The Miami Dolphins are entering the 2021 NFL season after just barely missing the playoffs last year with a 10-6 record. The Dolphins spent the offseason improving their offense, which included signing free-agent wide receiver Will Fuller V, as well as selecting wideout Jaylen Waddle sixth overall at the 2021 NFL Draft.
The 22-year-old rookie has the potential to become a legitimate pass-catching threat this year despite having yet to play a regular season contest.
Jaylen Waddle Fantasy Outlook
Waddle was expected to be Miami's go-to slot receiver in his rookie season, however, nagging injuries to both Fuller and DeVante Parker have led to the first-year wideout seeing more outside work at training camp.
Nevertheless, wherever Waddle plays on the field, he has the potential to be productive. He played 34 games for the Alabama Crimson Tide over his three-year collegiate career, catching 106 balls for 1,999 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. The 21.1 yards per reception that he averaged in 2020 proves that Waddle has some serious big-play potential.
Another thing that Waddle going for him is the fact that he's in a lineup that has proven pass-catchers like Fuller, Parker and tight end Mike Gesicki. Players of that caliber should draw the defense's attention more often than not, which could open up the door for some big performances by Waddle. However, a solid rookie season showing could also depend on how big of a jump quarterback Tua Tagovailoa makes in his sophomore season as well.
Jaylen Waddle ADP
Fantasy Pros has listed Waddle as WR43 with an average draft position (ADP) of 109.7. Meanwhile, the rookie wide receiver is listed as WR47 on The Duel's fantasy football rankings.
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