TE Mike Gesicki - Miami Dolphins
|6-6, 252||Born: 10-3-1995||College: Penn State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2018|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Gesicki is hitting his ceiling more often as the season goes on and his team is surging heading into a very winnable game against the Jets. He's worth a streaming tight end look.
Week 14: at New York Jets
FBG says: Good matchup. For better or worse, Ryan Fitzpatrick has cemented himself as the 3-9 Dolphins' starter to close the season. That's a strong indictment of youngster Josh Rosen, who may have already worn his welcome out in Miami after just six appearances. Fitzpatrick has moved the ball much better than Rosen did, and his output has at least been strong in alternating weeks. Dating back to Week 6, he's posted 4 days of 280+ yards and 4 multi-touchdown games. Last Sunday represented one of his best starts in several years, going 27 of 39 for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns (with an interception) in an upset win over the Eagles. Fitzpatrick doesn't throw to much firepower, though he clearly has something going with DeVante Parker. Over 4 games since Preston Williams' injury, Parker has turned 41 targets into an average of 6 receptions and 114 yards. Last week he hauled in two impressive touchdowns, from 43 and 17 yards out, and also drew a big pass interference call in the end zone. He's now a weekly fantasy consideration, though it's always hard to pinpoint who else will produce in this attack. Tight end Mike Gesicki has drawn 6+ targets in 5 straight games, though he's only cleared 30 yards twice over that span. He's volatile, but he's the closest thing this unit has to a second fantasy option. The Jets pass defense remains a work in progress. They've shown progress of late, holding their last 3 opponents to just 5.7 yards per attempt and 201 a game. But those numbers were built on matchups with Dwayne Haskins, Derek Carr, and Andy Dalton. Prior to that, they'd been worked over by the likes of Daniel Jones (308 and 4 touchdowns), Ryan Fitzpatrick (288 and 3), and Gardner Minshew (279 and 3). Over that span, they gave up huge receiving lines to the likes of Darius Slayton (10 for 121 and 2), Chris Conley (4 for 103 and 1), and Mike Gesicki (6 for 95). The going will be even tougher if Jamal Adams, arguably the NFL's premier safety, is sidelined by an ankle sprain. Adams is counted on heavily to help a young, shaky cornerback group down the field, and his absence would make the deep ball much more attractive for Ryan Fitzpatrick. This is a favorable fantasy matchup even at full strength, though, making Fitzpatrick's sneaky Week 14 appeal even brighter.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Mike Gesicki's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs PHI (7 / 5 / 79 / 1 rec)
The rookie tight end now has his second career touchdown in as many weeks and is starting to play the role everyone had envisioned for him in this offense. He was the second leading receiver behind Parker this week and did a lot of damage outside of his touchdown catch. Gesicki caught 5 of his 7 targets including his 14-yard touchdown. Fitzpatrick attacked the seams against a weak Philadelphia secondary and used the size of Gesicki against the smaller defenders. He had a pair of 21-yard catches up the seam to help set up pivotal touchdowns for Miami. His 14-yard touchdown catch came on a wheel route and some improvisation from Fitzpatrick. Gesicki was attacking a void in the zone coverage when he saw his quarterback flushed out of the pocket to the right. He turned his route up field and settled behind the corner in the back of the end zone. The Eagles defender came crashing down when they thought Fitzpatrick was going to run the ball and did not have enough time to correct and get back to Gesicki before he made the touchdown catch. It was a play that showed great chemistry between the two players and is hopefully a sign of big things to come.
2019 Week 12 vs CLE (7 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)
It took 12 weeks, but the rookie tight end finally broke through with his first touchdown of the season. Gesicki caught 3 of his 7 targets for just 28 yards, but he was able to find the end zone. The big tight end caught the first touchdown of the game for Miami with an 11-yard leaping grab across the middle in the end zone. Fitzpatrick had one of the few clean pockets of the day and threaded the needle between the safeties to Gesicki. He had to go up and get it as the ball was a little high, but Fitzpatrick put it in a place that only his tight end could make a play. There could be more receiving opportunities for the rest of the season as injuries continue to mount in Miami, but Gesicki remains a low end tight end in this offense.
2019 Week 11 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Another week and another disappointing performance from Gesicki. We have been waiting for him to break out all season long and make good on the promise of an athletic tight end in an offense that needs to throw the ball a lot. He still looks lost running his routes at times and has not done a good job in run blocking at all. He caught 4 of his 6 targets for 18 yards this week. 10 of those yards came on a single catch and Miami just did not call his number deep down the field at all. Fitzpatrick was harassed all day and did not have time to let the tight end run routes deeper down the field. Gesicki still does not have to fear Nick O'Leary behind him, but he will have to play much better if he truly wants to be their tight end of the future.
2019 Week 10 vs IND (6 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
This was shaping up to be a breakout week for Gesicki, but he literally fumbled it away. One the very first drive of the game, a very promising Dolphins drive was halted at mid field when Gesicki fumbled the ball as he was diving for a first down. Darius Leonard put his helmet right on the ball and it popped loose before Gesicki went to the ground. It should have been a simple 9-yard reception and a 1st down, but Gesicki tried to push the issue for the extra yard. He caught 3 of his 6 total targets and added a 12-yard reception that accounted for almost half of his yards. The team still does not seem willing to get him involved in the red zone or goal to go situations and prefers to use him in the open field and try and let him run. The fumble did not prove costly as the Dolphins intercepted the Colts on the next drive, but it did put a halt to a very promising opening drive.
2019 Week 9 vs NYJ (6 / 6 / 95 / 0 rec)
It has been a long time coming for Gesicki, but he finally lived up to the potential hype of where he was drafted. The big tight end led the team in receiving for the first time this week and did just about everything but score a touchdown. He caught all 6 of his targets for just under 100 yards. His longest play of the game helped to setup the third touchdown and went for 34 yards down the right side. HE simply blew past his man and Fitzpatrick hit him in stride down the side line. He needed just one more step and he would have sprung free for the touchdown, but he was taken down by a diving defender from behind. Gesicki has endured poor quarterback play and people questioning his abilities all season long. This game should go a long way towards proving his doubters wrong and the beginning of his development towards the potential they saw when they drafted him.
2019 Week 7 vs BUF (4 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
It has not been the season that many hoped for Gesicki this year with the big tight end only having 13 catches and 143 yards across 6 games. He caught all 4 of his targets and set a season high in receptions and had a big 17-yard catch for a first down to extend a scoring drive. Gesicki has not served as the security blanket many hoped he would be and has not see the garbage time yards that many would expect on a team that has been behind almost the entire season. He is coming off games of 51 and 41 yards and seems to be trending in the right direction, but still has a long way to go.
2019 Week 6 vs WAS (7 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
The majority of his yardage came on the final drive and a single big play, but Gesicki showed why the Dolphins have so much faith in him. Needing 75 yards on the final drive to try and tie the game, Fitzpatrick let loose a deep ball up the seam in the direction of Gesicki. The ball went into tight coverage with the linebacker running step for step and the safety closing in. Gesicki went up and made an amazing catch between 2 defenders for a 30-yard gain. This was the longest play of the game for the Miami offense and accounted for more than half of his yards for the game. Gesicki led the team in receiving for the first time this week and showed that he has a much better connection with Fitzpatrick that he does with Rosen. With Nick O'Leary only seeing a single target for 3 yards this week it will be interesting to see if Gesicki's role in the offense expands any further next week.
2019 Week 4 vs LAC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gesicki was blanked by the Chargers this week and he seems to have lost all value in the offense. The lone target that came his way bounced off of his hands and luckily fell to Preston Williams who was on the ground. Similar to Grant, Gesicki is not being featured in the offense as they struggle in every aspect right now. Gesicki is a big and athletic tight end that should be making plays all over the field but is seeing his talent wasted in Miami.
2019 Week 3 vs DAL (3 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
This was supposed to be the year he broke out and made a difference in Miami and Gesicki has done nothing to this point. He caught all 3 of his targets for just 9 yards and watched his back up more than double his yardage on a single catch. Gesicki was supposed to be a safety blanket for Rosen but he has been unable to fight through the second level and get open this season. Gesicki was supposed to be a more athletic Kyle Rudolph and has yet to preform at the NFL level. Expect Nick O'Leary to continue to push him for playing time and targets in the offense. If Miami throws the ball 40 times, Gesicki should have more than 3 targets, but that is what happened this week.
2019 Week 2 vs NE (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
The struggles continued for Gesicki this week with only 2 targets in the offense. He caught 1 ball for 11 yards and the other was intercepted on the last play of the game. Had it been a better throw, Gesicki could have had a garbage time touch down and salvaged his day but it was intercepted by Collins to end the game. Gesicki was pushed by OíLeary more this week than last week, but he is still the clear starter.
2019 Week 1 vs BAL (6 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
After all the talk in the off season about how Gesicki looked lost and how Nick OíLeary was going to take over, it was Gesicki that saw the playing time this week. Gesicki was one of the few bright spots this week after catching a big 26-yard pass down the sideline and bailing out Rosen with his lone 5-yard completion. Look for Gesicki to serve as the security blanket for whoever ends up playing quarterback in Miami for the rest of the season.
Latest NewsDolphins | Mike Gesicki scores in win (Sun Dec 1, 09:44 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki caught five of his seven targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in a 37-31 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13. link to story Dolphins | Mike Gesicki scores TD in Week 12 (Sun Nov 24, 05:56 PM) - Miami Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki finished with three receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown in the Week 12 game against the Cleveland Browns. link to story
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