Ryan Fitzpatrick Starting Could Boost Dolphins Wide Receivers' Fantasy Value in 2019

Jason Schandl
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Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the presumed Week 1 starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins since they signed the veteran back in March, and even their trade for Josh Rosen hasn't done much to change that. Fitzpatrick has been leading the position battle through training camp, and he was the starter for Thursday's preseason opener.

However, this shouldn't come as a huge surprise based on either of their 2018 numbers. Rosen had an egregious rookie season, and his 5.8 yards per attempt were the fifth-fewest of any rookie quarterback with at least 200 passing attempts in the last decade. He also had some rough moments in his 2019 preseason debut.

Fitzpatrick, on the other hand, played eight games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and led the NFL with 9.6 yards per attempt, adding 17 touchdowns to 12 interceptions.

If Fitzpatrick gets the nod to start 2019, that could point to some very interesting upside for the Dolphins' wideouts – especially Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson. They're both all but free in fantasy football drafts, with average draft positions (ADPs) of WR61 (Stills) and WR79 (Wilson). If Rosen is throwing them the ball, those low rankings could very well be warranted.

Fitzpatrick has a proven ability to support multiple fantasy-relevant receivers though. Even though he didn't play the entirety of all eight of his games last season, he targeted five different players at least 25 times, and all five had at least 20 receptions. Four of those five racked up at least 300 yards, and all four of them scored at least three touchdowns.

He showed a real willingness to heave the ball downfield as well, with the league's third-highest average target depth. That meshes especially well with where Stills thrives, as he ranked third among 50-plus target wideouts in average depth of target in 2018.

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