On Monday, WR Cedrick Wilson signed a three-year deal with the Miami Dolphins worth $22.8 million, with $12.75 million guaranteed.
After 22 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns, Wilson broke out last season with the Dallas Cowboys:
- catching 45 passes for 602 yards and six touchdowns,
- and averaging 9.9 yards per target (15th among wide receivers),
- while his 1.70 yards per route run ranks 41st at the position
Wilson was hyper-efficient in the league’s highest scoring offense, so this could be an example of another overpay in the market.
But with Wilson not making a large fantasy impact himself (he had just four weeks higher than WR40), he still will largely be off our radar as a WR4/WR5 in fantasy playing alongside Jaylen Waddle and DeVante Parker in a potentially lower-volume passing game under Mike McDaniel.
Cedrick Wilson’s Fantasy Impact on Jaylen Waddle
Where Wilson’s addition does make a fantasy impact is with Jaylen Waddle.
Wilson ran 90% of his routes from the slot with Dallas last season. As a rookie, Jaylen Waddle ran 60.1% of his routes from the slot, where collected 62 receptions for 494 yards and four touchdowns.
As a byproduct of all of those slot routes paired with the Miami offensive line situation, Waddle averaged just 9.8 yards per catch with an average depth of target of 7.0 yards, managing just 12 targets all season 20 or further yards downfield.
Getting the opportunity to play more outside and extend the field like he did in college, Waddle still has untapped upside after showing his reception-based floor as a rookie.
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