This is an installment of a weekly presentation of each NFL team’s top fantasy players by position. This analysis we will feature the Dallas Cowboys and their high powered offense. Check out our analysis on the Seattle Seahawks.
With these articles you will find a player from each key position to target in fantasy football. The lists will consist as to why they are chosen as the top player for their respective positions and teams, players poised to breakout or as sleepers, 2pt specialists and a new format based off of individual defensive players.
The Miami Dolphins (8-8 record & third in the AFC East) were one of the best offenses in the league last season, but the defense struggled to win more games. Tannehill finally took the jump to the next level, and was a top 10 quarterback, along with the emergence of running back Lamar Miller and rookie receiver Jarvis Landry. On the defensive side of the ball, the Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins made a big impact all over the field. The biggest struggle for the Dolphins was in their defensive backfield, where there was inconsistency. This offseason, the team added quality impact players on both sides of the ball. With the key additions, the Dolphins are primed to breakthrough in the AFC East and finally emerge as a playoff competitor.
QB Ryan Tannehill: Tannehill finally produced the statistics that justified the Dolphins taking him with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 draft. He ranked as the number eight fantasy quarterback with over 4,000 passing yards and 27 touchdowns to go with 300 rushing yards. The Dolphins have provided Tannehill with all of the weapons to make him successful, and there should be no excuse for him not to lead this team to the playoffs. This season, draft Tannehill as a top 10 quarterback, with top five potential.
WR Jarvis Landry: The second year receiver was overshadowed last season by the success of fellow rookie receivers, Odell Beckham Jr, Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin. Landry quietly had the second most receptions for a rookie receiver last year. Fast forward to this season, Landry is the team’s number one receiver, who should see the majority of the team’s targets. For fantasy purposes, Landry is most valuable in a PPR league, and should see roughly 150 targets. I would put him in the top 15 for receivers in fantasy this season, especially in PPR leagues.
RB Lamar Miller: Miller broke out last season, and finally reached the 1,000 yard mark and more than tripled his touchdown total from the 2013 season. This season, Miller is no longer a sleeper after being the ninth ranked fantasy running back. With a better overall offensive roster, it should open up things up for Miller, who will be the primary ball carrier with no competition behind him. I expect Miller to continue to be a top 10 back, and to push for double digit touchdowns.
WR DeVante Parker: The first round rookie receiver is not healthy at the moment, but should be ready when the Dolphins go into week one. Parker has the ability to be the team’s number one outside receiver, and the perfect complement to second year slot receiver Jarvis Landry. With his size, leaping ability, hands and speed, Parker could come in and be a threat right away. If he can prove himself, Parker could compete with fellow rookie receiver Amari Cooper.
TE Jordan Cameron: Cameron made the right move when he chose to leave Cleveland for Miami. Cameron’s abilities have been hidden in Cleveland have been hidden with the subpar quarterback play. If healthy he should produce top 10 tight end numbers in fantasy this season. I see Cameron as a high pick when looking for a quality tight end, and for him to a solid overall sleeper this season.
DL Ndamukong Suh: Suh chose to jump ship for the beaches of Miami this offseason, and signed a lucrative $114 million dollar contract. Last season, Suh produced eight and a half sacks and a whopping 21 tackles for loss. These statistics helped Suh rank as the 10th best fantasy defensive lineman, and arguably one of the top three best defensive players in all of football. Expect him to be in the top 10 for fantasy defensive lineman, and for him to continue his dominate play.
DE Cameron Wake: Wake continues to be a force on the edge for the Dolphins, and last season was no different. With his 11.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss, Wake was the 14th ranked defensive lineman in fantasy last season. Again, with the key offseason addition of Suh, the opportunities for Wake should be unlimited. The attention and focus will be on Suh, which Wake should take advantage of the one on one edge rushing opportunities. I fully expect Wake to be a top 10 defensive lineman in fantasy this season.
LB Jelani Jenkins: In just his second season, and first season as the starter, Jenkins ranked as the 21st fantasy linebacker. Jenkins produced over 100 total tackles, three and a half sacks and nine tackles for loss. With the key addition of Ndamukong Suh, there’s no reason not to believe that Jenkins can produce similar numbers this coming season. He should be considered a top 25 linebacker for fantasy this season.
CB Brent Grimes: After spending his first five seasons in Atlanta, Grimes has found his home with the Miami Dolphins. In just two seasons with the Dolphins, Grimes has had nine total interceptions and started and played in all 32 games. Last year, he ranked 49th in fantasy for defensive backs, but he still managed five interceptions and one defensive touchdown. This season, I expect him to be back in the top 25 mix for defensive backs, and to continue to be a turnover machine.
K Caleb Sturgis: Sturgis is a solid kicker, and last year he ranked 11th in fantasy. He converted 29 out of 37 field goals and all 41 of his extra points. I fully expect Sturgis to be one of the top kickers in fantasy this season. With the high powered offense that the Dolphins bring, it will allow Stugis more opportunities to be in field goal range, or for extra points.
2Pt Specialist: With the extra point line being pushed back to the 15 yard line teams might consider going for two after touchdowns this coming season. Some of the key players to look for the Dolphins to rely on in these situations are tight end Jordan Cameron, running back Lamar Miller and rookie receiver DeVante Parker. Cameron provides the team with a field stretching tight end, and in the red zone a big bodied, sure handed pass catcher. With his basketball background, Jordan has the skills to produce double digit touchdowns. Lamar Miller had a breakout season last year, and is the primary red zone threat. Lastly, rookie receiver, DeVante Parker has the size and leaping ability to be a red zone nightmare for cornerbacks. Expect the Dolphins to be one of the most efficient red zone team’s in the NFL this coming season.
Rookie Impact: As rookies go, The Dolphins brought in two top tier players on both sides of the ball. With the first round addition of Louisville receiver DeVante, the franchise is looking for their prototypical number one receiver, in the AJ Green mold. Parker brings size, speed and a big catch radius that the Dolphins have been lacking. In the second round, the Dolphins added big bodied defensive tackle out of Oklahoma, Jordan Phillips. Phillips adds depth to an already dominate defensive line. He should be the primary backup to Suh, and find himself in the team’s rotation early on in the season. Lastly, the team took a chance on Boise State running back, Jay Ajayi. Ajayi fell to the fifth round with a nagging knee injury, but with no shortage of talent, the Dolphins are hoping that he can be the primary backup to Lamar Miller.
The Miami Dolphins made the biggest splash in free agency when they signed superstar defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh to a $114 million dollar deal. They also traded troubled receiver Mike Wallace to the Minnesota Vikings. Then, traded for speed receiver Kenny Stills from the New Orleans Saints, and brought in former Packer and Viking, Greg Jennings. With all of the offseason additions, the Dolphins have put together a roster that has no excuse not to be in the playoffs this season. Although the Dolphins resigned quarterback to Ryan Tannehill to a big contract, the jury is still out on him. He has yet to take the team to the playoffs, and if this season does not change, it will be because of the quarterback. I fully expect the Dolphins to take the next step, and to finally make the playoffs, and for Tannehill to play at a Pro Bowl type level.
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