The Dolphins grabbed TE Hunter Long in the 3rd round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Long enjoyed a productive past 2 years as a pass-catcher at Boston College. He earned 2nd-team All-America honors with a 57-685-5 receiving line in 2020, and even his 28 catches for 2019 fell just 1 short of the team lead. Long averaged a nice 14.6 yards per catch for his BC career but doesn’t look like a deep threat by NFL standards. He might, however, offer enough as a blocker -- on top of his reliable hands -- to win a regular role early in the NFL. This, of course, isn’t a good fantasy landing spot with Mike Gesicki dominating TE targets in Miami.
S Jevon Holland went to the Dolphins in the 2nd round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Holland brings good size and above-average speed. He opted out of 2020 but grabbed 9 INTs over his 1st 2 seasons with the Ducks. In Miami, Holland figures to challenge Bobby McCain for a starting spot.
Jaelan Phillips landed with the Dolphins as the 18th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. A heralded recruit, Phillips lost 14 games to injuries over his 2 years at UCLA. He decided to medically retire at that point but later returned and transferred to Miami. In his lone season with the Hurricanes, Phillips racked up 15.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks and 4 passes defensed. He comes with some negative injury history, but Miami evidently felt comfortable enough -- even taking him over Kwity Paye as the 1st edge defender off the board. Despite spending 4 years in college, Phillips still enters the league just shy of 22. He carries big upside for your dynasty IDP roster.
The Dolphins selected Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle with the 6th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Waddle turned in a super impressive true freshman season back in 2018, hauling in 45 balls for 848 yards and 7 scores on a loaded pass-catching corps. His 848 yards ranked 2nd to only sophomore Jerry Jeudy -- ahead of sophomore Henry Ruggs, sophomore DeVonta Smith and junior Irv Smith. Waddle took a step back as a sophomore, finishing with a 33-560-6 line. But he got off to a monster start this past year, racking up 25 catches for 557 yards and 4 scores over the first 4 games. Waddle actually led DeVonta Smith in yards and matched him in TDs during that span. He went down with a fractured right ankle in game #5, though, and was clearly limited when he returned for the National Championship vs. Ohio State. Waddle is reportedly recovering nicely from that injury and didn’t miss time with any other injuries across his 3 college seasons. The Fins are getting the most explosive WR in this class. Waddle has supersonic speed, routinely blowing by DBs on deep balls and crossers. He also flashes plus contested-catch ability, despite going just 5’9 and 180 pounds. There are shades of Tyreek Hill to his game. No excuses for QB Tua Tagovailoa, who now has former college teammate Waddle plus Will Fuller, DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki.
The Dolphins have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Will Fuller. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that it's worth $10 million, with "significant upside." There's clearly a "prove it" aspect to this contract for a player who lost multiple games to injury every season before 2020, when he spent the final 5 weeks suspended for a positive PED test. Fuller will have 1 more game to serve at the beginning of the coming season. After that, he'll battle DeVante Parker to be Miami's top wideout. Fuller could stay near the 6.8 targets per game he averaged in Houston last season. We'd bet on a drop in efficiency with the move from Deshaun Watson to Tua Tagovailoa, though. Fuller looks like a solid-to-good pick anywhere in WR3 range of current best-ball drafts. His arrival obviously increases the upside for the 2nd-year QB. It also dramatically lowers the ceiling for Preston Williams in his 3rd season.
WRs Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson are planning to return for the 2021 season, per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Both players opted out last year due to COVID-19. Citing a team source, Salguero writes that “both [players] are in the team’s plans.” One of Hurns or Wilson might enter the deep league radar this fall, but don’t bet on it. The Dolphins are still in play for a top free agent WR, while they’ve been linked heavily to the top WRs in the draft.
The Dolphins are signing RB Malcolm Brown, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Brown set career highs last year in carries (101), rushing yards (419) and all receiving categories (33 targets, 23 catches, 162 yards). His departure leaves Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson more room in the Rams backfield for now. Miami has been commonly linked to the top incoming rookie RBs in mock drafts. We'll be curious to see how else they address a backfield that was dominated by Myles Gaskin in 2020.
The Dolphins have agreed to a 1-year deal with QB Jacoby Brissett, according to multiple reports. That gives Miami a new backup behind franchise QB Tua Tagovailoa. Assuming we don't get a Deshaun Watson-to-South Beach trade, Tagovailoa should enter his 2nd year with a less threatening presence than Ryan Fitzpatrick behind him on the depth chart.
The Texans are trading LB Benardrick McKinney to the Dolphins in exchange for EDGE Shaq Lawson. (ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there will also be "a swap of late-round picks." McKinney spent most of the past 6 years starting for Houston after arriving as a 2nd-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He's signed through 2023 at escalating salaries but with cuttable years. McKinney figures to step into a starting role in a LB corps that shed Kyle Van Noy recently. We still prefer Jerome Baker's IDP upside over that of McKinney, though -- assuming Baker keeps his spot. McKinney missed the final 12 games of last season with a shoulder injury. Lawson heads to the Texans after 1 disappointing year with the Dolphins, who signed him in free agency in 2020. He managed just 4 sacks across 14 games. Pro Football Focus, though, did credit Lawson with 15 QB hits, tied for 4th most among all edge players. Houston needs help after seeing no player top 5 sacks in 2020. J.J. Watt collected that team-leading total before leaving for Arizona this offseason. McKinney's departure also leaves room for Christian Kirksey to potentially start next to Zach Cunningham. Kirksey signed a 1-year deal with the Texans earlier this week. Tyrell Adams, who took over after McKinney went down, is set to hit unrestricted free agency this month.
The Dolphins have signed K Jason Sanders to a 5-year, $22 million extension. It makes him the league's 4th highest-paid K in terms of average annual salary. Sanders drilled 36 of 39 FGs attempts and all 36 XPs in 2020, finishing as a top 3 K in most fantasy scoring systems. He's a safe pick in early best-ball drafts.
The Dolphins have promoted Eric Studesville and George Godsey to co-OC positions. Studesville has been Miami's RBs coach for the past 3 seasons; Godsey the TEs coach for the past 2. The only NFL OC experience between the 2 comes from Godsey, who was in the role for the Texans in 2015 and 2016. Those teams ranked 19th and 29th in total yards. It's unclear which guy will call plays for the Fins this coming season.
The Dolphins have fired OC Chan Gailey, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 69-year-old Gailey was always a puzzling hire and ends up lasting just 1 season in Miami. We'll see who the Fins tab as his replacement, but it's less than ideal that QB Tua Tagovailoa will have another new offense to learn.
Update: ESPN has removed their report that Gailey has been fired. He remains with the team for now. We'll see where this goes.
Update: Gailey has decided to resign, so Miami will be looking for a new OC after all.
Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Bills. It’ll be his 1st action since Week 14. WR Jakeem Grant (ankle) is inactive, leaving Mack Hollins and Lynn Bowden as Miami’s #2 and #3 WRs.
Dolphins WRs DeVante Parker (hamstring) and Jakeem Grant (ankle) are listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Bills. Parker has seemingly been close to playing the past 2 weeks and got in 3 limited practices this week. Expect him to play on Sunday, although it looks like he's still not at 100%. Grant reportedly suffered a high-ankle sprain last week, so he'll be at far less than 100% if he suits up.
Dolphins WR Jakeem Grant suffered a high-ankle sprain in Saturday's win over the Raiders and won't play in this weekend's game vs. the Bills, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Grant also figures to miss the Wild Card Round if Miami makes it. We'll see if DeVante Parker can make it back from his hamstring injury for Week 17.
Dolphins HC Brian Flores said after Saturday night's win that QB Tua Tagovailoa will start next weekend's finale vs. the Bills. The rookie struggled for over 3 quarters vs. the Raiders before giving way to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who chucked for 182 yards and a score in the comeback. Miami's offense has been better with Fitzpatrick all season, but Flores is staying committed to Tagovailoa. He obviously can't be trusted in Week 17 fantasy lineups.
Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki (shoulder) is active for tonight's game vs. the Raiders. There's a chance he's limited in his 1st game back from that dislocated shoulder, making him a risky fantasy option.
Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (hamstring) is inactive for tonight's game vs. the Raiders. It's a surprise after he was seemingly trending toward playing. WR Jakeem Grant (hamstring) is active tonight and joins Lynn Bowden and Mack Hollins as Miami's top 3 WRs.
Dolphins WRs DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant are listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Raiders. Grant shouldn't be in your fantasy plans at less than 100%. Parker will be a risk/reward option if he ends up active. We'll find out around 6:45 pm ET on Saturday.
Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki (shoulder) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Raiders. He'll be a risk/reward TE1 if active. We'll get his official status around 6:45 pm ET on Saturday.
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