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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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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

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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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
3Garrett Grayson
RB1Mark Ingram
2C.J. Spiller
3Tim Hightower
4Travaris Cadet
5Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
3RB1Mark Ingram
2C.J. Spiller
FB1John Kuhn
2Austin Johnson
3Sione Houma
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Brandon Coleman
3Tommylee Lewis
4Jared Dangerfield
5Jordan Williams
WR21Willie Snead
2Michael Thomas
3R.J. Harris
4Reggie Bell
5Jake Lampman
WR31Michael Thomas
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4Chris Manhertz
5Garrett Griffin
LT1Terron Armstead
2Tyrus Thompson
LG1Tim Lelito
2Senio Kelemete
3Landon Turner
4Kaleb Eulls
C1Max Unger
2Marcus Henry
3Jack Allen
RG1Andrus Peat
2Cyril Lemon
3Landon Turner
RT1Zach Strief
2Joseph Cheek
3Avery Young
K1Kai Forbath
2Connor Barth