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TE A.J. Derby - Miami Dolphins

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

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Week 15: at Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Jay Cutler is coming off his best game of the season, but he's still not much of a fantasy option. All told, he'd actually be a fairly tough Week 15 sell as a QB2 if not for his prime defensive matchup. Cutler has been uncharacteristically gun-shy all year, throwing deep (15+ yards downfield) on just *****% of his throws. As a result, the Dolphins offense has been tragically built around low-impact check-down man Jarvis Landry, and Cutler's downfield receivers have produced hit-or-miss numbers at best. DeVante Parker has taken a huge step back in 2017 - mainly by his own doing - and Kenny Stills doesn't see consistent enough volume to truly matter for fantasy purposes. Cutler is generally more interested in throwing four-yard slants to Landry. We can't merely discount Cutler's Week 14 as nothing, but we do have to note the opponent (the Patriots pass defense) and the fact that if you're a startable fantasy quarterback, 263 yards and 3 touchdowns shouldn't be your season's second-best performance. The Bills pass defense is by no means a consistent one, but it's no pushover, either. They've allowed 284+ passing yards to 4 of their last 9 opponents, with some dazzling lines given up to WR1s - A.J. Green, Mike Evans, Michael Crabtree, Michael Thomas, and Keenan Allen have all recorded 83-189 receiving yards in this matchup. The Bills do boast an impressive secondary, including rookie cornerback TreDavious White and ascending star safety Jordan Poyer. This unit can indeed flow aggressively through a game and limit a passing attack - they've shut down a handful of mediocre passing offenses, after all. But of late, it's not manifesting on the stat sheet. It's generally fair to chase efficiency, if not volume, in plays against the Buffalo defense.

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs NE (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Derby caught a short crossing route towards the end of the 2nd quarter for a minimal gain. Osweiler hasn't shown the same fondness for Derby that Siemian displayed, instead peppering Sanders and Thomas with nearly all his targets.

2017 Week 9 vs PHI (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Derby split out wide left and was targeted in the end zone on a deep pass down the sideline late in the 2nd quarter. Derby secured a crossing route for a gain of 11 early in the 4th quarter.

2017 Week 8 vs KC (4 / 2 / 21 / 1 rec)

Derby had a quiet day until he scored a touchdown late in the 4th quarter on a seam route from the inline position. He caught one more short curl route in the waning seconds of the 4th quarter.

2017 Week 7 vs LAC (7 / 6 / 66 / 0 rec)

Derby led the team with 7 targets, though most of them came in garbage time. He started the game out horribly with a fumble on Denver's first offensive drive after hauling in a deep comeback route. The Chargers recovered, but Denver managed to hold them on a goal line stand during the ensuing drive. Derby caught a shallow crossing route in the waning seconds of the 1st half. Siemian found him on a short out route for a gain of 5 late in the 3rd quarter. Siemian looked for Derby deep down the left sideline early in the 4th quarter, but overthrew the ball. Derby's longest reception was a 23 yard catch and run down the right seam late in the 4th quarter.

2017 Week 6 vs NYG (4 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Derby caught an out route for a 10 yard gain in the 1st quarter, his only catch of the day. He flexed out into the slot in the 3rd and was targeted on a curl route that was well defended by a linebacker.

2017 Week 4 vs OAK (6 / 4 / 75 / 1 rec)

Derby, who has shown flashes as a solid receiving tight end since being traded from New England, had a big day and scored his first NFL touchdown. He hauled in a deep out route for a catch and run down the right sideline in the 1st quarter, then scored on the next play with a crazy one-handed catch. Derby lined up at the fullback position, then ran out and up the right sideline. Siemian lofted the pass high, and Derby deftly plucked it out of the air with his right hand, never breaking stride or bringing the ball in until he was in the end zone. Derby caught a couple more passes from the slot in the 4th quarter, bringing his totals to a team-high 6 targets, 4 catches, and 75 receiving yards.

2017 Week 3 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Derby caught a short out route in the 2nd quarter, his only target of the day.

2017 Week 1 vs LAC (3 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)

Derby flexed out in the slot and caught a curl route for 1st down yardage in the 2nd quarter. Derby nearly scored on a similar play later in the drive, carrying the ball down inside the 1 yard line. He picked up another 12 yards on a catch and run in the 3rd quarter, finishing with a short but efficient stat line- 3 targets, 3 catches, and 31 yards.

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Latest News

Dolphins | Miami's Week 14 inactives (Mon Dec 11, 07:08 PM) - The Miami Dolphins have declared TE A.J. Derby, DL Cameron Malveaux, CB Cordrea Tankersley, RB Damien Williams, OG Isaac Asiata, OT Jermon Bushrod, QB Matt Moore inactive for Week 14.

Dolphins | Week 13 Dolphins inactives (Sun Dec 3, 11:49 AM) - The Miami Dolphins have declared TE A.J. Derby, RB Damien Williams, DT Davon Godchaux, OG Isaac Asiata, OT Jermon Bushrod, QB Matt Moore, DB Torry McTyer inactive for Week 13.

Our View: Kenyan Drake will be the primary running back this week with Williams out.

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