Three incumbent defensive starters could be out of the plans for the 2019 Dolphins, according to The Miami Herald. S Reshad Jones and LB Kiko Alonso have reportedly been dangled in trade talks. Neither has played in a preseason game so far. Jones has reportedly said he'd accept the decreased defensive role that's expected to greet him this season. Alonso, meanwhile, has been mentioned by multiple reporters as a cut candidate if he isn't traded. MLB Raekwon McMillan is also rumored to be dropping out of the starting lineup. He also has yet to play in a preseason game. The team's official site still lists Alonso and McMillan as starters alongside Jerome Baker, but CFL import Sam Eguavoen has been starting alongside Baker in the exhibitions and reportedly working with the 1st team in practice as well. Baker and Eguavon have both reportedly impressed the new coaching staff. We've knocked Alonso and McMillan way down our LB rankings and moved Baker and Eguavon up. Jones also took a tumble down the DB rankings today. Alonso, McMillan and Jones all look like players worth skipping in IDP drafts this weekend. Bobby McCain and Minkah Fitzpatrick have been the top Miami safeties in preseason.
Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki has failed to take a step forward in training camp, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. "Gesicki has neither become a consistent physical mismatch against safeties or corners or shown superior quickness and speed against linebackers," Gesicki writes, adding that Nick O'Leary has been the team's best pass-catching TE. We'll see if Gesicki can get going in the 2nd and 3rd preseason games. For now, though, he's not worth drafting in standard-sized redraft leagues.
Bills WR Robert Foster was unsteady in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Colts. He hauled in just 1 of 4 targets for 14 yards and had a bad drop. It's only preseason game 1, but it was an extension of what has been a shaky camp for Foster. That, combined with the solid play behind him on the depth chart, has some of those covering the Bills questioning whether Foster's roster spot may be in jeopardy. It's unlikely he gets cut, but there's enough concern here to give you pause if you were considering taking a flier based on his big finish last season -- at least until he shows some sign of a turnaround.
Sirius XM's Adam Caplan said Sunday that Bills WR Robert Foster "will play as a rotational deep threat" and that the team's WR depth chart is "pretty much set in stone." That would mean John Brown and Zay Jones as the outside starters, Cole Beasley in the slot and Foster seeing limited time. All Bills wideouts are going late enough in drafts that you can take a shot on your favorite at low risk. But it's tough to see a path to true fantasy relevance for Foster after his intriguing 2018 rookie campaign.
After watching the first few days of camp, the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson believes Texans WR Will Fuller has made a "full recovery" from last year's torn ACL. "He remains one of the most dangerous deep threats in the game," Wilson writes. Fuller has had trouble staying healthy through 3 NFL seasons, but he's averaged 54.5 yards and .65 TDs per game over the last 2. Only 13 WRs scored more PPR points than Fuller over his 7 outings from Week 2 to 8 last year. If he's truly back to pre-injury form, Fuller should return nice value at his current WR33 ADP.
Bills WR Robert Foster has been working with the backups early in training camp, according to the Buffalo News. The 1st-team offense has featured John Brown and Zay Jones as the outside WRs, with Cole Beasley in the slot. There's obviously plenty of time for Foster to make a move up the depth chart. But until we hear that he's running with the starters, he shouldn't be drafted as more than a late-round flier.
The Dolphins have signed WR Allen Hurns to a 1-year deal worth up to $3 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Recently cut by the Cowboys, Hurns is reportedly recovered from the dislocated ankle and broken leg he suffered during last year's playoffs. The 27-year-old has totaled just 1,256 yards over the past 3 seasons after that huge 1,031-yard, 10-TD 2015 campaign. Hurns should at least slide in as Miami's #4 WR and could push Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson for snaps. It'll be a situation to keep an eye on over the next month.
Texans WR Will Fuller (knee) has avoided the PUP list to open training camp. He tore his ACL on October 25 and was sidelined this spring. We'll see how much he's able to do in camp, but the Houston Chronicle confirms that Fuller is on track to be ready for Week 1. He ranked 14th among WRs in PPR points during his 7 games from Week 2 to 8 last season. Fuller was a volatile producer over that span, finishing 3 weeks as a top-10 WR but 2 outside the top 60. Consider him a risk/reward WR3 in fantasy drafts.
Dolphins WR Albert Wilson (hip) was not placed on the PUP list to open training camp. He missed all of spring workouts and might still be limited early in camp. But Wilson is on track to be ready for the Week 1. The 27-year-old averaged a big 15.0 yards per catch and scored 4 times in 7 games last year. He ranked 25th among WRs in PPR points over that stretch. Highlight Wilson as a late-round target on your cheat sheet.
Bills WR Robert Foster sustained a foot injury late last week that has him sidelined, reports Joe Buscaglia of WKBW in Buffalo. HC Sean McDermott said Tuesday he doesn't expect it to be a long-term issue but that it's also still early in the evaluation process. We'll see where this goes.
The Dolphins spent the 13th pick of the NFL Draft on DT Christian Wilkins. The Clemson product tallied 13, 9 and 14 tackles for loss over 3 full starting seasons. Wilkins played multiple spots across the line and added 15 pass deflections. He should compete for a starting job right away in Miami. We'll see about the stat production for IDP owners. Wilkins looks like a later-round option in dynasty-league rookie drafts with DT slots.
Texans WR Will Fuller is on track to be ready for the 2019 opener after last October's torn ACL. "Everything has gone well, no setbacks," GM Brian Gaine said. "Everything trending in right direction. Looking good." Fuller will be over 10 months removed from the injury when the season kicks off. He'd ideally be able to get some work in during training camp and the preseason, but we'll monitor his progress as we move toward the summer. Fuller has appeared in just 17 games over the past 2 seasons but averaged 54.5 yards and .65 TDs per outing.
The Rams have matched the offer sheet RB Malcolm Brown signed with the Lions as a restricted free agent, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a 2-year, $3.25 million contract, not enough money to necessarily steer what else the team does at the position. But the move might make re-signing unrestricted free agent C.J. Anderson less likely. Brown has logged just 128 total carries and 18 receptions through 4 pro seasons. He'd look a lot more attractive this year as Todd Gurley's lead backup if that's how he enters 2019 fantasy football drafts, though.
The Dolphins are signing WR DeVante Parker to a new 2-year contract, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The team had a $9.4 million option on Parker but will presumably be paying him much less on this deal. The 14th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft has been a major disappointment through 4 seasons, compiling more missed games (11) than TDs (9). But he's still just 26 with a plus combination of size and athleticism. We'll see if Miami's new coaching staff can turn his career around. Parker should be considered just a late-round flier in early best-ball drafts.
Most of the talk surrounding the Miami offense this offseason has centered on players who might be leaving -- especially WR DeVante Parker and QB Ryan Tannehill. But new WRs coach Karl Dorrell recently talked about how much he's looking forward to coaching WR Albert Wilson. “He was pretty dynamic wasn’t he?” Dorrell told the Miami Herald. “He’s a very unique player. I’m really excited about him. .... I hear he’s doing a really good job with the recovery process but you could tell when he was on the field, he had a number of ways to affect the defense and to make the defense really pay attention to where he is and things like that.” We'll see about Wilson's recovery progression throughout this offseason, but he'll face a pretty open fight for targets in his 2nd season with the Dolphins and looks worth a late-round shot in current best-ball drafting.
Dolphins WR Albert Wilson doesn't need surgery on the hip injury that ended his 2018 season, according the Miami Herald, and is expected to be ready for the start of the offseason program in April. It's good news for a guy who flashed big-play ability in his 7 games last year, averaging 15.0 yards and scoring 4 times on 26 catches. He's a nice late-round target in early best-ball drafts.
Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso and DE Robert Quinn were ejected in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's loss to the Bills for fighting (along with Buffalo RT Jordan Mills).
Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso (ankle, hamstring) is active for today's game against the Bills. He's expected to play after sitting out a week ago despite being active then. Alonso will be risky but also in play for IDP usage. CB Xavien Howard (knee) and S T.J. McDonald (ankle) are inactive.
Dolphins S T.J. McDonald (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bills. It'll be the 2nd straight game he has missed. LB Kiko Alonso (knee, hamstring) is questionable for the 2nd straight week. Alonso was active last week but didn't play a snap. It sounds like Alonso will actually play this time around. HC Adam Gase told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday: “He looks a lot better this week. It’s probably good that we didn’t play him [last week] because it could have gotten worse. He could have pulled it. He looks night and day from what I saw Sunday.” The hamstring appears to be the bigger issue. If active, Alonso will be usable this week. But he'll also carry elevated risk. Lead Dolphins CB Xavien Howard (knee) is also questionable after missing the past 3 weeks. He's not an IDP factor, and his status shouldn't matter for any particular Bills WR option.
Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso (knee, ankle) is active for today's game against the Jaguars after arriving "questionable." He's fine for normal IDP usage in a strong scoring matchup. S T.J. McDonald is inactive, as expected. His ankle injury had him doubtful.
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