Who’s the Top Fantasy Football Target in Dolphins’ Sneaky-Fast Offense?
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- The Miami Dolphins aren't expected to win many games in 2019, but they boast plenty of speed all over the offense.
- Which of their skill position players should we target in fantasy football?
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The Dolphins are in a weird spot heading into the 2019 season. Their offseason decision-making has (finally) begun to favor the franchise’s best long-term interests at the expense of their ability to compete right now.
The results accordingly aren’t expected to be pretty in the immediate future. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the favorite to get the first crack at instilling some magic in the offense, but much maligned former Cardinals’ first-round pick Josh Rosen also figures to get a chance to start.
Still, the Dolphins have the looks of a potentially intriguing fantasy football offense thanks to their plethora of athletically gifted skill position players. They could theoretically have plenty of opportunities to touch the ball if the defense winds up being as bad as it looks on paper.
Let’s break down what — if any — fantasy value Dolphins wide receivers and tight ends could hold in 2019.
Dolphins Have One of the NFL’s Fastest Offenses
Speed doesn’t always equal success in the NFL, but analysts and scouts alike would probably agree that faster is always preferred, assuming everything else is equal.
I calculated the combined 40-yard dash times from all 32 NFL offenses with help from Pro Football Reference and Player Profiler in an effort to identify the league’s fastest and slowest overall units.
The following table features the 40-yard dash time for each offense’s projected starter at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end. The “offense” column is the combined 40-yard rank from all of these players; “skill” leaves out quarterback.
- The Dolphins are the league’s fourth-fastest offense if we don’t factor in Fitzpatrick, but only drop to sixth with the slow-footed quarterback in the picture.
- Miami should be on any short list of top-five offenses in terms of pure speed considering its deep depth chart of similarly fast players. Jakeem Grant (4.34), Brice Butler (4.37) and Kalen Ballage (4.46) are capable of making big plays as well during their potentially limited snaps.
- The Patriots, Saints, Titans, Panthers, Dolphins, Broncos, 49ers and Giants are the only offenses with a running back, tight end and three starting wide receivers who each ran a 40-yard dash in fewer than 4.6 seconds.
- The Panthers are the league’s fastest offense with and without Cam Newton factored into the equation. They’re quietly loaded with speed at every position.
- The Giants are surprisingly the only other team ranked inside the top-five of both the offense and skill groups. They’re the only offense with sub-4.5 second players at each of their five starting skill positions. If only they didn’t have such a severe Elisha Manning problem.
- The Ravens, Titans and Seahawks are the only teams with negative double-digit ranking differences with and without their respective elusive starting quarterbacks.
- The Jaguars, Buccaneers and Patriots are the only teams with positive double-digit ranking differences with and without their respective statue-esque quarterbacks.
Fitzpatrick might not experience as much of a drop-off in pure receiving talent on the Dolphins compared to what he had with the Buccaneers, but that doesn’t mean we should expect much overall success in Miami.