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Fantasy impact of the Dolphins 2021 NFL Draft selections

We take a look at the fantasy football impact of the Miami Dolphins’ selections in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins waits for the snap during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium on January 3, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins just missed out on the playoffs after having one of their best seasons in recent memory. Second-year head coach Brian Flores started quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to begin the season, but eventually turned the reigns over to Tua Tagovailoa. The former Alabama Crimson Tide signal caller showed flashes of both good and bad moments, but there’s a lot to like going forward.

In the offseason, the Dolphins got their young quarterback some help with the free agent signing of wide receiver Will Fuller. Fuller gives the Dolphins a deep threat on the perimeter that they desperately needed. With the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft, Miami could take another wide receiver to go with Fuller and DeVante Parker. However, they could take tight end Kyle Pitts, which would give them a solid 1-2 combination with Mike Gesecki. Then later in the first round, they could take best player available or get themselves a running back to solidify their rushing attack.

Miami Dolphins 2021 Draft selections

No. 6: Jaylen Waddle, WR
No. 18: Jaelan Phillips, DE
No. 36: Jevon Holland, S
No. 42 (via NYG): Liam Eichenburg, OL
No. 81: Hunter Long, TE
No. 231: Larnel Coleman, OT
No. 244: Gerrid Doaks, RB

Fantasy football impact

Wow, Waddle and Will Fuller on the same team? Tua Tagovailoa gets to reunite with an old teammate and finally see some separation between his receivers and their defenders. The Dolphins offense was the weak link last season, but grabbing Waddle here sets them up for great things. As long as Tagovailoa takes a step forward this season, his fantasy football upside just got a lot higher.

The passing game got even better for Tagovailoa with the Dolphins’ third round pick tight end Hunter Long. He was a major focal point of the Boston College offense last season, though he still has work to do in proving he’s ready for the next level. He is unlikely to be a major fantasy factor as a rookie, but Miami has yet to extend Mike Gesicki, who is in a contract year.