Kiko Alonso Fantasy Football News 2017

Dolphins MLB Raekwon McMillan tore the ACL in his right knee in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Falcons. That takes away a rookie Miami planned to start in the middle this season. According to The Miami Herald, Mike Hull is the next guy up in McMillan's spot. The rookie's injury will only make it easier for OLBs Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons to stay on the field in all defensive packages. The Dolphins reportedly don't plan to move Alonso back to the middle, where he started last year. We'll see if that changes through the preseason, though.

The Dolphins have agreed to a 3-year extension with LB Kiko Alonso. The Miami Herald reports that it's a $28.8 million deal, while the Palm Beach Post reports that it includes $18.5 million in guarantees. That's all for a guy the Dolphins could have kept on a 1-year RFA deal. Miami's committed here. And the team clearly likes recent signee Lawrence Timmons as well. We'd bet on both filling 3-down roles, regardless of who settles into the middle and who plays the weak side. Both players carry top-24 IDP potential among LBs.

The Dolphins on Friday agreed to a 2-year, $12 million deal with LB Lawrence Timmons. That's starter money, but it's tough to see just how Miami envisions Timmons fitting. The Dolphins also placed a 1st-round tender on LB Kiko Alonso, which pretty much guarantees he won't get any other offers. Alonso manned the middle for Miami in 2016. Either Timmons or Alonso could shift outside in Miami's 4-3 base defense. We'll wait to learn more before projecting IDP values here.

11:36am EST 12/24/16

Dolphins MLB Kiko Alonso (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Bills, playing through a "questionable" tag for the 2nd straight week. He's OK to use at his normal level though not a special IDP option. DE Mario Williams (ankle) is also active but shouldn't be in IDP lineups.

Dolphins CB Byron Maxwell (ankle) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Bills. LB Kiko Alonso (hamstring) is questionable. He played through that designation last week, but we'll check on his status when the inactive lists come out.

Dolphins MLB Kiko Alonso (hamstring, hand) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets. He's listed for both issues, but the hamstring has reportedly been a bigger hindrance. He put in limited practices all week, which would seem to point toward Alonso likely playing. We'll update his status Saturday night.

As expected, Dolhins MLB Kiko Alonso (thumb, hamstring), OLB Jelani Jenkins (knee) and DE Mario Williams (ankle) are out for today’s game against the Cardinals. All 3 entered the day doubtful. According to the Sun-Sentinel, Alonso's hamstring has hampered him more than his repaired thumb fracture this week. Second-year LB Mike Hull is expected to start in Alonso's place, with Spencer Paysinger likely in for Jenkins. (Paysinger was questionable with an ankle injury but is active.) Avoid the Miami LB situation in your IDP lineups. S Isa Abdul-Quddus (neck) is active an ready for normal fantasy usage. CB Xavien Howard (knee) remains out despite advancing to a questionable tag this week.

The Dolphins have deemed MLB Kiko Alonso (thumb, hamstring) doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Alonso had surgery Monday to repair a broken thumb and has also been dealing with a hamstring injury. He missed practice all week.

Dolphins MLB Kiko Alonso had surgery Monday to repair a broken right thumb, The Associated Press reports. Alonso hurt it Sunday but returned to finish the game with a cast on it. HC Adam Gase said that Alonso might play next Sunday against the Cardinals. The MLB has also been dealing with a hamstring issue. The combo of ailments adds risk to Alonso's IDP profile for Week 14.

11:49am EST 12/4/16

Dolphins MLB Kiko Alonso (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Ravens. Use him as you normally would in your IDP lineups.

Dolphins MLB Kiko Alonso (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game at Baltimore. He popped up on Thursday's injury report with a limited workout but returned to full work on Friday. We'll check his status Sunday but expect him to play.

The Dolphins will not have starting strong-side LB Koa Misi (neck) or weak-side LB Jelani Jenkins (groin) tonight against the Bengals. Both players are inactive. Four other questionable starters will play, though: MLB Kiko Alonso (hamstring), DE Jason Jones (ankle), S Reshad Jones (knee) and CB Xavien Howard (quad) are all active. The Dolphins will also reportedly replace CB Byron Maxwell in the starting lineup with Tony Lippett.

NFL Network reports that CB Byron Maxwell's shoulder checked out and that the trade sending him to Miami will go through Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles will send Maxwell and LB Kiko Alonso to the Dolphins for a 5-spot move up in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. Philly will now pick 8th, while Miami will pick 13th. That doesn't seem like a big price for a pair of potential defensive starters, but the Eagles clearly wanted to unload Maxwell's big contract as well.

Pro Football Talk reports that the Dolphins have rescinded the transition tag they placed on DE Olivier Vernon. The tag already would have allowed Vernon to negotiate with other teams. Removing the tag allows his camp to talk to potential suitors before Wednesday afternoon's official start for free agency. It also takes away Miami's power to match any offer sheet Vernon might sign. We expect 1 of the top pass rushers on the market to land a big deal somewhere else -- probably quickly. In other Dolphins defensive news, the shoulder injury that ended Eagles CB Byron Maxwell's 2015 season early is reportedly threatening the trade that would send him and LB Kiko Alonso to Miami. We'll see how this one plays out.

The Associated Press reports that the Eagles have agreed to trade CB Byron Maxwell and LB Kiko Alonso to the Dolphins for an undisclosed draft pick. The deal reportedly won't be officially announced until Wednesday. Philly signed Maxwell to a large free-agent deal just last offseason, when Chip Kelly was running personnel. Kelly also traded RB LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for Alonso, only to watch the LB suffer a knee injury in Week 2 and never return to full playing time. The Dolphins pick up a pair of potential immediate starters at positions of weakness. The Eagles likely viewed Alonso as expendable given their switch to a 4-3 base under new DC Jim Schwartz and the 2015 emergence of rookie LB Jordan Hicks. He and Kendricks could prove to be strong IDP options in the rearranged defense. We would expect no higher than a mid-round pick to go Philly's way, given Maxwell's big contract and Alonso's 2 straight seasons with knee injuries. Of course, both players will need to pass physicals to finalize the deal.

So much for the positive spin on Eagles ILB Jordan Hicks' pectoral injury. FOX's Jay Glazer reports that Hicks will hit IR after suffering a tear, which a Monday MRI must have revealed. That clears the way for Kiko Alonso to reclaim his starting -- and likely full-time -- job next to Mychal Kendricks. Alonso returned Sunday night from a Week 2 knee injury. Both Philly ILBs carry top-20 fantasy potential at their position the rest of the way

Updating a previous item, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Eagles expect ILB Jordan Hicks to miss 2-4 weeks with the pectoral injury he suffered late in Sunday night's win over Dallas. That's relative good news, because it indicates they don't believe Hicks suffered a complete tear -- which would end his season. The rookie will undergo further tests to determine the extend of the injury. In the meantime, it looks like Philly will be back to its season-opening duo of Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks at ILB in Week 10 against Miami.

Eagles LB Jordan Hicks will have an MRI on a pectoral injury he suffered late in Sunday night's win over the Cowboys, according to He said after the game that he feels fine but acknowledged the issue might cost him some time. We'll see what the MRI says. Before the injury, Hicks continued an impressive string of play that will make it tough for the Eagles to push him out of the lineup in favor of just-returned Kiko Alonso. Hicks started over Alonso at Dallas in the veteran's 1st game back since a Week 2 knee injury.


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