Ryan Griffin Fantasy Outlook Against Dolphins Boosted By Growing Chemistry With Sam Darnold

Dan Israeli
Sam Darnold and Ryan Griffin celebrate in a game against the Washington Redskins.
Sam Darnold and Ryan Griffin celebrate in a game against the Washington Redskins. / Will Newton/Getty Images

The New York Jets host the Miami Dolphins in Week 14, in a game with sneaky fantasy potential. The Jets have a great matchup against the Dolphins' porous defense in a home game, which could mean good things for tight end Ryan Griffin, who is coming off a disappointing outing against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Griffin was listed as questionable for the game with an illness earlier this week, but he is now fully expected to suit up against the Dolphins. His teammate, running back Le'Veon Bell, has already been ruled out with an illness, which will open the door for Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery to split backfield work.

Prior to his dud against the Bengals, Griffin had previously scored a touchdown in two straight weeks, and has scored at least 10.0 PPR points in five of his last seven games. He has been a solid fill-in for Chris Herndon, who opened the season with a suspension and then played briefly in just one game before hitting the IR with a rib injury.

One of the key contributors to Griffin's success has been his chemistry with Darnold, as the tight end has filled the role of security blanket for the inconsistent second-year quarterback. Griffin is second to only Austin Hooper and Michael Thomas in catch percentage with an 82.5 percent mark (33 catches on 40 targets).

Griffin gets a fairly easy individual matchup against the Dolphins, who are allowing the 12th-most fantasy points to tight ends. In Week 9 at Miami, Griffin caught 6-of-8 targets for 50 scoreless yards. He is the 11th ranked TE in our Week 14 PPR rankings.

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