2019 Team Dossier #2: The Miami Dolphins

ECFF Projected Record: 7-9

It’s been an interesting off season for the Miami Dolphins, especially at the quarterback position. Ryan Tannehill was traded is now backing up Marcus Mariota on the Tenessee Titans. The dolphins added Ryan Fitzpatrick from The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Josh Rosen from the Arizona cardinals. Ryan Fitzpatrick is projected to be the starting quarterback.

The Dolphins traded or released veterans Cameron Wake, 37 years old and Frank Gore, 36, Danny Ammedola, 33. Do you see a pattern here? The Dolphins are getting younger and trying to rebuild. All the pieces are there under new head coach Brian Flores. The projection for the Miami Dolphins is an optimistic 7-9 this season. Everything depends on what Flores brings to the table as head coach and which Ryan Fitzpatrick shows up this season.

2019 Offensive Players to Draft:

Kenyan Drake (RB):
Last season Drake was playing behind Frank Gore and still ended the season with 535 rush yards, 4 rushing touchdowns, 53 receptions out of 73 targets, 477 receiving yards, and 5 touchdown receptions. This season, all signs point to bell cow. His current ADP hovers around round 4 in PPR and 5 in standard. Kenyan Drake could be a top 10 running back, however, I think this ADP fits this season only due to their early week 5 bye week. There is always increased risk of injury in longer stretches of games. Don’t reach for Drake, If he’s there in round 4 or 5 pick him up but be sure to nab his backup Kalen Ballage as a handcuff just in case.

Devante Parker and Kenny Stills (WR):
Surprised? I’m not expecting either of these to be top 10 or even 20 wide receivers. The reason why they’re even on the players to draft list is because of their ADP value. Right now both Parker and Stills ADP is around rounds 13 or 14. You’ll be getting a starting wide receiver with sleeper potential in the last few rounds of the draft. If Fitzpatrick goes off this season then you’ll be happy you picked one of these players up. If he doesn’t will you really be that upset that you wasted your 13thround pick?

2019 Offensive Players to Avoid:

Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB):
Yes he had an unbelievable start in 2018 on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was a top fantasy quarterback through the first three weeks, throwing over 400 yards and nearly 4 touchdowns in each game. He was on fire and a player everyone wish they drafted. Then he dropped off and gave the starting position back to Jameis Winston. There is uncertainty at the position with Josh Rosen on his heels. Will that motivate him to play better and win the starting position each week or will he crumble under the pressure? Fitzpatrick has potential to be a very good quarterback. When it comes to fantasy I don’t like potential or uncertainty, I like consistency. I will not be wasting a draft pick on this quarterback this season.

Josh Rosen (QB):
Not much needs to be said here. Look at his previous record on the Arizon Cardinals and just don’t draft this quarterback.

Mike Gesicki and Dwayne Allen (TE):
I added these two together for this one because I don’t like the tight end position on the Dolphins this season. Gesiki was not a focal point of this offense last season and the addition of Dwayne Allen adds more uncertainty. Avoid Miami Dolphins tight ends this season.

Jason Sanders (K):
Jason Sanders was the 24th best kicker last season. He could break into the top 20 kickers this season. I’m sure a better kicker will fall to you in the draft.

Lets talk defense:
The Miami Dolphins were 5th overall in fantasy scoring with 31 sacks, 28 total turnovers, and 3 defensive touchdowns. As you read before, they got rid of veteran defensive end Cameron Wake leaving some massive shoes to fill for rookie Christian Wilkins out of Clemson. The Dolphins also signed ex patriot corner back Eric Rowe in this off season. I’m expecting this defense to drop in the fantasy ranking to 8th overall. Not the best defense, but definitely worth drafting. They will be a top defense against division rivals the buffalo Bills and the New York Jets.

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