2018 Miami Dolphins IDP: It Can’t Rain Everyday Right? Change My Mind!
Who knows what to make of Adam Gase’s 2018 Dolphins team, filled with question marks and thoughts of sadness but not all is lost Miami fans! You lost Ndamukong Suh, though as a Lion’s die-hard I can tell you the pain will subside and you will be ok! Statistically, this team was rough on defense and they attempted to do some addition by subtraction in the offseason. Last year they were in the top 10 in passing and rushing touchdowns allowed, which shows in how they finished as a team overall. This is a team IDP wise that could have some solid value, as one can anticipate their defense being on the field a lot unless Tannehill stays healthy and that offense progresses.
2018 saw the Dolphins cut a massive contract in Suh, trade for Rams LB whom they look to move to defensive end in Robert Quinn, in moves that look to correct a 29th ranked defense. The free agent market did not return much value but the draft brought quite a bit of intrigue in the selections of Corner/Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Linebackers Jerome Baker, and Quentin Poling. Fitzpatrick could be a sneaky sleeper as a bye week fill immediately as he’s a smart player, a guy you can’t get out of the film room and a big hitter at his position. Talks so far say he’ll be the nickel to start, as Miami likes Howard and Tankersley on the outside, and having Jones and McDonald as safeties mean the starting spots are filling fast!
Baker, on the other hand, is currently a backup and a guy I’d tell you to stash on your taxi squad, or at the back end of a deeper roster. At 6’1’’ 229 lbs. He’s fast running a 4.53 and strong benching 225 lbs. 22 times at the combine, I see him as a guy that by seasons end could be playing a more significant role as the players in front of him either are hurt (former OSU teammate Raekwon McMillan), Kiko Alonso or haven’t produced much in Stephone Anthony (came over from New Orleans). A 4-star recruit who didn’t become a starter until his sophomore season because of the talent on that OSU team, Baker quickly became a force earning honorable mention in the big ten. He likely is a Will backer in the NFL, so that will put a ceiling on his value unless he moves around positions, he has the intangibles to be a solid contributor both in the NFL and Fantasy leagues.
Now that we’ve gotten rookies out of the way (at least those that I think you need to keep an eye on), I see a defensive line group that will cannibalize each other potentially. Cameron Wake is a big name, but aging. Robert Quinn came over via trade and could be the biggest value on the team, even though he is 4 years removed from double-digit sacks, he’s back to his natural position at the end spot. Charles Harris is a name that continues to gain hype, and William Hayes is an older player with not too many years left.
At the linebacker sport, Alonso will rack up some tackles but can you trust him long term? His tackles over the last 3 years since his injury has gone up, though that’s all he really brings to the table as he doesn’t get in the way of a lot of passes. Raekwon McMillan is coming off an injury but in my opinion is the linebacker I’m targeting for my team, though I can’t trust him as a starter in the NFL until I see him do it…at all, I’m merely a fan of the intangibles. Stephone Anthony is slated to be the weak side backer, though he’s been hurt and came over last September via a trade with New Orleans and I just don’t love his game.
In the secondary, Reshad Jones is the guy to have even though he’s 30. He is a tackling machine, can get you points off interceptions or sacks as he has a little bit of both every year. You’ll see Jones come off the board most likely in the top 5 defensive backs taken, and could go anywhere from the late 1st on in most drafts depending on how knowledgeable the league is on IDP. A dynasty I’m in that just added IDP this year, he was drafted at the 2.12 spot in a 14 team league, with most looking to rookie players early (even though that may not be the best move).
So, in conclusion, if I’m ranking players from Miami to draft in a deeper IDP league for me it goes as follows:
*Note In most leagues after Jones and maybe Alonso on name value, most guys here will be on the waiver wire.
Good Luck building those defenses and comment if you want to change my mind!