The Patriots traded for Dwayne Allen this offseason, and he now enters a role vacated by Martellus Bennett, who finished as the TE10 in PPR leagues last season. In games where Rob Gronkowski didn't play 80 percent of snaps, Bennett was TE11 in PPR, and interestingly enough, in games where Gronk did play 80 percent of snaps, Bennett was even better, as TE6 in that span (Weeks 5-10). Dwayne Allen could have upside, even if Gronk is healthy.
Allen has been injury prone himself, missing eight games in the last three seasons. Reports out of New England have also indicated Allen is not exactly off to a great start. Not to mention, the Patriots also added another big weapon on the outside in Brandin Cooks. All of this could submarine Allen's fantasy chances.
2017 Bottom Line
All things considered, Allen could turn into a weekly touchdown-or-bust option for fantasy lineups, but he has been one of the better red zone tight end options in his career. Since being drafted, Allen has the third-highest red zone TD rate among tight ends. The good news is his ADP makes him practically free in the 17th round.