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Why I Drafted Dolphins Rookie TE Mike Gesicki

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Last year, I joined a startup Dynasty Fantasy Football league, thanks to Kurt Turner @_Knuckleheads.  I was fortunate enough to win the inaugural season on the back of Todd Gurley III.

Why I Drafted Dolphins Rookie TE Mike Gesicki

My Team

In our four round rookie draft, I had picks 1.12 and 2.1.  The draft moved quickly, but halfway through I traded the 12th pick for Nelson Agholor. That pick turned into Courtland Sutton. To start the 2nd round, I had a few different paths to choose from.

With no backup QB behind Russell Wilson, I was seriously considering Baker Mayfield, but I just honestly do not believe he will play this year and Wilson still has many top 10 QB seasons ahead of him. Fingers crossed, but if I need to start a QB for any reason other than a bye week, I will make a trade or stream the position for the rest of the year.


Running Backs

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The top 8 rookie RBs were already off the board in the following order:

  • Saquon Barkley -1
  • Derrius Guice – 2
  • Ronald Jones – 3
  • Nick Chubb – 4
  • Rashaad Penny – 6
  • Sony Michel -7
  • Royce Freeman -8
  • Kerryon Johnson – 10

I am comfortable at the position with Gurley, Jordan Howard, Bilal Powell and D’Onta Foreman.

Wide Receivers

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Wide receivers Calvin Ridley, D.J. Moore, Anthony Miller and Sutton were the other first round picks.  I was thinking about drafting Michael Gallup for about five minutes, as the Dallas Cowboys have a strange WR depth chart without Dez Bryant.

However, my deepest position is most definitely WR.  I just added Agholor and already roll with Doug Baldwin, Davante Adams, Golden Tate and Robert Woods in my starting lineup on a weekly basis.  On top of that Cooper Kupp, Ted Ginn and Allen Hurns sit on my bench as bye week filler.

Tight Ends

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That brings me to my TE situation.  Delanie Walker was my lone TE last season, as Tyler Eifert did not play, after week 2, due to a back injury.  With Eifert’s status unknown and Walker turning 34 before the season starts, I needed to find a future TE.

There are three realistic TE options in this draft class, with Mike Gesicki, Dallas Goedert and Hayden Hurst.  Goedert landed in Philadelphia, which means he is a TE2 on his own team for the foreseeable future with Zach Ertz on the roster.  Hurst is going to be 25 before the NFL kicks-off in September and joins an aging Joe Flacco and a Ravens offense that struggles to produced fantasy friendly TEs.  That left me digging into Gesicki’s situation with the Dolphins.

Why Mike Gesicki

Sure, Ryan Tannehill is the QB and they have no plan for the position in the future, but I think the key is them trading Jarvis Landry. Landry’s 458 targets is the 5th most in the NFL since 2015.  We all know Landry wasn’t known for catching deep passes so all of those short targets have to go to someone.

Yes, Danny Amendola was signed in the offseason, but a TE can fill that role too.  Problem is, the Dolphins have not had a good one in quite some time.  There is a reason Miami drafted Gesicki with the 42nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, they have a plan in place for him.

Gesicki is the record holder for career receptions by a TE at Penn State, with 129 receptions for 1,481 yards and 15 touchdowns.  At 6’6, he could be Tannehill’s favorite Red Zone target this season, as teams focus on defending DaVante Parker.

“The 6-foot-6, 247-pound Gesicki blew the doors off the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, running a 4.54-second 40-yard dash, benching 225 pounds 22 times and recording a 129-inch broad jump. Using his size and athleticism to his advantage, Gesicki proved to be a mismatch nightmare with the Nittany Lions, as he earned 85.3-plus receiving grades in each of his final two collegiate seasons.” – Pro Football Focus

Update: I selected Sam Darnold and Josh Allen at the 3.12/4.01 turn and after the rookie draft ended I added Devontae Booker and Sam Bradford when waivers opened.  I spent $19 FAAB on each player though and our budget is $100 for the year…but Trey Burton went for $37!


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