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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Team Talk: Miami Dolphins

By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)

From the AFC West to the AFC East, it's time to check on the fantasy relevance of the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins had very little fantasy contributors in 2013 and in 2014, don't look to be ready to provide much more to fantasy owners.

Ryan Tannehill
- Tannehill was good but not worthy of holding a spot on many fantasy rosters. Tannehill did manage over 3,900 passing yards and threw seven more touchdowns than he did interceptions. He also added a rushing touchdown for good measure. Tannehill should still be viewed as a fantasy backup until he proves he can handle more than just 20 fantasy points per game. While not the worst fantasy signal caller in 2013, Tannehill still needs to take the next step before fantasy owners can really trust him for more than a week or two.

Knowshon Moreno- Last season with Denver, Moreno had himself a very productive fantasy season. As the lead back for the defending AFC champions, Moreno finished the 2013 season with over 1,000 yards and double digit touchdowns. He also added 60 catches for 548 yards and another three scores. He also gave fantasy owners almost 15 fantasy points per game. That was all with Peyton Manning as his quarterback. Fantasy owners should expect some regression with Miami and Ryan Tannehill as his quarterback.

Lamar Miller
- Going into the 2013 season, most fantasy owners were expecting big numbers from Lamar Miller. Fantasy owners were more than let down. Miller gave fantasy owners 6 fantasy points per game and even lost playing time to Daniel Thomas who produced even less than Lamar Miller. With three tailbacks in the mix for touches in 2014, right now that backfield is a little too messy to predict who gets significant playing time.

Daniel Thomas- Another Miami running back and another disappointing fantasy player in 2013. Thomas averaged 5.5 fantasy points per game and provided even less value to fantasy owners than Lamar Miller did in 2013. Unless something drastic changes between now and September, Daniel Thomas will be sitting on almost every waiver wire this season.

Mike Wallace- Fantasy owners that drafted Mike Wallace in 2013 were certainly expecting a little more from a big time receiver. For a few weeks, things got so bad for Wallace that he was complaining about not be used enough. Despite all the down weeks Wallace provided his owners, he did finish 2013 with 73 catches for 930 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged under eight fantasy points per game which is nowhere near what fantasy owners were expecting or deserved. Owners shouldn't expect numbers much different from last season in 2014.

Brian Hartline- Hartline's 2013 numbers were not much different than Mike Wallace which could be good or bad depending on how you want to look at it. Hartline finished the season with three more catches than Wallace and reached over 1,000 yards but scored a touchdown less than Wallace. The only problem with Hartline is he scores his fantasy points in bunches. He isn't consistent but he does hold some value in PPR formats being that he did see 134 targets in 2013. Hartline is who he is and will help fantasy owners certain weeks. The targets should be there again in 2014 but what he does with those targets is anyone's guess.

Rishard Matthews- Matthews made his presence known in pretty much a couple of games. He did finish the season with 41 catches for 448 yards and two touchdowns but averaged just over four fantasy points per game. His numbers may increase a bit this season but fantasy owners shouldn't expect too much from him. He's still not any better than a receiver three at this point.

Charles Clay
- Clay had a very solid fantasy season in 2013 with 69 receptions for 759 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 7.5 fantasy points per game which isn't bad considering he wasn't on fantasy radars before the season began. It's very possible Charles Clay has himself another solid fantasy season in 2014 as well.