Miami Dolphins Preview
Few teams went through more of a turbulent offseason than the Miami Dolphins. They got a new Coach in Tony Sparano. They have a new QB in Chad Pennington. They are welcoming an old face back in Ricky Williams while the face of their franchise (Jason Taylor) was shipped out to the Nation’s Capital. His brother-in-law Zach Thomas left for Big D. Oh yeah, and The Tuna came to town.
Offensively Chad Pennington should give them stability if, and I repeat if, he can stay healthy. While he doesn’t have a cannon for an arm, he is an accurate passer with the ability to lead. Ernest Wilford was added to the mix and Ted Ginn, Jr. has a season under his belt. The Offensive Line should be better with the addition of #1 pick Jake Long at Left Tackle. They will employ a two-headed monster at RB with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, assuming they can both stay healthy and away from the sticky icky.
Defensively, they will have to establish a new identity with the departures of Taylor and Thomas. They will need more production from Channing Crowder, Vonnie Holliday and Rookie Phillip Merling. Joey Porter is dealing with back issues which will limit his availability and production. They were 4th in the league against the pass last year, but that’s simply because they had the league’s worst run defense last year and were behind in games for most of the year.
My outlook isn’t pretty for the Dolphins, although compared to last year’s one win, it will be a dramatic improvement. I’m putting them on 4-5 wins. It will still land them an early draft pick, but at least it’s a start.
Fantasy-wise I see a few options for the Fins. I think Ronnie Brown will be a serviceable RB as he recovers from that knee injury. I’d rank him as a 3rd RB at best at this point. Ricky WIlliams has been growing on me, and I think he makes a decent 3rd or 4th RB. I like Ted Ginn, Jr. as well, especially if your team awards points for his work in the return game. Other than that, I wouldn’t invest too heavily in Dolphins for your fantasy team.