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We're drafting Waddle as a high-end No. 2 wide receiver early in Round 3 of full PPR drafts. While Waddle's production from 2023 may look like a letdown after 2022, that had more to do with health than anything. In the 12 games that he played more than 50% of the snaps, Waddle averaged 15.6 PPR Fantasy points per game, a slight uptick from his 2022 pace. He is one of 10 wide receivers to earn at least 350 targets since the start of 2021 and averaged better than nine yards per target. Waddle also has enormous upside if something happens to Tyreek Hill. He scored 28.2 Fantasy points in his lone game without Hill last year. Waddle is a top-12 Dynasty wide receiver who we view as more likely to move up than down in the coming year.

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2023 72 1014 14.08 4 12 4.00 1218.6
2022 75 1356 18.08 8 26 8.67 17310.2
3y Avg. 84 1128 13.43 6 14 4.67 1398.7
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Fantasy News

  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Signs lucrative extension

    Waddle signed a three-year, $84.75 million contract extension with the Dolphins on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The deal includes $76 million guaranteed. Waddle is now one of the top five highest-paid receivers in the NFL with an annual salary of $28.25 million. The 2021 first-round pick has been dominant since entering the league, ripping off three straight seasons with 1,000-plus yards, including a 2022 campaign where he produced 1,356 yards and eight touchdowns across 17 regular-season games. The 25-year-old battled injuries last season but is fully healthy ahead of the 2024 campaign. Waddle is still the clear No. 2 receiver behind Tyreek Hill, but there's clearly room for both players to produce as the fastest receiving duo in the league.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Miami picks up fifth-year option

    The Dolphins officially exercised Waddle's fifth-year option Monday. Miami has made no secret of plans to pick up Waddle's fifth-year option this offseason, and the move is now official prior to Thursday's deadline. That keeps the third-year standout under contract for two more seasons and provides the Dolphins more time to negotiate a long-term deal with Waddle. The team added depth to the wideout room in the form of late-round rookies Malik Washington and Tahj Washington during the 2024 NFL Draft, but Waddle and Tyreek Hill remain the clear top targets for Tua Tagovailoa, with incumbents Braxton Berrios and River Cracraft available to split No. 3 duties.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Fifth-year option to be exercised

    General manager Chris Grier said Tuesday that he expects the Dolphins to pick up Waddle's fifth-year option, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports. The Dolphins have consistently stated a desire to come to terms with Waddle on a long-term contract, and Grier specifically dismissed trade rumors earlier this offseason. The third-year pro has recorded three straight 1,000-yard seasons to begin his career, becoming the first wideout to do so in franchise history, and there's little question of his value as a No. 2 read behind Tyreek Hill. Picking up Waddle's fifth-year option will keep him under contract with the Dolphins for two more seasons.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Quiet finish to season

    Waddle (ankle) brought in two of five targets for 31 yards and rushed once for nine yards in the Dolphins' 26-7 wild-card loss to the Chiefs on Saturday night. Waddle was able to suit up after putting in three limited practices during the week following a two-game absence to close out the regular season. However, as his final numbers indicate, the third-year pro wasn't able to make any appreciable impact in the frigid temperatures. The disappointing conclusion to a once promising season aside, Waddle once again thrived as an ideal complement to Tyreek Hill in 2023, posting a 72-1,014-4 line during the regular season over 104 targets -- his third 1,000-yard tally in as many NFL campaigns -- and adding three carries for 12 yards across 14 games. With Waddle heading into the final year of his contract in 2024, the potential for an extension for the 2021 first-round pick figures to be the subject of plenty of discussion this offseason.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Back in action Saturday

    Waddle (ankle) is listed as active for Saturday's wild-card game against the Chiefs. Waddle, who has missed two straight games due to a high-ankle sprain, logged limited listings Tuesday through Thursday before being deemed questionable for Saturday's contest. With his availability confirmed, Waddle is in line to reclaim a key role in Miami's passing offense in the absence of any in-game setbacks or limitations alongside fellow starting wideout Tyreek Hill. The duo will have to contend with frigid playing conditions in Kansas City, a variable that has a chance to hamper the upside of the Dolphins' passing attack in the team's postseason opener.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Questionable for playoff opener

    Waddle (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday's wild-card game against the Chiefs. Waddle has missed two straight games with a high-ankle sprain, but the wideout's limited practice listings Tuesday through Thursday give him a chance to return to action for Miami's postseason opener. If Waddle is deemed active for Saturday's 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff, he'll be in a position to reclaim a key role in his team's passing offense alongside fellow starting wideout Tyreek Hill (ankle/quadriceps) in frigid playing conditions in Kansas City. In 14 games prior to missing time with the ankle injury, Waddle recorded a 72-1,014-4 line on 104 targets. Per Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com, head coach Mike McDaniel said Thursday that Waddle hasn't experienced any setbacks this week, while expressing his optimism about the pass catcher's chances of returning to action this weekend.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Likely to miss Week 18

    Waddle (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, isn't expected to play, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Waddle suffered a high-ankle sprain against Dallas in Week 16 and didn't play in last week's loss to Baltimore. He now appears set to sit out his second straight contest Sunday in a game that will determine the winner of the AFC East. Cedrick Wilson will thus likely start at wide receiver alongside Tyreek Hill, while Braxton Berrios, River Cracraft and Robbie Chosen could each see uptick in snaps on offense. The Dolphins have already locked up a postseason berth, and Pelissero notes that Waddle "should be ready for the playoffs."
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Misses another practice

    Waddle (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports. Waddle, who was inactive Week 17 due to a high-ankle sprain, also missed Wednesday's session, with his status for Sunday night's game against the Bills currently cloudy. If Waddle is deemed unavailable for the contest, Cedrick Wilson once again would be in line for an uptick in snaps alongside Tyreek Hill (ankle/personal).
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Trending toward missing Week 17 game

    Waddle (ankle) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Waddle, who suffered a high-ankle sprain in this past Sunday's 22-20 win over the Cowboys, has yet to practice this week. Unless Waddle takes a dramatic step forward in his recovery over the next few days and is cleared to play this weekend, Cedrick Wilson, Braxton Berrios, Chase Claypool and Robbie Chosen (concussion) could all see slight upticks in snaps behind No. 1 wideout Tyreek Hill.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Not practicing Wednesday

    Waddle (ankle) wasn't on the field for practice Wednesday, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports. Given that head coach Mike McDaniel confirmed earlier in the day that Waddle is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, the wideout's absence to begin Week 17 prep comes as little surprise. On the plus side, McDaniel described Waddle's ankle sprain as not "overly severe," adding that the Dolphins aren't yet ruling out the possibility that the receiver will be available Sunday against the Ravens.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: May have high-ankle injury

    Coach Mike McDaniel said Monday that Waddle may have suffered a high-ankle injury during Sunday's 22-20 win against the Cowboys, David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Waddle first departed in Week 16 due to an eye injury, but after he was cleared to return, he eventually exited again due to what was called a shin issue at the time. After further testing, the Dolphins are honing in on the nature of the concern, and if he's diagnosed with the injury mentioned by McDaniel on Monday, Waddle could be in line for an absence of some kind. Wednesday's practice report will reveal how much work, if any, Waddle was able to handle as the team begins prep for Sunday's showdown at Baltimore.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Returns to action

    Waddle (eye) returned to Sunday's game against the Cowboys, according to Adam H. Beasley of ProFootballNetwork.com. Waddle briefly left Sunday's contest with an eye issue, but it was not severe enough to bring his outing to an early end.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Exits Sunday's game

    Waddle was forced out of Sunday's game against the Cowboys with an eye issue. Per David Furones of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Waddle appeared to get poked in the eye prior to his exit from the contest. Before then, Waddle had caught one of his four targets for 50 yards.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Contrarian DFS Play (WR Preview)

    We expect Hill to return this week, which should drive people off of Waddle. But there is at least a chance that Hill won't be 100% and Waddle will still be Tua Tagovailoa's top target. Waddle has been the quintessential DFS tournament play as of late with three of seven games over 19 PPR Fantasy points, topping 26 twice.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Exits with chest injury Sunday

    Waddle suffered a chest injury during Sunday's game against the Jets. With Tyreek Hill (ankle) inactive for Week 15, Waddle was slated to serve as the Dolphins' top pass catcher, but he ended up taking a hard fall on a long connection with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa early in the first quarter that has called back because of an offensive penalty. Waddle was tended to by team trainers for a time before visiting the sideline tent and then taking a seat on the bench. As long as Waddle remains out of the game, Cedrick Wilson, Braxton Berrios, River Cracraft, Chase Claypool and Robbie Chosen will be the wide receivers available to Miami's offense.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Leading receiver as Hill plays hurt

    Waddle caught six of eight targets for 79 yards in Monday's 28-27 loss to the Titans. Waddle exited for a few plays in the first quarter after taking a big hit at the end of a 16-yard catch over the middle, but he returned later on the same drive. Tyreek Hill (ankle) then left the game on the following possession, leaving Waddle as Miami's top wideout until Hill's return in the third quarter. Waddle finished as the team leader in catches and receiving yards in the narrow defeat, but he remains stuck on three touchdowns in 2023. With Hill hampered by his ankle injury, Waddle could be Miami's top healthy wide receiver Week 15 against the Jets.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Modest yardage in big win

    Waddle brought in five of eight targets for 52 yards in the Dolphins' 45-15 win over the Commanders on Sunday. Waddle tied with Tyreek Hill for the team lead in receptions while setting the pace in targets, but the disparity between the two receivers' final production was stark considering Hill's gaudy 157-yardage tally. Waddle's middling day was particularly disappointing considering his 114-yard day in Week 12 against the Jets, and outside of his two 100-yard efforts, he's been limited to 63 yards or fewer in seven of his last nine contests. Waddle's fortunes could take a turn for the better in a Week 14 home matchup against the vulnerable Titans on Monday night, Dec. 11.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Tops 100 yards in Week 12 win

    Waddle caught all eight of his targets for 114 yards in Friday's 34-13 win over the Jets. Waddle shrugged off a tough matchup with a Jets secondary that came in allowing the fewest fantasy points in the league to wide receivers, as he set a season high in catches while coming seven yards short of his season high. This was only Waddle's second 100-yard performance of 2023 after he posted six such games last season. Waddle looks healthy after playing through injuries for much of the season, and he'll have a golden opportunity to build on his momentum in Week 13 against Washington's vulnerable secondary.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Feeling good after bye

    Waddle (knee) said Monday that Miami's bye week allowed him time to rejuvenate his body, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports. Waddle suited up for all but one of Miami's first nine games of the season despite picking up a number of injuries, but now that's he's benefited from a bye to get healthy, it doesn't look like there are real concerns about his status for Week 11 against the Raiders. The standout receiver picked up a knee injury during the Dolphins' international loss to the Chiefs in Week 9, but that appears to have been mostly soreness. It's possible Waddle is able to avoid being listed on Miami's first injury report of the week entirely come Wednesday.
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  • Dolphins' Jaylen Waddle: Team-high yardage total in win

    Waddle secured seven of 12 targets for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 31-17 win over the Patriots on Sunday. Waddle led the Dolphins in receiving yards on the afternoon, with the exclamation point coming via a 31-yard scoring grab in the fourth quarter, his third score of the season. All of Waddle's end-zone trips this season have come within the last four contests, and Sunday's performance also qualified as his first 100-yard tally of the campaign. Waddle figures to be busy once again during the Dolphins' Week 9 showdown against the powerful Chiefs offense in Germany.
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