WR Jakeem Grant - Miami Dolphins
|5-6, 165||Born: 10-30-1992||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2016|
Week 15: at New York Giants - $4600
FBG says: Great matchup. Ryan Fitzpatrick has led a high-volume passing attack that, in spite of some recent strong performances, has posted bottom-feeding numbers across the board. The Dolphins' passing game has posted 15 touchdowns to 17 interceptions on the season, the 26th and 31st-best numbers in the league, respectively, to this point. At just 5.3 net yards per attempt, the efficiency of the unit is abysmal, ranking 30th in the league, and it is primarily a product of a lack of talent in the receiving corps. DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson, the team's top two wide receivers following the injury to Preston Williams, are both in concussion protocol, and their status for this weekend's game is uncertain. Expect Isaiah Ford and Allen Hurns to step up in their absence, with Mike Gesicki contributing at the tight end position. Ford led the way with 9 targets, 6 receptions, and 92 receiving yards last weekend without Parker and Wilson. This weekend, a soft matchup and high passing volume could foster another unexpectedly strong day for Miami through the day. The New York Giants' pass defense is one of the weakest in the NFL, as they have allowed 6 300-yard passers and 7 multi-touchdown performances through the air. Last weekend, a depleted Philadelphia Eagles' aerial attack posted 325 yards and 2 touchdowns, including over 132 yards and 12 catches from their two tight ends. The Giants struggle to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks, with the sixth-lowest hurry rate of any team in the league, even their number-one pass rusher, Markus Golden's, pass-rushing numbers are misleading. Golden leads the way with 8.5 sacks on the season, but he is converting his pressures into sacks at a wildly unsustainable rate, and when he is not taking down opposing quarterbacks, he rarely applies pressure otherwise. In the secondary, the Giants are especially weak, with Janoris Jenkins and DeAndre Baker grading as two of the weakest cover-corners in the NFL. The Giants have allowed 10 separate 100-yard or multi-touchdown performances to opposing pass-catchers this season. This weekend, look for tight end Mike Gesicki and DeVante Parker or Albert Wilson, if healthy, to capitalize on this soft matchup against one of the league's weakest pass defenses.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Jakeem Grant's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 12 vs CLE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 0 points, $5000)
After returning a kick for a touchdown and scoring a rushing touchdown last week, Grant suffered a setback and left the game with a foot injury. He was able to walk to the sideline but then was carted down the tunnel to be looked at. No broken bones have been reported but he was seen leaving the stadium in a walking boot. It is another blow to an already thin receiving core for Miami. Grant had a single target and no catches at the time of the injury.
2019 Week 11 vs BUF (3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 1 rush - 17.4 points, $4700)
It seems like it should be easy to make a name for yourself in the Miami offense. They have traded away the majority of their skill players and are giving several guys a chance to make big plays. Enter Grant this week and his 2 touchdowns. The first score came on a 101-yard kick return. He fielded the ball in the end zone and took off down the middle of the field. After making a few guys miss and cutting to the outside it became a foot race to the end zone with only the kicker to beat. This brought the score to 23-14 and gave the Dolphins some hope going into the second half. Grant then made another big play when the offense ran a trick play with Ballage taking the direct snap and handing to Grant on the end around. Grant took the ball 7 yards off the right end and into the end zone. Both plays were an impressive showcase of speed and ability to make a defender miss. Grant also caught all 3 of his targets for 32 yards and showed that Miami should work him into the offensive game plan more often.
2019 Week 4 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush - 0.9 points, $4500)
It has been a long season already for Grant in the offense. He continues to handle the kick and punt return duties, but they do not utilize his speed in the offense. He was targeted a single time and caught the ball for 6 yards. Grant was also given the ball on a jet sweep and was tackled in the back field for a loss of 2 yards. That is not enough touches for a player that can break a big play any time he touches the ball. Rosen does not have much time to throw the ball but could easily complete a quick slant or even screen to Grant and just see what he can make happen with his legs. This offense has no identity right now and Grant is no more than a glorified return man at the moment.
2019 Week 3 vs DAL (7 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush - 5.1 points, $4500)
Grant was second on the team with 7 targets but ended up being 4th in yards this week. His longest catch was 10 yards and he was also given the ball on a jet sweep that went for 4 yards. Grant has the speed to break off a big play, but he has not clicked with Rosen and seems to disappear in the offense behind Williams, Parker, and Drake. He is still handling kick and punt returns but he has yet to make a big play there either. Grant will lose the most value when Albert Wilson comes back from injury and may be pushed even further by Allen Hurns with a similar skill set. Grant had plenty of opportunity this week but was unable to deliver for the Dolphins.
2019 Week 2 vs NE (7 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush - 3.3 points, $4500)
With how much both Rosen and Fitzpatrick struggled, it was not surprising to see Grant struggle as well. He was targeted 7 times and caught 3 of them. The 7 targets tied for the team lead and he was given a carry in the run game. Grant was stopped for -4 yards on the carry, but he did have a long 16-yard catch down the middle that accounted for the majority of his 22 yards. It has been a slow start for Grant since signing his extension and it looks like it will be a long season for everyone in Miami.
2019 Week 1 vs BAL (3 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec - -1.8 points, $4500)
The ugliness continues for the Dolphins and Wilson after he managed to catch 2 of his 4 targets for just 13 yards. 12 of those yards came on a single play and the rest of the day it seemed as if he was barely on the field. Wilson injured his calf at one point in the game and his return was questionable. Some may wonder if he truly hurt himself or if he did not want to go back on the field as the team continued to get embarrassed. Wilson will have to battle with Parker, Hurns, and Grant the rest of the season for targets.
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