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42 Charles Clay TE
Height/Weight: 6-3/255 | Birthdate: 2/13/1989 | Birthplace: Little Rock, AR, USA | Team: Miami | College: Tulsa | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 93/57 | Average Draft Position: 196.07
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Charles Clay finishes with 43 yards in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay had a solid performance in Week 17 to finish the season, in a 20-7 loss to the Jets.

Clay hauled in four of the six passes thrown his way for 43 yards, good for second on the team. He added one carry, but was stuffed at the line of scrimmage on a fourth-and-short attempt.

Clay enjoyed a nice breakout season in 2013, finishing with 69 receptions for 763 yards and six touchdowns. He had just 445 yards in two previous seasons. 


Charles Clay hoping for more success vs. Jets


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay hasn't made much of an impact in recent games, a trend he will try to change in Week 17 against the Jets.

The Jets have been middle of the pack when it comes to defensive tight ends this season, but Clay had little trouble with their defense in an earlier matchup.  Clay torched the Jets for 80 yards on seven receptions in a Week 13 win, one of his best games of the season.

Clay has been a consistent play maker for the Dolphins this year, and his previous success against the Jets makes him a solid play for Week 17. 


Charles Clay struggles again in shutout loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay had another subpar performance in Week 16, as the Dolphins fell 19-0 to the Bills.

The Dolphins offense struggled to get much going overall in the shutout, and Clay was the victim of a poor performance from his passing game. He Clay hauled in four receptions for 32 yards, while being targeted seven times.

Clay has just five receptions over the last two games, but still enters Week 17 against the Jets with solid numbers across the board. He has 65 receptions for 716 yards and six touchdowns, as well as one on the ground. 


Charles Clay searching for the end zone


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay has only failed to reach 10 yards receiving twice this season; last week against the Patriots, and Week 7 against the Bills. He will be looking to bounce back in Week 16, when the Dolphins look to avenge the earlier loss to the Bills.

Clay had just one reception for 7 yards when Miami lost to the Bills in Week 7, but he made it count, at least, scoring his third touchdown of the season. He has six overall on the season, and will be looking to add to that total, against a Bills' defense that has failed to cover tight ends well recently.

Of the eight touchdowns tight ends have scored against the Bills this season, four have come over the last four games. That bodes well for Clay, who has emerged as one of Ryan Tannehill's favorite targets. Each of our three Fantasy experts has Clay among the top-10 for tight ends, so consider him a solid option for Week 16. 


Charles Clay held in check in Week 15


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay was nearly nonexistent Sunday against the Patriots, as he posted his least productive game of the season in Week 15.  

Clay, who had 14 receptions for 177 yards and two touchdowns in his previous two games, was barely involved Sunday. He was targeted a season-low two times in the passing game, hauling in one for 6 yards in a 24-20 win.

Clay is still enjoying the finest season of his career, despite Sunday's poor showing. He enters Week 16 against the Bills with 61 receptions for 684 yards and six touchdowns. 


Charles Clay looking for success vs. Patriots


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay is enjoying one of the best stretches of his career, having topped 85 yards in three of the last four games. If he is to keep his stretch of strong play up in Week 15, Clay will need to do so against a Patriots team that thoroughly held him in check in their last meeting.

Clay was held to just 37 yards on five receptions in a Week 8 matchup against the Patriots. That actually makes Clay something of a rarity, as opposing tight ends have had plenty of success against the Patriots this season, as New England allows 8.8 Fantasy points per game to tight ends, the 23rd highest total in the league.

The Patriots are coming off arguably their worst performance against tight ends, as two different Browns found the end zone in Week 14. Three of the Patriots' last four opponents have racked up double digits in points for tight ends, so Clay looks likely to continue rolling in Week 15. Consider him a solid Fantasy option at this point. 


Charles Clay closing in on Miami receiving marks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) Dolphins blossoming tight end Charles Clay, who struggled so mightily in the preseason that he was already considered by some to be a bust, is on the verge of setting team marks for players at that position, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Clay needs 13 receptions and 113 yards in his last three games to catch the record-setting Randy McMichael, who caught 73 passes for 791 yards in 2004. Clay is on a roll with 14 receptions for 177 yards and two scores in his last two games. He leads the team with seven touchdowns this season.


Charles Clay records first multi-touchdown game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay had a huge game in Week 14 against the Steelers, scoring a game-winning touchdown in the final minutes to put the Dolphins up in a 34-28 victory.  

Clay recorded his first career two-touchdown game, and it was his second that proved to be the game-winner. Clay scored from 12 yards out after breaking tackles by two different Steelers defenders.

Clay ultimately finished the game with seven catches for 98 yards and two scores, while adding a 40-yard reception as well. He now has 60 receptions for 679 yards and a team-high six touchdowns.

The Dolphins face the Patriots in Week 15, the second time Clay has seen them. He finished with five catches for 37 yards the last time these teams faced off. 


Charles Clay facing very tough matchup Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay is coming off a strong performance against the Jets last Sunday, but he is unlikely to make it two in a row in Week 14. The Dolphins head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, who have rarely been burned by opposing tight ends this season.

Only two defenses allow fewer Fantasy points to opposing tight ends than the Steelers, at 5.50 per game. Only one individual tight end has topped 10 Fantasy points against this defense, and they have held their opponents' tight ends out of the end zone in three straight games. 

Clay has been extremely useful for Fantasy purposes this season, as he enters Week 14 ranked eighth in Fantasy points for the season. Unfortunately, against this type of matchup, you might be better served looking for a more favorable matchup for Week 14.


Charles Clay totals 80 yards vs. Jets


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) The Jets had trouble containing Dolphins tight end Charles Clay in Week 13, in a 23-3 Dolphins win.

Clay was targeted 10 times in the game, and hauled in seven of those passes for 80 yards. He was also given a goal-line carry in the game, but was stopped well short and picked up no yards.

Clay's receiving total is his second best since Week 2. He continues to enjoy a breakout season, as he enters Week 14 against the Steelers with 53 receptions for 581 yards and four touchdowns.  


Charles Clay looking for consistency vs. Jets


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay has been held below 30 yards receiver in three of the last four games, so he's got some room for improvement in Week 13 against the Jets.

Fortunately, the Jets' defense hasn't been great against tight ends this season, allowing an averaging of 9.3 Fantasy points per game. That numbers is even higher when you take out shutouts in the first two weeks of the season, as opposing tight ends are averaging 11.0 Fantasy points per game over the last nine.  

Clay's role in the offense has grown in a big way this season, so it probably isn't relevant that he managed to catch no passes in two games against the Jets a year ago. Given a solid matchup, Fantasy owners can consider Clay a decent starting option for Week 13. 


Charles Clay struggles vs. Panthers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay struggled to break out in Week 12 against the Panthers, in a 20-16 loss.

Clay brought in four of seven passes thrown his way, but had a long reception of just 11 yards. He finished with 27 yards on the day, his third game with fewer than 30 yards in the last four.

Clay's breakout season has slowed recently, but he still enters Week 13 with 46 catches for 501 yards and four touchdowns. The Dolphins face the Jets next Sunday. 


Charles Clay coming off huge game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay is looking to build off arguably his best game of the season,  and will be looking to do some damage in Week 12 against a Panthers defense that has been vulnerable against tight ends recently.

After holding tight ends to just one touchdown over the team's first four games, opposing tight ends have found much more success recently against Carolina. Four of the team's last six opponents' tight ends have found the end zone heading into Week 12, while averaging 9.5 Fantasy points per game.

Clay had been slumping entering last week, so hopefully that does not prove to be an aberration. He remains a decent Fantasy play for Week 12, given the solid matchup. 


Charles Clay explodes for 90 yards in defeat of San Diego


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay has had just two big games this season - but one of them was on Sunday against San Diego.

Clay finished with a season-best six catches for 90 yards, his second-largest output of the year. He also added his first touchdown since Week 7, a 39-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter in which he bulled past several tacklers.

He will seek to take his momentum and run with it against a much tougher defense next Sunday as the Panthers pay a visit.


Charles Clay not a strong Fantasy play in Week 11


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2013) It seemed early in the season that Dolphins tight and Charles Clay was molding himself into a productive option for his team and Fantasy owners. But recent games suggest he is regressing.

Clay has just 13 catches for 87 yards in the last four games and hasn't scored since Week 7. His outlook is not brightened by a Sunday matchup against the Chargers despite their struggles against the pass. San Diego has actually defended opposing tight ends quite well since a three-touchdown game in the opener against Houston. They have since yielded just 25 receptions for 317 yards and one score to players at that position.

The three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers have Clay ranked no higher than 19th among NFL tight ends this week. It would be wise to find a more favorable option.


Charles Clay limited to 21 yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay caught four passes for 21 yards in the loss at Tampa Bay. He was targeted eight times, tied for second on the team, and had a bad drop.

Clay, who ran twice for zero yards, has gone three straight games without scoring after finding the end zone in three straight. He'll play the Chargers in Week 11.


Charles Clay has tough matchup against Bucs


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/7/2013) Dolphins wide receiver Charles Clay hasn't hit double digits in Fantasy points since before the team's bye. After getting off to a great start to begin the season (two touchdowns and three weeks of double-digit scoring in the first five weeks), Clay has hit a wall -- he's had a total of 66 receiving yards in the last three games. 

Clay faces Tampa Bay in Week 10, and the Bucs have locked down tight ends over their last six games -- allowing just one to go over 35 yards in that span. While the Bucs have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends this season, they've only allowed one in the past six games. 

A slumping Clay and a tough defensive matchup add up to a risky start in most leagues. Approach him with caution, and maybe consider other options (Heath Miller, Timothy Wright) in his place. 


Charles Clay does little in overtime


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay failed to make much of an impact in Week 9 against the Bengals, in a 22-20 overtime win.

Clay had the longest run of his career on a 13-yard scamper, but was mostly a nonfactor in the passing game. He was targeted just three times, though he did bring all three passes in for 22 yards.

Clay has 32 catches for 363 yards at the halfway point of the season, both of which are easily career-best marks. His next game is set for Week 10 against the Buccaneers.  


Charles Clay a solid Week 9 option


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay has the eighth-most Fantasy points among tight ends this season, emerging as a steady source of Fantasy production on a weekly basis. 

Clay has three games of double-digit Fantasy scoring, bostered by his recent touchdown-scoring tend (he has three scores in his last four games). Clay has seen six or more targets in all but one of his games, and that's translated to four or more receptions in five of his seven.

The Bengals -- Clay's Week 9 opponent -- have allowed just 5.8 Fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, but they are susceptible to the touchdown, having given up four in eight games. 

Clay's value is going to rely on his ability to score touchdowns, but only a handful of tight ends don't have that caveat attached to them. Even with an offense-stifling Thursday night game this week, Clay should continue to be started in most leagues. 


Charles Clay's scoring streak comes to an end


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay disappointed in Week 8 against the Patriots, as his scoring streak came to a halt at three games.

Clay led the team in receptions with five, but Ryan Tannehill did not end up looking his way in the red zone, where he had become a favorite target. He finished with 37 yards receiving on his five catches, in a 27-17 win.

Clay is enjoying a breakout season so far, with 29 catches for 341 yards and four total touchdowns entering Week 9 against the Bengals Thursday. 


Charles Clay hopes to extent streak vs. tough matchup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay enters Week 8 against the Patriots riding a three-game scoring streak, but he might have a tough time keeping it up. In fact, if Clay is to extend his scoring streak, he will have to become just the second tight end to score against the Patriots this season.

New England has allowed just one tight end to reach double figures in scoring, when Tony Gonzalez put up 26 Fantasy points in Week 4. Otherwise, their opponents' tight ends are averaging just 3.5 Fantasy points per game so far.

One plus for Clay's Fantasy value is the Dolphins might have to throw the ball a lot against a team that has historically scored at a high rate and is getting healthy. It isn't the best matchup, but Clay should be worth starting in most Fantasy formats in Week 8 given his prominence in the offense. 


Charles Clay scores in third straight game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay scored for the third game in a row Sunday, in a 23-21 loss to the Bills in Week 7.

Clay was targeted three times in the passing game, but brought in just one reception. Fortunately, his role as Ryan Tannehill's go-to red zone target paid off, as he scored from 7 yards out.

Clay continues to build on his best season, as he enters Week 8 against the Patriots with 24 catches for 304 yards and three touchdowns, all of which are career highs.


Charles Clay faces stiff Bills' defense


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay has emerged as a real weapon in the passing game early this season. He will look to build off his already career-best receiving marks in Week 7, when the Bills come to town.

Clay could have trouble getting going this Sunday, as the Bills have been one of the best teams in the league at defending tight ends. Only one team allows fewer Fantasy points to tight ends than the Bills' 4.0 per game, and they have allowed an opposing tight end to reach double figures in scoring just once.

The Dolphins are relying on Clay a lot in the passing game this season, but a tough matchup makes him a somewhat risky Fantasy play for Week 7. 


Charles Clay scores for second straight game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay continued his solid play in Week 5, as he scored a touchdown for the second straight week in a 26-23 loss to the Ravens.

Clay hauled in three passes for 52 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Clay also had a 45-yard catch in the game, his second-longest play of the season.

Clay has emerged as the team's top tight end after a preseason injury that ended Dustin Keller's season. Clay has 297 yards on 23 catches, ranking second and third on the team, respectively, heading into the Week 6 bye.  


Charles Clay looking for second straight score


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2013) Dolphins tight end Charles Clay found the end zone for the first time as a receiver in Week 4. Can he turn it into a streak when the Dolphins take on the Ravens in Week 5?

The Ravens rank just 21st in the NFL against opposing tight ends this season, allowing 10.0 Fantasy points per game. However, that number is skewed by a two-touchdown game by Broncos' tight end Julius Thomas in Week 1; the Ravens have allowed just 16 Fantasy points in three games since.

Clay has had a solid role throughout the season for Miami, hauling in at least four receptions in each game. He might struggle to break out against an improving Ravens defense, but remains a solid starting option for Week 5.