The 2017 free agency frenzy is in full effect. With wide receivers primarily stealing the headlines, it is possible to overlook some of the other player movement, including tight ends. With Dwayne Allen being traded to the New England Patriots, the reigning Super Bowl champions are continuing to improve their receiving corps.
The move is considered surprising, as the Patriots already have Rob Gronkowski. Yet, they chose to trade a fourth and a sixth-round pick for Allen.
The New England Patriots are one of the most pass-happy teams in the league. At some point, Tom Brady is going to experience a downfall. But as long as he keeps surrounding himself with solid pass-catchers, he’s going to thrive.
Fantasy owners can look at the New England Patriots and wonder how so many pass-catchers will be able to have Fantasy value. However, Brady seems to continue to make it happen.
With the addition of Brandin Cooks and Dwayne Allen, the Patriots are going to be a very Fantasy-friendly offense in 2017.
Colts Trade Dwayne Allen To The Patriots
For the past seven years, Rob Gronkowski has been a TE1 for Fantasy owners. However, he’s been plagued by injuries over the past few years and has slowly been dropping in Fantasy value since. He was drafted in the first round in 2016, and Fantasy owners were disappointed by his 25 catch, 540 yard and three touchdown performance.
The New England Patriots like to use a two-tight end set, especially near the red zone. They had Martellus Bennett in 2016, but he didn’t perform as well as Fantasy owners had expected with Gronkowski missing time.
For 2017, Bennett is gone, and Gronk is expected to be back for the beginning of the season. Dwayne Allen will step in as the second tight end. For the wide receivers, Brandin Cooks will be the WR to target, with Julian Edelman still having WR2 value in PPR formats. Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell fall to WR4/deep league options. Tom Brady is still a solid QB1, with plenty of weapons to help him succeed.
For the Indianapolis Colts, they chose Jack Doyle over Allen. After signing Doyle to a three-year contract, they want to use him as he was a better fit for their offense in 2016. While both tight ends were on the roster and playing, Doyle had 24 more receptions and 178 more yards (with one fewer touchdown). He’s going to step in as a TE1 and Allen won’t be missed.
Should I Draft Dwayne Allen in 2017?
Keep in mind that Dwayne Allen was cut in favor of Jack Doyle. The Patriots aren’t looking for Allen to be the savior of their offense. He’s a good blocking tight end in addition to a pass-catcher. For the team, that’s a great addition. For Fantasy owners, that’s not as promising, as you don’t get points for blocking.
In his five-year NFL career, Allen’s best season was his rookie season. He’s only had over 500 receiving yards once (2012). He has been a red-zone threat, however, with six touchdowns last year and eight touchdowns in 2014. He will be a great Gronkowski handcuff, but he only has TE2 value on his own.
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