The Dolphins found their head coach in 2019, and DeVante Parker emerged as the No. 1 wide receiver they hoped he could be. And now they've got their QB in Tua Tagovailoa. He'll probably be eased in at first, but Tagovailoa has the potential to be a starting Fantasy QB as soon as he steps onto the field.
Record: 5 - 11 (26)
PPG: 19.1 (25)
YPG: 310.0 (27)
Pass YPG: 237.8 (12)
Rush YPG: 72.3 (32)
PAPG: 38.4 (7)
RAPG: 21.8 (32)
2019 Fantasy finishes
Number to know: 8.8
The Dolphins had the seventh-highest average depth of target on passes in 2019, after ranking 14th in 2018, increasing from 8.8 yards to 8.1. The question is, was this the result of a change in philosophy under new offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea, or is that just what happens when you're starting Ryan Fitzpatrick? If it's the former, there's a lot to like about this offense, especially when Fitzpatrick cedes the starting job to Tagovailoa. The Dolphins have effective downfield receivers like Parker and Williams, and Mike Gesicki has all of the talent in the world to be one of the best field stretching tight ends in the league if he's used that way. The Dolphins have a talented receiving corps, and it would be nice to see them remain aggressive to get the most out of those players.
1. (5) Tua Tagovailoa, QB
1. (18) Austin Jackson, OT
1. (30) Noah Igbinoghene, CB
2. (39) Robert Hunt, G
2. (56) Raekwon Davis, DT
3. (70) Brandon Jones, S
4. (111) Solomon Kindley, G
5. (154) Jason Strowbridge, DE
5. (164) Curtis Weaver, DE
6. (185) Blake Ferguson, LS
7. (246) Malcolm Perry, RB
DB Reshad Jones,
100 carries, 54 RB targets, 0 WR targets, 13 TE targets
Rankings and Projections
| ||Heath Cummings' projections|
|QB||Tua Tagovailoa||3,493 YD, 20 TD, 17 INT; 188 Rush YD, 2 TD|
|RB||Jordan Howard||834 YD, 5 TD; 24 REC, 163 YD, 1 TD|
|RB||Matt Breida||610 YD, 3 TD; 34 REC, 287 YD, 2 TD|
|WR||DeVante Parker||120 TAR, 67 REC, 1,012 YD, 6 TD|
|WR||Preston Williams||114 TAR, 60 REC, 810 YD, 6 TD|
|WR||Albert Wilson||80 TAR, 54 REC, 570 YD, 3 TD|
|TE||Mike Gesicki||80 TAR, 48 REC, 522 YD, 4 TD|
How do Jordan Howard and Matt Breida fit in Miami?
"The Dolphins signed Howard in free agency before acquiring Breida via trade on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. Howard figures to handle his typical early-down workload and be the more stable of the two for Fantasy. The hyper-athletic Breida is a great complement as a change of pace and potential passing-downs option, and should have both a higher weekly ceiling and lower floor." - Ben Gretch
One sleeper, one breakout and one bust
Williams, an undrafted free agent, was arguably the Dolphins top target before suffering a torn ACL that ended his rookie season. He'll have to come back at full strength to have a chance to pick up where he left off, but a 16-game pace for 64 catches, 856 yards and six touchdowns isn't a bad starting point. Parker stepped up in Williams absence, and while Ryan Fitzpatrick can certainly sustain two viable Fantasy receivers, Williams' ceiling is ultimately tied to whether he can emerge as the No. 1 option. Parker will probably open the season as the top target in this offense, but if he last season proves to be a fluke, Williams could be in great position to break out. The good news is, finding out costs you basically nothing right now.
The gap between Gesicki's potential and what kind of player he can become started to shrink a bit in 2019. Gesicki ran a 4.54 40-yard dash at 6-foot-6, 247 pounds, with elite agility testing, making him one of the best athletes at the tight end position. And yet, he averaged just 9.9 yards per reception as a senior at Penn Sate and 9.2 as a rookie. That started to tick up in 2019, and among all tight ends who earned at least 50 targets, his 10.2 yard average depth of target was the fourth-highest for any tight end. The next part of the equation is turning those deep targets into receptions more consistently. The Dolphins essentially use Gesicki as a slot receiver, so they view him as a significant weapon in their offense. The opportunity is all there for him to join that sub-elite tier at tight end.
In the interest of full disclosure, I don't personally view Parker as a bust, but expectations are clearly much lower than what he actually produced in 2020. The skepticism comes from the fact that 2019 was a significant outlier at a point in his career when most had already given up on him, as well as the fact that Parker's breakout didn't really get going until after Williams' injury. Add in general pessimism around a subpar team like the Dolphins plus questions about whether Fitzpatrick will remain the starter or how Parker will mesh with Tagovailoa. Like I said, I don't necessarily share those concerns -- the fact that Parker was putting up WR1 numbers with basically no help while facing other teams' top corners after Williams' injury should be a mark in his favor -- but that's the case against him.
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NFC West: Seahawks | 49ers | Rams | Cardinals
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