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What to do with Mo Alie-Cox, Jack Doyle in Week 1 fantasy football

Frank Reich likes what he’s seen in TE Mo Alie-Cox this summer. Can the third-year ex-basketballer make good on his Week 1 opportunity?

 Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox runs after the catch for a 10-yard gain in the second quarter of an NFL matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs on October 6, 2019 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Last season Mo Alie-Cox was strictly a blocking tight end, but his injured thumb was a big part of his lack of work as a receiver. In training camp, he has gotten praise for his improved route-running from Frank Reich. As a college basketball player, he had a tougher learning curve to overcome in the NFL, but he is poised for big usage in Week 1 of his third NFL season, as Trey Burton is out.

Fantasy Football analysis: Indianapolis Colts, TE, Mo Alie-Cox, Jack Doyle

Jack Doyle is the No. 1 tight end in Indianapolis, but the top two tight ends get a fairly equal number of targets, with The Eric Ebron/Trey Burton role being the best for big plays and touchdowns, as seen by Ebron’s huge 2018 when he caught caught 66 passes for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns. Now, at least for the first three games, Alie-Cox will get his shot to prove himself in that role.

His first test will come against a Jaguars defense that has a shot at being the worst in the league this season. Last season they gave up the fifth-worst yards per target number to tight ends at 8.39 yards and they’ve only gotten worse since then.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Sit

There are a lot of good tight ends to play this week and relying on Alie-Cox is probably too risky to start out your redraft seasons. But, don’t forget about him in DraftKings GPPs.