TE Mike Gesicki - Miami Dolphins
|6-6, 252||Born: 10-3-1995||College: Penn State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2018|
Week 12: at Cleveland Browns
FBG says: Tough matchup. In Ryan Fitzpatrick's own words he's just having fun playing football and it has largely inspired this passing offense. Even without Preston Williams, the Dolphins were able to have success throwing for 323 yards against a strong Bills team that had not allowed a 300-yard passer all season. DeVante Parker finally looks like the receiver that the team hoped he would start to turn into when they took him in the first round of the 2015 draft as he now has 50 yards or more in 7 of his last 8 games including a 135-yard performance last week against Tre'Davious White. Outside of Parker, the team is going to mix and match wide receivers as they line up Allen Hurns, Jakeem Grant, Albert Wilson and tight end Mike Gesicki. One surprise last week for the team was rookie Patrick Laird who was known as a receiving back out of Cal. Laird was targeted six times catching all six passes for 51 yards last week. The Browns passing defense is starting to come together after being a patchwork secondary for most of the season due to injuries to Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams, and Damarious Randall. The Browns will be without strong safety Morgan Burnett who suffered a ruptured Achilles which will leave the Browns with very little depth behind Juston Burris who played well filling in for Burnett. On the year, the Browns have not allowed a 300 yard-passer and have allowed the seventh-fewest passing yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. The big issue this week for Cleveland is how might the lack of pass rush impact the Browns this week with Myles Garrett being suspended for the remainder of the season and Larry Ogunjobi also being suspended for this game. While the secondary has been great over the past few weeks, the lack of pass rush could give Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins receivers and extra second to get open. This remains a tough matchup, but not a bad matchup it otherwise would be if the Browns had Garrett and Ogunjobi.
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 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.
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