Fantasy Football Notes: Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars Preseason Game

By Jim Heath
Ryan Tannehill Miami Dolphins
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Fantasy Football GMs interested in the Miami Dolphins can rest a little easier after significant improvement from their showing last week in the Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Of course, they were playing the Jacksonville Jaguars so tempering of excitement is probably the best course of action. But as stated it was definitely better and there are some newsworthy sidebars that should draw some Fantasy Football interest.

Lamar Miller didn’t have a significant impact rushing the ball Friday night, he did however catch balls from the backfield. That is something GMs should keep an eye on, pass catching running backs are kind of a big deal in Fantasy Football leagues.

Mike Wallace did participate in this contest, but he did not catch a ball — actually wasn’t even targeted on the night. Dustin Keller, on the other hand, was targeted. He was targeted, he made catches and he scored. For one night at least Keller, not Wallace, was Ryan Tannehill’s go-to-guy.

Of course it is the preseason, so you notice and make notes, but you don’t react until the small notes in your handy dandy Fantasy Football notebook grow to bigger notes indicating probable trends.

Tannehill did look better. That is big news, or at the very least good news for any Fantasy Football GM targeting him late in league drafts. Even if you’re not targeting him it’s hard not to cheer for him as he truly seems like one of the NFL good guys.

Not on the top 10 NFL good guy list would have to be Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Blackmon, who is suspended for the first four games of the season, really only had one job on the night. That was cheering his teammates on — since he wasn’t playing in the game — and doing his best to show some signs of maturity or at least regret for the upcoming suspension.

Blackmon failed.

Not a part of the game, Blackmon some how found himself in a war of words with Dolphin cornerback Nolan Carroll. The words inevitably would escalate requiring Blackmon to be escorted to the Jaguars locker room by teammate Maurice Jones-Drew to cool off.

Blackmon is a value pick with tremendous upside, until you hear stories like the one tonight. It almost makes it too easy to scratch him from your pre draft lists altogether.

The Blackmon and Carroll cat fight was the only spark for the Jaguars on the night. The Jags were without MJD, Blackmon, Cecil Shorts and based on his performance, Blaine Gabbert wished he wasn’t part of the game.

But he was and it was bad. I will however hold final judgment until all offensive weapons return to the field.

Once again there were tidbits of information, small morsels for Fantasy Football GMs to nibble on. And nibbling they will do. This is that time of the year where every news report — no matter big or small — impacts a players ADP in the days and even hours before league drafts.

Don’t fall for the hype, stay level and stick to your game plan.

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