The Miami Dolphins are all-in on their rebuild. In the final weekend before Week 1 of the 2019 regular season they shipped off the closest thing they had in a franchise player, sending left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans.
The deal, which brought the Dolphins two first-round draft picks, also included Kenny Stills, who projected as their top wideout for the 2019 season.
Stills' departure opens up a ton of potential volume in the offense, which is a huge boost for Albert Wilson's 2019 fantasy value.
Stills' 64 targets in 2018 were the second-most for any wideout on the team, and the third-most regardless of position. He, Danny Amendola (also gone) and running back Kenyan Drake were the only players to see even 50 targets in the 'Phins offense.
Stills and Amendola also accounted for an absurd 52.6 percent of the targets that went to Miami wideouts in 2018.
Wilson's 2018 campaign was cut short by a season-ending injury in Week 7, but across his first six games he racked up 32 targets, 23 receptions, 359 yards and four touchdowns through the air. That earned him an average of 15.0 fantasy points per game (PPR scoring) across those first six, which would have ranked 22nd at WR on the season.
Wilson is expected to return from his hip injury to suit up for Week 1's meeting with the Baltimore Ravens, and he now stands out as the likely No. 1 option in the Miami passing game.
Removing his competition for targets could allow defenses to key in on him more than they did last year, but that should be more than made up for by a significant increase in volume.
Wilson has an average draft position (ADP) of only WR75 on FantasyPros.com, though that is likely to climb significantly over the final week of fantasy drafts. Don't worry about selecting Wilson being a reach even as early as the 10th or 11th rounds of fantasy drafts — his track record of efficiency and potential for huge volume give him the kind of upside that could still make him a steal in that range.
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