Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Miami Dolphins Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Miami Dolphins rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 28.4 (29th)
  • Best ranking: 25th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 30th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Dolphins in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 29

What we learned: Tight end Mike Gesicki appears to be making the leap. He helped carry the Dolphins' offense in a losing effort versus the Bills, catching eight balls for 130 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. Gesicki's one-handed grab on a crossing route in the middle of the field might have been the best catch by any player in Week 2. A second-round pick in 2018, Gesicki had 570 receiving yards last season. With more performances like Sunday's, he'll shatter that mark in 2020. The Dolphins struggled to produce a consistent pass rush, had secondary issues and failed to capitalize on a couple of interception opportunities. But they played hard and were competitive against Buffalo.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 30

They battled against the Bills, but at some point they have to start winning those types of games. When is Tua time coming?

USA Today -- Rank: 25

Before a hue and cry emanates to play Tua, there (still) needs to be a hue and cry to fix this abject offensive line.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Myles Gaskin

In two games this season for the Dolphins, the 2019 seventh-round pick out of the University of Washington has nearly half the number of carries (16) he had all of last season (36 in seven games played). There's plenty of upside for Gaskin as his role continues to expand among the Dolphins' backfield options with Matt Breida and Jordan Howard. For Thursday night's game at Jacksonville, fantasy players in PPR leagues should keep an eye out for Gaskin as a pass-catcher because the 23-year-old has 11 targets and 10 catches through two weeks. -- ESPN Staff -- Rank: 30

The Dolphins poured a lot of resources into their defense to make it better in 2020, but we're not seeing a difference to this point. The remade defensive line was unable to put consistent pressure on Bills QB Josh Allen (417 passing yards, four TDs) and the secondary had no answers once top cornerback Byron Jones exited with a hamstring injury on Sunday. First-round pick Noah Igbinoghene struggled to keep up with Stefon Diggs, and Miami was unable to pick off Allen even though he threw multiple passes that could have been intercepted. This team fights every week under Brian Flores, but it's got work to do to be seen as a credible playoff contender.

Previous update: Miami Dolphins Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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