11 yards underneath the defense. Fleener was silent in the second half, and is just a fringe TE1, at best.
2016 Week 13 vs DET (7 / 5 / 86 / 0 rec)
Fleener started his day on New Orleans' second series, coming across the formation on a PA-crosser for 13 yards. He was elevated to a larger role given the loss of Josh Hill, but did not record his next catch until late in the third period. Fleener ran a vertical route up the right sideline while matched up with an LB to gain 31 yards. He ran a shallow crossing route midway through the fourth quarter, gaining 12 yards underneath the defense. Fleener padded his stats in garbage time, catching a 23-yard seam pass on his team's final drive, then added a seven yard dump-off later in the possession. The second-half targets were a rarity for Fleener, who will likely being given a slightly larger opportunity depending on the severity of Hill's ailment.
2016 Week 14 vs TB (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Fleener ran a short hitch from the right slot on his only catch of the game, a virtual non-factor from wire-to-wire.
2016 Week 15 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Fleener got involved on NO's third play of the day, a short hitch when he lined up out wide at the right boundary, gaining four yards. Fleener converted New Orleans' final meaningful play of the day, perhaps pushing off to gain separation on a short stick route for six yards.
2016 Week 16 vs TB (3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Early in NO's opening drive, Fleener settled down underneath zone coverage up the right seam for nine yards. Fleener ran a vertical seam route on the successive series, elevating between second-level defenders for 21 yards.
2016 Week 17 vs ATL (8 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Fleener made a big play on his first catch of the day, midway through the first period, as he extended a route up the field for a scrambling Drew Brees and secured a diving catch with two defenders in the area for 25 yards on fourth down. Fleener appeared to score a TD shortly later on the drive, but the initial call was reversed on replay that he did not complete the "process." He ran a short hitch on the following drive up the left seam, falling forward for eight yards. Fleener's next action occurred late in the fourth quarter, as he ran a short crosser for five in the two-minute drill. Overall, it was a disappointing season for Fleener, who came nowhere close to matching Ben Watson's success from last year. He did, however, remain on the field for the majority of downs with the Saints not possessing an able replacement at the position.
2015 Week 1 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
After missing all of preseason with an injury, it wasn't surprising how little Fleener was featured in the passing game on Sunday. On the field for less than 50 percent of the offense's snaps, Fleener saw just one target against the stingy Bills defense. He will have other days where he has bigger roles, but it seems that Dwayne Allen will be the Colts' go-to tight end in one-TE sets. If the Colts use more multiple-TE sets with T.Y. Hilton out for the next week or two, however, Fleener could see fantasy relevancy again. And, of course, the Colts love their tight ends in the red zone.
2015 Week 2 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
What happened to Coby Fleener and Pep Hamilton's relationship? Fleener was targeted 92 times last season, but has just one target through two games this year. He has been the clear loser amidst all the Colts' offseason additions. Even with Dwayne Allen out most of Monday's game, he failed to record a single target.
2015 Week 3 vs TEN (6 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
The Colts wanted to get the tight ends more involved this week, and with Dwayne Allen out, Coby Fleener saw the field for 50 snaps and had six targets. But, unable to do anything down the field, Fleener was limited to quick dig routes, although he did show admirable strength after the catch. But with Allen returning from injury, Fleener should see his role in the offense decrease quickly, as Allen is still the better third down and red-zone target.
2015 Week 4 vs JAX (12 / 9 / 83 / 1 rec)
The Colts' tight end usage increased with Matt Hasselbeck at the helm on Sunday, as Fleener was targeted 11 times. The vast majority of Fleener's use was on short crossing patterns and flat routes, as nine of his 11 targets came less than 10 yards down the field. Fleener also had one of his customary third-down drops early in the game. But Fleener showed good awareness and yards-after-catch ability for the second week in a row, and did have a 28-yard catch in overtime to help set up the game-winning field goal. His usage will dip when Dwayne Allen returns, but he's been a much more dependable player this last two weeks than he's shown in years past.
2015 Week 5 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
With Dwayne Allen returning to the lineup, Fleener was relegated back to TE2 for Indianapolis, playing just 33 snaps. Fleener's blocking hasn't improved enough to justify his presence on the field over Allen's in one-TE sets, and Allen looked good moving after the catch despite his injury that kept him out the previous two weeks. Fleener did see three targets on the day, but they were all short, limited opportunities.
2015 Week 6 vs NE (6 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
With Dwayne Allen back healthy, Fleener's role is limited in the Colts' offense. Fleener did take 51 snaps to Allen's 35, but that was only because the Colts were trying to spread the field in the second half. In a more balanced game plan, Fleener will still be limited. When he did get targets in this one, Fleener was unable to take advantage of yards-after-catch opportunities. He'll still be a part of the Colts' offense, which means occasional red-zone targets, but those will be extremely erratic.
2015 Week 7 vs NO (5 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Fleener has been a bit more reliable for the Colts this season, and it showed on Sunday. Fleener was one of the few players getting open against man coverage, but Luck seemed unable to find him before a late 27-yard, leaping reception down the right sideline. It seems odd to say, given the Colts' resources invested in the receiving corps, but the team needs to get its tight ends more involved in the passing game.
2015 Week 8 vs CAR (11 / 7 / 43 / 1 rec)
When Andrew Luck's top targets on the outside struggle, he goes to Fleener in the middle of the field, and that was certainly true on Sunday. But despite his speed, Fleener has been limited to short passes this season, namely against zone coverage. And he's simply not good enough at the catch point or after the catch to warrant heavy usage in that area, as his inability to box out defenders resulted in two critical incompletions on Monday, including the game-ending (essentially) interception. But against team's with strong secondaries, Fleener may continue to see decent volume and touchdown opportunities.
2015 Week 9 vs DEN (6 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
Fleener's role as a possession tight end continued on Sunday, as he was limited to just 5.5 yards per catch and one yard after the catch on Sunday. He's shown more dependable hands this year, but his speed in the open field continues to be missing in action, as he rarely forces missed or broken tackles and is limited to quick throws to the flat or shallow middle. With Rob Chudzinski running the offense, however, Luck threw to his tight ends over 30 percent of the time, and Fleener could benefit from that more as the year progresses.
2015 Week 11 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Though the Atlanta linebackers were open to take advantage of in the pass game, Fleener had just 45 receiving yards on Sunday, which has been about his ceiling this year. Outside of a nine-target, 83-yard game against the Jaguars in Week 4, Fleener has just one game over 50 yards, a 51-yard performance against Tennessee. While Hasselbeck tends to target Fleener a bit more than Andrew Luck generally does, he's still a low-ceiling, touchdown-dependent fantasy asset. He did have a 26-yard catch on Sunday, but he's still failed to have a reception of 30 yards or more this year.
2015 Week 12 vs TB (3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
With Donte Moncrief and T.Y. Hilton dominating on the outside, the Colts didn't utilize their tight ends much, and Coby Fleener's workload represents that. It was the first time Fleener has had less than five targets since Week 5. Even with more targets, however, the lack of scoring and big play opportunities caps the fourth-year tight end's fantasy production.
2015 Week 13 vs PIT (8 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
The Colts' top receiving tight end had his usual four receptions on Sunday, but turned them into an embarrassingly low 20 yards, struggling after the catch as he has all season. The Colts gave him multiple opportunities to gain first downs, but he was tackled short of the sticks (by the first defender) on each one, until his final catch in the fourth quarter, when the game was all but decided. Fleener is ranked 61st of 68 tight ends in yards after the catch per reception, according to Pro Football Focus, which is problematic considering he's usually targeted within five to eight yards of the line of scrimmage.
2015 Week 14 vs JAX (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Though Matt Hasselbeck did miss a wide-open Fleener down the left sideline early in the game, Fleener's lack of production is to be expected with the season he has had. Still, the Colts had three red zone opportunities in this one, and Fleener didn't even get a target. With the Colts offense looking listless, so is Fleener's fantasy outlook.
2015 Week 15 vs HOU (3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Coby Fleener's disappointing second half of the season continued on Sunday, with his fifth game this season of less than 15 yards. It was Fleener's fourth consecutive game with less than 30 yards, and his 10th consecutive game with less than 50 yards. Fleener's lone catch included a rare few yards after the catch, squeezing between defenders for a first down, but he would later drop a chance at a leaping 11-yard touchdown grab in the end-zone. It was a fitting representation of the disappointment that has followed him for most of this season, and his career.
2015 Week 16 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Outside of gaining some critical YAC on a first-down reception, a rare occurrence this season, Coby Fleener continued his disappointing season on Sunday. Dwayne Allen actually out-snapped Fleener against the Dolphins, both in blocking and routes run, although Fleener's main competition did not get any receptions. Still, Fleener's lack of involvement in the offense this season has been troubling, and Sunday marked his fifth consecutive game with less than 30 yards.
2015 Week 17 vs TEN (7 / 7 / 88 / 1 rec)
Coby Fleener finished the year on a high note, with a season-high in yards and his third touchdown of the year. Fleener's best play was a 57-yard touchdown pass in which he beat the Titans' safety in single coverage and out-raced him down the seam. It was a great play, the kind of play the Colts envisioned for Fleener often. Unfortunately, the rest of the day was more like the rest of the 2015 season: six catches for just 31 yards as he was limited to quick passes underneath with little yards after the catch. For the season, Fleener finished 62nd out of 73 tight ends in yards after the catch per reception and 53rd in yards per reception, per Pro Football Focus. The Colts' decision on whether or not to re-sign Fleener will likely come down to money. The tight end has physical talent, but has never been able to consistently translate that to production, but he and Andrew Luck have chemistry.
2014 Week 1 vs DEN (8 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
All of Fleener's receptions came on underneath routes and didn't impact the offense much. Fleener continues to disappoint, given his physical abilities. Late in the second half, Fleener couldn't adjust to a high throw from Luck over the middle and the ball ricocheted off his hands into the waiting arms of Denver safety Rahim Moore. Earlier, in a goalline situation, Fleener mistimed his jump and couldn't bring down a fade in the end zone.
2014 Week 2 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
It's going to be a rough season for Fleener owners. After receiving a red-zone target that he misjudged last week, Fleener was targeted just once against the Eagles. Dwayne Allen actually ran 23 routes to Fleener's 21, and looks to be the preferred option for Indianapolis right now, even if he didn't record a catch.
2014 Week 3 vs JAX (7 / 4 / 49 / 1 rec)
It was a mixed day for the former Stanford tight end, who dropped two passes--including a potential wide-open 20-yard touchdown. But, Fleener came back and stayed involved in the game plan, catching a short touchdown later in the day. While he'll never be a high-volume guy, the Colts' tight end-heavy scheme (especially in the red zone), means that he'll get opportunities each week. His own deficiencies may cost him opportunities down the road, however.
2014 Week 4 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 26 / 1 rec)
The beneficiary of another red zone touchdown, Fleener wasn't utilized much in this game, but received his second red-zone score in two weeks. Andrew Luck has thrown 10 of his 13 touchdowns to tight ends and running backs so far this year, thanks to the Pep Hamilton effect near the goal line. Fleener's lack of separation for most of the game has translated to a lack of total targets, but in the red zone, the tight ends are a priority for Hamilton and Luck.
2014 Week 5 vs BAL (2 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)
The Colts are phasing Dwayne Allen into the game plan more and more, and it's coming at Fleener's expense. Fleener did have one 30-yard catch where he was somehow wide open, but was only targeted twice on the day, the lowest since the loss to Philadelphia. With Allen being more of a red zone threat right now, Fleener is not the Colts tight end you want to own.
2014 Week 6 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 11 / 1 rec)
Like Dwayne Allen, Fleener's numbers will be touchdown dependent, but at an even more extreme rate. Fleener is, at best, the fourth or fifth option in the passing game, and has seen just eight targets over the last three weeks. Fortunately, two of those have been touchdowns, as the Colts utilize their tight ends very well in the red zone. Fleener's touchdown on Thursday was a fantastic pre-snap read by Luck, and Fleener got an easy score over the middle.
2014 Week 7 vs CIN (5 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)
In what was Fleener's most impressive game this year, the third-year tight end was reliable as an underneath option and made a fantastic, twisting grab for 26 yards in the third quarter. He didn't get a touchdown, but in the Colts' loaded offense, 64 yards is about as good as it's going to get for Fleener without getting a touchdown.
2014 Week 8 vs PIT (4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Despite being targeted four times, Fleener was able to haul in just one catch for four yards, and his impact on the game was minimal. With the large deficit for most of the game, the Colts spread the field more often. With Fleener never developing into the deep threat that he was envisioned to be, Luck didn't look his way often on Sunday.
2014 Week 9 vs NYG (11 / 4 / 77 / 1 rec)
Not only was Fleener's 11 targets the most of any Colt in Indianapolis' win over the Giants, but it was the most Fleener has had all season, as well as the most he's had in his entire career. It was a decent day for him, but not encouraging for long-term production. The fact that he only caught four of those targets is a warning sign, as is the fact that this came against the Giants' 32nd-ranked defense against tight ends by DVOA. The Colts clearly recognized the weakness and attacked it. That kind of focused effort to get Fleener and Dwayne Allen the ball won't happen every week.
2014 Week 11 vs NE (7 / 7 / 144 / 0 rec)
With Dwayne Allen injured for most of the game, Fleener stepped up and played his best game of his career. Fleener out-gained his previous career-high by 37 yards, and did it in impressive fashion with multiple catches in traffic, including a gorgeous toe-tapping grab down the right sideline. With Allen looking to miss extended time, Fleener's production could stay high in Pep Hamilton's TE-heavy offense.
2014 Week 12 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
The second-year tight end couldn't keep his momentum rolling from his big game in Week 11 and was one of the most disappointing plays in Week 12 against a soft Jaguars defense. Fleener's absence in the middle did allow T.Y. Hilton to get open for a 73-yard touchdown in the second half, but overall, Fleener was a non-factor. His potential will decline once again when Dwayne Allen returns from injury.
2014 Week 13 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 127 / 2 rec)
The Colts starting tight end continues to be a must-start, despite Fleener's frustrating moments. As long as Dwayne Allen remains hurt, Fleener will produce, as he did on Sunday. Fleener did drop one wide open 52-yard touchdown pass, but went on to catch two more long touchdown passes, including one where he broke two tackles and outraced the defender 70 yards down the field. It was one of the few times in his career that he's showed the speed and strength combination he was praised for in the 2012 draft, but those times have come closer together recently. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has done a great job of scheming Fleener open, and he'll continue to get targets in coming weeks.
2014 Week 14 vs CLE (10 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Fleener really didn't see his role reduced in Dwayne Allen's return, as he was targeted 10 times (second on the team) and produced five catches for 56 yards. Fleener didn't score, but that was due to Luck's struggles against a solid Cleveland pass defense more than anything else. Fleener did have one drop on Sunday, but Luck and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton haven't held those against him this season, routinely going back to him after drops.
2014 Week 15 vs HOU (5 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
After a few strong games in a row, Fleener dropped back down to earth on Sunday. He dropped two contested catches for first downs, didn't read the same defense Andrew Luck did on Luck's pick six and failed to make much of an impact. It was a tough day for the offense overall, but Fleener could have extended multiple drives with better play.
2014 Week 16 vs DAL (7 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Fleener continues to struggle with physicality in his routes, but can get open in Hamilton's offense and was one of the few first-string Colts to produce on Sunday. Both Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck looked his way often on Sunday, although they did try to force it to him in the red zone too often. With a healthy T.Y. Hilton and a more concentrated game plan, Fleener still can put up numbers, especially if Dwayne Allen continues to struggle.
2014 Week 17 vs TEN (7 / 5 / 56 / 2 rec)
With Dwayne Allen sitting out, Fleener capitalized with a two-touchdown game. Fleener looked as good as he has all season, taking advantage of blown coverages and going up and getting a Matt Hasselbeck fade for a touchdown in the second half. Fleener has emerged over the second half of the season as a legitimate threat, finally being in a role that suits his strengths. He could be the Colts' most important weapon as they head into the playoffs.
2014 Week 18 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
It was a disappointing day for Fleener, who should have been able to contribute more against a depleted Bengals linebacker corp. Fleener dropped a big contested catch early in the game, and Luck rarely looked his way throughout. He did get some bad luck, however, as his lone catch went from a touchdown to merely an 18-yard gain when Donte Moncrief was flagged for a block in the back. The Colts will need more from Fleener against the talented Denver secondary next week.
2014 Week 19 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)
While Fleener was mostly limited to short throws, he did have one fantastic 32-yard catch on 3rd-and-16 that kept the Colts' game-clinching drive alive. Fleener had just enough space between four or five defenders for Luck to fit in a perfect throw, and Fleener held on despite knowing big contact could be coming. Against the Patriots next week, Fleener could be a big weapon again. He racked up a career-high 144 yards in Week 11.
2014 Week 20 vs NE (4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
After gaining 144 yards against the Patriots in the two teams' first matchup, Fleener was limited to just three catches on Sunday, all on quick, short throws. Fleener's inability to get open down the field was a big loss for Indianapolis who needed somebody to step up with T.Y. Hilton getting double teamed.
2013 Week 1 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Fleener caught his lone target, a safety valve dump off by a heavily pressured Luck. Both TEs seemed to have etched a place in this offense based off last season and during this offseason, with that being said, Sunday's game definitely didn't echo that notion. We'll chalk this up to the flow of the game being as to why Luck didn't get his tight ends more involved.
2013 Week 2 vs MIA (8 / 4 / 69 / 1 rec)
With no Dwayne Allen, it was going to be Coby Fleener's show at TE regardless, however he made a case for the whole game to be about him. The Dolphins, who gave up a lot to Jordan Cameron last week, didn't play much bump and run on Fleener at the line, and with an athletic TE like Fleener, letting him break out of his stance and just go, he's a hard guy to keep up with as it showed on his first catch- a 40 yard seam route that he was pretty open for, gaining handfuls of YAC while doing so. In the 2nd quarter, Fleener found himself in paydirt after a three yard TD pass from Luck where he out routed to the corner of the endzone, securing his first TD of the season. Luck was looking his way often, specifically on the designed rollout plays, Fleener would be right there for Luck to dump off to in the flats. Fleener actually had a second TD snag, a nice routed 15 yard TD, that was called back due to an illegal shift on the offensive line. Fleener finished with just as many targets as Reggie Wayne did (8), and it's something to say that he finally looked healthy and on the same page with his QB. With Dwayne Allen's nagging injury hampering him from being on the field, Fleener looked really good in his expanded role and should have Colts fans now excited about his outlook on the rest of the season, avenging his one catch performance last week.
2013 Week 3 vs SF (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
With San Francisco's stellar linebacker corps, Fleener couldn't have been expected to do much - and that proved to be the case. He caught both of his targets, however, one of which set up Trent Richardson's touchdown run. With Dwayne Allen, the blocking tight end, out for the season, it was on Fleener to stay in-line and block. He fared rather well, sealing off the edge on a few of Bradshaw's runs. In a game where no one on the Colts offense was fantasy relevant, not much should be read into Fleener's disappointing box score totals.
2013 Week 4 vs JAX (7 / 5 / 77 / 1 rec)
With the TE being a focal point in this offense, and with no Dwayne Allen for the rest of the season, Fleener is seeing a lot of action- as a receiver but also as a blocker. For someone who wasn't touted out of college as a solid blocker, he's making the best of efforts to prove that wrong as Trent Richardson's successful runs came on outside runs, most of the time to Fleener's side where he was holding his own on the edge. What he's really known for is his athleticism and his hands, both of which were shown off in this game; Luck was looking his way early and often as a check down option when all else failed. Fleener did haul in a TD pass- a 31 yarder off a play fake from Luck that because the fake was sold so well, Fleener was left to run open and when he caught it, there wasn't a defender anywhere near him to make his trot to the end zone difficult. Coby also had a great third down conversion catch that got the Colts inside the 5 and ultimately led to the take-the-first-team-out clinching TD.
2013 Week 5 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
With only three targets this game, and the run game needing an extra blocker to pick up the pressure the defense was bringing, there weren't many opportunities for Fleener to make plays. Both of his catches were first down catches however but there wasn't much else to his game. This seems to be happening more times than not now as the Colts are really trying to get Trent going, plus the loss of Dwayne Allen and them not having another TE to go to, it's Fleener who now has to line up inside and stick the LB on run plays. Once Trent gets his motor going, expect more chances for Fleener in the passing game.
2013 Week 6 vs SD (6 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
If Darrius Heyward-Bey had the worst game out of Colts pass catchers, Fleener surely locked himself into that second spot. Fleener is called upon now to play a lot of snaps as the inline TE with no Dwayne Allen, and the Colts are well aware of his lacking ability to sustain blocking, and in this game it showed as he was beaten multiple times, leading to TFL in the backfield. He did see 6 targets this game, however there was two drops out of them- one being an impactful one as Luck found him in the seam around their 20, Fleener possesses it, looks up field too quick and loses it. Would've been a big gainer, potentially leading to a TD, and in a game where the Colts were sputtering, that drop was one they'll look back on and wonder ìwhat ifÖî. As mentioned with the 6 targets, Luck didn't go away from Fleener and he did have a few first down catches, but outside of that drop he had where he broke open, he was contained pretty well all night. Fleener shows flashes, and then he has disappointing games- it's beginning to seem like inconsistent is going to be the way the describe Fleener's play this season.
2013 Week 7 vs DEN (5 / 5 / 38 / 1 rec)
Catching all five of his targets this game, Fleener finally made something of the chances he received. A season-high in catches, in the biggest game of the season, says something about how he raises his game when the stage calls for it. He even found the endzone on a well drawn out playaction fake by Andrew Luck, as he found Fleener down by the goaline and they connected from 8 yards just before the half ended. It was a crucial TD that put Indy up two scores and really set the tone for the rest of the game. With the news coming in about the Colts losing WR Reggie Wayne for the season, one would think those targets have to go somewhere, as Luck will now be leaning on what he trusts most- and who would you trust more than the TE you've been throwing to for 4 years now? If Fleener can take advantage of the opportunities he's about to have, his second half to the season can be a very promising one.
2013 Week 9 vs HOU (5 / 3 / 64 / 0 rec)
After catching a big 40+ yard pass early on in the 4th, Fleener didn't make much noise after that as he only caught two more passes. Had a crucial drive-ending drop in the third that could've sparked the offense, showing that he still isn't quite there yet as a reliable TE option for Luck. He'll keep getting his opportunities however as the Colts will need any sort of passing options they can with Wayne sidelined for the season- you just wish Fleener could start to play like the tight end it seems he can be.
2013 Week 10 vs STL (10 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Down 21 real fast and with the offense just playing from behind, Fleener led the team in targets (10), only catching 4 however. Most of those catches came on dumpoffs after Luck's initial go-to option wasn't there. Fleener wasn't able much to make plays after the catch, breaking no tackles on the day. In a game where it was out of hand early, not much can be taken away from this game when it comes to Fleener as the on-paper statline of 4/33 sums up the performance pretty well.
2013 Week 11 vs TEN (10 / 8 / 107 / 0 rec)
This is the kind of game Colts fans hoped to see from Fleener from time to time- dominated in single coverage, the ability to shed tackles, AND he was a formidable edge blocker; Fleener led the team in catches and was the lone Luck receiver to net double digit targets. He had a 39 yard catch which he found himself breaking free on a crossing pattern and then used his deceiving speed to get to the edge to peel off some YAC. Fleener looked like the real deal this game and hopefully it can spark his rest of season as he hasn't been as active as the Colts would prefer him to be.
2013 Week 12 vs ARI (8 / 4 / 55 / 1 rec)
Fleener continues to find himself as he scored, yet again, in this one- Luck found him streaking into the endzone and gave him a perfect pass as Fleener secured it. It was the Colts lone touchdown of this game so it was the only real takeaway from this one. It now seems as if Fleener has found himself in this offense as Luck is finding him on a consistent, week to week basis and it's much needed as the Colts outside of him and Hilton have no one they can rely on.
2013 Week 13 vs TEN (5 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Leading the team in receiving yards, Fleener continued to deliver when the team is relying on him to do so. Two of his three catches came early in the first quarter, back to back actually, as he was finding holes in the secondary. Unfortunately you'd have to fast forward to late in the 4th to find Fleener's next catch which ultimately could've gone for six as Luck found him down inside the 5 but the pass was off just enough to bring Fleener down in the process of catching it; if it's a well thrown ball Fleener sees paydirt on it. A missed opportunity for Fleener as a TD along with his 3/50 would've made for a much better box score. But this is Fleener's fourth straight game where he's been productive in the pass game and for a team who needs all the help they can get from their receiving core, Fleener will continue to have plenty of opportunities to keep putting numbers up.
2013 Week 14 vs CIN (9 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
Tied for the team high in targets (9), only about 6 of them were catchable as when Luck did decide to be inaccurate, it was usually on passes towards Coby. It was a rather quiet outing for him as most of his catches were small ones over the middle. This is how his statline has been as of late so this isn't exactly shocking- however in a game where they needed points, you'd of been hopeful that Luck would've leaned on his safety valve more than he did.
2013 Week 15 vs HOU (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
One target. That's all you'll see in Fleener's box score as he was practically invisible in this one. Coverage wasn't exactly lock down on him, Luck just wasn't looking his way throughout this one. The rollercoaster ride of Fleener's season hit it's low in this one and OC Pep Hamilton surely will make sure blank performances like this don't happen in the future.
2013 Week 16 vs KC (3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Coby Fleener continues to frustrate as he only had two catches on a lonely three targets in this one; there isn't any burst from the tight end and he rarely gets separation so Luck can't really get him the ball. His two catches totaled eight yards- so to say Fleener had little impact in this game's results might actually be doing him more justice than he deserves.
2013 Week 17 vs JAX (4 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)
A pass by the end zone that could've been brought in would've made this game a whole lot better for Fleener- however it was slightly off target and Fleener just couldn't adjust. Only catching one pass, however, with that one grab alone he amassed his receiving yards in each of his last two games. A rather disappointing second half of the season for Fleener as he just hasn't been getting the same number of looks- and when he does, he just doesn't deliver.
2013 Week 18 vs KC (7 / 5 / 46 / 1 rec)
Finally breaking out of his funk, Fleener became a weapon in this one rather than just a decoy/blocker. Second on the team in targets (7), Fleener was able to get space on the defenders guarding him as he caught 5 in this contest. Lining him up on the outside a few times, they opened up their gameplan with Coby and needless to say it was successful; successful to the point of him snagging a TD in the end zone on a seam route that once he broke on it, Luck released the ball and placed it on the money for Fleener and his rather shaky hands weren't going to let go of this one as he caught it for 6. Fleener, who's been quiet as of late, needed this game to get out of a funk and to make teams start to respect him going forward- I think that latter part was accomplished in this game.
2013 Week 19 vs NE (11 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)
After disappearing from the offense closing out the regular season, Fleener showed his ability in the postseason as he posted another solid statline in this one; leading the team in receptions and targets, he lined up outside more this game than usual, trying to force mismatches for the Pats' secondary. He got one crack at a TD when he lined up wide on the goaline and Luck gave him a lob, Coby just couldn't make a play on the pass. Colts fans hope that Fleener's postseason is a sign of things to come, and with Dwayne Allen returning next year Indy will be able to run plays out of their two-tight end sets more comfortably- a solid year can be in the works next year, as long as Fleener's hands don't let him, or the team, down.
2012 Week 1 vs CHI (10 / 6 / 82 / 0 rec)
Fleener didn't get involved in the passing game until the end of the first half. On the final drive of the half, Fleener worked the middle of the field, and Luck He had a short, seven yard reception to start the drive, and then had back to back 22 yard gains to put the Colts into field goal range. The first was a short catch and run where Fleener broke it into a big gain. The second was when Luck was under pressure, and Urlacher released Fleener to the safety but he didn't get over in time and Luck hit Fleener for another big gain. In the second half, Fleener was much more involved in the offense, but the Bears were defending him much closer as well. He had his biggest play of the game on another deep pass over the middle for 24 yards, and could have had another 15-20 yard reception but the ball skipped off of his hands at one point and fell incomplete. When Wayne was not available as a safety valve for Luck, Fleener was the guy that he looked for. He's going to be hard to cover down the middle of the field this season, and he and Luck will grow together over the course of the season.
2012 Week 2 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Fleener was taken out of the equation this week after a big day against the Chicago Bears. It was a combination of coverage and Andrew Luck feeling more confident about going downfield, as well as a need for him to block more. He's still got good chemistry with Luck though, so he should bounce back next week.
2012 Week 3 vs JAX (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Fleener dropped his only opportunity on the day with a defender on his back on a crossing route. Luck hit him in the hands.
2012 Week 5 vs GB (9 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
At first it looked like it might be a day where the tight ends got very little love from their quarterback, but Luck looked to Fleener often in the second half. The big tight end is a former Stanford teammate, so the expectation has been that he would step right into a huge role on the offense but that hasn't happened consistently. In the fourth quarter of this game though, Luck looked for his old teammate quite a bit, targeting him five times (more than half of Fleener's targets for the day). Fleener only caught two of them though. On the misses, once he was very well covered, once he had the pass go through his hands, and once the ball never reached him as it was batted at the line. Luck kept trying though and Fleener made two nice catches, once with Charles Woodson draped on him and another on a short out route which he was able to turn and gain an extra yard. While he's not getting consistent targets, it's clear that Luck will look to him when it counts.
2012 Week 6 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Fleener was the recipient of some bad luck. During the Colts' only red zone appearance, Fleener was wide open in the back of the end zone, but Luck overthrew him. Luck has been very accurate thus far, so the high throw was very uncharacteristic. Otherwise, Fleener had some success against the Jets' soft zone coverage. Fleener hauled in two mid-range out-routes for 12 and 10-yard gains, respectively. During his team's fourth drive, Fleener and Luck showed their chemistry as Luck fit a ball into a tight window and Fleener picked up seven yards.
2012 Week 7 vs CLE (2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Both of Fleener's catches came in a similar fashion this week. He had a great matchup in coverage against a linebacker and beat them to the outside on an out route. In addition to catching the Cleveland defense, Andrew Luck's hard count got the rookie tight end to false start. Like most rookie tight ends, it is difficult to be a reliable fantasy option right out of the gate. Fleener continues to flash his first round talent, but remains a lower-level bye week option with a limited ceiling for fantasy owners.
2012 Week 8 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Rookie tight end Fleener was only targeted three times. Most of his targets came later in Andrew Luck's read progression which explains why he was targeted so little. Fleener was an able blocker against the Titans, working on both sides of the line of scrimmage to help open holes for Vick Ballard and Donald Brown. Fleener's only catch came on a quick drag route across the middle with less than thirty seconds left in the first half. With the clock running and operating out of the no huddle, Fleener quickly chipped his man at the line of scrimmage before breaking in to space between the Tennessee linebackers for a quick 9 yard gain.
2012 Week 13 vs DET (2 / 1 / 26 / 1 rec)
Coby Fleener only had one catch on Sunday but he made it count in a big way as it went for a touchdown. Fleener ran a simple streak pattern towards the endzone and hauled in a beautifully thrown pass from QB luck on his outside shoulder. Fleener caught the pass where his defender had no chance at getting to the ball. Fleener was open again in the endzone but QB Luck overthrew him and it fell incomplete. Fleener did not register another catch for the entire game however after this. QB Luck targeted his young/speedy WR's in a big way as a lot of big plays were needed to stay alive in this game but Fleener contributed his part.
2012 Week 14 vs TEN (4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Fleener was targeted multiple times on deep routes against the Titans. He ran go routes down the seams as well as wheel routes down the sidelines. He was forced from the game with injury as the first half was winding down and did not return. Prior to leaving the game he had four targets including three deep passes and one nine yard reception.
2012 Week 15 vs HOU (1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Fleener was upstaged by Dwayne Allen near the goalline but contributed nonetheless against the Texans. He worked diligently as an in-line blocker as the Colts tried to sustain drives on the ground. He finished with one reception for 21 yards on the Colts last drive. On the play, Fleener ran a quick crossing pattern across the middle of the field and caught the ball on the run, picking up 21 yards in the process.
2012 Week 16 vs KC (3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Fleener's first reception came in the fourth quarter when he rolled out with Luck underneath off of play action.
2012 Week 17 vs HOU (2 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
Fleener almost had a big downfield catch, but was covered just well enough by a Texans linebacker. He did catch a play action pass short touchdown, but Fleener hasn't assumed a big role in the pass offense in his rookie year.
2012 Week 18 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Fleener has been more of a short-range target in the Colts passing game this season and against Baltimore was no exception. He saw all of his targets near the line of scrimmage. One of Andrew Luck's near interceptions came targeting Fleener over the middle after moving out of the pocket. In what was almost a lost rookie season for Fleener dealing with injuries, he needs a good offseason to even be considered an equal fantasy option to teammate Dwayne Allen heading into 2013.