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The Miami Dolphins were one of the biggest flops of the 2015 season, finishing with a disappointing record of 6-10. Following the season, the Fins made it a priority to find and hire the best head coach available to improve their offensive system. They went on to find their man in Chicago, hiring former offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Gase has a history of getting the most out of his quarterbacks (including Tim Tebow, Jay Cutler and Peyton Manning), and that’s what the Dolphins envision him doing with the struggling Ryan Tannehill.
Tannehill could re-immerse himself as a fantasy asset under Coach Gase this season, following a year where he showed little to no improvement and was pegged one of the biggest fantasy busts. Gase is expected to give Tannehill more freedom, including the option to audible, which he did not in season before. That along with a strong receiving corps, should lead to substantially improved fantasy numbers for the 2012 8th overall pick. Tannehill might be worth a late-round pick or early season waiver wire pickup.
That previously alluded to receiving corps is where this team could show the most fantasy value, consisting of young talents such as Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. A lot is expected from 3rd year WR Landry, who set a Dolphin-record for receptions in a season in 2015, as well as 2nd year WR DeVante Parker, who has a lot of skill but couldn’t quite settle in during his rookie year due to a foot surgery. Both are worth a mid-round draft picks, especially in an improved Miami offence. Stills could also be worth a an early waiver wire pick-up if Tannehill and Gase are able to redefine the team’s passing game.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing position battles in the NFL heading into this season will be between Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi for the Fins’ starting RB. Neither registered over 200 yards on the ground last season, but both had legitimate excuses, as Foster tore his achilles early in the year, and Ajayi never got the opportunity behind Lamar Miller. It is clear what a healthy Foster is capable of, rushing for over 1200 yards in his 4 of his last 6 seasons, however he is very injury-prone and may be passing his prime. It is far less clear what Ajayi is exactly capable of, but all that is clear that he wants to improve himself in the battle against Foster. both backs could prove to have significant fantasy value.
Just like Tannehill, TE Jordan Cameron was one of the biggest fantasy busts last year, averaging just 24.1 yards per game. While Cameron should show some improvement under Gase, he is still not worthy of a draft pick at this point.
The Fins’ D/ST was expected to have a breakout year in 2015, but failed to stop the run (or the pass for that matter) down the stretch. Despite boasting a defensive front-end containing high end talents such as DT Ndamukong Suh, DE Cameron Wake and newly signed DE Mario Williams, the Dolphins D/ST isn’t worthy of picking up until they prove they can actually stop the run.
QB Ryan Tannehill; WR Jarvis Landry; WR DeVante Parker; WR Kenny Stills; RB Arian Foster; RB Jay Ajayi; TE Jordan Cameron