News: 3 days agoWaddle brought in four of five targets for 46 yards in the Dolphins' 48-20 loss to the Bills on Sunday.
Spin: Making his return after a Week 3 absence due to a concussion, Waddle was relatively quiet but still finished as the runner-up or tied for second on the team in receptions, receiving yards and targets. The third-year wideout's day was serviceable, especially in the context of an afternoon during which Tua Tagovailoa spread the ball around to eight different pass catchers. Waddle should have a good chance of improving on Sunday's modest numbers in a Week 5 home battle versus the Giants.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Waddle has finished each of his first two NFL seasons as a top-15 fantasy WR, but he took very different paths each year. As a rookie in 2021, Waddle was a short-range target (7.0 aDOT) and caught 104 passes for 1,015 yards and six TDs. Last season, Waddle played more of a downfield role (12.0 aDOT) and led all WRs in yards per reception (18.1) and yards per target (11.6) while finishing second in RAC (7.0). His reception total plummeted, but his yardage skyrocketed and his numbers actually would've been better if Tua Tagovailoa missed less time (287 yards and zero TDs in five games Tagovailoa was out or left injured). More goal line work would be nice (he has eight career end zone targets), but Waddle is a budding star and a featured target in a good offense. The 24-year-old is a fringe WR1.