Mike Gesicki should continue to be the No. 1 tight end in Miami this season, and as such, he remains a starting Fantasy tight end in all leagues. He's worth drafting with a late-round pick in all formats. Gesicki has proven himself over the past two seasons, averaging 8.5 PPR points in 2019 and 10.3 PPR points in 2020. But the Dolphins added Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle this offseason, and that should impact Gesicki in a negative way. Now, the good news is Gesicki proved to have a decent rapport with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Gesicki had three games with at least 23 PPR points last season, and two of them came with Tagovailoa under center. As long as Gesicki remains the starting tight end for the Dolphins he should continue to be a No. 1 Fantasy option coming into the year, and he could once again finish as a top-10 player at his position.
Gesicki (undisclosed) was placed on the COVID-19 list Sunday. Co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach George Godsey tested positive for the virus, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, resulting in Gesicki, Cethan Carter and Adam Shaheen landing on the COVID list as apparent close contacts. Gesicki could make a relatively quick return to the field as long as he continues to test negative for the virus. In the meantime, Durham Smythe and Hunter Long should operate as Miami's top tight ends.
Gesicki (undisclosed) isn't practicing Saturday for medical reasons, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports. Details about Gesicki's injury remain unknown at this point, but more details will likely surface in the coming days. The starting tight end will look to get healthy before Miami kicks off preseason play Aug. 14 against the Bears.
Gesicki has been QB Tua Tagoviloa's "go-to receiver" early in camp, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports. The report also notes that the young QB has thrown a lot of passes to running backs, in part because veteran wide receivers DeVante Parker, Will Fuller and Preston Williams are out with injuries. Gesicki gets a nice opportunity to build chemistry with Tagovailoa, but further down the line, the tight end could face tough competition for targets from a deep WR group that added Fuller and sixth overall pick Jaylen Waddle in the offseason. Gesicki is in the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, coming off a 2020 campaign with career highs for catches (53), yards (703) and TDs (six), though he actually saw four fewer targets (85) than in 2019.
Gesicki caught five of 10 targets for 47 yards during Sunday's 56-26 loss to the Bills. Gesicki drew his third-highest target total of the season during Sunday's blowout divisional loss, but he wasn't able to do much with his volume on a day when Tua Tagovailoa struggled mightily. The 25-year-old tight end will benefit from a full offseason to build up additional chemistry with Tagovailoa, as Gesicki is no doubt primed to return as one of Miami's pivotal offensive weapons in 2021. Through 15 appearances in 2020, Gesicki notched career-high marks in catches (53), yards (703) and touchdowns (six) while drawing 85 targets.
Gesicki secured four of seven targets for 54 yards during Saturday's 26-25 win over the Raiders. Gesicki returned to action after just a one-game absence due to a shoulder injury, and he immediately returned to his role as Miami's top tight end. He came in second only to Myles Gaskin in terms of receiving with DeVante Parker (hamstring) sidelined, while Adam Shaheen and Durham Smythe combined for just three targets. If Parker were to miss Week 17's divisional matchup against the Bills as well, Gesicki would once again stand to see an uptick in targets (and perhaps red-zone looks).
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New England Patriots||7||6.13|
|3||09/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||15||7.13|
|5||10/10||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||21||7.80|
|11||11/21||@New York Jets||32||11.25|
|13||12/05||New York Giants||11||6.63|
|15||12/19||New York Jets||32||11.25|
|16||12/27||@New Orleans Saints||18||7.56|
|18||01/09||New England Patriots||7||6.13|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||69||42||492||4||23||11.71||71|