Jay Ajayi - RBPosted 5/24/17 7:02pm ET
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi could get as many as 350 rushing attempts if the running back stays healthy and plays all 16 games, according to head coach Adam Gase.
Huddle Up: Tis the season for coaches and their unlikely workload predictions for their running backs. Only DeMarco Murray in 2014 reached the 350-carry threshold over the last four seasons, and only Ezekiel Elliott topped 300 last season. Ajayi would need to average 21.9 attempts to reach the mark - 4.5 more than he did last season. Ajayi could push for 300 carries if he stays healthy, however, and he should be more involved in the passing game this season, so he should be a solid RB1 fantasy option this season.
DeVante Parker - WRPosted 5/22/17 11:29am ET
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker is doing the little things to prepare himself for a potential breakout season. According to sources, Parker is taking better care of his body, including eating right -- not skipping meals -- and sleeping well. He's also attacking his workouts and showing a desire to increase his knowledge of the game. Furthermore, Parker's route-running, footwork and consistency have all improved.
Huddle Up: The signs are pointing in the direction of success for Parker so far this offseason. Whether or not his progress will translate on the field remains to be seen. He remains the No. 2 wide receiver behind Jarvis Landry, but Parker has WR2 to WR3 upside if everything clicks for him in his third year.
DeVante Parker - WRPosted 5/20/17 9:07am ET
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker said he has been working more on his legs this offseason and expects to have a big season in 2017. Parker missed some time because of hamstring problems this past season.
Huddle Up: Parker was able to play 15 games in 2016 despite the hamstring injury and finished with 744 yards and four touchdowns. He will be a starting receiver for the Dolphins as long as he can stay healthy and can be a No. 3 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Jay Ajayi - RBPosted 5/11/17 5:27am ET
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi could see 22 to 25 carries per game this year, according to head coach Adam Gase. 'He needs to feel it out a little bit,' Gase said.
Huddle Up: Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen also said Ajayi's receiving skills are 200 percent better. This could be a big year for Ajayi, and he rates as an RB2 in fantasy.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 5/6/17 10:24am ET
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas can add '10, 12 touchdowns' to the Dolphins' offense in 2017, according to offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen.
Huddle Up: It's a highly optimistic and, quite likely, unrealistic projection given Thomas' injury history, the fact he isn't playing with Peyton Manning anymore and Miami's focus on running the ball with Jay Ajayi. It is quite likely, however, Thomas does emerge as Ryan Tannehill's favorite red zone target, so he could have low-end TE1 upside.
DeVante Parker - WRPosted 5/6/17 10:06am ET
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker is poised to have a 'really great year, gigantic year,' according to offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen.
Huddle Up: Christensen added the team is 'seeing what we were hoping to see' from Parker. Similar things have been said in each of his first two seasons, but injuries have overshadowed his brief moments of greatness in the NFL thus far. Talent has never been in question for Parker, and it would not be a surprise if he finally put it all together in 2017. He's a risk-reward low-end WR3 in fantasy.
Jay Ajayi - RBPosted 5/6/17 10:36am ET
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi's receiving skills are '200 percent' better than they were a season ago, according to offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen.
Huddle Up: Christensen was Mr. Optimistic on Saturday, although it isn't surprising Ajayi is making improvements after his breakout season in 2016, as he was a very capable receiver at Boise State. After managing 27 catches a year ago, Ajayi has a shot to become an elite fantasy running back if he can push that number past 40 in his third NFL season.
Jakeem Grant - WRPosted 5/6/17 6:04pm ET
Miami Dolphins WR Jakeem Grant played only 19 snaps on offense last season - dropping the only pass thrown to him - but offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said the plan is to give the 172-pound kick and punt returner a bigger role, including as an outside receiver.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins are already well-stocked at receiver with Jarvis Landry, Kenny stills and DeVante Parker, so it would take a lot for Grant to see a huge spike in offensive production. More than likely, Miami will try to use the former undrafted free agent like the Kansas City Chiefs utilized Tyreek Hill last season, albeit in much more limited fashion. Grant can be avoided in fantasy drafts.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 5/6/17 6:31pm ET
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas is familiar with the offense, according to offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen, and Christensen said head coach Adam Gase knows how to use Thomas 'extremely well' from their time together with the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: There is no doubt that Jacksonville badly misused Thomas the last two seasons, but injuries are also a major concern with the tight end. He is worth a look as a low-end TE1, but you will want to have backup plan in place.
Damien Williams - RBPosted 5/3/17 10:25am ET
Miami Dolphins restricted free-agent RB Damien Williams is refusing to sign his $1.8 million tender and has not participated in the team's offseason conditioning program.
Huddle Up: With the restricted free-agent deadline in the rear view mirror, Williams' only real choices are to accept the tender or sit out. The Dolphins are also looking for more from second-year back Kenyan Drake, who the team hopes can make some of the big plays in the passing game Williams did last year. It is probably in his best interest to report soon and try to hold off Drake, or he will risk whatever shot he had of serving as Jay Ajayi's backup in 2017.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 4/22/17 10:55am ET
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas told the Florida Times-Union recently this spring 'is probably the best I?ve ever felt' and that head coach Adam Gase's offense 'feels a lot like home'.
Huddle Up: Gase was the offensive coordinator in Denver when Thomas posted back-to-back seasons of 12 receiving touchdowns, so the 28-year-old tight end certainly has reason to be optimistic if he is as healthy as he says he is. With Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills taking defensive attention away from him at receiver, Thomas could be poised for a nice rebound in 2017.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 4/17/17 8:05am ET
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry reported to voluntary workouts Monday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Landry is hoping to get a new contract and doesn't appear to be playing hardball. His numbers have been good, but he has yet to take that next step to WR1 status. He's a very good WR2, but he averages just over four touchdowns per season.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 4/3/17 7:54pm ET
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said TE Julius Thomas is 'going to make a little bit of a difference for us.' Gase also said he has a 'good idea' of what the club wants to do on offense with him.
Huddle Up: When Gase and Thomas were together in Denver, the latter was arguably the most productive tight end in all of football, accumulating a whopping 24 touchdowns in 27 games as a starter. By comparison, Thomas didn't even score ten times combined over his two years with the Jaguars, but injuries played a role in that as well. The 28-year-old will have great potential as a sleeper in Miami.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 3/25/17 8:00pm ET
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas restructured his deal, turning his contract into a two-year deal worth $12.2 million with $7.5 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: There are a lot of mouths to feed in Miami's passing attack, and even if he can stay healthy, Thomas will have a tough time being more than a TE2 in 2017.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 3/14/17 9:47am ET
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas is finally healthy after battling back, finger and ankle injuries. 'I don't really have any handicaps, anything that will hold me back,' Thomas said. '... I feel really good. I know that I'll be able to play at the highest level I've played in my career.'
Huddle Up: Reunited with Adam Gase, Thomas hopes to regain some of his glory from the 2013 and '14 seasons in which he scored a total of 24 times. He is too risky for TE1 status, but there is weekly flex consideration and daily gaming worth here. Thomas has to compete with three viable receivers for touches in an offense that figures to run the ball as much as possible to shield Ryan Tannehill.
Dion Sims - TEPosted 3/9/17 6:09pm ET
Free-agent TE Dion Sims (Dolphins) has agreed to a three-year, $18-million deal with the Chicago Bears, according to sources. The deal includes $10 million in guarantees.
Huddle Up: The size of the contract suggests Sims will have some type of role in the passing game, but he is still figures to be a low-end TE2.
Jarvis Landry - WRPosted 3/8/17 6:01am ET
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry is not on the trade block, but the team has received calls about him.
Huddle Up: Landry is dirt cheap ($1.1 million) in the final year of his contract. He has averaged 96 catches for 1,017 yards in his three years. That makes you think WR1, right? The problem is he only has 13 touchdowns in those three years. He's knocking on the door, but there could be eight or 10 better options than him at the position.
Kenny Stills - WRPosted 3/8/17 12:50pm ET
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent WR Kenny Stills has received an offer from the Dolphins worth around $8 million per season.
Huddle Up: Stills probably will test the free-agent market to see if he can receive a better offer from a team. He recorded 726 yards and nine touchdowns in 2016 and should have a solid role in a team's offense next season. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues depending on the team.
Kenny Stills - WRPosted 3/8/17 5:07pm ET
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent WR Kenny Stills has agreed to terms with the Dolphins Wednesday, March 8, according to sources. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Stills was a solid part of the Dolphins' passing game this past season and should have a similar role in 2017. He is coming off a nine-touchdown season in 2016 and will continue to be a deep threat for Miami. Owners in most fantasy leagues should consider Stills a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver.
Kenny Stills - WRPosted 3/4/17 10:38am ET
Impending free-agent WR Kenny Stills (Dolphins) may command $10 to $12 million per season in free agency, making it unlikely he will re-sign with the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: Despite leaving Miami in touchdown catches last season with nine, Stills isn't going to overtake Jarvis Landry as the top receiver. The Dolphins also probably want to give former first-rounder DeVante Parker every chance to succeed, so breaking the bank for Stills doesn't make a ton of sense. At the moment, the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans would seem to be his most likely landing spots.
Ryan Tannehill - QBPosted 3/4/17 8:26pm ET
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill can still move outside the pocket, but he will be more of a pocket passer going forward.
Huddle Up: Tannehill has rushed for just six touchdowns in five years, so staying in the pocket more doesn't really change his fantasy value. He remains a QB2 heading into 2017.
Jay Ajayi - RBPosted 3/2/17 4:38pm ET
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi could be looking at an even bigger workload in 2017, according to head coach Adam Gase, who said 'we do need more snaps on offense, which would entail him getting more carries.' Gase also added that 'hopefully we can go even further in the passing game. (Ajayi) did a good job improving in that area. Hopefully we can take an even bigger step.'
Huddle Up: After posting a true breakout season in which he rushed for 1,272 yards on 260 carries (4.9 yards per attempt) and eight touchdowns, Ajayi is already in position to be drafted in the first round of most fantasy leagues. As for his work in the passing game, he did record 27 receptions for 151 yards, so if he's able to add more production there, that would just be gravy. Ajayi will surely continue to be a popular name in 2017 no matter what.
DeVante Parker - WRPosted 3/2/17 9:35pm ET
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker needs to show more consistency and maturity, according to head coach Adam Gase. 'He's just got to understand everything he does is important,' Gase said. 'It's a trust level with everyone in the building.'
Huddle Up: Parker has all the talent in the world, but injuries and bad habits have stunted his development. If Kenny Stills doesn't return, Parker could be in line for a big year, but he will be a high-risk, high-reward option on draft day.
Ryan Tannehill - QBPosted 2/23/17 10:25am ET
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) will be able to participate in all of the Dolphins' offseason activities. He will not undergo reconstructive surgery on his severely sprained knee. Weeks ago, Tannehill passed a battery of tests that determined the functionality and stability of his knees. Furthermore, Tannehill will not be more susceptible to future anterior cruciate ligament injuries in his left knee. Tannehill's rigorous rehabilitation program, including adult stem cell treatment, brought just as good results as surgery would have, according to team doctors and athletic trainers. Tannehill will play the 2017 season with a brace on the knee.
Huddle Up: Tannehill has plenty of time to get used to his knee and playing with the brace. Don't be surprised if he's held back somewhat in the offseason program, but he'll be good to go for the regular season as of now. Tannehill has yet to reach that 'next level' in his career and remains a backup fantasy quarterback.
Branden Albert - OTPosted 2/19/17 4:20pm ET
Miami Dolphins OT Branden Albert could be traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for TE Julius Thomas, according to league sources, and Albert said he wouldn't 'ruffle feathers' if he was traded.
Huddle Up: Thomas was underutilized in Jacksonville, and he has battled injuries throughout his career. However, he also has a couple of strong years under his belt. He is worth grabbing as a TE2 in 2017 in case he returns to form.
Kenny Stills - WRPosted 2/15/17 8:13pm ET
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent WR Kenny Stills is a possible replacement for Washington Redskins impending free-agent WR DeSean Jackson, according to The Washington Post's Mark Bullock.
Huddle Up: Stills is a deep threat in the same vein as D-Jax. At just 24, though, he is entering the prime of his career and has a chance to become a more reliable contributor after his big-play 2016 showing. We have seen flashes from Stills in New Orleans and Miami, but he was a supporting cast member rather than the focal point. While much remains unsettled, his base value is in the low-end WR3 to No. 4 conversation, with an upside of a midrange WR2.
Ryan Tannehill - QBPosted 2/4/17 3:52pm ET
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) has reportedly considered stem cell and platelet rich plasma injections on his injured ACL, but a source close to Tannehill though the Miami Herald this week the quarterback's knee is stable.
Huddle Up: Although it is only February, Tannehill's ACL better be stable, as a surgery to repair a torn ACL usually take at least nine months to rehab, which would mean his best-case scenario would be a November return if he needs the surgery. At the moment, however, there's no reason to believe that is the case. Tannehill should return to being a serviceable fantasy QB2 if he returns without incident in 2017.
Jay Ajayi - RBPosted 2/4/17 7:38pm ET
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi said the 2016 season can be a 'baseline' for his career, and his goal is to have multiple consistent years while increasing his production.
Huddle Up: Ajayi looks locked into the lead role in Miami's backfield, and his job security makes him a low-end RB1 heading into 2017.
Kenny Stills - WRPosted 2/2/17 5:52am ET
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent WR Kenny Stills will be pursued by the Philadelphia Eagles if he becomes a free agent, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Stills had a 42-726-9 line in what was a really good season. Entering his fifth year, he's just going to be 25 years old, and there could be more in the tank. He's more valuable in non-PPR leagues because he has averaged just 41 catches in four years, and he's on the WR3/WR4 apex in most formats.
Ryan Tannehill - QBPosted 1/30/17 5:47am ET
Updating previous reports, Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill (knee) will not require surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament, according to sources. Tannehill had an MRI Monday, Jan. 30, to confirm the prognosis.
Huddle Up: Tannehill has been a mediocre quarterback in his five-year career, and he'll be 29 next season. If there were a season for everything to come together, it could be his second season under Adam Gase. He'll be a high-end QB2 in drafts.
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