2020 Fantasy Football Miami Dolphins Preview

by Dylan Clemons
2020 Fantasy Football Miami Dolphins Preview

The Fantasy Football season is fast approaching, and we are doing our 2020 team previews. Today we will be going over the Miami Dolphins in the 2020 Fantasy Football Miami Dolphins Preview.

The Miami Dolphins  Have been searching for a franchise quarterback for two decades since the retirement of Dan Marino in 2000. They believe they have one now, after “tanking for Tua” worked. They were able to get the 5th pick of the 2020 NFL draft and take Tua Tagovailoa out of the University of Alabama. After he had fallen into their lap because of injury concerns after a hip injury ended his last year of college.

Head coach Brian Flores is coming into his second season with the team and he is doing his best to not only rebuild the team but to also try and build a culture like the one that he came from in New England.

On paper, the Dolphins have so much more talent on the roster than they’ve had in the past. A few moves they made, they signed lockdown Cornerback Byron Jones (5 years/$82 million), two time Super Bowl winner Kyle Van Noy (4 years/$52 million), whom Flores coached in New England, and Shaquille Lawson (3 years/$30 million).

Also in an attempt to protect their future Franchise Quarterback, they tried to sure up their offensive line by signing Ereck Flowers (3 years/$30 million) and they drafted offensive lineman Austin Jackson out of USC.

Those are the big changes for the Dolphins heading into the 2020 season, now let's look at the team from the fantasy side of things.

2020 Fantasy Football Miami Dolphins Preview

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Is there a better place holder Quarterback than Ryan Fitzpatrick? I don’t think so. No matter where this guy happens to end up every year, he manages to get the starting job somehow. This year is no different as I see him as the starting Quarterback for Miami week one against the Tom Brady-less New England Patriots.

Fitzpatrick is a viable streaming option pending the matchup as long as he is the starter. But I wouldn’t recommend drafting him because of his first two matchups of the year at New England, and home against Buffalo, which are about the two toughest matchups a Quarterback could face.

Tua Tagovailoa is the future franchise quarterback of Miami Dolphins whenever he is healthy to do so. Unfortunately for us fantasy players we don’t know when/if we will see him this season. If he does become healthy and the Dolphins make him the starter before Week 10, they go through a nice stretch in Weeks 10-13 where they play the Jets twice, and the Bengals.

Other than that stretch of games, the Dolphins schedule is the hardest against Quarterbacks in the NFL. So we may see flashes from Tua this season, but I think we will have to wait until 2021 for his fantasy breakout.

Josh Rosen is now an afterthought in Miami, barring any injury to Fitzpatrick early in the season, Rosen will be irrelevant. Hopefully, for Rosen's sake, he’s on a different roster by Week 1.

Running backs

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Jordan Howard was looking like he was going to be a fantasy stud after his first two years in the league. Where he finished RB10 in 2016, and RB12 in 2017, But in 2018 when Matt Nagy came to Chicago and changed the run scheme, Howard began to struggle and finished that year at RB20 according to FantasyPros Half PPR scoring system. Then Howard was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 5th round pick that offseason, where he struggled with injuries last season.

Howard should have a guaranteed workload this season as the early-down back, and get a lot of the red zone work. But he is a liability out of the backfield as a pass-catcher and is working behind the worst line he’s had throughout his career, so that limits his fantasy production. I consider Howard no more than a low ceiling touchdown-dependent RB3 OR Flex option.

Matt Breida comes over from the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers, where he has battled injuries throughout his career. He is the much more talented Running back than Jordan Howard, but he’s not someone who can handle an enormous workload.

I can see Breida getting 10-12 touches a game, and making the most out of this touches with his explosive speed. Pending the matchup, Breida is a high ceiling flex option, who can bust a big play at any moment.

Wide Receivers

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DeVante Parker had a career year last season finishing with 72 receptions on 128 targets. It was the breakout that all fantasy owners were waiting for after previous disappointing seasons from Parker.

Once Fitzpatrick took over as the starter in week seven, Parker had seven double-digit target games and four games of over 100 yards receiving, Then proceeded to finish as WR7 for the season according to FantasyPros half-point PPR scoring system.

With the defense getting better, and a running game that on paper is better, I don’t expect Parker to repeat the season that he had, but I do expect him to finish in WR3 range.

Before a torn ACL ended his 2019 season in Week 9, Preston Williams had at least five targets in every game he played and was WR39 according to FantasyPros Half point PPR scoring system, despite not starting until Week 3.

Reports are indicating that Williams will be ready for the season opener, where he will most likely be starting on the opposite side of Parker. Williams is definitely worth drafting as a high upside WR4 and will get flex consideration throughout the season.

Albert Wilson doesn’t offer much fantasy upside, he only had a 12% target share last season according to playerprofiler.com, and that was with Preston Williams out of the lineup for almost half the season. I will not be considering him on draft day.

Tight Ends

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I can see a path where Mike Gesicki finishes as a TE1 this season. He finished last season with 89 targets which Ranked 7th amongst tight ends last season. He only had a 15% target share in the red zone according to playerprofiler.com, I fully expect that to increase, along with his touchdowns where he only had five last season. Gesicki also has no other competition in the Tight End room. If you’re a fan of waiting on a Tight End in your draft like I am, Gesicki is a solid pick and is a steal since he is going in the double-digit rounds.

Final Verdict

Finally, Dolphins fans have something to be excited about. With Tua taking over under center at some point this season, The defense being better, and having a competent running game. I don’t expect them to jump a lot in wins this year however, I have them at 6-10 record, But the future finally looks bright for the Dolphins and their fans.

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