Shark Bites

Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage is in the concussion protocol, insider Armando Salguero reports. It's the 1st known concussion of the rookie's football career. We'll see how long Ballage is sidelined, but this obviously won't help his chances of earning an early-season role. He's not worth a roster spot in standard-sized redraft leagues.

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker is out "indefinitely" with a broken right middle finger, according to The Miami Herald. It's the latest hit for a young wideout who has struggled to even generate any positive practice reviews as he heads into his 4th season. HC Adam Gase deemed Parker "week to week" but is reportedly optimistic that the WR will be ready for Week 1. In the meantime, Albert Wilson should get more 1st-team opportunities, while WRs Danny Amendola and Kenny Stills could also find more available targets.

The Dolphins released their 1st "unofficial" depth chart Sunday, which included listing Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake as co-starters at HB. It's not a surprising move but indicates how important Miami coaches want the veteran back to be. We're still betting on Drake leading the workload and backfield receiving, but it'll be interesting to see exactly how the Dolphins split touches between them.

Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki has quickly developed a solid rapport with QB Ryan Tannehill. "I think him taking so many reps over spring and then minicamp’s been good for him. He’s playing fast. He’s not thinking," HC Adam Gase said of his rookie. "I like the way they (Gesicki and Tannehill) are working together to make plays.” Gesicki needs tons of work as a blocker -- he's struggled in that facet in camp -- but is a ready-made red zone weapon at 6'6 with a 41.5-inch vertical. Don't bank on him as an every-week fantasy starter this year. But he could emerge as a TD-dependent streamer.

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker has been "largely ineffective through five training camp practices," according to the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley. It's not even August yet, so it's far too early to panic. But this isn't exactly what we were hoping to hear about a guy who's been mostly disappointing through 3 NFL seasons. Parker has a huge opportunity this year with the departure of WR Jarvis Landry and his 161 targets -- but his playing time isn't guaranteed. Beasley suggests that WR Albert Wilson, who the Fins reportedly view as an outside receiver, could steal snaps from Parker. We'll be keeping a close eye on his progress over the next month.

Dolphins WR Danny Amendola took the majority of the 1st-team snaps -- alongside WRs DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills -- in Thursday's training-camp practice, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. WR Albert Wilson "rolled in some with the ones" but took most of his reps with the 2nd team. "I am having a hard time understanding how the Dolphins are going to maximize newly acquired wide receiver Albert Wilson this season," Salguero added. Amendola has the experience edge here, but Miami gave Wilson a surprisingly big 3-year, $24 million deal in free agency. There's only room for 1 of them in Miami's starting lineup. This is probably a situation to avoid in fantasy drafts until we get more clarity.

After generating buzz by projecting a possible 80-85 catches for Dolphins WR Danny Amendola, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald says WR Albert Wilson has been "perhaps outplaying all of the others in OTA practices so far this spring." Colleague Barry Jackson added that "the Dolphins have been so impressed with new receiver Albert Wilson that they have decided he can be lined up not only in the slot, but also on the boundary and in the backfield." Jarvis Landry's departure has left a ton of targets available, in an offense that returns starting QB Ryan Tannehill from his ACL injury. Wilson is a no-risk flier at the end of drafts right now, 1 of at least 3 Miami WRs presenting upside beyond their current ADPs.

Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo will undergo "minor knee surgery to clean up some issues," according to insider Armando Salguero. No word on the exact nature or timing of Carroo's injury. He obviously won't be able to participate in next week's minicamp but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, per Salguero. It's still bad news for a guy fighting for a roster spot. Carroo is off the redraft radar.

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.

 
 
 

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