The Miami Dolphins ended the 2018 season with a 7-9 record which resulted in the firing of Adam Gase. Enter Brian Flores, who is bringing a competitive attitude to every position and a new culture. The biggest change in that culture would be at the quarterback position where Ryan Tannehill was traded to Tennessee and Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick were brought in to compete for the starting job. I believe the job is Josh Rosen’s to lose. Rosen struggled in his rookie year in Arizona but did have bursts of promise and I believe a fresh start is what was needed to help Rosen succeed. Rosen should be viewed as a low-end QB2 in super flex leagues.
Miami did not address the running back position until round 7 of the draft when they took Myles Gaskin. So, it appears to be the Kenyan Drake show now that Frank Gore has moved on to Buffalo. Drake has never led the team in carries but that will change this year under Flores. Former coach Adam Gase seemed very hesitant under his tenure to trust Drake with a full workload. In 2018, Drake only had 5 games where he had double-digit carries and had 8 games where he carried the ball 6 times or less! Even in those limited touches, Drake finished the year as RB14. One area where Drake has struggled a bit would be in terms of catching the ball where pro football focus has his drop rate as fifth worst over his first three years in the league. Luckily for the Dolphins, second year running back Kalen Ballage thrives as a pass catching back. Ballage could be a sneaky pickup in PPR leagues. Miami also signed former Cincinnati Bengal Mark Walton after being released from the team following his third arrest but he appears to be nothing more than roster depth. Drake should be drafted as mid-RB2.
The receiving core looks eerily similar to 2018. Miami resigned Davante Parker to a 1-year deal and stop me if you heard this before but this may be Devante Parker’s breakout season. I get it; if you don’t want to be burned again by Parker I can’t fault you for that. However, it is a new coaching staff which means a fresh clean slate for Parker. Parker would be a great flier choice and might be easily obtainable and at a discounted price as the Parker owner is surely frustrated with him. The receiver I would avoid would be Kenny Stills. Stills is a boom or bust player and I tend to avoid those players as they are too unpredictable. A sleeper stash in this receiving core would be undrafted rookie Preston Williams. Williams was not invited to the NFL Combine due to domestic violence. Williams has been very impressive during early reports at OTAs and would be a great addition to your taxi squad.
Second-year tight end Mike Gesicki looks to improve on a rather lackluster rookie campaign. If you are a smart dynasty football player (which you are if you are reading dynasty nerds articles), you know that the tight end position rarely produces in year 1 minus a few outliers. Like it was mentioned in a recent episode of the Dynasty Nerds podcast, year two and three is when the tight ends take the biggest leaps i.e. 2018 George Kittle. New Offensive Coordinator Chad O’Shea comes over from New England where they have had their fair share of good tight ends and know how to use them correctly. I would try hard to acquire as many Gesicki shares as possible. I look for Gesicki to exceed his current draft status as he is currently being drafted around TE13
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