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AFC East Preview - The Miami Dolphins



At first glance, the Miami Dolphins may not present much fantasy value. The Patriots run the division, their QB is a journeyman and the other guy is an unproven first rounder that the former team he was on gave up on him. But don't let that fool you. There's still value to be found... And on the cheap too. Check out my preview on the Miami Dolphins for this upcoming fantasy season.


Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB


While "Fitzmagic" isn't going to leap off of draft boards in fantasy leagues, Fitz is the kind of QB that you should keep around if you're employing the QB streaming option. Why? For one, Fitzgerald can't afraid to throw the ball. The Dolphins have the receivers for downfield play but lacked the QB willing to deliver the ball in Ryan Tannehill (which is why he's backing up Marcus Mariota in Tennessee).


Ryan Fitzpatrick is a gunslinger who's not afraid to sling it. Unfortunately, that has cost him a few jobs. Most recently the starting spot in Tampa Bay. Granted, I thought he should have started over Jameis Winston even after he came back from suspension. Fitzpatrick wasn't a bad start over the first half of the season either.


Over the first 4 weeks of the 2018 fantasy season, Fitz was the QB 4. As his playing started to slide, his rating did too. After 6 weeks he fell to the QB 17 and after 8 weeks he was the QB 19 before being benched the rest of the season for Jameis Winston.

Winston now looks to be the frontrunner in a QB competition with Josh Rosen and is currently ahead.


With Fitz at the helm launching downfield, this should revive the fantasy value for the Dolphins WR corp. As far as using Ryan himself...he's more of a bye week flip depending on the matchup. Leave him on waivers unless you need a desperate QB play.




Kenyan Drake/Kalan Ballage - RB


The beginning of training camp has told a different tale than the one a lot of us were expecting to see. Kenyan Drake was supposed to be the undisputed lead back. But after a couple of days of camp and some of the news to follow it looks like the Dolphins are going to give Ballage a chance as the starter or there could be a split between the two running backs. To that i say...bologna!


I still believe Drake is the better back. His efficiency with the limited touches he did have were great and he looks to be a better pass catcher out of the backfield to Kalan Ballage. Drake managed to finish as the RB 14 in fantasy despite the limited work. Ballard does have the size to be a good between the tackles back but there's no real sample size to defer to outside of his one game where he went 12/123/1 against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10.


I'm not buying the Ballage hype especially with Drake in a contract year. I believe he's the better back and a much better pass catcher. Miami will likely be playing from behind and even at garbage time point levels, Drake should be a nice back to have. I hope Drake's value drops to make him an easier grab in fantasy drafts.




Devante Parker/Kenny Stills/Albert Wilson - WR


Parker has been one of my favorite sleeper picks this season and from the sound of things going on in camp, he could be a nice late-round gem. So far he's looked like the best receiver in camp. DeVante Parker has gotten a clean slate with a 2yr extension worth $10 million which shows the Dolphins front office is willing to give him another chance.


Albert Wilson is another wide receiver that should be targeted. Wilson is a viable deep threat and before the hip injury put him out of commission, he was well on his way to having a good season. Wilson had a breakout game against the Chicago Bears, going 6 of 9 for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wilson fits the "Desean Jackson" type of role Ryan Fitzpatrick should be used to.

Kenny Stills is a rather unknown prospect.


Stills played 15 games last season but only saw 64 targets and had 533 yards on 37 receptions. He also scored 6 touchdowns which isn't bad. I'm more concerned about his fantasy value because of the fact that Allen Hurns was recently released by the Dallas Cowboys and the Dolphins picked him up. It could be a depth move or it could be a move to put some heat on Kenny Stills. Or he could be a Dolphins cut too as his contact isn't huge by any means. Hurns is only scheduled to make $3 million this season.


As far as fantasy goes, these guys are all available.in the later rounds. Late round fliers at best so you won't be spending prime assets to get them. Some might consider them a lost cause but one man's trash is another man's treasure. If you're feeling daring, give one of these a shot. And if you've noticed, yes I did leave off the tight end position. Mike Gesicki has been a disappointment so far and training camp and Dwayne Allen was just activated off the PUP. There are better options to go after even in the later rounds.


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