Dolphins 2018 miami dolphins Fantasy Preview

The Dolphins regressed last year in head coach Adam Gase's second season in Miami. Many of the team's struggles can be blamed on the quarterback situation, as Ryan Tannehill tore his ACL in August and Jay Cutler was summoned out of retirement to be the starter. Cutler had solid receiving weapons around him in Jarvis Landry (987 receiving yards), Kenny Stills (847 receiving yards) and DeVante Parker (670 receiving yards), but he simply wasn't good enough (2,666 passing yards, 14 interceptions) to push the team into playoff contention. Still, the trio of pass catchers combined for the fifth-most receiving yards among each team's top three wide receivers, behind only the Steelers, Chargers, Lions, and Falcons. And that was with Jay Cutler under center. Miami traded running back Jay Ajayi to Philadelphia at the deadline and second-year pro Kenyan Drake took over the starting job, finishing the season with 619 rushing yards and 232 receiving yards in the team's final nine games. As usual, Tannehill's health will be the biggest question mark for the 'Fins in 2018. If he can return to form, he is a viable fantasy backup with the potential for more (he was the QB8 in 2014).

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Kenny
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FACT: Stills had 14 receptions of 20 yards or more in 2017, a team-high and the 18th-most in the NFL, but his 163 yards after catch put him just fourth on the team.
Offseason Moves

The biggest offseason move in Miami isn't a signing or a draft pick, it is a return to health. Ryan Tannehill is expected to start from Week 1, which will increase the value of the weapons around him. Frank Gore signed with his hometown Dolphins and could split some carries with Kenyan Drake. While Drake is the featured back, Gore is coming off 12 straight seasons of 200 or more rushes and 1,200 or more total yards. He won't be there strictly as a mentor. Gase has noted how he doesn't want Drake to be the only guy getting carries over the course of a full season. No. 1 wideout Jarvis Landry was traded to Cleveland, leaving DeVante Parker as Tannehill's top threat. Landry led the team in targets (160), receptions (112, also a league-high), receiving yards (987), receiving touchdowns (9) and yards after catch (466) last season. He was far and away their best option. Miami added two slot receivers in Danny Amendola (New England) and Albert Wilson (Kansas City) to offset the loss. Julius Thomas (TE24 in 2017) remains unsigned and rookie second-round pick Mike Gesicki should be the starter with limited fantasy value. Miami also lost starting defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and center Mike Pouncey in free agency, which will hurt the D-line and O-line, respectively.

Sleepers & Busts

DeVante Parker ranked 57th in fantasy points among wide receivers last season, good for fourth among his current teammates. He will be the No. 1 option in Miami this season, and likely a top 15 receiver in fantasy, if healthy. Over the first three weeks of 2017, Parker had 18 receptions for 230 yards, which had him on pace for 96 catches and over 1,000 yards. A sprained ankle in Week 4 sidelined him for nearly a month and halted the progress the third-year wideout had presumably made. Parker worked his way back into form late in the season, finishing the year with 17 receptions for 216 yards in the team's final three games. Parker should fill some of Landry's void if he can stay healthy, which is a big if.

Parker's increased role will take away from other Dolphins wideouts, most notably newly-signed Danny Amendola. Amendola, who will turn 33 in November, has played the full schedule just twice in his nine-year career and has played 12 games or less four times. The 53rd-ranked fantasy wideout last season, Amendola's value should only go down as he ages and enters a different offense. Part of this new situation includes a change in quarterback from four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady to fresh-off-an-ACL-tear Ryan Tannehill. Amendola can't be trusted as a starting fantasy wideout this season with all these question marks.

Fantasy Depth Chart
POSFIRSTSECONDTHIRDOTHER
QB Ryan Tannehill Brock Osweiler
RB Kenyan Drake Frank Gore Kalen Ballage
WR DeVante Parker Kenny Stills Danny Amendola Albert Wilson
TE Mike Gesicki A.J. Derby
K Jason Sanders