Is Raheem Mostert or De’Von Achane The Better Draft Value? | 2024 Miami Dolphins Fantasy Football Draft Guide

by Dennis Sosic
Is Raheem Mostert or De'Von Achane The Better Draft Value?

The Miami Dolphins' 2023 season ended with a 26-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL Wild Card matchup. The excitement of the Dolphins' offense makes fantasy managers eager to grab every Dolphins weapon. In the 2024 Miami Dolphins Fantasy Football Draft Guide, I will be digging into which RB, Raheem Mostert or De'Von Achane is the better draft value. Then look at the pass-catcher beyond Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle and if Tua Tagovailoa can be a QB1.

Raheem Mostert and De'Von Achane were phenomenal last season. Together with the passing game, they helped the Dolphins average a league-leading 498.7 yards per game. Tua Tagovailoa and the dynamic duo of wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are almost unstoppable at times. Head Coach and play-caller Mike McDaniel brings a vision and innovative play design to help this offense rank among the top offenses every season.

The Dolphins' clock is ticking. In the 2024 season, Tua will be playing in the last year of his rookie contract. What will the Dolphins do about Tua? Tyreek Hill will be 30 years old this season, and Hill hinted at retiring after the 2025 season. The Dolphins have not advanced past the WildCard round since 2000! The Dolphins defense will struggle again this season. The bottom line is that Tua and the offense have peaked but have not lived up to the playoff expectations.

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Which RB Returns the Best Draft Value, Raheem Mostert or De'Von Achane?

Raheem Mostert's and De'Von Achane's excellent production in 2023 was quite surprising. Their ADP last season were RB34 and 35 yet finished much higher than that.

Mostert finished as the RB4 with 21 total touchdowns as the primary running back for the Dolphins. Despite his massive 2023 season, Mostert checks in as the RB26 ADP, so it seems as though the Fantasy community is weary of him being able to repeat.

Another big reason for this is the emergence of Achane, who should see an increase in touches. Of course rookie Jaylen Wright should play a role in allowing McDaniel to spread the ball around to each of the running backs as well.

Achane burst onto the NFL scene in Week 2 with 203 rushing yards and two scores, including two returning touchdowns. Achane continued his hot streak with 100+ rushing yards in consecutive weeks with three scores across two games. Sadly, Achane got injured and missed the next four games. Achane finished the season with three scores across the last six games while producing one game of hitting the 100 rushing yard game.

Achane is currently being drafted as the RB12, which seems too optimistic. His injury history and the timeshare should concern fantasy managers when investing this draft capital. For me, Mostert returns the best ADP value.

Who Steps Up For Tua Tagovailoa After Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle?

Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle led the stalwart Dolphins' offense and their explosive running game. Their league-leading offense continued to strive without a third pass-catching option, so the Dolphins attempted to remedy this issue by adding a few exciting options in the passing game.

For the 2023 season, the Dolphins failed to produce a third option for Tua. Cedric Wilson recorded an unimpressive 296 receiving yards and three scores as the WR3. To remedy this, Miami went out and signed veteran wideout Odell Beckham Jr.

During the 2023 season, Beckham always seemed hurt but did produce splash plays and recorded four top-20 WR finishes during a five-game stretch from Weeks 9-14. Fantasy managers should get on board with Beckham getting some love as a wide receiver to stash and as a possible deep flex option.

Rookie wide receiver Malik Washington will have an opportunity to make splash plays in this Dolphins offense. His profile lends itself to being a YAC monster, which is an obvious fit, and McDaniel will find a way to get Washington on the field. Washington will provide splash plays, but good luck figuring out when they occur.

Jonnu Smith steps into a featured role at tight end in this dynamic Dolphins offense. Smith finished as a top 20 tight end last season, while playing alongside Kyle Pitts with the Atlanta Falcons. Smith finished seventh in yards per target (8.4) and yards per reception (11.6). He will face heavy competition for targets, but the upside for a touchdown ceiling and big-play ability as defenses have enough playmakers to be concerned about. The price point is minimal for weekly TE1 upside.

Will The Dolphins Lead the league in Total Offense in 2024?

The Miami Dolphins offense is one of the most explosive in the NFL with Mike McDaniel calling the plays thanks to Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, and an explosive running game. Tua's efficiency in directing this offense must continue at a high level, but the offensive line needs to keep Tua healthy.

Mostert finished as the RB3 in fantasy points per game, and Achane finished as the RB4! Mostert scored 21 total touchdowns across 15 games. Unfortunately, Achane missed six games but was still paydirt 11 times. Indeed, both running backs are weapons that fantasy managers should target as their RB1 for the 2024 season.

The splash plays of Tyreek Hill led fantasy managers to many championships last season. His deep-threat ability and how McDaniel utilizes Hill makes the Cheetah a top-five wideout for fantasy managers. Waddle was injured for most of the season. A bounce-back season for Waddle is in the cards after scoring only four touchdowns last season.

The Dolphins will compete again for the top offense. Injuries aside, the Dolphins will compete with the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, and the Philadelphia Eagles for the designation. A healthy Waddle and a third option that booms will catapult this offense to another level.

Is Tua Tagovailoa a Fantasy QB1?

Tagovailoa started in 17 games for the first time in his career, leading the NFL in passing yards with an impressive 4,624 and earning his first Pro Bowl selection. However, his struggles in the playoffs, particularly in the wild-card round against the Kansas City Chiefs, raised anxiety. Tagovailoa completed 20 of 39 passes for 199 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, struggling in the wintery conditions.

Tua is entering the final year of his rookie contract and will become a free agent in 2025. The situation remains uncertain as Tua's performance in critical moments places the Dolphins in a challenging position. Tua is talented but considered a system quarterback with the track stars surrounding him and Mike McDaniels's video game play-calling. However, securing an upgrade would not be easy, and the Dolphins must weigh Tua's injury history, complicating their decision to invest despite his injury struggles.

The most significant deterrent for Tua is the falloff that inevitably stagnates his overall fantasy ranking. Tua finished as the QB19 after their Week 11 bye week. The trepidation surrounding Tua is natural and adds up to a bet against him finishing as a QB1 despite a top-10 fantasy football finish in 2023.

Final Thoughts

The Dolphins are the focus of many fantasy managers as they light up the scoreboards. What is not to love? The explosive running game with Mostert, Achane, and the rookie running back Jaylen Wright. Each of these running backs possesses high ceilings. It all depends on what draft capital you are willing to invest in. Regardless, the fantasy output will be worth the potential and the upside.

The passing game is elite. Tua has his injury issues but leads an offense that puts up Madden numbers. Tua directs an offensive system comprising the most explosive wideout, Tyreek Hill. Do not sleep on Jaylen Waddle, who had injuries throughout the season. Waddle will produce similar stats to his 2022 stats of 1300+ yards and eight touchdowns. Those numbers make Waddle a must-have wide receiver as the WR19 ECR. 

Fantasy managers also have sneaky options with Beckham and even a deep sleeper at tight end in Jonnu Smith. Fantasy managers should want a pie of this delicious fantasy pie! Enjoy!


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