By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Mon, Mar 2nd 3:23pm EST
Charles Clay was expected to receive a 6 million a year deal and today the Dolphins placed a 7 million transition tag on him instead. It will give the Dolphins no compensation if he goes elsewhere but will allow them to match any deal if they so choose. It is very likely that Clay will remain a Dolphin now. (Source: Andrew Abramson
Fantasy Impact: Clay returning with this tag points to the Dolphins' feeling that Clay is an asset that will perform as he did to finish the season. Clay should be a great bounce back target in re-drafts.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Sun, Dec 28th 4:32pm EST
Clay had five catches for 45 yards and a TD. Clay finished the year very well as he put together strong PPR games for the final three weeks.
Fantasy Impact: Clay is a free agent and with the way he rebounded from his injury, it is likely the Dolphins will try to bring him back. Clay has said that he wants to return but with Dion Sims it is unknown whether or not the Dolphins will want to pay Clay. If he is a Dolphin next season, Clay will be an undervalued TE1.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 9:42am EST
Despite having been limited in practice this week, Charles Clay has escaped another questionable tag. Clay was listed as probable and will look to continue where he left off last week when he was once again a key piece of the passing game.
Fantasy Impact: Clay has been very inconsistent this year mainly due to a nagging knee injury, a probable listing is good news for owners as this is likely the healthiest he has been in a while. Clay will be a TE2 against the Vikings and a decent option in most fantasy championship games.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Thu, Dec 18th 3:46pm EST
Once again Charles Clay was listed as limited, at this point he likely will be limited often but still play with his knee/hamstring injury.
Fantasy Impact: Clay has been involved often since his return. Clay is a solid TE2, owners could do much worse in the final week of playoffs.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 4:38pm EST
Charles Clay caught six passes for 59 yards. The passing game is the only thing that helped fantasy owners in the second half blowout. Luckily Clay was involved and put up a decent game for s fantasy TE this year.
Fantasy Impact: Clay wasn't a complete loss for owners who gambled with him. Next week will be another gamble, Clay is a TE2 who needs to score to have a good game for fantasy.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Wed, Dec 10th 7:05pm EST
According to Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel, Charles Clay has been playing with a knee injury that may require surgery to repair. Clay has been battling through it and has likely seen his production dip because of the limitations. (Source: Sun Sentinel
Fantasy Impact: Charles Clay has become a very inconsistent TE to play and with Dion Sims improving and getting called on to help pass and run block, it will continue to be an issue for Clay. While Clay gets much credit for playing hurt it doesn't help fantasy owners, Clay is a low TE2.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 4:17pm EST
Charles Clay made his return against the Ravens and had two catches for 41 yards. Clay saw a good amount of snaps go to Dion Sims and appeared to still be slightly hampered by his injury.
Fantasy Impact: Overall Clay did decent in his return, as he flashed his big play ability. Clay however failed to really get involved in the game limiting his production. Clay will be a TE2 for owners going into the crucial final two games of the fantasy playoffs.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Wed, Dec 3rd 7:00pm EST
Charles Clay took part in practice with his injured hamstring. He was only taking part of a limited practice but being able to get out there is a positive sign. It's still to early to say whether Clay will be able to go, but if not, Dion Sims is a viable replacement. (Source: Miami Herald
Fantasy Impact: If Clay plays he would only be a TE2 as he has played most of this season on one leg.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Wed, Nov 26th 1:31pm EST
According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, Charles Clay returned to practice today. A good sign for Clay who missed the game against the Broncos. (Source: Palm Beach Post
Fantasy Impact: Clay will have an extra day since it is a Monday night game, improving his chances of playing against the Jets. His return to practice is a good sign that he will be available.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Fri, Nov 21st 3:20pm EST
According to James Walker of ESPN, Clay is hampered with a newly injured hamstring to go with a nagging knee injury. It seems that Clay will miss the game against the Broncos. (Source: James Walker on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: With Clay down it will likely be Dion Sims taking most of the TE snaps. Sims is the best blocking TE but lacks Clay's big play ability. He will be a high-risk low-reward play that should be avoided.
By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 6:29pm EST
Clay has another injury bothering him. He did not practice with the team on Thursday due to a hamstring injury. Couple that with the knee (that's been bothering him all season) that limited his practice on Wednesday, and we have a pending game day issue of limited snaps, or possibly not playing at all. (Source: Sun Sentinel
Fantasy Impact: Watch this situation closely. Owners who are depending on Clay for bye week relief may want to consider backup options. If Clay doesn't play on Sunday, Jarvis Landry may benefit with increased targets, as both are big parts of Tannehill's short ball game.
By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 1:04am EST
Clay joined six other Dolphins who were also held to limited roles in practice on Wednesday. (Source: Dolphins.com
Fantasy Impact: It's likely that Clay is a bye week fill-in for Greg Olsen or Heath Miller in many leagues this week. Tannehill looks for Clay in the red zone, but Clay has been subject to near misses and dropsies. However, the Broncos are a borderline favorable matchup for opposing tight ends so Clay could do some damage. Weigh the risks accordingly.
By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Fri, Nov 14th 12:55pm EST
Charles Clay was second in targets (6) only behind Mike Wallace (7) as he totalled 31 yards in catches Thursday night against Buffalo. Season stat line: 39-346-2.
Fantasy Impact: Tannehill looks for Clay in the red zone and most of his looks came once Miami entered Buffalo territory. His longest reception of the night was only 12 yards. Clay is becoming more active in the Miami offense, but owners need to have limited expectations and hope to be surprised by any upside.
By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Sun, Nov 9th 9:58pm EST
Clay was targeted with nine passes, and caught seven for 45 yards in a losing effort versus the Detroit Lions on Sunday. This is the fourth time in his career that he has recorded seven receptions in a game. (Source: Dolphins.com
Fantasy Impact: Clay could have had a better day, a running theme for a number of the Dolphins receivers, had he not dropped a pass in the end zone. Clay continues to be a vexing play for any owners brave enough to keep starting him.
By Jeff Wilbur, Dolphins Correspondent, Sun, Nov 2nd 4:33pm EST
Charles Clay caught 5 passes for 65 yards and 1 touchdown.
Fantasy Impact: Charles Clay had his best game of the season today and looked fantastic against the San Diego defense. He's been so inconsistent as a fantasy start that it's hard to trust this as something we'll see going forward. He's worth a pick-up if you're desperate, but you may just be disappointed after next week in Detroit.
By Jeff Wilbur, Dolphins Correspondent, Fri, Oct 31st 12:39am EDT
Charles Clay was limited in practice today with a knee injury. (Source: Armando Salguero on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: This has little to no fantasy impact, as Clay can be dropped in all leagues. Clay followed up his best game of the season with a disappointing 1 catch for 1 yard on 3 targets. He was overthrown on a TD pass late in the 4th quarter, but would need a serious bump in targets to be a viable fantasy option going forward.
By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Mon, Oct 27th 4:56am EDT
Clay's season has been hampered by injury and was pretty much forgettable until last week where he posted a 4-58-1 stat line in Miami's win over Chicago. This week he was targeted three times, but only caught one ball for one yard.
Fantasy Impact: There's a good chance that Clay made his way onto lineups this week, based on his emergence last week. There's also a good chance he'll get tossed back from whence he came based on this week's play. Clay's fantasy reality is that he's a TE2 that is suitable as a bye-week fill-in or nothing at all. He's a high-risk weekly play at this point. Owners can find a more steady fantasy play than the one that involves finger-crossing with Clay.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 5:26pm EDT
Charles Clay had his first game in which he made a positive impact in the passing game. He caught 4 passes for 58 yards and an TD and he looked quicker than usual as the Dolphins abused the linebackers of the Bears.
Fantasy Impact: If Clay has moved past his pesky injury he has favorable matchups upcoming that the Dolphins should target. However until he shows that he is capable of this on a weekly basis he will be a risky boom or bust TE.
By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Fri, Oct 10th 3:57am EDT
TE Charles Clay has practiced all week without any limitations. He's been bothered by a knee injury that has hindered him since the preseason. The brace he's been wearing recently hasn't really helped him with his game performance. Clay's longest reception for the year is 24 yards. (Source: Dolphins.com
Fantasy Impact: The Dolphins just enjoyed a bye week. Owners with a deep bench may want to pluck Clay off the waiver wire before the Green Bay game and cross their fingers to see how much the time off has helped him heal. If he appears to be "new and improved" then the aforementioned early bird shoppers will look really smart, and at the very least have a capable bye week replacement for their TE1.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Sun, Sep 28th 10:02pm EDT
Clay was only able to get 2 catches for 32 yards. Clay has yet to make an impact so far and has been dealing with a knee injury.
Fantasy Impact: As long Clay fails to be a deep seam threat he holds very little value. The bye week should hopefully help Clay get back to form as a low end TE1 but until he shows something he can't be trusted as a TE starter.
By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 11:31pm EDT
Charles Clay led the Dolphins in receptions with a career high of seven for 31 yards in Week 2. He also tied Mike Wallace for a team-high 8 targets. Unfortunately, he was hampered by his knee injury and spent time on the sideline with trainers. He played the latter part of the game at Buffalo wearing a brace. (Source: Dolphins.com
Fantasy Impact: Full-point PPR players could offer up a weak smile, but that's about it. Clay was obviously bothered by his knee, and injured knees don't get better while a player continues to force the issue - even with a brace. There are better fantasy options.
By Reginald James, Dolphins Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 1:32am EDT
Clay made one catch for 18 yards for a third-down conversion, during the opening drive. Clay had missed two previous preseason games tending to a knee injury. (Source: Dolphins.com
Fantasy Impact: The running theme when describing the integral parts of the Miami offense is: How well and how quickly will the offense acclimate to Lazor's new scheme? Clay may prove to be the most versatile player in this offense, and a sneaky PPR play.
By Jeffrey Lee Colavecchio, Dolphins Correspondent, Fri, Aug 15th 5:49pm EDT
As noted earlier: Palm Beach Post… (Charles) Clay has been out two weeks with a knee injury after reportedly re-tweaking it following a recent scope. Coach Joe Philbin today (8/14) said he didn’t know if Clay would be ready for the start of the regular season. “He’s day-to-day,” Philbin said. “We’ll see how it goes.”” (Source: Palm Beach Post
Fantasy Impact: “Big Play Clay” is looking to build on last season’s 69/759/6 bottom line and this “re-tweaking” setback is somewhat worrisome. When deciding who I am going to draft as my starting TE, I can comfortably pass on Clay at this point. He still holds value for all the reasons we love him, but only at the right price. While I am confident he will return at some point, I would wait to draft my backup TE till late in the game.
By Brian Ruiz, Dolphins Correspondent, Thu, Aug 14th 12:49pm EDT
Joe Philbin said today that he was unsure whether or not Clay would be ready by the start of the regular season. According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, Clay re-tweaked his knee after a recent scope. (Source: Palm Beach Post
Fantasy Impact: Clay is a major part of the Dolphins offense, he is the only tight end on the roster who can stretch the field and be a threat in the passing game. After a huge improvement last year, it seemed that he was on track to improve in the new offense. This setback shouldn't affect his value too much, but does need to be monitored as it could linger through the beginning of the season.
EDSFootball | Mar 2nd
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NFL.com | Mar 2nd
The Dolphins applied the transition tag to Charles Clay on Monday, offering the versatile H-back a $7.071 million tender. Find out which teams had designs on signing the versatile tight end.
ProFootballTalk | Mar 2nd
Last year, the Steelers pulled a surprise move just before the deadline to use franchise and transition tags by dusting off the rarely-used transition tag for linebacker Jason Worilds. The Dolphins are taking a page from that book. They announced that they have placed the transition tag on tight end Charles Clay, who was set…
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Breaking Football | Feb 27th
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