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TE A.J. Derby - Miami Dolphins

6-4, 255Born: 9-20-1991College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 6, pick 2015

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Week 3: vs Oakland Raiders

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FBG says: Good matchup. Ryan Tannehill continues to dink and dunk his way to marginal, ball-control success. When presented with a positive game script and plenty of breathing room, he's a capable leader, as displayed last week (17-of-23 passing and 2 touchdowns). Tannehill is still loath to throw downfield much, so there's not much pressure put on opposing defenses. Against the Jets, he didn't complete a single pass more than 15 yards downfield - not that he has the weaponry to do so. But he utilizes underneath targets Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola enough to move the chains, and he's cut down on his poor, erratic downfield prayer throws. It's not wise to look to this low-volume, low-impact unit for upside. But it's encouraging to see it function, if only as a sanitized, clock-bleeding "attack." Without Khalil Mack, the Oakland pass rush is virtually nonexistent. They rely almost solely on one man, Bruce Irvin, to generate pressure. And while Irvin is a talented, seasoned pro, he's not enough to create real nightmares for opposing offenses. As a result, downfield plays keep opening up as receivers easily beat the Raiders' struggling cornerbacks. Brandin Cooks had little trouble finding holes in Week 1, while Cooper Kupp and Emmanuel Sanders have consistently made splash plays, especially from the slot. Rashaan Melvin was definitively beaten by Sanders last week on more than one occasion. This unit isn't terrible, but without a real pass rush, it's always beatable.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs TEN 46 0 0 0 0 0
2 at NYJ 34 1 19 1 0 7.9
3 vs OAK PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * * *
3 vs OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * * *
3 vs OAK PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

A.J. Derby's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 19 / 1 rec)

Just like Wilson, Derby did not receive any extra targets from Tannehill, but he did manage to find the end zone. He had two targets and one reception on the day. Derby ran straight down the seam while Tannehill scrambled in the pocket to avoid the pass rush. Derby noticed his quarterback needing help and started making his way back towards the ball. Tannehill let go a missile that hit Derby directly in the chest for the score. No one receiver stood out this week, but Derby made the most of his opportunity with the touchdown.

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Schedule

3vs Oakland Raiders
4@ New England Patriots
5@ Cincinnati Bengals
6vs Chicago Bears
7vs Detroit Lions
8@ Houston Texans
9vs New York Jets
10@ Green Bay Packers
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Indianapolis Colts
13vs Buffalo Bills
14vs New England Patriots
15@ Minnesota Vikings
16vs Jacksonville Jaguars
17@ Buffalo Bills