2013 Team Outlook: Miami Dolphins

 
 
 
 
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2013 Team Outlook: Miami Dolphins

A fantasy football preview of the Miami Dolphins this season. Profiled players include Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, Lamar Miller, Mike Gillislee, and Daniel Thomas.

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Update (10/21): Tannehill has preformed slightly better this season than he did last year. Through 7 games he has completed 133 passes for 1,577 yards with 9 touchdown and 7 interceptions. At this rate Tannehill's numbers will be slightly better than his rookie campaign. Fantasy owners need to remember, Tannehill is only a second year quarterback with limited time under center in his football career. The second year man out of Texas A&M could be used as a bye week fill-in agains the right defense. Aside from this Tannehill has little value to fantasy owners not in a dynasty league.

Profile: The converted wide receiver now NFL starting quarterback had a less than stellar rookie campaign in 2012. In 15 games Ryan threw for just under 3,300 yards with 12 touchdowns, while yielding 13 interceptions. By no stretch would fantasy owners want numbers like these from their starting quarterback. Even with the addition of Mike Wallace, the Dolphins' receiving corp will struggle this year. Tannehill is still a project in the works and while some believe he will become a good NFL quarterback, we wonder just how long that will take. Until we see some consistent play from Ryan, it is best to find a better option come draft day.

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There were rumors Moore would sign a new contact elsewhere and become a starting quarterback for another team this season, but those were nothing more than rumors. When the dust settled, Moore resigned with the Dolphins and will once again backup Ryan Tannehill. With so much invested in Tannehill, it would take an injury to Ryan for Moore to see playing time this season. Even if he does make it on the field, there are plenty of better options for fantasy owners. There is no reason for anyone to want Moore on their roster at the start of this season.

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Update (10/21): Neither Miller not Thomas has performed overly well this season. Neither back has rushed for more than 70 yards this season and both backs have rushed for 2 touchdowns through the first 6 games. Clearly the hot hand will see the majority of carries week to week. Don't count on either back for much unless the match up is right.

Update (8/21): Miami OC Mike Sherman was quoted as saying they're "neck-and-neck" when referring to Miller and Thomas competing for the starting job. This is not good news for Lamar Miller owners or soon to be owners. A time share in the backfield would hurt Miller's value, while only raising Thomas' slightly.

Profile: With the departure of Reggie Bush, the door opens for Lamar Miller to step in and become the Dolphins' number one back. If nothing else, Miller should win the job because he is the healthiest non rookie back on the roster. If you're looking for a starting back as a second of third option then Lamar is a good choice. He's not going to post great fantasy numbers, but he should hit the 70-90 yard mark with an occassional touchdown. One item of note for owners looking at Miller would be to keep an eye on Daniel Thomas and Mike Gillislee, because if their playing time increases Miller's time may be ending soon.

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If there's one thing we can count on in Miami, it is that their backfield will be a mess this season. With Reggie Bush signing in Detroit, the Dolphins were left with a lot of nothing in the backfield. For that reason they selected Gillislee in the fifth round in hopes he can help stop the bleeding. As a rookie it will take some time for Mike to adjust to the pace and understand the protection NFL running backs need to provide. Once he is established, Mike could become the Dolphins' third down back and possibly take some carries from Miller. Until we see how often Mike steps on the field, it is probably best for fantasy owners to pass on him for now.

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Update (10/21): Neither Miller not Thomas has performed overly well this season. Neither back has rushed for more than 70 yards this season and both backs have rushed for 2 touchdowns through the first 6 games. Clearly the hot hand will see the majority of carries week to week. Don't count on either back for much unless the match up is right.

Update (8/21): Miami OC Mike Sherman was quoted as saying they're "neck-and-neck" when referring to Miller and Thomas competing for the starting job. A timeshare here could help Thomas' value slightly, but would put a hurting on Miller's value. Keep an eye on this situation as the preseason progresses.

Profile: When Reggie Bush signed with Detroit this winter, Thomas had to be excited about the opportunity this presents him. With a solid pre-season performance, Thomas could be named the Dolphins' week one starter. This assumes his knee holds out, he doesn't sustain a concussion, and he holds on to the rock (and of course that the Dolphins don't cut Thomas at some point this summer). With all this uncertainty surrounding Daniel, it is probably best for fantasy owners to keep away until all the dust settles.

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If you're looking this far down Miami's depth chart for a receiver then it is quite possible your fantasy season is over. Matthews had just 11 receptions for 151 yards in his rookie season. Simply put, there's no reason a fantasy owner should be looking at Matthews. There are too many receivers ahead of him on the depth chart and too many questions surrounding Miami's run and pass game.