On paper, the Miami Dolphins are supposed to be dreadful in 2019. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have a plethora of offensive weapons that could help you win your Fantasy Football league. And although there is a ton of uncertainty surrounding Brian Flores’ team, the coaching staff, and players alike, there are still plenty of playmakers to target this upcoming season.
Here are the top Dolphins players to target in Fantasy Football in 2019.
The Usual Suspects
Kenyan Drake - ADP 47 (HB 25)
Since being drafted in 2016, Drake was severely underutilized by the previous regime. Furthermore, with a New England-style offense likely to be implemented in Miami, it is anyone’s guess as to whether or not he will get a bulk of the carries. However, Drake possesses a unique skill-set that many running backs in the league can only dream of. And for as explosive as he is in the run game, he’s equally as deadly in the passing game. In 2018, Drake was targeted 73 times in the passing game. He recorded 53 receptions for 455 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also carried the football 120 times for 535 yards and 4 touchdowns. Drake may not have been used the way many had hoped, but he was productive nonetheless. And in a contract year in 2019, look for Drake to have the best season of his young NFL career.
Kalen Ballage – ADP 140 (HB 53)
Depending on who you ask, Ballage may have a real chance at surpassing Drake on the Dolphins’ depth chart. Nevertheless, his skill-set is the perfect thunder to Drake’s lightning. Ballage was impressive in limited action in 2018, but whether or not that will translate in a new offense is yet to be decided. Additionally, whether you draft Drake and are looking for his handcuff, or believe Ballage can be the bell-cow, he is already one of the top Dolphins’ targets this upcoming fantasy football season. And is just an injury or big game away from being the Dolphins starter for the foreseeable future.
DeVante Parker – ADP 177 (WR 65)
There are very few certainties in life. Death, taxes, and DeVante Parker looking like a Hall of Fame wide receiver during OTAs. Sure, he has never lived up to the high expectations that followed the former 14th-overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. But the skill-set is still there. And in a new offense, with a new quarterback, and a new look on life, the time is now for Parker to become the No.1 wide receiver many had hoped. Truth is, it's hard to look past the pain that Parker has caused me in fantasy football. But if he's ever going to become the wide receiver he believes he can become, 2019 is the year. As always, draft Parker with extreme caution.
Kenny Stills – ADP 188 (WR 66)
Some would argue that Kenny Stills is the Dolphins' top receiver heading into this upcoming season. And after a disappointing 2018 campaign, he will be looking to take his game to the next level in a new offense that could better utilize his skill-set. Last season, Stills recorded 37 receptions for 553 yards and 6 touchdowns. Although his impact on a defense doesn’t always reflect on the scoreboard, Stills is currently the fourth Dolphins’ player selected in half-point PPR leagues. Throughout training camp, we have heard a lot about his repertoire with veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Time will tell how that translates to the regular season, but Stills is the safest fantasy receiver on the roster. And should be drafted in all fantasy formats.
Albert Wilson – ADP 213 (WR 73)
For those of you that don’t know, Albert Wilson is one of my top fantasy targets in 2019. And if 2018 is any indication, he’s inline for a big uptick in targets this upcoming season. However, the one uncertainty that surrounds Wilson remains his health. And if he’s able to recover fully from a hip injury that sidelined him for the second half of the 2018 season, big things are in store for him. Wilson caught 26/35 targets for 391 yards and 4 touchdowns, last season. Oh, and he also completed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Jakeem Grant. Wilson is a threat in all facets of the game. And could have a Cordarelle Patterson-like impact in Chad O’Shea’s offense.
Best of the rest
Ryan Fitzpatrick – ADP 211 (QB 28)
In 2018, Ryan “FitzMagic” Fitzpatrick completed 164/246 passes for 2,366 yards, 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in Tampa Bay. He also was the first player in NFL history to achieve three consecutive 400-yard games . It is uncertain how many games he will start in 2019 but if OTAs are an early indication, he will likely be the Dolphins’ Week 1 starter.
Mike Gesicki – ADP 230 (TE 26)
To say Gesicki was a disappointment last season would be an understatement. And with just 22 receptions for 202-yards in 2018, one would have to expect a big increase in receptions, yards and touchdowns. (He had zero touchdowns in 2018) Could he be Miami’s Rob Gronkowski? Highly unlikely, but he’s worth the gamble towards the end of your fantasy draft.
Josh Rosen – ADP 238 (QB 33)
Rosen has been dealt the short end of the stick throughout most of his football career. And with a training camp battle vs Ryan Fitzpatrick, it is uncertain whether or not he will be the Dolphins’ week 1 starter. Nonetheless, Fitzpatrick’s magic won’t last an entire season, which means Rosen will be Miami’s starter sooner rather than later. And for a guy out to prove he has what it takes to be an NFL quarterback, there’s a chance he could come out firing on all cylinders. Rosen is currently QB 33, but that will change as we inch closer to the 2019 season.
Mark Walton – ADP 350 (HB 100)
Walton’s status for 2019 is in doubt, after the second-year running back was arrested three times during the offseason. If he can avoid Roger Goodell’s ban-hammer, he may have some value as a handcuff to Drake or Ballage.
Jakeem Grant – N/A
The man they call ‘Mighty Mouse’ is fully recovered from an Achilles’ injury that sidelined him for most of the 2018 season. Look for the explosive playmaker to have a big impact this upcoming season and could be a late-round/waiver wire pick up to help you during your playoff push.
Preston Williams – N/A
The 6’4 undrafted wide receiver was spotted working out with Chad Johnson this offseason. And although it is no guarantee he makes the Dolphins’ 53-man roster, odds are in his favor. Williams has all the tools to be a No.1 wide receiver. Whether or not he gets an opportunity in 2019, however, is yet to be determined.
Which Dolphins players are you most likely to target in Fantasy Football this season?
(All ADPs were taken from Fantasy Pros using .5 PPR)
This article was written by Josh Houtz (@houtz) he is a Dolphins’ fan that loves long walks on the beach, IPAs, and Fantasy Football