This week I had the chance to chat with James Morris better known as @FantasyGuy23 on Twitter. James has spent several seasons informing readers of fan sites and NFL official team sites about the team’s Fantasy prospects on a weekly basis. Currently James is writing for the Bengals and the other AFC Florida team- the Jacksonville Jaguars. We thank James in advance for bearing with us and adding content to our new site.
We chat with James from everything from an injured Ryan Tannehill, Jay Ajayi, and finally that new and improved Dolphins defense.
Getting the fantasy perspective can lead to some solid perspective on the state of our team known as the Miami Dolphins…Our rather informal exchange went a little like this:
MS: Are the Dolphins now less attractive to fantasy owners?
JM: Ajayi is still worth being a low-end RB1… but if they sign Cutler, it helps his value, along with others…
MS: On that point-Where else do you see the Dolphins finding a quarterback solution?
JM: Keapernick… but with the history of Gase and Cutler, he is the most likely QB under center when week 1 hits. Unless they roll with Moore… but I don’t see that as a realistic option.
MS: On the running back and receiver front, where do you see the Dolphins players ranking as far as viable options this fantasy football season?
JM: Ajayi around the 10-12 range overall at RB, with guys like Lamar Miller and Isaiah Crowell. WRs as of right now are Landry and Parker only, with Landry in the 30-ish range for WRs, and Parker dropping down to closer to 50. That all depends on the QB also.
MS: Where has the Dolphins defense improved and are they an option this year?
JM: Suh is good for about 7 sacks and maybe 40 tackles… while Wake could hit the double-digit mark with 10 sacks. Kiko Alsonso will throw in 85+ tackles and Timmons another 70-ish. Reshad Jones is the big dog in the secondary… 90 tackles with 2-3 INTs… but a guy like Maxwell isn’t a viable option for fantasy owners playing in IDP formats. Overall… the Dolphins are bunched together with a lot of other defenses as a streaming option. During the right weeks… they are worth playing. Other weeks… they should be on the waiver wire.
JM: The Dolphins have a SOS (strength of schedule) of .547, which is the 6th highest in the NFL. Their defense will be a tough one for fantasy owners to lean on outside of the Jets games. Oh… and on defense… their fantasy playoff SOS is .625… tied for the 2nd highest in the NFL with the Cowboys and Eagles. So… they are not even CLOSE to an option when you need it most.
MS: Depending on what happens at the QB position, how can the Dolphins best compete in the first seven weeks of the season? What do you envision their games looking like given that they were close with superb QB play from Tannehill?
JM: The Dolphins only hope is to ride Ajayi until the wheels fall off. If Ajayi goes down… their season becomes who they want with the #1 pick… it gets THAT ugly. If Matt Moore is under center Week 1… WRs and TE take a dive in value. Even if Cutler is the QB… we need to see just what kind of rust there is to knock off. Assuming he hits Week 1 in decent shape… Landry is a WR3 and you don’t play Parker as anything more than a bye-week filler. When Tannehill went down, Parker and Landry’s value went down with him. Maybe Gase can dink & dunk the ball down the field with Ajayi Damien Williams… and use Parker in a PPR kind of situation… but I look at the Dolphins as Ajayi, then everyone else.
We thank James for his candid look at the Miami Dolphins value in fantasy football. You can catch James on Twitter @FantasyGuy23 and of course on the Bengals and Jaguars sites as well.
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