Overview

 

  1. Head Coach: Joe Philbin
  2. Defensive Coordinator: Kevin Coyle
  3. Defensive Back Coach: Lou Anarumo
  4. Base Defense Scheme: 4-3
  5. Transactions: S Phillip Thomas signed; S Shamiel Gary Waived/Injured
  6. Draft Picks: CB Bobby McCain,  FS Cedric Thompson

 

Projected Starters

 

CornerBack # 1: Brent Grimes
CornerBack # 2: Brice McCain
Strong Safety : Rashad Jones
Free Safety : Louis Delmas

 

Backups/ Potential Starters: Jamar Taylor, Zackary Bowman, Bobby McCain, Michael Thomas

The Numbers

 

Total Fantasy Points Allowed to WR: 380.80

Average Fantasy Points Per game against to WR: 23.80

Total Receiving Touchdowns Allowed: 16

Total Receiving Yards Allowed:2,535

Average Receiving yards per game against: 158.44

 

Strengths

 

The Miami Dolphins surrendered the 12th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Their biggest offseason loss was Cortland Finnegan as the team parted ways with him, soon after he retired. They addressed it by signing several corners (listed above) and drafted Bobby McCain in the fifth round. Another big acquisition for the team was defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The reason I mention this is because having him up front adds some value to the secondary. There’s a good chance that he’ll be pressuring the quarterback more often, causing less time for a play to develop, and forcing the opposing quarterbacks to rush there passes; essentially making the secondary’s job much easier.

 

Weaknesses

 

Brent Grimes is a capable corner but his best years might definitely be behind him. He is on a slow progression downward so if he seems to be struggling early on he will definitely be a corner to target for DFS matchups. Reports out of camp are that Brice McCain has beaten out Jamar Taylor for the starting corner role opposite Grimes. McCain is a smaller corner who will bump into the slot in nickel and dime packages. If he holds onto the job all season he will have games that we can exploit him on the outside with bigger, physical receivers.

 

Overall Outlook

 

While they were not a shutdown defense by any means, only six receivers went over 100 yards in any given game. Jordy Nelson, Emmanuel Sanders, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Sammy Watkins, and Eric Decker were the only receivers that were able to go over the century mark against Miami. So while some numbers may gear you towards stacking against the Dolphins, this really isn’t a defense to target often when creating your DFS lineups.