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The Dolphins expect QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) to be able to participate in next week's OTAs with "little or no limitations," according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. Tannehill suffered a partially torn ACL back in December 2016 but didn't undergo surgery until last August, forcing him to miss the entire 2017 campaign. Miami flirted with the rookie QBs this offseason, and this feels like a make-or-break year for Tannehill with the Dolphins. He was sitting 20th among QBs in fantasy points when he went down in 2016, his 1st year in HC Adam Gase's offense. There's room for improvement in 2018, although the departure of WR Jarvis Landry won't help. Tannehill should only be drafted as a lower-end QB2.

The Dolphins added Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Ballage certainly looks the part. He goes 6’2, 228 pounds with 4.4 speed and an 85th percentile SPARQ score. But neither the tape nor the production match that scintillating size-athleticism combination. Ballage struggles to make defenders miss and mustered just 4.4 yards per carry over his 4-year college career. He never even led his Arizona State backfield in carries. On the plus side, Ballage has flashed plus pass-catching ability, registering a 44-469-1 receiving line back in 2016. He’s a boom/bust prospect. Ballage joins Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore in Miami’s backfield.

The Dolphins selected Penn State TE Mike Gesicki with the 42nd overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. The 22-year-old served as 1 of the Nittany Lions’ top pass-catchers the past 2 years, totaling 105 receptions, 1,242 yards and 14 TDs. Gesicki is a freak athlete, testing in the 92nd percentile or better in 40-yard dash, vertical, broad, 3-cone, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle. The 6’6, 247-pounder registered a SPARQ score in the 99th percentile of all TEs. Unfortunately, we don’t think Gesicki plays as athletically as he tested. And he’s a pathetic blocker. On the plus side, he lands in an excellent spot. Miami’s TE room consists of A.J. Derby, MarQueis Gray, Thomas Duarte and Gavin Escobar. Gesicki should lead the group in targets this season -- although he still shouldn't be drafted as more than a TE2.

The Dolphins spent the 11th overall pick of the NFL Draft on Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick. The versatile defender was announced as a safety but saw snaps there, at CB and in LB roles in college. He seems likely to settle in next to Reshad Jones at safety in Miami, but we'll see what the plan is.

Dolphins HC Adam Gase believes injuries have been the culprit for WR DeVante Parker's disappointing career so far. “I don’t think there is any question what anybody feels he can do. I don’t even think it’s a potential thing. I think it’s a health thing," Gase said. "I think it’s just about however we can keep him healthy." Parker has missed 5 games and been limited in a few others by foot, ankle, hamstring and back injuries through 3 NFL seasons. He did average a career-high 4.4 catches and 51.5 yards per game last year -- a 16-game pace of 70 catches and 824 yards. There's upside beyond those numbers in 2018 ... if Parker can stay healthy. He's still just 25 and saw target hog Jarvis Landry depart this offseason.

The Dolphins have signed RB Frank Gore to a 1-year deal, according to insider Armando Salguero. It's a homecoming for Gore, who played his college ball at The U. The soon-to-be 35-year-old is on his last legs now, averaging less than 4.0 yards per carry in 3 straight seasons. He figures to be more of a veteran presence in Miami than a threat to Kenyan Drake's lead role. Consider it good news for Drake's 2018 fantasy value if this is all the Fins add to the backfield.

NFL Network reports that the Dolphins are expected to sign WR Danny Amendola on Wednesday. The soon-to-be-former Patriot would settle in as the 4th WR, with DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills returning and Albert Wilson reportedly set to sign for $24 million over 3 years. It's tough to see a worthwhile fantasy football profile for Amendola in the near future, barring injury to at least 1 of those guys.

WR Albert Wilson is expected to ink a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Dolphins when free agency opens on Wednesday. It's a surprisingly lucrative contract for a guy with just 124 career catches. Wilson did set personal bests last year with 42 receptions, 554 yards and 3 TDs. He figures to replace Jarvis Landry as Miami's primary slot receiver, with DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills manning the outside.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) is expected to be ready for spring workouts, according to insider Armando Salguero. Tannehill finally had surgery to repair his ACL in August after partially tearing it the previous December. He'll be about 9 months removed from surgery when minicamp opens this spring. Barring setbacks, Tannehill will be under center for Miami come Week 1. He's signed with the Fins through the 2020 campaign.

Chiefs WR Albert Wilson (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Titans

Chiefs WR Albert Wilson (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Titans. He put in a full practice on Thursday, though, and should play. Of course, Wilson is nothing more than a DFS flier. Prior to last weekend's blowup in a glorified preseason game, he'd topped 37 yards just 3 times this year.

Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (illness) and S T.J. McDonald (shoulder) are active for today’s game against the Bills. Use them as you normally would in IDP lineups.

The Dolphins are expected to take a look at QB David Fales at some point during today's finale against the Bills, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. QB Jay Cutler will get the start but will be relieved by Fales. The 2014 6th-round pick has attempted 6 regular-season passes.

Dolphins DE Cameron Wake is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills because of an illness. He put in a full practice Friday, though, and seems likely to play. S T.J. McDonald is also questionable with a shoulder issue. He remained limited Friday but played through the questionable tag last week and spent 100% of the snaps on the field. We'll confirm the status of both players on Sunday afternoon.

Dolphins DE Andre Branch (knee) and S T.J. McDonald (shoulder) are active for today's game against the Chiefs. Neither is a strong IDP option, but they're available if in your plans.

Broncos QB Brock Osweiler will start today's game against the Redskins, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's relatively good news for Denver's skill-position guys considering QB Paxton Lynch is the alternative. Denver reportedly wants Lynch to start the season finale if his injured ankle is healthy enough.

Dolphins DE Andre Branch (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Bills. Rookie Charles Harris is starting in his place. CB Xavien Howard (illness) is active.

The Dolphins have added S Reshad Jones to the injury report for today's game against the Broncos. Jones is questionable with a back injury. We'll check on his status later this morning, when the inactives are announced.

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Dolphins WR Kenny Stills is active for today’s game against the Bucs. He dealt with back spasms late this week, and there’s always a chance they resurface today. Stills is a risky WR4.

Dolphins WR Kenny Stills is expected to play against the Bucs today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He exited Thursday's practice and was sidelined Friday with what Rapoport says were back spasms. The situation makes Stills a riskier Week 11 fantasy option. He was just a WR4 anyway.

 
 
 

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