Fantasy Stud — Mike Wallace, WR
Wallace is the Dolphins’ most proven fantasy stud as far as what he’s done in his NFL career. Obviously, he hasn’t done anything WITH the Dolphins, but they paid a heck of a lot of money with the hopes that Wallace can be a thousand yard receiver.
This is a big play receiver who has a nose for the end zone. I think you’ll see Wallace catch anywhere from 65-75 passes this season, and he’s not had less than eight touchdowns in a season since his rookie year, even when he held out of training camp.
The Dolphins are obviously hoping that Wallace can return to the form he showed back in 2010 when he had seven games with over 100 yards as well as 10 touchdown catches.
This was a huge offseason acquisition for a team that was really hurting for a big time playmaker at the receiver position. Now they have one, so we’ll see how involved he gets in the offense. I think he’ll be a solid option for fantasy, but I still think you need to be careful with Wallace.
Fantasy Risk — Ryan Tannehill, QB
I think you could see a huge payoff if you take a risk on Tannehill late in your draft. He is a guy who has the ability to beat you with his arm or his legs, and I think all things considered, he had a pretty good rookie season.
Obviously the touchdowns weren’t there for Tannehill last year, and he might not even break 20 or 25 touchdowns in year two, but he went over 3,000 yards last season, so the Dolphins were passing the ball, and this is a guy who was a former wide receiver in college. He knows how to make plays on the ground.
If Tannehill can gain a good bit of confidence, he could easily break out as a big time fantasy QB this season. The only fear is that he will hit that sophomore slump. The Dolphins have pretty high expectations this year, and Tannehill is a big part of that. If he doesn’t step up, this team might miss the playoffs yet again.
Or, Tannehill could be a rock star and take the Dolphins–and your fantasy team–back to postseason glory.
Fantasy Breakout Star — Lamar Miller, RB
Miller is a great combination of size and speed who had first round talent coming out of the University of Miami. He fell to the fourth round of the draft because of some injury concerns, but the Dolphins couldn’t be more excited to have him this year.
The second year back has really high expectations, and while I don’t know that he can replace Reggie Bush as a receiver, certainly he gives the Dolphins a potential 1,000 yard back.
There will be weeks where Miller struggles, but there will also be weeks where you get absolutely carried by him. I see him as a 1,200 yard back with the ability to go off for 10 or more touchdowns this season. I also think he is a candidate to catch 30 plus passes. I loved Miller coming out of college, and I think he can be a big time impact player.