MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins’ offense seems to be utterly revamped on paper, with an infusion of playmakers on the talent positions led by receivers Tyreek Hill and Cedrick Wilson, and operating backs Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds.
Add within the hiring of offensive-minded head coach Mike McDaniel, and the Dolphins’ assault, which ranked twenty fourth in offensive anticipated factors added final season, must be improved in practically each side.
Which may translate to extra victories, however from a fantasy perspective, Miami’s finest gamers may show unpredictable because the staff’s scheme adjusts week by week.
On ESPN platforms, Hill is being drafted as WR7 and final season’s standout rookie Jaylen Waddle is being drafted as WR13. There’s cause to be enthusiastic about a minimum of one of many Dolphins’ receivers contemplating what McDaniel did with versatile receiver Deebo Samuel final season because the coordinator in San Francisco.
Samuel broke out in 2021 with 1,405 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns, including one other 365 yards and eight touchdowns on the bottom. Although McDaniel lauded Waddle’s yards-after-catch skill shortly after being employed in January, it was unclear if he would ask Waddle, who had two carries final season, to fill a Samuel-type position in Miami this season.
Then the Dolphins traded for Hill (league-best 20 touchdowns of 50-plus yards since 2016) in March, and it appeared like they discovered their do-it-all gadget participant — or a minimum of the closest factor to it. Hill has averaged 7.7 yards and scored six dashing TDs on 93 profession carries.
“There’s in all probability going to be some overlap to some extent,” McDaniel stated. “However Deebo Samuel developed into that position due to each circumstance and due to talent set whereas in San Francisco. I anticipate no distinction, actually, with Tyreek, the place we’re going to begin with the foundational components of the receiver place.
“I promise you we’re not going to restrict — or we’ll proceed the method of creating him and the Miami Dolphins soccer staff.”
Whereas Hill ought to stay as much as his WR7 common draft place, what must be anticipated from Waddle?
The 49ers’ No. 2 receiver, Brandon Aiyuk, completed final season with 826 yards and 5 touchdowns on 56 catches — good for WR35 in ESPN fantasy leagues. Waddle is a greater receiver than Aiyuk, nonetheless, and would not need to share targets with final 12 months’s TE4, George Kittle.
Waddle was primarily used within the short-to-intermediate a part of the sector as a rookie, in some methods to make up for the Dolphins’ ineffective run recreation that ranked thirtieth (92.2 yards per recreation). He’ll nonetheless be used on intermediate routes to fabricate house for him to run after the catch, however the hope with McDaniel calling performs is that Waddle will likely be ready to take action extra effectively.
Final season, Waddle completed eighth within the NFL in receptions (104), however twenty fifth in yards (1,015) and tied for a hundred and first in yards per catch (9.8). One in every of Miami’s major objectives this season have to be to maximise Waddle’s abilities.
“I feel it is a completely different staff, a special scheme,” Waddle stated. “Clearly we’ll work to what we’re good at. I feel Coach McDaniel does a great job of placing gamers in positions to make performs. I belief that he is going to try this all year long.”
Miami tight finish Mike Gesicki (73 catches final season) will siphon targets from Hill and Waddle, however Samuel and Kittle completed among the many prime 50 flex gamers in ESPN fantasy leagues final season regardless of mediocre quarterback play from Jimmy Garoppolo, who ranked thirteenth in QBR (53.3), and Kittle lacking three video games.
However for these anticipating Hill to be the following Samuel as a receiver and rusher, understand that Hill has completed no worse than WR11 in all however one in every of his six NFL seasons. That is the participant this Dolphins workers traded for, not the second coming of Samuel.
“You do not have a look at it like ‘I want the following Deebo,'” McDaniel stated. “Deebo wasn’t discovered by on the lookout for Deebo. You search for good soccer gamers which can be dedicated and passionate and possibly that problem you as a coach to see ‘Hey, what different means can we make the most of this talent set?'”