Fantasy Football Preview 2033
The NFL season is upon us and that means that fantasy football drafts are in full swing. Most leagues should be drafting in the upcoming week and Dolphins will be hot commodities yet again. Let’s look at some underrated players from around the league as well as Dolphins at each position.
Fantasy Football Preview: Quarterback
There are plenty of elite quarterbacks to target early in fantasy drafts but for those owners who prefer to wait on a quarterback have some quality quarterbacks to target later. We dive into some top QBs to consider and some that can be had later on who could prove to be great value as well as how Tua Tagovailoa stacks up this year.
An elite quarterback who is seeing his draft stock go down this offseason is Josh Allen. Last year Allen was drafted as the first quarterback off the board in most leagues. This year he is being selected as the third or even fourth or fifth QB. If he slides that far he should make for a good sleeper that could easily be the top-scoring fantasy QB in 2023.
Quarterbacks to target later in drafts with high upside include Daniel Jones and Anthony Richardson. Jones looks improved from last year as a passer and has better weapons. He scored the ninth-most fantasy points last year and is being drafted as the 11th or 12th QB right now. Another is Anthony Richardson, the rookie and fourth-overall pick of the Colts who has been named the starter. He has massive upside due to his running ability.
Tua Tagovailoa is being drafted as a mid-tier fantasy QB but obviously has top 5 upside as all Dolphins fans know. When healthy Tua was easily one of the best fantasy quarterbacks and there is really no reason to think that he won’t be healthy. Draft him as a QB with high upside, especially if you take Tyreek Hill or Jaylen Waddle before.
The Dolphins’ running back situation has been a tough one to call this offseason. They drafted Devon Achane who is now a little banged up and still have two backs who took a lot of carries last year in Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson. Salvon Ahmed made the roster as well while Myles Gaskin did not. As of now, Miami has an UDFA RB, Chris Brooks, on their active roster. He might get many carries, but could he be the short yardage and goal line back?
The only question was if the Dolphins would trade for Johnathan Taylor who would have shaken things up. But, that trade never materialized. So, for the current guys? Mostert should be draftable player late, while Achane could be a pickup later in the season if he proves to be fantasy worthy later on. Wilson status is unknown as of this article. If he is healthy and if you think he will get carries, he could be another late round type pick.
In the early rounds target running backs outside of Miami like Christian McCaffrey, Austin Ekeler, or Bijan Robinson in PPR leagues or Nick Chubb and Josh Jacobs a little later in non-PPR leagues especially.
A couple sleepers at the position include Miles Sanders and Alexander Mattison who are both being drafted just inside the top 20 at the position. Sanders looks like he could be in line for even more carries on a potentially underrated Carolina team and Mattison crushed last year when he played without Dalvin Cook who is now in New York.
This is where it gets fun for Dolphins’ fans. The Dolphins’ have two wide receivers being drafted in the top 25 in most leagues with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Both are great options but you may have to have a top-5 pick to get Hill. Waddle has missed some time at the end of camp, but reports seem to suggest he will be fine.
If you miss out on those two there is still a late-round flier you could take from Miami like Cedrick Wilson Jr. who has great talent but didn’t break out last year. Any other wideout on the team can most likely be picked up as a free agent after drafts. Such as Braxton Berrios and Erik Ezukanma.
Most elite wide receivers will be taken in the first round or two but there are some guys to target later who could prove to be elite. Mike Evans is one of those players who comes to mind. Having Baker Mayfield as his quarterback may scare some people away but even with a few dud games and missing two from injury last year he was the 16th-best scoring wide receiver last year.
Durham Smythe seems to have the tight end spot locked down for Miami. He can be picked up as a free agent after your draft. If he has a good game early in the season he may be worth grabbing quickly. Tyler Kroft and Julian Hill will not get much attention for fantasy players.
There is a ton of tight-end value at the end of drafts. Beyond the first handful of tight ends taken it has proven to be extremely hard to project how the other tight ends will score. Some you could get at the end of drafts with high upside are guys like Tyler Higbee, Chigoziem Okonkwo, Irv Smith Jr., or Juwan Johnson.