Coby Fleener TE NO (5) 4 days ago
With tight end Josh Hill suffering a broken right fibula in Week 13, Fleener could be in line for increased snaps. Fleener caught five passes for 86 yards during Sunday's loss to the Lions.
Fleener had been splitting snaps with Hill since Hill's return from injury in Week 6. Hill, however, is now likely out for the rest of the season. While blocking tight end John Phillips may see some additional playing time -- he played 19 snaps on Sunday -- Fleener should be the primary beneficiary, as he will likely see an increase in playing time with Hill out of the picture.
Coby Fleener TE NO (5) 5 days ago
Fleener hauled in five of seven passes for 86 yards during Sunday's defeat to the Lions.
Fleener truly benefited when the Saints' mindset turned from balance to dominated by the pass. The impetus was an inability to whittle down the Lions' lead as the second half proceeded, especially after falling behind 19-6 near the end of the third quarter. On New Orleans' ensuing possession, Drew Brees kicked it off with a 31-yard hookup with Fleener, his second of the contest at that point. Among Fleener's five receptions overall, two went for 20-plus yards, marking the ninth and 10th such grabs of the season for the tight end. While the Saints under Brees will always lean toward the pass, his want to spread the wealth doesn't equate to consistency for his weapons on a weekly basis, as evidenced by one touchdown for Fleener over the last seven games and one 100-yard outing on the campaign.
Coby Fleener TE NO (5) 2 weeks ago
Fleener caught all four of his targets for 59 yards in Sunday's win against the Rams.
Fleener made a couple of nice catches in this one, including a 31-yard grab deep over the middle in the second quarter. Still, Fleener only played on 18 of the Saints' 74 offensive snaps (24 percent), according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, whereas tight end Josh Hill led the position with 58 snaps (78 percent). Normally, a high snap total for Hill is reflective of the Saints running well, which they did Sunday, but he also added six catches for 74 yards, both of which are career highs. While Fleener was likewise productive, he continues to lose playing time to Hill, a troubling trend for his fantasy owners. Fleener remains the more dangerous receiving threat between the two options, which gives him upside in the Saints' explosive offense, but until his snap count rises, Fleener will remain a high-risk player in most fantasy leagues.
Coby Fleener TE NO (5) 3 weeks ago
Fleener gathered in three of five targets for 17 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 23-20 loss to the Panthers.
Fleener salvaged his otherwise dismal day with a late fourth-quarter touchdown that brought the Saints within a field goal. The veteran has now tallied three catches or less in four of the last five games, and under 50 yards in all of those contests. At this point in the season, it's clear that Fleener is a hit-or-miss prospect week in and week out, with the general unpredictability of the Saints passing game only serving to augment the tight end's own inconsistent play.
Coby Fleener TE NO (5) 4 weeks ago
Fleener caught two passes on two targets for 26 yards in Sunday's loss to the Broncos.
Fleener played 32 of the Saints' 51 offensive snaps (63 percent), according to Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, but had only minimal impact. He has not had more than 45 receiving yards in a game since Week 6 -- a stretch which has coincided with the return of tight end Josh Hill to the Saints' lineup. While Fleener remains the preferred receiving tight end, the Saints continue to split snaps between Hill (26 snaps in Week 10) and Fleener. Head coach Sean Payton likes to use his tight ends in the passing game, so it's reasonable to expect that the athletic Fleener will still have some big games in the second half, but inconsistency will likely continue to be an issue. The Saints next play on Thursday versus the Panthers, a team against which Fleener had six catches for 74 yards and a touchdown earlier this year.
Coby Fleener TE NO (5) 1 month ago
Fleener caught three passes on six targets for 42 yards in Sunday's win against the 49ers.
Fleener could have had a much bigger day, as he was brought down twice inside the San Francisco 5-yard line on red-zone receptions and was unable to haul in another short pass at the goal line. Meanwhile, tight end Josh Hill made four grabs for 40 yards, though most of his yards came on a wide-open 32-yard catch when the Saints fooled the 49ers defense. While it is clear that the Saints intend to use both Fleener and Hill, Fleener remains the preferred receiving option between the two, which gives him more weekly upside with the Saints' offense clicking right now.
Coby Fleener TE NO (5) 1 month ago1 Comment
Fleener caught four passes for 36 yards against the Seahawks on Sunday, but he played only 26 of the Saints' 76 offensive snaps, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Fleener's snap count was his lowest of the season. Meanwhile, tight end Josh Hill played 61 snaps for New Orleans. Seattle does a good job guarding tight ends, and Hill is the better blocker of the two tight ends. With the Saints deploying a conservative offensive approach against a physical Seattle defense, it makes sense that Fleener's playing time was curtailed in this one. However, Fleener's fantasy stock is trending in the wrong direction. Fleener still has plenty of upside in the Saints' tight end-friendly offense and he should continue to be more heavily involved in the passing offense than Hill -- who had only one target on Sunday -- but the downward trend in playing time has to be troubling for his fantasy owners.
Coby Fleener TE NO (5) 2 months ago
Fleener played 43 snaps (58 percent) in Week 7 against the Chiefs, compared to 41 snaps (55 percent) for tight end Josh Hill, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
After exiting in Week 1 with an ankle injury, Hill returned to the Saints' lineup in Week 6 and actually played more snaps than Fleener (46 snaps for Hill; 41 snaps for Fleener). Yet, it was Fleener who had the big game, catching six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Fleener even scored a second touchdown on a two-yard rushing play. In Week 7, however, Fleener again almost evenly split snaps with Hill but had far less success against Kansas City, hauling in only two passes on two targets for 44 yards. Going forward, Fleener should continue to have value, as the Saints heavily utilize the tight end in the offense and Fleener is a superior receiver to Hill, but the recent downward trend in playing time is certainly not welcome news for his fantasy owners.
Coby Fleener TE NO (5) 2 months ago
Fleener caught two passes on two targets for 44 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.
Quarterback Drew Brees threw 48 passes, but only two were cast in Fleener's direction. The talented tight end has been up-and-down all season -- alternating good games with bad ones -- but that has been the case for most of the Saints' skill position players, Simply, Brees is known for spreading the ball around, so while Fleener has plenty of upside on a weekly basis, it may be difficult to predict his breakout games.
Coby Fleener TE NO (5) 2 months ago
Fleener brought in six of seven targets for 74 yards and a touchdown and added a two-yard rushing score on his sole carry in Sunday's 41-38 win over the Panthers.
The veteran tight end caught the Panthers off guard in the first quarter with the first rushing touchdown of his career, an end-around on fourth down in the first quarter that opened the scoring. Fleener later added a more conventional 50-yard grab down the middle in the third quarter for his second visit to the end zone. The 28-year-old's involvement and production has fluctuated week-to-week so far this season, but he does encouragingly have three total touchdowns over the last three contests.