Miami Dolphins

AFC East

Dolphins coach Brian Flores says newly acquired quarterback Josh Rosen will have to earn the starting job. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This is likely just off-season coachspeak. Miami is in full-on rebuild mode and will want to see what they have in the 22-year-old Rosen. The Dolphins gave up the 62nd overall pick and a future fifth round pick in return for the UCLA alum. Ryan Fitzpatrick had previously been penciled in as Miami's starter.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday afternoon that the Dolphins and Cowboys “have parameters in place” on a deal that will send defensive end Robert Quinn to Dallas. There are still details to be worked out with Quinn’s agent according to Rapoport but it’s expected to get done. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Quinn had a quiet season in his first (and only) year in Miami after spending his first seven with the Rams. He recorded 6.5 sacks in 16 games with the Dolphins in 2018. Quinn has been the subject of many trade rumors over the last month. He recently visited with the Cowboys and Saints as the Dolphins searched for a trade partner. He is heading into the final year of a four-year contract and is set to make $11.8 million in base salary in 2019.

Category: Transactions

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Dolphins have traded quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the Titans. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Tennessee will be giving Tannehill a one-year, $7 million contract to serve as Marcus Mariota’s backup. In return Miami is getting a fourth rounder in 2020 and a seventh rounder in 2019 while also sending the Titans a sixth-round pick this year. The bottom line is the Dolphins were very ready to move on from Tannehill, and they’ll now look to replace him in the upcoming draft.

Category: Transactions

Clive Walford has reached an agreement with the Miami Dolphins on a one year contract. (Source: ProFootballTalk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Walford will not be fantasy relevant in 2019 unless there are several injuries ahead of him. The Dolphins spent a second-round pick on Mike Gesicki and recently signed Dwayne Allen to be their No. 2 TE. Walford will compete for a reserve role in Miami.

Category: Transactions

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Patriots are bringing back Brandon Bolden on a two-year deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bolden spent 2018 with the Dolphins and helped defeat the Patriots in the "Miami Miracle" game. He'll remain a special teams player in New England.

Category: Transactions

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero is reporting that the Dolphins and wide receiver Devante Parker have agreed to terms on a new two-year deal to keep him in Miami. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is somewhat surprising, but it appears that new head coach Brian Flores thinks much more of Parker than Adam Gase did. Throughout Gase's tenure as the head coach, it just seemed that he'd throw players into the doghouse and never let them out. Parker has flashed at times during his four-year career, but health has been a major issue for him. Now that Nick Foles and Teddy Bridgewater have found their homes, it appears that the Dolphins will sign one of Tyrod Taylor or Ryan Fitzpatrick as a one- or two-year holdover until they can get their potential franchise quarterback through the draft. The fact that Parker was re-signed to a new deal, it does give a bit of hope, as it shows that Flores and new offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea have a clear role for him in the offense. The issue is that there isn't much talent around him, and without a quarterback, it's tough to get excited about anything more than WR4/5-type production.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Frank Gore and the Bills have agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: 2019 will be Gore's 15th season in the NFL. Buffalo will become his third team in the past three years. Gore, 36 in May, quietly ran for 722 yards last season with the Dolphins. He also averaged 4.6 YPC. The veteran RB is extremely unlikely to possess fantasy value at any point next season.

Category: Transactions

Dolphins safety Reshad Jones announced on Instagram Friday that his shoulder surgery “was a success.” The procedure, according to Cameron Wolfe of, was to fix a partially torn labrum. There is currently no timetable for a recovery. (Source: Cameron Wolfe on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Jones had a solid 2018 campaign despite playing most of the season with an injured shoulder. He finished with 72 tackles and three interceptions in 14 games for the Dolphins.

Category: Injury Updates

The Miami Dolphins announced they are hiring former Patriots DC Brian Flores as their 13th head coach in franchise history. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Most teams hired offensive minded coaches this off-season, but the Dolphins are taking another shot at a Bill Belichick disciple. Flores is just 37 years old and is coming off a Super Bowl run with New England. He'll begin rebuilding the Dolphins in 2019.

Miami cornerback Xavien Howard is coming off the best season of his career and is looking for a new contract. As the Dolphins appear to be in rebuilding mode, they are less likely to be willing to pay top market money to their star cornerback. As people around the league realize this, the trade rumors have begun to swirl around Howard, who says he’s not bothered by the talk. “I seen that. No, the trade rumors do not bother me,” Howard said, via Cameron Wolfe of ESPN. “It is what it is. It’s a business. Be prepared for it. Wherever I go, it don’t matter; I’m still going to be busting my butt.” (Source: ESPN )

Fantasy Impact: Howard acknowledged that extension talks have not yet happened, saying he doesn't think the Dolphins are "in a rush to do anything.” After making his first Pro Bowl in 2018 on the back of his seven interception performance, the 2016 second-rounder is set for a big payday whether it’s in Miami or elsewhere.

Jason Sanders converted his only field goal attempt from short distance, and converted both extra points in the Dolphins' Week 17 loss to the Bills.

Fantasy Impact: Sanders has been a fine kicker for the Dolphins, though nothing inspiring. Pair a fine kicker with a bleh offense and you get a disappointing fantasy asset in most cases. Sanders should not be among the top 12 kickers selected in 2019 unless the Dolphins completely revamp the offense, which seems unlikely.

Category: Game Recaps

Danny Amendola caught four of his five targets for 26 yards in the Dolphins' Week 17 loss to the Bills.

Fantasy Impact: Amendola has been a low-upside fantasy player with minimal appeal outside of PPR leagues (and pretty minimal appeal even there) for most of the season. As a short-route specialist on a team that doesn't throw much, Amendola will be mostly off the radar in 2019 if he stays with the Dolphins. The team can get out with no dead cap, but since they're so thin at the position, Amendola may return to Miami in 2019. His fantasy value is low regardless, though.

Category: Game Recaps

Kenny Stills caught three of his seven targets for 27 yards in the Dolphins' Week 17 loss to the Bills. He also completed a three-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Tannehill on his only pass attempt of the game.

Fantasy Impact: Stills has been Ryan Tannehill's favorite target for much of the year, and now returns the favor. Miami has an easy out from Stills' contract this offseason, but since he's their only WR threat younger than Danny Amendola, it seems likely he will stay around. Depending on what other moves are made at the position, Stills could be back into the WR3/WR4 conversation next year as well.

Category: Game Recaps

Kalen Ballage rushed 12 times for 47 yards and caught his lone target for one yard in the Dolphins' Week 17 loss to the Bills. He fumbled once as well.

Fantasy Impact: Ballage is known as a strong pass-catcher from his time at Arizona State, but ceded most of the targets to Kenyan Drake. Depending on the depth chart in 2019 and projected roles, Ballage could sneak up into the RB3 conversation, but will more likely be a complementary asset with marginal fantasy football appeal.

Category: Game Recaps

Kenyan Drake rushed 11 times for 43 yards and caught all five of his targets for 52 yards in the Dolphins' Week 17 loss to the Bills.

Fantasy Impact: Drake was in a full-blown committee with Kalen Ballage in Week 17, though Ballage fumbled. Depending on how the 2019 coaching staff views Ballage, and whether the Dolphins add to the RB corps, Drake could enter 2019 as the lead back. His value could be in the RB2 range if that happens, or a late-round pick if he's in a committee. Regardless, Drake has showed big-play ability and has a well-rounded skillset, which warrants a roster spot in fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso was ejected in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Bills after a late hit to Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen. He recorded five tackles (four solo) before the early exit. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Alonso’s leg whipped around and hit a sliding Allen in the face on the play. The hit sparked a fight which led to Miami defensive end Robert Quinn and Bills offensive lineman Jordan Mills also being disqualified from the contest. It was not the first late hit on a sliding quarterback from Alonso. He hit Colts quarterback Andrew Luck earlier this year and the Ravens’ Joe Flacco in 2017. It’s becoming a disturbing trend for the veteran linebacker. Alonso finishes the season with a team-high 125 tackles, six passes defensed, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Mike Gesicki caught two of his three targets for 23 yards in the Dolphins' Week 15 loss to the Vikings.

Fantasy Impact: Gesicki is a non-factor in seasonal fantasy leagues and should not be owned in essentially any format. However, as a dynasty darling, it's nice for his dynasty owners to see him back on the stat sheet this week. Gesicki will look to close out the year on a high note -- next week's opponent (JAC) is susceptible to the TE position, so Gesicki could get involved.

Category: Game Recaps

Brice Butler caught his only target for a 23-yard touchdown in the Dolphins' Week 14 win over the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: While he did find the end zone, Butler only saw one target, which should not give fantasy players any confidence in him moving forward. No need to use a waiver claim on Butler this week.

Category: Game Recaps

Leonte Carroo caught one of his two targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' Week 12 loss to the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: Carroo's stat line looks good, but two targets won't get it done on a weekly basis. No need to bother picking up Carroo based solely on this week -- wait to see it again first. More likely than not, Carroo won't be reliable down the stretch.

Category: Game Recaps

Jakeem Grant to be placed on IR

Mon, Nov 19th 12:00pm EST
By Dan Harris

Jakeem Grant will be placed on IR with a lower leg injury, according to Adam Gase. (Source: Cameron Wolfe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There was initial good news with Grant's injury in that he did not tear his Achilles, but his season ends regardless. Grant's departure shouldn't impact much in the Dolphins' passing game, as Danny Amendola remains the only reliable option at this point.

Category: Injury Updates