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Coby Fleener | Tight End | #82

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 251
College: Stanford
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (34) / IND
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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

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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

Saints signed TE Coby Fleener, formerly of the Colts, to a five-year, $36 million contract.

Fleener is a catch-first tight end, but has improved as a blocker. His Colts numbers were routinely held back by a timeshare with Dwayne Allen, but he's caught at least 50 passes each of the past three years. That will be his absolute floor in a Saints offense that heavily targets the tight end position. Fleener could easily catch 75 passes in 2016. His fantasy arrow is screaming upward.
Mar 9 - 6:50 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Saints are interested in free agent Coby Fleener.

Per La Canfora, the Saints had been pursuing Ladarius Green, but he's expected to sign with the Steelers. Fleener is the kind of pure pass catching tight end that's had great success under Sean Payton and Drew Brees. He'd be firmly on the TE1 radar in New Orleans.
Mar 9 - 3:46 PM

In-house reporter Kevin Bowen "would be surprised" if the Colts didn’t re-sign Coby Fleener or Dwayne Allen.

Most expect the Colts to keep Fleener, with Jack Doyle replacing Allen in multiple TE sets. Whoever returns will have TE1 upside as the clear-cut starter. Fleener is reportedly seeking $4 million annually.
Source: Colts.com
Feb 27 - 3:31 PM

CBS 4 Indy's Mike Chappell anticipates free agent Coby Fleener commanding a deal worth roughly $4 million per year.

The general thinking among Colts beat writers is that Fleener is more likely to be re-signed than Dwayne Allen, who's also a free agent. Fleener certainly presents more mismatches in the passing game, but Allen's superior blocking, toughness, and hands make him a more complete tight end. As the Colts are sure become a one-tight end, three-wideout offense in 2016, re-signing Allen would make more sense than Fleener, in our estimation. Whereas Fleener is best employed as a sub-package, receiving-only tight end, Allen can function on all three downs.
Feb 15 - 3:17 PM

The Indianapolis Star expects the Colts to re-sign free agent Coby Fleener.

Both Fleener and Dwayne Allen are free agents, but reporter Zak Keefer believes Fleener's durability and pass-catching prowess make him a more likely re-sign. Allen was primarily utilized as a blocker in 2015, and has a long injury history. New OC Rob Chudzinski is known for featuring tight ends. Fleener has largely been a disappointment in the pros, but his fantasy stock would trend directly upward were he re-signed and Allen allowed to walk. The Colts should resume playing aggressive, pass-first offense in 2016 with Andrew Luck back healthy.
Feb 11 - 9:52 PM

Coby Fleener caught seven passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' Week 17 win against the Titans.

It's easily Fleener's best game of the season. Fleener's 54/491/3 line was down from his three-year average, but that was mostly due to the Colts quarterback situation. Both Dwayne Allen and Fleener are free agents this offseason, but Fleener is more likely to re-sign. Fleener will have every-week TE1 upside if the Colts move on from Allen.
Jan 3 - 6:14 PM

Coby Fleener caught 2-of-4 targets for 15 yards in the Colts' Week 16 win over the Dolphins.

Both of his missed targets were drops. Fleener has out-produced Dwayne Allen this year, but that isn't saying much. Even if Andrew Luck returns, neither Colts tight end will be a DFS option in Week 17 against Tennessee.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:24:00 PM

Coby Fleener caught 1-of-3 targets for 12 yards in Week 15 against the Texans.

Fleener's biggest play was a dropped 11-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He failed to make an impact for the fourth straight game. Fleener won't be more than a low-end TE2 for Week 16.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 05:07:00 PM

Coby Fleener caught 1-of-4 targets for six yards in the Colts' Week 14 loss to the Jaguars.

Fleener now has eight grabs for 53 yards over his past three games. Even were Andrew Luck (kidney) to return for Week 15, Fleener probably shouldn't be on the TE2 radar.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 06:07:00 PM

Coby Fleener caught 4-of-8 targets for 20 yards in Week 13 against the Steelers.

Fleener's eight targets were a team high. He's been one of Matt Hasselbeck's top check downs, but hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 8. Fleener won't be more than a low-end streamer for Week 14 against Jacksonville.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 12:54:00 AM

Coby Fleener caught three passes for 27 yards in Week 12 against the Bucs.

Fleener had more yards than Dwayne Allen, but saw fewer targets. He struggled to get open despite a good matchup against the Bucs' Cover-2. Fleener is a touchdown-dependent TE2 for Week 13.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 05:32:00 PM

Coby Fleener caught 3-of-5 targets for 45 yards in the Colts' Week 11 win over the Falcons.

Fleener's highlight was a Hail Mary interception of Matt Ryan on the final play of the game. Neither Fleener nor Dwayne Allen has offered much in the box scores this year when both players have been healthy. Both are healthy now. Fleener would be a weak TE1 streamer in Week 12 against the Buccaneers.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 05:41:00 PM

Coby Fleener caught 4-of-6 targets for 22 yards Week 9 against the Broncos.

Most of Fleener's targets were of the check-down variety, and he did not gain more than nine yards on any catch. Fleener has not gone over 50 yards receiving since Week 4, and he is not consistent enough to warrant TE1 consideration as long as Dwayne Allen is healthy.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 07:57:00 PM