Next man up: Dwayne Allen will help your teams this week

      November 1, 2012 @ 16:57:00 PDT


Fantasy owners should take note of Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen's temporary ascension to the starting lineup. He will replace Coby Fleener, whose shoulder subluxation may cost him several games.

Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts
More than adequate replacement

The Colts have to contend with the Miami Dolphins in Week 9, which presents a great matchup for Allen. Miami's defense is friendly against the position, particularly by giving up big plays, allowing 13.3 yards per reception versus this season. Tight ends have averaged 70.4 yards on 5.29 receptions per game.

Miami's run defense is their defensive strength, so I expect to see a lot of Allen as an extension of what should be a stalled running game.

In what is a tough bye week for tight ends, PPR owners should check their waiver wire for Allen. He is available in 88 percent of leagues polled. I forecast 13 fantasy points in formats that reward for receptions, which isn't too shabby on a bye week that removes Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, Dustin Keller and Vernon Davis from your available player pool.

Allen isn't much of a long-term option, and his Week 10 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars is not conducive to success given how well they guard the tight end position.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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