2014 miami dolphins Fantasy Preview
Last season saw Ryan Tannehill take yet another step forward. The second-year quarterback threw less interceptions, bumped his touchdowns up from 24 to 27 and improved his completion percentage to a 66.4 percent mark. With the added bonus of his rushing ability, Tannehill finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2014. Signed to a new deal, and entering his fourth NFL season, Tannehill is established as a back-end QB1 in Bill Lazor's up-tempo offense. The Dolphins must have felt there was some room for improvement in their passing game, as they overhauled their receiving corps. Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and Charles Clay all departed the team this offseason. With them, the team lost 250 targets, good for 42.2 percent of their team totals from last year. Some of the candidates to take over those left behind looks include new arrivals Jordan Cameron, Greg Jennings, Kenny stills and rookie DeVante Parker. Lamar Miller might have posted the sneakiest top-10 RB finish in recent memory in 2014, and could be in line for a bigger role in the 'Fins offense in 2015.
WR - Dolphins
How fantasy owners choose to sort through the new additions to the Dolphins pass catching room will be a major point of contention in drafts this year. There is plenty of opportunity, but questions abound. Kenny Stills is best known as a deep threat during his days with the Saints, but improved his play in the intermediate areas of the field last year. He'll need to continue on that trend, as Tannehill often struggled to connect with his previous deep threat in Mike Wallace. There may not be a more intriguing player on this roster than Jordan Cameron. The former Browns tight end has major upside, but lost chunks of his 2014 season to continued concussion problems. If healthy, Cameron could explode in the role Miami miscast Charles Clay for the last few years. Greg Jennings is a veteran who can still hack it on the field, although it looks like he will be there just to pick up the scraps. The team made a major investment in DeVante Parker in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, but he likely took himself out of contention for an early role with offseason foot surgery. Already in need of some seasoning, Parker will now be behind the eight ball if he makes it back in time for Week 1.
The two holdover members of the Dolphins' skill position group, Jarvis Landry and Lamar Miller, look safely locked into their roles. Landry should surpass 100 targets once again as Ryan Tannehill's preferred safety valve. He and his quarterback jived well last season. Landry's short route running and efficiency makes him a strong candidate for a 90-catch season, should the volume continue. Lamar Miller returns as the team's primary ball carrier. He played well last season, despite the team's hesitation to give him more than 15 carries-a-game. The veteran will face some push from highly-touted rookie, Jay Ajayi, but his status as a fifth-round pick and a murky injury situation should slow any early impact. Some outfits misidentify them as potential busts, but if both Miller and Landry reach their very realistic ceilings, they will outperform their ADPs with ease. DeVante Parker's recovery bears watching as the most talented player on the offense. He makes for a sleeper if he can get on the field, and up to speed, sooner than expected. Should that not take place, Kenny Stills will play the split-end position, and was very efficient at converting high-value targets in New Orleans.
|QB||Ryan Tannehill||Matt Moore||Josh Freeman||McLeod Bethel-Thompson|
|RB||Lamar Miller||Damien Williams||Jay Ajayi||LaMichael James|
|WR||Kenny Stills||Jarvis Landry||Greg JenningsDeVante Parker|
|TE||Jordan Cameron||Dion Sims||Gerell Robinson||Arthur Lynch|