What I can’t understand in fantasy is that if you believe in the talent around Tua, how can you not believe in the guy throwing them the football? Tua is being criminally underrated in fantasy football and owners will have a chance to jump all over him if you choose to load up on RB’s and WRs early. Tyreek Hill is currently rated as a top 15 player in fantasy. And while the common narrative is that Tua doesn’t have the arm Patrick Mahomes has, Mike McDaniel will draw up a way to get his skill players the football. Expect a lot of YAC, career highs, and for Tua T to finish as a top 10 QB in fantasy. Enjoy the steal of the draft and don’t think twice about it.
Pick Projection- 140-150 (12th to 14th round)
Draft: 9th round or later
Pick projection: 11-15 (late 1st to early second)
Draft: 10-20 and hope he slides if you have an early pick
If you have faith in Mike McDaniel, you could QB-WR stack and find a way to draft Hill and Tua. McDaniel will surely put the ball in the hands of his playmakers. Tyreek is a scoring machine and has averaged over 10 TDs per year. I don’t expect the trend to change much this year just because Cheetah is in aqua and orange. Expect Tyreek to have more running plays where the Dolphins can utilize his speed on Jet Sweeps and other option plays. I expect Hill to have 1300 all purpose yards and 12 TDs. That’s good for a first/second round grade in my book. He downgrades a little because it’s his first season with a new QB and Miami is loaded with playmakers at every position. But continue to draft him higher in Non-PPR and hope there are people dumb enough to let him slide.
Pick projection: 35-40 (third to 4th round)
Waddle is my favorite Dolphins fantasy player this season. He’s coming off a rookie year where he broke Anquan Boldin’s rookie receptions record. (104) He is also expected to be single covered for the majority of his routes. Expect him to continue to eat the short/intermediate routes with Tyreek Hill on the opposite side. He could also get more deeper looks as Tua started to find his deep ball later in the season. The Alabama connection is there and Jaylen is a must draft, must start in PPR. Don’t get cute and Waddle, Waddle all the way to a fantasy championship as you select him as your WR2 or even WR1 in the third round.
Pick Projection- 90-100 8th-10th round
This could be Mike Gesicki’s last year as a Dolphin but expect the former Nittany Lion to show up and show out. He might get off to a slow start vs the Pats and Ravens (Top 5 vs TEs) but expect him to feast in matchups vs Buffalo and Cincinnati. Gesicki has back to back seasons of 700+ yards but expect the playmaking tight end to be closer to 800-900 yards and have a career high in TDs. (Proj-5) The cheetah factor could help many Dolphins have a career year, and not to get you too excited but ask George Kittle what Mike McDaniel has done for his career.
If you like to draft Tight Ends late, guys like Gesicki and Dallas Goedert will be available in the 9-10th round.
Pick Projection: 15-18th round or waiver add
I’m more excited about Cedrick Wilson the football player than I am about Wilson the fantasy player. This is a loaded Miami Dolphins WR core and even though he was one of the most effective slot receivers in the NFL last season, his max value would come if Waddle or Hill were injured. Lets hope that doesn’t happen but your best bet is to take him in the late round or as a waiver claim. Don’t wait too long though.
Draft him with your last pick or wait until he hits the waiver wire.
Pick Projection: Round 10 pick 100-120
Edmonds is a PPR machine and if you’re limited at RB. you might want to take a late look. The former Cardinal rushed for 5.1 YPC and now comes to a Miami team that just revamped their offensive line. With Raheem Mostert not quite 100% as of yet and Sony Michel just joining the team not too long ago, Chase could step in as an instant dual threat. He has the best hands on the team and expect Tua to make Edmonds his check down man.
Draft in 12th round or later
Round 13-16 pick 140-160
Not exactly sure what kind of role Mostert will be ready for when the seasons starts but he’s coming off a knee cartilage issue and unless he’s your last pick or a late waiver wire pickup, it’s probably best to pass on him and Michel as well. It sounds like Mike McDaniel will go with a “Running Back By Committee” (RBBC) approach and that’s a fantasy players worst phrase to hear.
Add after week 4 or stash by week 3. The Dolphins first 4 games are against the Patriots, Ravens, Bills, and Bengals. While we expect big things for the Miami defense, be patient before you add them as their season begins with 4 playoff caliber teams and could put up a lot of points. From weeks 5-11 they play 5 out of 6 non-playoff teams that include the Lions, Bears, Jets, Steelers, and Texans. With the addition of Melvin Ingram and resigning Emmanuel Ogbah, look for the Phins to feast on opposing QBs. Xavien Howard and Jevon Holland will help lead the charge for the secondary and produce big plays.