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Coby Fleener | Tight End | #82

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 251
College: Stanford
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (34) / IND
Contract: view contract details

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Drew Brees said his "trust factor and confidence level" in Coby Fleener "just continues to go up."
"We’re still growing, big time," Brees said. "But I think there were some things that happened out here [Monday night] where it’s the way that I envisioned. The way that we’ve been talking about, the way I've been communicating to him and we’ve been working on it during practice. So when those things begin to happen, the trust factor and the confidence level just continues to go up." Fleener exploded for a 7-109-1 line on 11 targets in the Week 3 loss to the Falcons and will again be a mid-range TE1 in a dream matchup with the Chargers this Sunday. Sep 28 - 12:29 PM

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Coby Fleener caught 7-of-11 targets for 109 yards and one touchdown in the Saints' 45-32, Week 3 loss to the Falcons on Monday night.

After totaling three catches for 35 yards on 12 combined targets Weeks 1 and 2, Fleener busted out in a big way against a soft Falcons defense. He caught his first ball for a meager five yards before capping the Saints' first drive with a two-yard touchdown. Fleener's night was still chock full of mistakes, including a pair of drops and a bad holding penalty that took a long run away from Mark Ingram. But Fleener did damage up the seams with a long catch before the half and then a 36-yard gain in the fourth quarter to set up Ingram's five-yard score. Those that dropped Fleener are probably kicking themselves. He'll be in another elite spot Week 4 at San Diego. The Chargers have elite corners, but had given up the most catches and most yards to tight ends entering Monday.
Sep 26 - 11:51 PM

Drew Brees said Coby Fleener is "going to be an even bigger part of the offense" once the two find their chemistry.

The problem has been these two can't seem to get on the same page on the field, though Brees said they're getting "more specific every day." Fleener has caught just 3-of-12 targets for 35 yards through two games. He dropped a pass last week and was over-shot on a potential 35-yard touchdown as well. Fleener gets another plum Week 3 matchup against the Falcons.
Sep 23 - 10:49 AM

Coby Fleener reeled in just two-of-eight targets for 29 yards Sunday in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Giants.

It was another frustrating afternoon for Fleener, who continues to show little chemistry with Drew Brees. He did have one big play, finding a soft spot in the defense for 21 yards in the fourth quarter. Fleener beat Eli Apple downfield in the first quarter on a play that should have gone for a huge gain but just flat-out dropped it. Brees has been kind to tight ends over the years but Fleener hasn’t shown much of anything in his first two games. Even in a plus matchup against the Falcons in Week 3, he’s nothing more than a low-end TE1.
Sep 18 - 5:43 PM

Coby Fleener caught 1-of-4 targets for six yards in New Orleans' Week 1 loss to the Raiders.

Fleener went catch-less for three frames before finally hauling in a four-yard grab in the fourth. The dismal day came despite the fact that No. 2 TE Josh Hill was battling an injury. The summer hype had Fleener struggling with the playbook and not in sync with Drew Brees. That can no longer be doubted after this afternoon. Fleener will be a boom-or-bust, lower-end TE1 for next week's matchup with the Giants' improved defense.
Sep 11 - 5:59 PM

Coby Fleener "recently admitted" he is still adjusting to the Saints' playbook.

Fleener seems to be picking things up very slowly in New Orleans. Coach Sean Payton admitted last month that he was still a "work in progress" while beat writer Larry Holder said Fleener and Drew Brees were still fighting to get on the same page in practices last week. Fleener had a quiet preseason, catching 4-of-6 targets for 27 yards on 63 snaps. Things could start slowly for Fleener, but he's locked in as the starter and gets a cake matchup with the Raiders Week 1.
Sep 4 - 12:46 PM

Coby Fleener caught 1-of-4 targets for four yards in the Saints' third preseason game.

Fleener's final stat line looks poor, but he had a 31-yard grab in heavy traffic negated by a holding call at the line of scrimmage, and made another tough catch only to be clotheslined by a Steelers defender, causing a breakup. The Steeler should have been flagged on the play. Fleener was the Saints' clear-cut first-team tight end. Despite some negative camp reports, Fleener remains a candidate for top-five fantasy stats at the position.
Aug 27 - 12:04 AM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Larry Holder reports Coby Fleener "hasn't been reliable enough catching passes and isn't on the same page with Drew Brees."

Holder says it has "seemed" to him like Josh Hill's passing-game involvement has grown recently. Holder also suggested it's possible the Saints were trying to send a message to Fleener when they "accidentally" listed him low on the depth chart last week. We're not panicking yet, but it's something to keep an eye on. Not being on the same page with Brees is the biggest concern.
Aug 26 - 9:26 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton said Coby Fleener is still a "work in progress."

"I'd say it's an ongoing progression," Payton said. "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." Despite Fourth-Team Gate last week, Fleener is still clearly the No. 1 tight end in New Orleans, but Payton wants him to both improve as a blocker and clean up some of his routes. Fleener agreed he has work to do, echoing his coach's sentiments by saying his understanding of the new offense is a "work in progress." While there appears to still be some rough edges, Fleener should shine with Drew Brees this season.
Aug 23 - 9:13 AM

Coby Fleener lined up with the first-team offense at Wednesday's practice.

Fantasy footballers were sent into a state of panic Tuesday afternoon when the Saints uploaded their latest depth chart and listed Fleener with the fourth-string offense. The issue was quickly fixed in about an hour, but the news nearly broke Twitter. There is no concern about Fleener's job security.
Aug 17 - 9:51 AM

The Saints have updated their depth chart, bumping Coby Fleener from fourth-team/"other" back to No. 1.

It's a typical ending for an August mystery. An intern likely uploaded an incorrect version of the team's "unofficial" depth chart. If Fleener fell in any of your slow drafts over the past hour, take this as an opportunity to make him your bargain TE1.
Aug 16 - 6:10 PM

Coby Fleener is listed with the fourth-team offense on the Saints' latest unofficial depth chart.

Even on an "unofficial" depth chart, it's deeply strange. Fleener is listed behind Josh Hill, Michael Hoomanawanui and "Rashaun Allen." Perhaps Fleener is battling an undisclosed injury. Otherwise, the listing is a complete bafflement. We can only assume it's a motivational tactic. Bizarre as it is, we still wouldn't read too much into it, at least until we get further explanation. Fleener is a TE1.
Aug 16 - 5:15 PM

Drew Brees said he sees TE Coby Fleener catching "a lot of balls."

"As a tight end in this offense, you get a lot of opportunities, you get a lot of favorable match ups, and you can be a guy that catches a lot of balls," Brees said, "and I certainly see him in that role." Brees added he and Fleener are still working on their chemistry, but they have plenty of time to iron out the kinks before the regular season. With Ben Watson's 110 targets last season as potentially his floor, Fleener has top-five upside among fantasy tight ends.
Aug 1 - 10:39 AM

After watching Coby Fleener's Colts tape, Drew Brees observed that the athletic tight end seemed to be "always open."

"I'm watching Colts film or Fleener film," Brees recalled. "It was like, 'Man, this guy has an uncanny ability to separate.' He's always open. There's always a place to throw the ball where he can get it." The New Orleans Times-Picayune says Fleener, Brandin Cooks, and Willie Snead were the "three most-targeted players" by Brees at Saints minicamp. Signed to a five-year, $36 million deal by New Orleans, Fleener offers mid-range TE1 upside in one of the league's pass-heaviest offenses with one of the league's premier passers.
Jun 20 - 10:15 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton believes Coby Fleener can "really run," but admits the free agent addition isn't an asset as a blocker.

"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 said. "Let's make sure we understand the things that he does real well, and I think we can do that offensively." In other words, the Saints plan to employ Fleener the way they used Jimmy Graham from 2010-14. Fleener was an often frustrating fantasy bet in Indianapolis, but has caught at least 50 passes each of the past three years. He should coast by that in 2016, and will be a legitimate TE1 to begin the season.
Mar 22 - 6:54 PM

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QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
RB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
3Travaris Cadet
4Daniel Lasco
5Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
3RB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
FB1John Kuhn
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Brandon Coleman
3Tommylee Lewis
WR21Willie Snead
2Michael Thomas
WR31Michael Thomas
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
3Chris Manhertz
LT1Terron Armstead
LG1Tim Lelito
2Senio Kelemete
C1Max Unger
RG1Andrus Peat
2Khalif Barnes
3Jahri Evans
RT1Zach Strief
2Landon Turner
K1Wil Lutz