It is never too early to start looking ahead, to your upcoming fantasy football drafts. And no matter how many leagues you might be in, each draft is as important as the next. Lots of prep goes into these drafts, as each player jockeys to become the champion of their respected league. But as Dolphin fans, we tend to wear teal and orange glasses, and fantasy football is no different.
Here is a look at the Dolphins’ top fantasy football players in 2018.
Kenyan Drake impressed during the final stretch of the 2017 season, recording 644 yards and 3 touchdowns. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry, which was among the league’s best in 2017. Drake can do it all, which is why he’s such a high-priority in most PPR fantasy leagues. His ability as a pass catcher makes him an all-around fit and if things go as planned, he should be in for an expanded workload in 2018.
Miami has three very good running backs in Drake, Gore and Ballage, but I’m not sure it’s enough to keep Drake from having a RB2 type impact in 2018. Be confident when drafting Drake in all fantasy formats.
We have been waiting the last several years to see DeVante Parker breakout. The darling of OTAs and preseason, has never really put it all together. Sure, some of that in 2017 can be credited to the Dolphins poor quarterback play, but good players make those around them better. In 2017, Parker recorded 57 receptions for 670 yards and 1 touchdown. Not good. However, with Ryan Tannehill back and healthy, things could be different this season. If not, it will be time for Miami and all fantasy owners, to move on from the former first-round draft pick.
In my opinion, DeVante Parker is a low risk, high reward fantasy player. His average draft position of 9:03, makes him a sleeper pick in the back half of the draft. If he can put it all together, big things could happen.
It is crazy to think that the Dolphins best wide receiver, is getting drafted in the 12th round of most fantasy football drafts. Sure, he might not fit the mold of a true No.1 wide receiver, but his production speaks for itself. In 2016, Stills recorded 42 receptions for 726 yards and 9 touchdowns. Last season, he recorded 58 receptions for 847 yards and 6 touchdowns. Stills has continued to get better each and every year under Adam Gase and with a healthy Ryan Tannehill, should be in for his best season in Miami. He is currently being drafted as the 141st overall player in PPR drafts, quite the steal for an ascending player.
Stills should be an under the radar player, who in most drafts, might not be drafted at all. His big-play ability makes him a boom or bust start, week in and week out. Furthermore, where there might be doubt with what Parker might accomplish this season, fans should have faith in Kenny Stills. Draft Kenny Stills in the later
Amendola continues to skyrocket in the fantasy community, and could find himself ahead of Kenny Stills when all is said and done. The shifty-veteran wide receiver expects to see a heavy dose of Jarvis Landry’s targets, and could have a very big season in Miami. In 2017, Amendola caught 61 receptions for 659 yards and 2 touchdowns with the rival Patriots. There are a lot of weapons in Adam Gase’s offense, but Amendola should see plenty of targets.
Reviews out of mini camp, indicate that the second-round tight end is struggling to transition to the NFL. However, this is just a small sample size, and most rookies take time to get comfortable at the next level. If you followed Adam Gase’s journey through the NFL ranks, one thing remains the same. Gase loves to utilize his tight ends. Unfortunately, he’s never had a play-making tight end during his time in Miami. In 2017, the Julius Thomas experiment was a colossal failure. Enter Mike Gesciki. Miami invested a high draft pick in the 6’6 252-pound super-athlete. Gesicki’s combine performance was off the charts, but whether or not those skills will transition to the NFL has yet to be seen.
Based on Gase’s previous use of tight ends in his offense and Mike Gesicki’s skill-set, it won’t be long before he becomes one of Ryan Tannehill’s favorite targets. Gesicki should see plenty of 50-50 balls in the red zone. Target him in the last few rounds of your fantasy drafts.
Best of the rest
The former Kansas City Chiefs’ wide receiver, never really had a chance to breakout during his time with the team. In 2017, Wilson recorded 42 receptions for 554 yards and 3 touchdowns. There’s a reason he was signed by the Dolphins this offseason, and has quickly become the darling of OTAs and mini-camps. Wilson should have a large role in the offense, but will depend heavily on how the depth chart plays out.
Unless you are in a 2QB league, the odds of Ryan Tannehilll being drafted by a non-dolphins’ fan is <1%. He’s currently getting drafted after the likes of Tyrod Taylor, Baker Mayfield, Nick Foles, and Josh Rosen. However, I think most of us know what Tannehill is capable of and expect a big year in 2018, if he can remain healthy. Do not make him your starting QB, but as a back-up, draft away!
The speedy wide receiver out of Texas A&M, was an unknown commodity outside of Miami for many in the fantasy world. In 2017, Grant had 13 receptions for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns. Throughout OTAs, Grant has impressed and could see additional snaps on the boundary, where he proved to be a difference maker towards the end of 2017. Keep a close eye on Jakeem Grant in 2018 and beyond.
All ADPs are from fantasyfootballcalculator.com
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This article was written by Josh Houtz. Follow him on Twitter!