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Projecting Miami Dolphins skill position depth chart and fantasy impact

The Dolphins bolstered their offense this offseason, which could mean a breakout year for Tua Tagovailoa.

Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates his first NFL touchdown on a three-yard pass to DeVante Parker #11 against the Los Angeles Rams during their game at Hard Rock Stadium on November 01, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

The Miami Dolphins took a monumental step last season, finishing 10-6 and just missing out on a playoff berth. Miami got a chance to see rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who had his good and bad moments under center. But the future is bright for Tagovailoa, who will be the unquestioned starting quarterback. Miami will try to replicate their success, but it won’t be easy. The Buffalo Bills did not make many changes and used their first two draft picks to address their defensive line. The Patriots went on a spending spree in free agency and look to be better on paper than they were last season. Finally, the Jets have a new quarterback and head coach, but will not be as easy of a team to face this season.

Quarterback

  1. Tua Tagovailoa
  2. Jacoby Brissett
  3. Jake Rudock

Running back

  1. Myles Gaskins
  2. Malcolm Brown
  3. Salvon Ahmed
  4. Gerrid Doaks

Wide receiver

  1. DeVante Parker
  2. Will Fuller V
  3. Jaylen Waddle
  4. Preston Williams
  5. Lynn Bowden Jr.
  6. Jakeem Grant Sr.

Tight end

  1. Mike Gesicki
  2. Durham Smythe
  3. Hunter Long
  4. Adam Shaheen

Biggest offseason changes

The Dolphins opted to not bring back Ryan Fitzpatrick in the offseason and will turn over the starting quarterback job to Tagovailoa. While Tua will be the starter, Miami did sign Jacoby Brissett as a solid backup option. At wide receiver, the team made major splashes with the free-agent signing of Fuller and then drafted Waddle with their first-round pick. Last season, Miami’s offense lacked explosiveness on the perimeter with Parker being the only playmaker. Now they have two wide receivers who have blazing speed and stretch the field.

Biggest questions for fantasy football

The Dolphins are set both at quarterback and wide receiver. With the additions of Fuller and Waddle, Parker should see a lot more favorable matchups. Mike Gesicki should also benefit in the receiving game and become a borderline Top-10 TE1 play. However, the question that remains for Miami is, who separates themselves at RB?

As things currently stand, Gaskins is the RB1, but the Dolphins have two capable backups in Brown and Ahmed, who both had solid performances last season. Brown spent last year in another running back by committee with the Rams. He had a career-high 419 yards on 101 carries and five touchdowns. Brown also recorded 23 receptions (33 targets) for 162 yards.

Meanwhile, Ahmed stepped in when the Dolphins’ running game was leaking oil and beat up last season. In six games (four starts), the 5-foot-11 running back produced 319 yards on 75 carries, three touchdowns, along with 11 receptions (14 targets) for 61 yards. That being said, it will be tough to trust any Dolphins running back in fantasy football.