Miami Dolphins 2020 Fantasy Football Rookie Roundup

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The 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, and that means it’s time for us to fully turn our attention to the 2020 NFL season and fantasy football. While COVID-19 means we can’t guarantee an NFL season, our league mates want us to be on our heels, unprepared for the season. Never you fear, Football Absurdity is here to cover all of the 78 fantasy football eligible players drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. Keep in mind, most of these guys won’t get selected in your draft, but you’ll want to know these 2020 NFL draftees when your fantasy football draft comes around. We continue our tour around the AFC East with the Miami Dolphins and their brand spanking new first-round quarterback… and also, a seventh-round offensive weapon.

FULL MIAMI DOLPHINS DRAFT RESULTS
Rd Pick Player Pos School
1 5 Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama
1 18 Austin Jackson T USC
1 30 Noah Igbinoghene CB Auburn
2 7 Robert Hunt OT LA-Lafayette
2 24 Raekwon Davis DT Alabama
3 6 Brandon Jones S Texas
4 5 Solomon Kindley OG Georgia
5 8 Jason Strowbridge DE North Carolina
5 18 Curtis Weaver DE Boise St
6 6 Blake Ferguson LS LSU
7 32 Malcolm Perry RB Navy

 

Round 1, Pick 5: Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama (6’0” 217 lbs)
40-yd Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone 20-yd shuttle 60-yd shuttle

Tua Tagovailoa did not complete physical testing at the NFL Combine due to his hip injury.

Depth Chart:
QB1        Tua Tagovailoa
QB2        Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB3        Josh Rosen
TALENT

He’s Russell Wilsonesque with better vision and anticipation (but worse decision-making). He’s truly Russell Wilson 2.0, with questions about his height, great scrambling a pretty deep ball, and incredible accuracy. Unfortunately, the copy doesn’t quite have the durability of the original. While Russell Wilson hasn’t missed a game in his career, Tua already has two ankle surgeries, his hip injury, a broken nose, and a concussion on his ledger.

Still, if you strip away the injury history, Tua leaves you with an extremely talented player. He has an exceptional pocket presence (though he can abandon clean pockets at times), quick feet and a faster release. Tua would best benefit from not jumping right into the fire, allowing his hip to heal, and giving him a year of seasoning (or 8-10 weeks) to get a better feel for anticipatory throws and ball placement.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

This is one of the biggest questions in the NFL. That is, other than if we will actually have the NFL this year. Tua cracked his hip against Mississippi State on November 16, 2019. The rumor mill out of the NFL Insider-Combine-Draft Industrial Complex was that Tua’s injury history, and his hip, specifically, spooked a lot of teams. That’s the crux of the problem with Tua’s 2020 availability: nobody knows how injured he really is, even now. There’s a lot of independent medical scans and testing that Tua’s done, but due to the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, teams can’t get their grubby mitts on dear Tua.

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

The long and the short of it with Tua is that we don’t know how much he will play in 2020. The Dolphins don’t even know. As such, snatch him up as a reserve pick in your 2QB leagues that are drafting now, but don’t be surprised if that’s a wasted pick. That’s a pure upside pick at this point, and you have to stay fluid to keep that from biting you in the rear end. If Tua isn’t playing, just know that it isn’t because Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh Rosen beat him out for the gig.

TALENT: <5 burrows>
OPPORTUNITY: ???
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK: ???
Round 7, Pick 32: Ryan Perry, Quarterback/Running Back/Wide Receiver, Navy (5’9” 186 lbs)
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4.63s (u) 10 reps 36.0 in 122.0 in 7.12s 4.31s

Courtesy: NFL.com, (u) = unofficial.

Depth Chart:
Offensive Weapon 1       Ryan Perry
TALENT

Everyone is looking for their own Taysom Hill or Deebo Samuel. Perry mostly played QB & slot receiver for Navy and went off the board as a running back. He currently wears #10, a number reserved not for running backs, but for quarterbacks and wide receivers. Rumors are that he will be a kick and punt returner for the Dolphins. The whole situation is a mess right now… a fun mess. He falls in the category of “guy who is really fun to watch with the football in his hand, but doesn’t have a natural position in the NFL.” 5’9” and 186 pounds doesn’t work great for him as a wide receiver, it’s too small to be a running back, and it’s really too small to play QB at the next level.

2020 OPPORTUNITY

Perry’s primary role in the NFL is likely that of a kick returner and punt returner. He is a lot of fun with the football in his hands but doesn’t have a lot of polish anywhere. KR/PR with some sweeps and other gadget plays will get the ball in his hands, but he won’t have any sort of staying power unless some insanity happens. He has some decent route running ability, and the Dolphins fans on Twitter keep calling him the next Julian Edelman… who had 109 targets through his first four seasons in the NFL until Bill Belichick decided to build his offense around Edelman.

2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK

I don’t see Perry getting enough targets or carries to do anything on a reliable basis. He might smack a few dingers on long touchdowns here and there for the Dolphins but isn’t anyone you feel comfortable slotting into your fantasy football lineups.

TALENT: <1 burrow>
OPPORTUNITY: <0 burrow>
2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTLOOK: <0 burrow>

 

For more 2020 NFL Draft coverage, check out these:

The Rookie Roundup… Roundup
Fantasy Football Fallout: 2020 NFL Draft Round One
Football Absurdity Podcast: First Round Recap

 

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