Player Outlook
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.

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2022
2021 104 1015 9.76 6 3 1.50 1418.8
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Fantasy News

  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Finding success alongside Hill

    Waddle and Tyreek Hill have been regularly generated explosive plays and been featured during the early days of training camp, Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site reports. Waddle offered high praise for Hill's impact on Miami's offense, and per Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network, he also noted that the All-Pro wideout has taken on a "big brother" mentorship role. Wingfield stresses the new explosive dimension gifted to the Dolphins' offense by deploying Waddle and Hill in tandem, and observes that in the early days of training camp, both wideouts have benefited from the other demanding defensive attention. Hill made a handful of deep plays during Day 2 of training camp while Waddle's highlights are mostly described as involving short routes, but there's plenty of time for both to take reps all over the field before Week 1.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Facing competition for targets

    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.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Makes history in Week 18

    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.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Limited to three catches

    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.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Leads team in receiving

    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.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Coming off COVID list

    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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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Headed to COVID list

    The Dolphins have placed Waddle on the reserve/COVID-19 list. With Waddle headed to this list, the wideout's status for Sunday's game against the Jets now is uncertain. In that context, the Dolphins' top available options at wide receiver currently are DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson, Mack Hollins, Isaiah Ford and Preston Williams.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Another nine catches

    Waddle recorded nine receptions on 11 targets for 90 yards in Sunday's 20-9 victory over the Giants. Waddle continued his breakout even with the return of DeVante Parker (shoulder), racking up double-digit targets for the fifth time in his last eight games. While he wasn't able to top 100 yards for the second consecutive contest, he did manage several chunk gains of 25, 17 and 11 yards. Waddle has particularly displayed the big-play aspect of his game of late, as he's now delivered four receptions of 20 yards or more in his last four games. In comparison, he had just two such gains across the first nine contests of his career. Waddle will have to wait until Week 15 to take the field again as the Dolphins head into their bye in Week 14.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Posts career-best performance

    Waddle brought in nine of 10 targets for 137 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 33-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He also returned one punt for seven yards. The rookie posted his first career 100-yard effort in the Dolphins' fourth consecutive win, and both his reception and yardage totals paced all pass catchers on the afternoon. Waddle also recorded his fourth receiving touchdown of the season in the second quarter on a nine-yard scoring grab, and with at least eight catches in three of the past four games, he heads into a Week 13 home matchup against the Giants with no shortage of momentum.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Eight catches, rushing TD in win

    Waddle caught eight of nine targets for 65 yards and added a one-yard rushing touchdown in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Jets. Waddle capped the opening drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown, easily out-sprinting the Jets defense to the edge. The rookie wide receiver has scored from in close on both of his rushing attempts this season, complementing a trio of receiving scores. His chemistry with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa should ensure a robust touch floor for Waddle in Week 12 against the Panthers.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Eclipses 60-yard mark in win

    Waddle hauled in four of six targets for 61 yards in the Dolphins' 22-10 win over the Ravens on Thursday night. He also returned one punt for six yards. Waddle co-led the team in receptions alongside Albert Wilson and Isaiah Ford, with a 35-yard grab accounting for a good chunk of his production. After 33- and 31-yard tallies in Weeks 4 and 5, Waddle has bounced back to eclipse 60 yards in four of the last five contests. His next opportunity to extend that solid stretch of production comes a week from Sunday in a Week 11 divisional road clash with the Jets.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Paces pass catchers in victory

    Waddle brought in eight of 10 targets for 83 yards in the Dolphins' 17-9 win over the Texans on Sunday. He also returned two kickoffs for 47 yards. The rookie bounced back from an underwhelming 4-29 line against the Bills in Week 8 with Sunday's effort, which featured team-leading figures in receptions, receiving yards and targets. With DeVante Parker (shoulder) having joined Will Fuller (finger) on injured reserve Saturday, Waddle easily profiles as Miami's most explosive wideout and should enjoy another significant role in a Week 10 Thursday night matchup against the Ravens.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Held to four grabs Sunday

    Waddle brought in four of 12 targets for 29 yards in the Dolphins' 26-11 loss to the Bills on Sunday. He also returned two punts for 25 yards. The rookie was highly inefficient on a day when he logged the second-highest number of targets of his young career. Waddle had encouragingly recorded 17 receptions over the last two games on 21 targets, so the constant failure to connect with Tua Tagovailoa on Sunday was particularly alarming yet also largely explained by the elite Bills secondary. Waddle will aim for a significant turnaround in his numbers Week 9 against the visiting Texans.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Racks up catches again

    Waddle brought in seven of eight targets for 83 yards in the Dolphins' 30-28 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. The rookie shared the team lead in receptions and targets with Mike Gesicki and checked in second to his teammate in receiving yards with a tally that qualified as Waddle's career high. The Alabama product now has a whopping 17 receptions on 21 targets over the last two games alone, making him a PPR darling despite typically recording many of his receptions relatively close to the line of scrimmage. Waddle will look to continue piling up the production in a thorny Week 8 road divisional battle against the Bills.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Reaches end zone twice

    Waddle recorded 10 receptions on 13 targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Jaguars. Waddle enjoyed the return of Tua Tagovailoa and immediately showed rapport with his young quarterback. The duo connected for touchdowns of six and two yards -- Waddle's first trips to the end zone since Week 1. Despite the strong production, Waddle didn't work down the field regularly, as his longest reception of the contest went for just 14 yards. To continue to produce, he'll likely have to see considerable volume, which could become a bit more complicated once DeVante Parker (shoulder) is able to retake the field. Even so, Waddle's performance Sunday was encouraging after he had combined to record only five receptions for 64 yards across his last two games.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Could see more work

    Waddle could be in line for increased offensive usage with Will Fuller (finger) bound for injured reserve, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Waddle has handled a starting role in Miami's offense since Week 1, but he only played alongside Fuller for the past two weeks. With Fuller headed to IR, the Dolphins will now have to wait at least three more games before getting a good sample of what their scheme looks like with all of Waddle, Fuller and DeVante Parker healthy simultaneously. In the meantime, Waddle and Parker will continue to operate as the clear top wideouts. Top quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) could come off IR as early as Week 6, but Waddle will need to work with Jacoby Brissett under center again for at least Sunday's contest in Tampa Bay.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Target volume comes down to earth

    Waddle secured three of four targets for 33 yards during Sunday's 27-17 loss to Indianapolis. Waddle is just one week removed from having seen 13 targets from Jacoby Brissett, but he took a back seat to DeVante Parker (4-77-1 on nine targets) against Indianapolis. If Will Fuller (hand) isn't able to suit up at Tampa Bay in Week 5, Waddle could end up handling more opportunities, but it still isn't easy to trust the rookie as an every-week fantasy option -- especially with Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) still out at least one more game.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Projected to start again

    Waddle and DeVante Parker are in line to continue to serve as Miami's top wide receivers Sunday against the Bills, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. Will Fuller, who was expected to return to the team's lineup this weekend, won't be available for Sunday's contest due to a personal matter. In Week 1, Waddle hauled in four of his five targets for 61 yards and a TD, while Parker recorded a 4-81-0 stat line on a team-high seven targets. The duo (who started at WR in the team's season opener) should continue to be key cogs in Miami's passing game Week 2, with Albert Wilson, Preston Williams (foot/knee), Mack Hollins and Jakeem Grant also candidates to mix in.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Impressive debut

    Waddle recorded four receptions on six targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' Week 1 victory over New England. Waddle was out-targeted by only DeVante Parker, and he finished second on the team with 61 receiving yards. He showed explosiveness in a variety of ways and picked up 17 yards on the team's first play from scrimmage. Waddle played a key role at other points in the game, hauling in a deep reception of 36 yards that set up a field goal just before halftime. On the team's opening possession of the second half, Waddle found the end zone on a three-yard catch. While Will Fuller (suspension) will return for the team's Week 2 matchup against Buffalo, Waddle showcased his capabilities in his opening regular-season contest as a professional.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Regular-season debut on tap

    In his NFL regular-season debut Sunday against the Patriots, Waddle could see an expanded role in Miami's offense with Will Fuller (suspension) unavailable, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Per Furones, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft is projected to play a key role in the Dolphins' run-pass option offense in any case, and with Fuller out this weekend Waddle should have an immediate opportunity to rekindle his on-field chemistry with his former college quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa. At 5-foot-10, 182 pounds, Waddle profiles as an explosive playmaker, and while it remains to be seen how steady his volume will be early on in his pro career, the Alabama product has a chance to make an impact in Week 1 in tandem with fellow key pass catchers WR DeVante Parker and TE Mike Gesicki, as Fuller will be sitting this game out and Preston Williams is iffy with a foot injury.
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