When we first learned that the Indianapolis Colts re-signed tight end Jack Doyle, some disappointment filled the air. If Doyle landed on another team where he could be the primary tight end, it would be a major boost for his fantasy value, but now he'd be stuck sharing with Dwayne Allen. Then suddenly the clouds cleared away and the sun came out as Indianapolis traded Allen to the New England Patriots.
Now the path is clear for Doyle to be the top dog at tight end. Even while splitting time with Allen, Andrew Luck targeted Doyle 75 times and Doyle posted career-highs in receptions (59), receiving yards (584) and touchdowns (five).
Looking ahead to the 2017 season, Doyle slides into that every-down role on a team that relies heavily on the passing game and has a great quarterback. He should see a strong uptick in targets, now in the 85-90 range in addition to a rise in touchdowns and yards. Given the landscape at tight end in fantasy and the lack of depth at the position, Doyle could be a back-end top-10 fantasy tight end this season.