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Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins

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Draft: 2021 Round 1 (6)
College: Alabama
Ht: 5’10”  Wt: 182 DOB: 1998-11-25 Age: 24

Season Stats
FFToday PPR Scoring: Review Scoring
  ReceivingRushing Fantasy
Season Team G Target Rec Yard Avg TDAtt Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2021 MIA 16 140 104 1,015 9.8 6 2 3 1.5 1 247.8 15.5
2022 MIA 11 84 56 963 17.2 6 2 17 8.5 0 190.0 17.3
2022 (Projected) MIA     71 907 12.8 5 0 0 - 0 191.7  

2022 Outlook
Depth Chart
Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle was a controversial pick when the Dolphins selected him in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. The stylistic comparisons to his college teammate Henry Ruggs did him no favors, but Waddle was also coming off of a final season at Alabama in which he played just six games. Miami was in desperate need of pass catching weapons, though, so they pulled the trigger and thankfully for them it worked out. Waddle was one of the draft's most productive offensive playmakers as he was one of just 10 players, and the only rookie, who reached 100 receptions in 2021. Waddle proved himself to be a playmaker at the NFL level and he has fully recovered from the injury he sustained in his final collegiate season.

Now heading into his second season, Waddle looked poised to take another step forward as Miami's top pass catcher. The team moved on from veteran DeVante Parker and an even higher target share was in the cards for Waddle. However, the Dolphins' acquisition of Tyreek Hill now makes things quite a bit more volatile for the second-year wideout.

Waddle was a fine fantasy producer as a rookie but he primarily did it with volume and not with efficiency. His 9.8 yards per reception ranked outside the top 100 among all pass catchers. While we should expect that he will see an uptick in per-catch efficiency in 2022 due to the overall team offensive upgrades, Waddle will certainly find himself having to compete with Hill for targets. Both players finished in the top 16 among all wide receivers in total share of their team's targets in 2021, with both finishing at just over 25 percent. It's theoretically possible that we could see them both finish around that range, as we saw with Seattle's duo of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett in 2021, but that was on a team that had practically no other pass catching weapons on the roster. The Dolphins may not be the most stacked roster ever, but they brought in Cedrick Wilson from the Cowboys and they still have Mike Gesicki along with a couple of effective pass-catching running backs on their depth chart.

What's more likely to happen is that both Hill and Waddle see a bit of a dip in their total target share from 2021 and that could also be accompanied by a lower total team pass attempt rate. The Dolphins threw the eighth-most total passes in 2021, while the 49ers were all the way down at 31st. Mike McDaniel was not directly calling the plays for San Francisco, but certainly his offensive philosophy will be more similar to that of Kyle Shanahan than what we saw from the previous regime in Miami.

All of this isn't to say that Waddle can't return fantasy value this season, but he's going to need to do it with increased efficiency and likely a higher receiving touchdown number than the six he scored in 2021. Waddle finished as the WR12 in PPR scoring this past season and 20th in standard scoring leagues. He's being drafted around those ranges in each format, so, like Hill, he's likely being selected closer to his ceiling than his floor. Nevertheless, he's a relatively safe option given his role as a low-depth-of-target weapon in the offense.

Fan. Tm. Player
WR1WR1 Tyreek Hill
WR2WR2 Jaylen Waddle
WR3WR3 Trent Sherfield
WR4WR4 Cedrick Wilson
WR5WR5 River Cracraft
WR6WR6 Erik Ezukanma
WR7WR7 Braylon Sanders
Dolphins Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle expected to play
Both Miami receivers listed as Questionable
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Oct 9, 8:00 am

Miami Dolphins
Dolphins’ WRs Tyreek Hill (quad) and Jaylen Waddle (groin), both listed as questionable for Sunday, both are expected to play vs. the Jets barring any pregame setbacks, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Both Miami receivers were limited in practice on Thursday and Friday but both are expected to play. Both hold their high-end value in a matchup with the Jets-D that's middle of the pack against wide receivers after four games.


Injury Tua Tagovailoa expected to play Week 4
Back, ankle injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Sep 29, 6:50 am

Miami Dolphins
#Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa - listed as questionable with back and ankle issues - is expected to play tonight against the #Bengals, barring a setback, per sources. WR Jaylen Waddle (groin) and LT Terron Armstead (toe) should be good to go, too. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Tua looked a little wobbly after slamming his head on the ground in last weeks game against the Bills. Sounds like he's going to give it a go on Thursday night football against the Bengals. Cincinnati has given up the fourth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks through three weeks.



2022 Gamelog Stats
FFToday PPR Scoring: Review Scoring
  ReceivingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TDAtt Yard Avg TD FPts
1 NE W 20-7 5 4 69 17.3 1 1 8 8.0 0 17.7
2 at BAL W 42-38 19 11 171 15.5 2 0 0 - 0 40.1
3 BUF W 21-19 6 4 102 25.5 0 1 9 9.0 0 15.1
4 at CIN L 15-27 5 2 39 19.5 0 0 0 - 0 5.9
5 at NYJ L 17-40 3 3 23 7.7 0 0 0 - 0 5.3
6 MIN L 16-24 10 6 129 21.5 0 0 0 - 0 18.9
7 PIT W 16-10 5 4 88 22.0 0 0 0 - 0 12.8
8 at DET W 31-27 9 8 106 13.3 2 0 0 - 0 30.6
9 at CHI W 35-32 7 5 85 17.0 1 0 0 - 0 19.5
10 CLE W 39-17 5 4 66 16.5 0 0 0 - 0 10.6
12 HOU W 30-15 10 5 85 17.0 0 0 0 - 0 13.5

2021 Gamelog Stats
FFToday PPR Scoring: Review Scoring
  ReceivingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TDAtt Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at NE W 17-16 6 4 61 15.3 1 0 0 - 0 16.1
2 BUF L 0-35 8 6 48 8.0 0 0 0 - 0 10.8
3 at LV L 28-31 13 12 58 4.8 0 0 0 - 0 17.8
4 IND L 17-27 4 3 33 11.0 0 0 0 - 0 6.3
5 at TB L 17-45 6 2 31 15.5 0 1 2 2.0 0 5.3
6 at JAC L 20-23 13 10 70 7.0 2 0 0 - 0 29.0
7 ATL L 28-30 8 7 83 11.9 0 0 0 - 0 15.3
8 at BUF L 11-26 12 4 29 7.3 0 0 0 - 0 6.9
9 HOU W 17-9 10 8 83 10.4 0 0 0 - 0 16.3
10 BAL W 22-10 6 4 61 15.3 0 0 0 - 0 10.1
11 at NYJ W 24-17 9 8 65 8.1 0 1 1 1.0 1 20.6
12 CAR W 33-10 10 9 137 15.2 1 0 0 - 0 28.7
13 NYG W 20-9 11 9 90 10.0 0 0 0 - 0 18.0
16 at NO W 20-3 12 10 92 9.2 1 0 0 - 0 25.2
17 at TEN L 3-34 7 3 47 15.7 0 0 0 - 0 7.7
18 NE W 33-24 7 5 27 5.4 1 0 0 - 0 13.7

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