• Jaylen Waddle

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by Jordan Heck

MIA WR Jaylen Waddle - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 at Jacksonville Jaguars

We expected Jaylen Waddle to have a bigger role last week following DeVante Parker's inactive status, but the rookie finished 2-31 on six targets. He also had one carry for two yards. Waddle will likely be in a similar position this week as Parker has been listed as DNP, and even Preston Williams has been limited with a groin injury. He gets a favorable matchup against the Jaguars this week, who have allowed a lot of receptions and yards to receivers, but have only given up two touchdowns to the position.

Waddle isn't much of a touchdown threat in the first place, scoring just once all season. Although that score did come with former college teammate Tua Tagovailoa, who is expected to return this week. With a good matchup, and with Tagovailoa's expected return, Waddle has a chance for a solid game. He should be viewed as a strong WR3 play in Week 6.

by Jordan Heck

MIA WR Jaylen Waddle - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jaylen Waddle had his worst game so far as a rookie last week, setting season lows in targets (4), receptions (3) and receiving yards (33). We expect an increase in production this week as he draws a favorable matchup against the Bucs. As a catch-heavy player, it's good news that Waddle draws a defense allowing the most receptions to receivers so far this season. He'll be a lower-end WR2 in PPR formats and a strong WR3 in standard formats.

by Jordan Heck

MIA WR Jaylen Waddle - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 vs. Indianapolis Colts

Jaylen Waddle had one of the stranger stat lines you're going to see from a player this season in Week 3. The rookie finished with 12 receptions for 58 yards, which comes out to fewer than five yards per catch. Waddle also played a season-high 88% of the offensive snaps, which combined with his 13 targets is a positive sign that Miami wants to get the rookie involved. We don't anticipate Waddle getting 10+ receptions again, but he should still get plenty of looks this week against the Colts which is why we like him as a strong WR3 play in PPR formats, and lower-end WR3 in standard.

by Jordan Heck

MIA WR Jaylen Waddle - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Las Vegas Raiders

Jaylen Waddle had a solid game considering Miami's passing struggles. The rookie finished 6-48 on eight targets after finishing 4-61-1 in Week 1. It's been a decent start for Waddle, although he has a few things going against him in Week 3. The main thing is the expected return of Will Fuller. Fuller will undoubtedly take some looks away from Waddle, but we wouldn't expect it to impact him too much. Fuller is a player who will go long while Waddle focuses more on the shorter routes. Waddle will also be without college teammate Tua Tagovailoa this week as Jacoby Brissett starts, but the two looked fine with one another in Week 2. Still, Waddle isn't much more than a WR4 play in Week 3 vs. the Raiders.

by Jordan Heck

MIA WR Jaylen Waddle - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Buffalo Bills

Jaylen Waddle had a solid first career NFL game, finishing 4-61-1 on five targets. He played 80% of the offensive snaps, so he was involved nearly the entire game. We expect a similar outing from Waddle heading into Week 2, mostly because Will Fuller will continue to be absent. It'll be interesting to see how Waddle's role changes once Fuller returns, but as for now, he's a strong WR3 play. We expect around 4-6 receptions for about 60 yards for Waddle vs. Buffalo.

by Jordan Heck

MIA WR Jaylen Waddle - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at New England Patriots

Jaylen Waddle gets an interesting rookie debut. On the positive side of things, he should be more involved than usual since starting WR Will Fuller will be absent due to a suspension. On the negative side, Waddle gets a tough matchup against the Patriots. Miami finished with under 200 passing yards in each of their games against New England a year ago, so yards will be hard to come by for Waddle in his debut. But he could end up being valuable in PPR formats if he's able to catch some more of the underneath passes. We like Waddle as a WR4 in his rookie debut.

by Jordan Heck

MIA WR Jaylen Waddle - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Jaylen Waddle was the sixth overall pick in the draft for a reason. He’s an explosive playmaker out of the slot, with the ability to turn short catches into big gains. Per PFF, no Power-5 WR with over 100 receptions since 2014 averaged more YAC per reception than Waddle (9.8). Better yet, he gets reunited with his college quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa. Playing with his former QB should help Waddle’s rookie transition.

Fantasy Downside
Waddle joins a crowded receiving corps that brings back playmakers DeVante Parker, Preston Williams and Mike Gesicki, while also bringing in veteran Will Fuller. He’s also joining a Dolphins offense with Tagovailoa at QB, who finished below 200 passing yards in five of his nine starts (and below 100 in three of those). Waddle is also returning from a broken right ankle he suffered in his final season at Alabama.

2021 Bottom Line
Waddle is an exciting prospect as a rookie. As 4for4’s John Paulsen notes, since 2010, the seven receivers drafted inside the top 10 who have played at least 13 games as rookies have averaged 61-915-6.9 on 113 targets. In other words, if a team is going to draft a receiver that high, they usually get involved quickly. While Fuller and Parker are going to get their share of targets, their presence isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Waddle will be playing in the slot most of the time, eating the targets, not on the outside. We like Waddle as a strong WR3 this year, inside the top 40 overall receivers.

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