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TE Charles Clay - Miami Dolphins

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

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Preseason player page

He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

General News (Fri Sep 19): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

General News (Thu Sep 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Sep 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 3: vs Kansas City Chiefs

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Ryan Tannehill posted 31/49 for 241 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -31 yards in Buffalo last weekend. He targeted Mike Wallace (eight targets for 5/51/1 receiving), Brian Hartline (eight for 5/36/0) and Charles Clay (eight for 7/31/0) eight times each last week, followed by Jarvis Landry (six for 5/49/0 receiving). With 49/81 for 419 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown to date, Tannehill is the 21st-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land through two games. The Chiefs' pass D ranked 25th in the NFL last year averaging 248 net yards allowed per game, with 25 passing scores given up during the season. They also had 21 interceptions, though (tied for third in the NFL) and 47 sacks (tied for sixth) - the Chiefs pressure opposing passers up front and in the secondary. Jake Locker took the Chiefs' defense apart in Week 1 despite being sacked four times and hit eight other times - when the dust settled Locker had posted 22/33 for 243 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown at Kansas City. The Broncos posted 21/26 for 237 net passing yards, three TDs and zero interceptions last Sunday. Kansas City is tied at 10th in the NFL with six sacks to date, but they aren't doing much else to annoy opposing passers. Advantage, Miami.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
1 vs NE 2 27 0 0
2 at BUF 7 31 0 0
3 vs KC PROJ-Dodds 3 * * *
3 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
3 vs KC PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs NE (6 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

After appearing for just 10 snaps in the preseason due to a balky knee, Clay laid claim to his #1 tight end spot in Miami. He logged 68 of a possible 76 snaps, with Dion Sims deputizing with 39 (mostly blocking) snaps. Although he secured just two of his six targets, Clay should likely remain the second best option for targets for the Dolphins going forward. His low catch rate isn't a worry, as Jamie Collins defended him for much of the game, and shedding his cover was difficult. His six targets were second on the team to Wallace, and his matchups should only improve going forward, as Bill Belichick has keyed in on stopping him over the last few games. As with the majority of tight ends on the back-end TE1/high-end TE2 radar, he'll leave owners scratching their heads some weeks. However, if he can manage 6-7 targets regularly, he'll be a viable fantasy tight end.

2014 Week 2 vs BUF (8 / 7 / 31 / 0 rec)

Any fantasy owner who started Clay in a PPR league was likely happy with the results from Sunday, but most everyone else is a little disappointed. When you see Clay's seven catches on eight targets, it may be a bit deceiving. Even on the low end of production, fantasy owners would expect 7 catches could produce at least 50 yards. However, Clay stayed on short, quick breaking routes for most of the game, as the Dolphins couldn't threaten Buffalo down the seam. Clay's long was 12 yards, but he wasn't targeted with a pass more than 10 yards down the field. The offense, as a whole, isn't driving the ball down the field with any verticality, so we'll see what adjustments Bill Lazor can make over the coming weeks, especially to make up for the absence of Moreno. Clay has flashed legitimate play-making skills in the passing game, but in a mostly spread-the-wealth offense (Mike Wallace is the exception), Clay will continue to sit in that muddled collection of tight ends who can offer back-end TE1 numbers, but is as inconsistent as all get out.

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Latest News

Dolphins | Charles Clay limited in practice (Fri Sep 19, 08:33 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and he is considered questionable for Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Dolphins | Charles Clay not picking up yards (Thu Sep 18, 11:31 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay has only averaged 6.4 yards per reception this season, which is the lowest average among starting tight ends.

Our View: Clay has been plagued by a minor knee injury and dropped passes. For those thinking they may have something with Clay, it's past time to move on to another tight end.
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Dolphins | Charles Clay limited (Thu Sep 18, 05:20 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

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Dolphins | Charles Clay a limited participant (Wed Sep 17, 06:23 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Dolphins | Dolphins struggling to execute offense (Mon Sep 15, 01:25 PM) - Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill struggled to deliver accurate passes in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills, and TE Charles Clay had several dropped passes. Tannehill was 5-for-16 (31 percent) on third downs, and the team was sluggish in the running game. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor likes to spread the field and create one-on-one matchups, but the Dolphins might not have the talent to run his schemes the way they were meant to be designed.

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Footballguys Articles

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  Evan Silva - August 19
Fantasy Football: Tight End Primer
  Jason Sablich, Justin Sablich - August 14
2014 Version of 2013 Breakouts
  Mike Clay - July 16
Fantasy Football Sleepers & Values: Tight Ends
  John Paulsen - July 15

Schedule

3vs Kansas City Chiefs
4@ Oakland Raiders
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Green Bay Packers
7@ Chicago Bears
8@ Jacksonville Jaguars
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