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5 months ago

The Patriots signed WR Brandon Gibson to a 1-year deal worth $825,000. Gibson’s career year came with the Rams in 2012, but it produced just 51 catches, 691 yards and 5 TDs. In his next 2 years with Miami, the 27-year-old totaled 59 grabs, 621 yards and 4 scores. He’s a bottom-of-the-roster WR if he sticks with New England throughout the summer. Clearly, he’s far off the fantasy radar.

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6 months ago

The Dolphins continued their WR purge by releasing Brandon Gibson.  This one was a no-brainer. Gibson fell to 4th on Miami's depth chart this past season, finishing with just 29 catches, 295 yards and 1 TD.  The move saves the Fins $3.2 million against the salary cap.  Mike Wallace, Jarvis Landry and Rishard Matthews are currently Miami's top 3 WRs, although Wallace's fate remains uncertain.  Look for the Dolphins to add talent to the position through free agency and/or the draft.

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Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has been rotating with WR Brandon Gibson as the 1st-team slot receiver in recent practices.  The rookie has been an offseason standout.  Gibson is still the favorite to open the season as Miami's #3 WR, but look for Landry to take over at some point.  Neither guy is worth rostering in redraft leagues.

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Team insider James Walker called Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry the “biggest rookie standout” in training camp. Landry has drawn praise for his “strong hands, solid routes and toughness,” qualities he routinely displayed at LSU. Brandon Gibson is currently slated to handle slot duties, but he tore his patella tendon last October and was never a special talent. Landry remains a solid bet to emerge in-season, making him a candidate for fantasy watch lists.

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Dolphins insider Barry Jackson considers Brandon Gibson the favorite for the #3 WR job.  Gibson is recovered from last year's torn patellar tendon and has "looked good early in camp," per Jackson.  Gibson was on pace for a 77-857-5 line before going down in Week 8 last season, but we're not expecting him to approach those marks in 2014.  He's returning from a serious injury, is operating in a new offense and could be pushed by rookie WR Jarvis Landry later in the year.  Gibson is just a low-upside bench stash in deeper fantasy leagues.

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Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson (knee) participated in full-squad drills on the 1st day of the team's minicamp.  He had been limited to individual works in OTAs.  Gibson guaranteed earlier this offseason that he'd be ready for Week 1, and it looks like he'll make good on that promise.  He'll need to fend off Rishard Matthews and rookie Jarvis Landry for slot duties, though.  The winner of that battle will only be a low-upside bench stash for fantasy teams.

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Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson (Achilles) has been a limited participant in the beginning of OTAs.  It's actually more than we expected him to be doing.  Gibson guaranteed last month that he'd be ready for Week 1, and it looks like he's on track.  He'll need to battle to retain his #3 WR role, though.  Miami got solid play from WR Rishard Matthews in Gibson's place last year and added 2nd-round rookie WR Jarvis Landry.  None of those guys are likely to be fantasy factors in 2014.

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Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson recently told ESPN that he "definitely" expects to be ready for the season opener.  Gibson went down with a torn patellar tendon in Week 8.  He recently resumed "light jogging" but is unlikely to do anything in OTAs.  We'll see if Gibson can get on the field in training camp.  Due $3.7 million this season, he's been rumored as a potential release candidate.  He racked up 29 catches in his 6 full games last year, but replacement Rishard Matthews fared well in Gibson's absence.  Neither guy is likely to be a fantasy asset in 2014.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson is done for the year after suffering a torn patellar tendon in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.  The injury also puts his availability for the start of the 2014 season in doubt.  Gibson was quietly on pace for a 69-catch campaign.  Rishard Matthews is expected to step in as Miami's #3 WR but isn't worth adding in fantasy.

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Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson injured his left knee in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Patriots.  He couldn't put any weight on the leg and was carted back to the locker room.  It's a significant loss for Miami's offense.  Gibson had been an efficient chain-mover and also scored his 3rd TD in the past 2 games before leaving.

Update: The Fins believe Gibson's injury is season-ending.

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Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson (hip) is listed as questionable on the Week 7 injury report.  The slot man only carries deep league value.  But he is a bit of a sleeper this week against a leaky Buffalo secondary.  Gibson has quietly posted 70+ yards in 3 of 5 games this season. 

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The Dolphins continue to add offense, agreeing to terms with WR Brandon Gibson.  The former Ram has never topped 53 catches or 691 yards in a season, despite ample opportunity in St. Louis.  He's still only 25, so there's room for growth.  But we've never viewed Gibson as more than a league-average WR.  Some might see him as a threat to Davone Bess' #3 WR job, but we think Gibson will slot in at #4 on Miami's depth chart.  He's unlikely to be a fantasy factor.

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Rams WR Danny Amendola (foot) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.  It's a bit surprising considering he returned to last week's game after suffering the injury.  But the foot must has swelled and stiffened on him afterwards.  The team still hasn't provided details on the exact nature of the injury.  Chris Givens and Brandon Gibson figure to serve as St. Louis' top 2 WRs this weekend, but both guys are just low-end WR3s in fantasy.

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