The Dolphins continued their mediocre ways in 2014 with their second consecutive 8-8 season, even after a promising 5-3 start. With the Tom Brady suspension looming, the Dolphins are looking to capitalize and make the postseason for the first time since 2008.
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Dolphins’ starting QB Ryan Tannehill (68) is coming off the best season of his career in which he threw for 4,045 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also ran for 311 yards on 56 carries. The 26-year-old has started all sixteen games in each of his first three seasons for the Dolphins and has improved each season. Despite the loss of WR Mike Wallace and TE Charles Clay, the Dolphins have filled their offensive voids with TE Jordan Cameron and rookie WR DeVante Parker. With the 1,000 yard rusher Lamar Miller behind him, there’s no reason to think Tannehill will regress in 2015. “The Machine” ranks Tannehill as sixth round pick and the eighth best fantasy quarterback.
Dolphins’ starter Lamar Miller (53) will look to surpass the career year he had last season. In 2014, Miller accumulated 1,099 yards and 8 touchdowns on just 216 carries. While ranking 15th among running backs in carries, Miller finished 2014 ranked tenth in total yards and tied for eighth in touchdowns. He also averaged 5.1 yards per carry, ranking him second among running backs. Miller’s carry count will rely on how competition the Dolphins are this upcoming season. If things fall into place for The Fins, Miller could see upwards of 250 carries. “The Machine” ranks Miller as fifth round selection.
If you’re the one to draft Miller, make sure to keep an eye on rookie RB Jay Ajayi. The six-foot, 221 lbs. Boise State product was drafted by the Dolphins in the fifth round. In 2014, Ajayi amassed more than 1,800 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving. He became the only player in FBS history to achieve those numbers. With a powerful running style, Ajayi could make a nice change-of-pace back for the Dolphins and a goal line threat.
The Dolphins have themselves an interesting receiving corps going into the new season. Despite losing Mike Wallace, the Dolphins have added Kenny Stills (133) and veteran WR Greg Jennings along with drafting the 6-foot-3-inch, 209 lbs. DeVante Parker (177) out of Louisville. These three lined up with sophomore Jarvis Landry (42) could lead to increased success for QB Ryan Tannehill.
“The Machine” projects Landry to be fourth round pick, Stills a 12th round pick, and Parker a 15th. While Landry and Stills maybe more reliable at the moment, if healthy, Parker may have the highest ceiling of the three. His size along with his speed makes him a menace for coaches to game plan for. In deeper leagues, look for Greg Jennings in fantasy news, as he may be a fantasy receiving sleeper in 2015.
Just before losing TE Charles Clay to the division rival Buffalo Bills, the Dolphins signed TE Jordan Cameron (84) to a two-year deal. In 2013, Cameron tallied career highs in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. His 2014 was cut to just 10 games due to complications from concussions. If the 26-year-old can stay healthy, he could be the top red zone target for Tannehill and the Dolphins. Cameron stands at 6-feet-5-inches and weighs 250 lbs. His size is a nightmare for defensive backs and he’s proven the capability of being a top tight end in this league. “The Machine” ranks Cameron as the 10th best tight end and a seventh round pick.
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