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TE Charles Clay - Miami Dolphins

6-3, 245Born: 2-12-1989College: TulsaDrafted: Round 6

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): We waited all season to use Clay for this? The game script betrayed him and the Dolphins passing game, but message received. Clay is just waiver wire fodder for byes and emergencies, and not very exciting fodder at that.

Week 9: vs San Diego Chargers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill have taken care of business and beat the teams they should have defeated over the past two weeks, with 16/29 for 196 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown at Jacksonville (a 27-13 win) and 25/32 for 277 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions tossed at Chicago (a 27-13 win). Mike Wallace leads all Miami receivers with 15 targets during that time span, for 7/105/1 receiving; Charles clay has seen eight targets for 5/59/1 receiving in the Dolphins' spread-it-around pass offense. The Chargers have not taken care of business in the past two weeks, dropping two games straight while allowing 25/35 for 286 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions to Peyton Manning last week (zero sacks) and 19/28 for 211 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with three sacks for -10 yards, to Alex Smith at San Diego two weeks ago. Though the Chargers are sixth in the NFL averaging 219.1 net passing yards allowed per game, they've coughed up 14 passing scores vs. a mere four interceptions and 15 sacks generated to date (tied for 23rd- and 18th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). The Chargers' D is reeling entering Week 9. Advantage, Miami.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
6 vs GB 3 35 0 0
7 at CHI 4 58 1 0
8 at JAX 1 1 0 0
9 vs SD PROJ-Dodds 3 * * *
9 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * *
9 vs SD PROJ-Bloom 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs GB (5 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

Charles Clay came out of Miami's bye looking a little more spry and healthy, but it didn't translate to a bigger game in the box score. Clay's 35 yards were still a season-high, and he's not being targeted in the red zone as much as he was in 2014. It's possible Clay's knee injury that forced him to miss almost the entirety of the preseason was more serious than anyone let on, and it's taken a full month plus into the season to finally get healthy. Compared to last season's first five games, Clay is averaging about one target fewer this season. However, where he hasn't cleared 40 yards once this season, he had 40+ yards in each of the first five games last season en-route to averaging nearly 60 yards/game, adding in three touchdowns. And whereas he had a 20+ yard catch in four of his first five last year, he's only had one total this season. So, the injury has clearly sapped Clay of some of the big-play-ability he flashed in 2013. He's been running shorter routes, and whether that's by design of the offense or Lazor knowing some of his physical limitations early on this season, Clay is a shaky TE2 for now. Until the Miami offense starts showing some more consistency or Lazor decides it's time to unleash a fully healthy (will he be this season?) Clay, he may not even be rosterable during the bye week crunch.

2014 Week 7 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 58 / 1 rec)

Clay had his best game of the season on Sunday, recording highs in targets, catches, yards, and scoring his first touchdown of the year. Many had been calling for an uptick in usage of the tight end, and it finally looks like he's healthy enough to provide some play-making from the TE position. With Lance Briggs and Jon Bostic out for the Bears, the Chicago LBs were an easy target for Tannehill and Clay. From Miami's first scoring drive, it was evident they were going to attack that weak spot for the Bears. First, Tannehill found Clay on a deep corner route up the right sideline for 25 yards. Then, once in the red-zone, Clay lined up in-line on the left and Tannehill found him again on the corner route for six points. D.J. Williams and Shea McClellan were late getting over and McClellan stumbled, allowing for a simple pitch and catch. Of course, Clay only caught two more balls for 20 yards on the afternoon, but the Dolphins were nursing a sizable lead. It's a promising sign though, as Clay was more of a big play option than anyone on the Miami roster last season. Additionally, while Tannehill's deep accuracy still a question mark, he can throw a very good seam or corner route, which may allow Clay to do more damage with fewer catches and targets. That's not a great recipe for fantasy consistency, but Clay may be working his way back into the tight end conversation in what's been a brutal year for the TE.

2014 Week 8 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Up-and-down, back-and-forth, the tight end merry-go-round goes. Those who took Charles Clay's 4-catch, 58-yard, one touchdown effort in Week 7 as a sign of things to come were sorely mistaken, and Clay followed up his best week of the season with his worst. It goes back to the game flow of Sunday's matchup with the Jags, as the Dolphins really didn't need much of anything on offense in their win. Clay was open in the end zone late in the fourth quarter, but Tannehill overthrew him on a difficult cross-body throw. It was a tough throw to pull off, and one that ultimately didn't matter, but one that should've been made by Tannehill. That would salvaged Clay's day a bit, but unless his volume starts to get a bump, he can't be relied upon even in the deepest of tight end leagues.

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Latest News

Dolphins | Charles Clay a limited participant (Wed Oct 29, 06:47 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.

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Dolphins | Charles Clay probable (Fri Oct 24, 05:46 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 24, and is listed as probable for Week 8.

Our View: Clay is the best of the waiver wire tight end options this week if you are covering a bye or Owen Daniels injury.

Dolphins | Charles Clay limited in practice (Thu Oct 23, 06:08 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Dolphins | Charles Clay limited (Wed Oct 22, 05:44 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Our View: Clay might be able to practice fully later in the week. Keep an eye on his practice status in deeper leagues.
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Dolphins | Probable status for Charles Clay (Fri Oct 17, 05:17 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice for the third straight day Friday, Oct. 17, but is probable for Week 7 against the Chicago Bears.

Our View: Clay was a help for fantasy teams last year, but a better running game and the emergence of Jarvis Landry have combined with an early knee issue to keep Clay grounded this year.
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Schedule

9vs San Diego Chargers
10@ Detroit Lions
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Denver Broncos
13@ New York Jets
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15@ New England Patriots
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17vs New York Jets