Waddle was a star as a rookie in 2021, but his Fantasy value should take a slight hit this season with the Dolphins adding Tyreek Hill via trade from Kansas City. Waddle is still worth drafting as a No. 2 Fantasy receiver in Round 4 in all leagues. In his first season, Waddle set an NFL rookie record with 104 catches, while also surpassing 1,000 receiving yards and scoring six touchdowns on 140 targets. His targets will likely decline with Hill on the roster, as should the rest of his production, but Waddle should still be a standout Fantasy option based on his rapport with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Waddle would have been a borderline No. 1 receiver in all leagues without Hill, but with Hill, Waddle still has top-20 potential in all formats.
Waddle is likely to slide down the wide receiver depth chart following Miami's acquisition of Tyreek Hill in a trade with the Chiefs, Travis Wingfield of the team's official site reports. Waddle set an NFL rookie record with 104 catches last season, while also surpassing 1,000 receiving yards and scoring six touchdowns, but he no longer seems like the favorite for the No. 1 wideout spot entering the 2022 season. Hill, whose skill set inspires obvious comparisons to Waddle's, established himself as one of the top playmakers in the league during his time in Kansas City and figures to operate as a pillar of new coach Mike McDaniel's scheme. The six-time Pro Bowler commanded 159 targets in 2021 and surpassed 1,100 receiving yards in four of the last five seasons. While there's still plenty of reason for excitement about Waddle's future, especially in dynasty formats, Hill's arrival could serve to limit the second-year pro's production upside for 2022. Mike Gesicki, Cedrick Wilson and incumbent DeVante Parker also stand to demand a share of targets.
Waddle caught five of seven targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 33-24 win over the Patriots. While he didn't gain much in the way of yardage, Waddle still led the Dolphins in catches and targets, and his seven-yard TD grab in the first quarter opened the scoring. He also set a new NFL rookie record with 104 receptions, breaking the mark of 101 set by Anquan Boldin in 2003, and Waddle avoided an asterisk by doing it in 16 games. He'll head into 2022 as Miami's clear No. 1 receiver, but it's not yet clear if he'll still be catching passes from Tua Tagovailoa or if the team will look for an upgrade at quarterback in the offseason.
Waddle brought in three of seven targets for 47 yards in the Dolphins' 34-3 loss to the Titans on Sunday. He also returned one punt for 15 yards. Waddle's recent run of high-volume efforts came to a halt Sunday against a feisty Titans secondary, leading to his lowest yardage total since Week 8. The rookie also saw a three-game streak of double-digit targets go by the wayside, as DeVante Parker led the way with 13 looks overall. Despite the downturn Sunday, Waddle will have a chance to hit the 100-catch mark with just one reception in Week 18 against the Patriots.
Waddle caught 10 of 12 targets for 92 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 20-3 win over the Saints. Waddle was the engine to Miami's offense, moving the sticks by getting free on a variety of underneath routes. His after-the-catch ability once again offered a consistent outlet for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, including on his one-yard touchdown from a misdirection push pass in the second half. Prior to that score, however, Tagovailoa found Waddle downfield on a flea flicker, significantly improving his average with a 24-yard gain. After missing last week's game while on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Waddle immediately picked up where he left off, turning in his third straight performance with at least nine receptions for 90 yards. As the Dolphins continue to fight for a playoff spot, expect the dynamic rookie wideout to remain highly involved to close the campaign.
Coach Brian Flores said Monday that Waddle (illness) will be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports. Waddle missed Sunday's win over the Jets after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, but the standout rookie receiver will be back at team facilities Monday. The timing of Waddle's clearance will allow him a full week of practice before facing the Saints on Monday Night Football in Week 16. Tua Tagovailoa's favorite target thus will rejoin a receiving corps also led by DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki, while coach Brian Flores relayed Monday that Will Fuller (finger) has suffered "some setbacks" in his recovery and is not expected to return this season, per Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||New England Patriots||5||18.56|
|5||10/09||@New York Jets||13||20.65|
|13||12/04||@San Francisco 49ers||19||21.90|
|14||12/11||@Los Angeles Chargers||2||17.00|
|16||12/25||Green Bay Packers||14||20.67|
|17||01/01||@New England Patriots||5||18.56|
|18||01/08||New York Jets||13||20.65|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||140||104||1015||6||59||9.76||141|