The Saints have released TE Coby Fleener. Frankly, we're surprised this move wasn't made earlier in the offseason. Fleener totaled just 72 catches and 5 TDs across 27 appearances over the past 2 years in New Orleans. He sustained what he said was the 5th concussion of his career last season and will turn 30 in September. Fleener figures to get a shot elsewhere but is a poor bet for 2018 fantasy relevance. The Saints, meanwhile, are left with Ben Watson and Josh Hill atop the depth chart. Watson looks like the early favorite for targets, despite going on 38 years old. He caught 61 balls in Baltimore last year and posted a big 74-825-6 line with the Saints back in 2015.
The Saints on Saturday placed TE Coby Fleener on IR following the concussion he suffered in Week 12. The team promoted TE Garrett Griffin from the practice squad to join Josh Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui on the active roster. Hill stands the best chance of gaining fantasy relevance, but no Saints TE has done so with any regularity this season. Don't bet on anything big here.
Saints TE Coby Fleener (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Josh Hill figures to serve as New Orleans’ lead TE but isn’t a fantasy option.
Saints TE Coby Fleener sustained a concussion in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams. We'll keep an eye on Fleener's progress through the protocol this week, but he's been off the fantasy radar for a while now.
Saints WR Willie Snead received a 3-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Popped for driving under the influence, Snead was originally expected to serve a 4-game ban before having it reduced on appeal. With the 24-year-old out, Drew Brees will rely more on Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Brandon Coleman and Coby Fleener. Thomas was already poised for a monster workload, so this news provides the biggest bump to Ginn, Coleman and Fleener.
Saints TE Josh Hill broke his fibula in Sunday's loss to the Lions, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That'll end his 2016 season. Hill's absence should give TE Coby Fleener a boost in playing time the rest of the way. His 67.2% snap rate yesterday was his highest since Week 3.
Saints TE Josh Hill injured his ankle on a 2nd-quarter catch against the Lions and did not return. He was in a walking boot and on crutches afterward. TE Coby Fleener benefitted from Hill’s absence, finishing with 5 catches on 7 targets for 86 yards. We should get an update on Hill tomorrow.
Saints TE Josh Hill injured his ankle in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Lions. He headed back to the locker room and is officially questionable to return. His absence would be good news for TE Coby Fleener.
Saints insider Larry Holder writes that TE Coby Fleener hasn't been on the "same page" as QB Drew Brees on some routes this summer. "The Saints yearn for more from Fleener," Holder adds. That last line tells us that Fleener has at least been a bit disappointing so far, but also that New Orleans wants him to be a big part of the offense. That his chemistry still needs work with Brees in August isn't a big surprise. There's still big fantasy upside here. Perhaps some negative press will lower Fleener's 6th-round ADP.
TE Coby Fleener admits that he's still a "work in progress" in the Saints' offense. HC Sean Payton agrees. "There's some plays that are real good, and then there's some plays where we've got to be a little bit more detailed and that's something that I know he's got to work on," Payton said. It sounds like Fleener's biggest issues right now are run blocking and pass protection. Those have never been his strengths. Fleener was brought to New Orleans to catch footballs. Insider Josh Katzenstein confirms that Fleener is "clearly the top tight end for the passing game." He remains a nice mid-range TE1 with upside.
Saints QB Drew Brees called TE Coby Fleener "uncoverable" during the team's 3-day minicamp last week. "He's 6'5 or 6'6, there is a place where I can throw the ball where he can get it or nobody can," Brees added. Fleener tied Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead for the team lead with 8 targets from Brees over the 3 practices, according to insider Christopher Dabe. Set to be a big part of 1 of the league's most productive passing games, Fleener has clear top 5 upside.
Saints HC Sean Payton made it crystal clear the role he has in mind for TE Coby Fleener. "When we bring in a player like that, there has to be (a vision), no different than when we draft a player," Payton said of the free-agent addition. "I would say, certainly for him, it would start with a receiver first, whether it is third down or whether it is red area. Those would be areas where we think he can help.” This isn't the 1st time Payton has talked up Fleener's pass-catching ability. The Saints have produced a top 6 PPR TE in 5 straight seasons. Fleener is capable of making it 6 in a row.
The Saints on Friday retained TE Josh Hill by matching the offer sheet that he signed with the Bears. ESPN reported that the 3-year deal could be worth as much as $7.5 million, with $3.25 million guaranteed. That's a fairly significant amount when you consider the 5-year, $36 million deal ($18 million guaranteed) that New Orleans already gave TE Coby Fleener. The addition of Fleener lowers the ceiling on Hill, but the fact that the Saints matched suggests they still like the guy that HC Sean Payton talked up last offseason. Hill's return might also lower the ceiling a bit on Fleener, though he's a near lock to sit among our top 10 TEs when the 2016 fantasy football projections come out.
Saints HC Sean Payton has a good idea of what TE Coby Fleener can and can't do on the football field. "He's not going to be the first guy you put in at the point of attack on a power play, but that's OK," Payton said. "Let's make sure we understand the things that he does real well, and I think we can do that offensively ... He's got outstanding speed, so the one thing that jumps off the film is his ability to really run ... Watching his skill set, I think for us as coaches, it's exciting because I see a number of ways where he's going to be able to help us in the passing game." Payton is 1 of the best offensive minds in the game and clearly has a plan for Fleener. Jimmy Graham has never been much of a blocker but put up huge numbers in Payton's offense. Fleener isn't on Graham's level as a pass-catcher but is certainly capable of strong TE1 numbers in this spot.
TE Coby Fleener has agreed to a 5-year, $36 million deal with the Saints. It's an ideal landing spot. Fleener is a bit soft and doesn't offer much as a blocker, but he's been a productive pass-catcher. He's topped 50 catches in 3 straight seasons while averaging 11.9 yards per grab. The Saints, meanwhile, have produced a top 6 PPR TE for 5 straight years -- Jimmy Graham from 2011-2014 and Ben Watson this past year. Fleener has a shot at reaching that territory in 2016 and looks like at least a low-end TE1.
The Colts and TE Dwayne Allen have agreed to a 4-year, "nearly" $30 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a surprising move on both ends after Allen seemed to fall out of favor last year. He finished with just 16 catches for 109 yards and a score in 13 games. The contract, especially considering the dollar value, figures to mean the end of free-agent TE Coby Fleener's time in Indy. That obviously helps Allen's stock. Remember that he posted a 45-521-3 line as a rookie and scored 8 times back in 2014. There's bounce-back potential here if Allen can stay on the field. He's missed 21 games over the last 3 seasons.
Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) is practicing in full this week and will return for Thursday night's game against the Texans. He split snaps with TE Coby Fleener in Week 1 and out-targeted his teammate 6 to 1. Allen's return makes both Colts TE shaky fantasy starters.
Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Jaguars. That'll mean another full slate of snaps for TE Coby Fleener. But with Matt Hasselbeck under center, he's a shaky TE1.
Colts TE Dwayne Allen (ankle) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jaguars after putting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. We’ll find out whether he’s playing by noon ET on Sunday. If he does, neither Allen nor Coby Fleener will be a recommended TE1. If Allen sits, Fleener will be an option.
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