Steve Mitchell

2016 Miami Dolphins Coaching Tree

Fantasy Football Expert Joe Jefferson dives into the Miami Dolphins' offensive system and which players could provide value for Fantasy owners.

Miami Dolphins

Offensive Coordinator: Clyde Christensen (IND QB) (New OC in 2016)

Head Coach: Adam Gase (CHI OC) (New HC in 2016)

Head Coach Involvement: Adam Gase was previously the Offensive Coordinator in Denver with Peyton Manning as well as in Chicago, where he lead Cutler to his best year in many regards. He is an offense mind from the Tom Moore branch of the coaching tree having played under him in Indy for so many years.

Offensive Basis: Vertical passing game with three WR sets with Heavy Lead RB Use and Heavy RB Targets.

Where the OC comes from: Christensen was the QB Coach in Indy last season but was OC there from 2009-2011. He was also OC back in 2001 in Tampa. This will be Gase’s offense that will adapt to feature the player strengths.

I will include Gase’s stats from 2014 Broncos and 2015 Bears that I think are more relevant for this analysis to compare with last two years of Dolphins stats.

2015 Bears
2015 RB Reception Total Rank: #23
2015 WR Receptions Total Rank: #22
2015 TE Receptions Total Rank: #9

2015 QB FF Rank: #27
2015 RB FF Rank: #11
2015 WR FF Rank: #27
2015 TE FF Rank: #10

2014 Broncos
2014 RB Reception Total Rank: #23
2014 WR Receptions Total Rank: #2
2014 TE Receptions Total Rank: #22

2014 QB FF Rank: #3
2014 RB FF Rank: #11
2014 WR FF Rank: #2
2014 TE FF Rank: #11

2015 Dolphins
2015 RB Reception Total Rank: #15
2015 WR Receptions Total Rank: #8
2015 TE Receptions Total Rank: #29

2015 QB FF Rank: #21
2015 RB FF Rank: #23
2015 WR FF Rank: #9
2015 TE FF Rank: #28

2014 Dolphins
2014 RB Reception Total Rank: #19
2014 WR Receptions Total Rank: #8
2014 TE Receptions Total Rank: #14

2014 QB FF Rank: #15
2014 RB FF Rank: #18
2014 WR FF Rank: #6
2014 TE FF Rank: #11

2016 Offensive Player Outlook Overall: The Dolphins will look to spread the ball around to three WRs, but Jarvis Landry will likely be the number one Fantasy receiver from the slot position. Landry is a PPR stud who will lead in receptions but may lack explosive playmaking ability, so his upside and downside are limited. I like him as a steady third round pick in most drafts. DeVante Parker is poised to take a big step forward this year but do not underestimate the preseason usage of Kenny Stills, who could eat into Parker’s value. I’d wait until the seventh round until I drafted Parker and that is later than most on him. I do like taking a flier on Stills though, but he is just a late round flier. Stills could be a total stud or dud but worth a shot in this offense IMHO. They also have a rookie, Leonte Carroo, and Griff Whalen, but they would seem to need an injury to be relevant at this point.

Arian Foster looks to be the number one back, but I have not been a huge fan in recent years because of his big durability issues. He proved last year that he can still produce when healthy, so he is being drafted in the seventh round as a high risk and reward pick for 2016. Foster gets a big opportunity, and the Dolphins don’t have any attractive options. Second-year pro, Jay Ajayi, was supposed to fill this starting void but has not looked very impressive in preseason. Ajayi is still worth an 11th round pick in most drafts just because of his potential however. I like Damien Williams, who has looked better and could emerge with more opportunity. They also have Isiah Pead, who needs to improve to impress me, Daniel Thomas, just an average talent IMHO and rookie, Kenyan Drake, who has not flashed much potential yet.

TE Jordan Cameron should also be more involved in the passing game than he was last year and could be a good value backup Fantasy TE in 2016 because he let a ton of folks down last year and most will be scared off by that. Cameron has the potential to do some damage in this offense but could also be a dud like last season as well so draft him late.

Sleeper/Value Players: Ryan Tannehill continues to improve each year, and they have seemingly upgraded the receiving core and running game. I expect him to be a viable starting Fantasy quarterback that can be had after most teams have already drafted their backup. I see some likely improvement because I expect Tannehill to continue to develop under Gase’s guidance.


Scout Fantasy Top Stories