Welcome to our fantasy football wish lists, where we’re going through each NFL team and listing three things we’d love to see them do this offseason for fantasy reasons (but also real football reasons).
I don’t think I can give the Dolphins the amount of help they need in only three moves to make them at least mildly fantasy relevant in 2019. They don’t have a quarterback, they don’t have any wide receivers, they seemingly hate giving the ball to Kenyan Drake, who on this team are you drafting in fantasy? WHO!? So think of these moves as maybe less of returning the Dolphins to fantasy relevance, but more to just general NFL relevance. Let’s try and make the Dolphins at least mildly exciting in 2019. I would like to see Brian Flores succeed after all.
Please somehow draft Kyler Murray
Say what you want about his size, but you can’t deny Murray is one of, if not the, most exciting player in this draft. The Dolphins have a desperate need at quarterback now that they’ve officially given up on the Ryan Tannehill parade (which was to be expected) and adding Murray would not only give them a young signal caller to groom, but also an identity on offense.
Kyler Murray is a polarizing prospect. He flashes the spectacular play like nobody can other than @PatrickMahomes. This play shows @TheKylerMurray at his best, and explains why people are excited. pic.twitter.com/EvZ7s13F5J— J Moyer (@JMoyerFB) February 19, 2019
I don’t know if he makes it down to the Dolphins at pick 13 (if only they hadn’t won so many games...) but I think he’d be well worth trading up for.
Sign Daryl Williams
Once the Fins get Murray, they’ve got to be able to protect him. It seems the Dolphins are fine letting Ja’Wuan James leave in free agency, which is all well and good, but they need a plan in place in order to replace him. While Williams is coming off a season ending injury—he missed all but one game last year with a knee injury—he was voted a 2nd team All-Pro in 2017. He’ll certainly draw interest from teams but he might be someone the Dolphins can get at a slight discount given the injury he’s coming back from.
Replace DeVante Parker with Demaryius Thomas
Cutting Parker seems like an easy move as it would free up $9.3 million dollars and he’s done nothing really of note for the team since they drafted him. And by all reports, it sounds like they will cut him. Now I fully expect, and encourage, the Dolphins to draft a receiver but I want to make sure Kyler Murray has a security blanket he can go to when he needs it.
Enter Demaryius Thomas. I understand Thomas is on the wrong side of 30 and is coming off an achilles tear, but he wasn’t a slouch last year, catching 59 balls for 677 yards with 402 of those yards coming with the Case Keenum led Broncos. Even if he’s lost elite downfield speed, he’s a big body receiver who catches most everything thrown his way—he finished 21st in the NFL in catch percentage (among receivers with at least 80 targets) ahead of guys like Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, Odell Beckham and Mike Evans. Gotta give Murray someone to work with.