2013 Team Outlook: Miami Dolphins
WR Brian Hartline, MIA - Bye Week Fill-in
Update (10/21): For the most part Hartline's performance this season has been very consistent. Week in and week out he has 3-5 receptions for 50-70 yards with an occassional touchdown or high yardage game. If you're looking for a flex start then Hartline could be a nice fit. If nothing else at least you can count on five or six points with the possiblilty of eleven or twelve.
Profile: From time to time Hartline will go nuts (see week 4 last season), but performances like that are few and far between. Most weeks Brian will score you 5-7 points, so unless you're looking for a bye week fill-in there's just not enough value here. We'd like to see more from Hartline, but the fact remains there are too many uncertainties surrounding Tannehill and the run game for anyone to feel comfortable starting Hartline on a weekly basis.
WR Brandon Gibson, MIA - Low Potential
Update (10/21): Gibson has had a respectible start to the season. Through six games the fifth year man out of Washington has nearly as many yards a Mike Wallace and twice as many touchdowns. Sure he doesn't have the big name but we're talking stats here not image. Gibson is getting the job done on a more consistent basis than Wallace. Fantasy owners looking for someone to fill a bye week opening or an injury may want to take a look Gibson's way.
Profile: Gibson had the best season of his 4 year career last year pulling in 51 receptions for 691 yards and scoring 5 touchdowns. All of this was while playing with Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams. Now in Miami, Gibson will need to learn a new offense and adjust to playing with a new quarterback. Brandon has the skills to take over the number two role, but his lack of familiarity with the offense will likely set him back as the season begins. Until we see some on the field consistency, it is best to hold off on drafting Gibson.
WR Armon Binns, FA - Not Draft Worthy
In his rookie season, Binns pulled in 24 receptions for 277 yards with one touchdown while playing in 11 games for the Bengals and Dolphins. With numbers like these, fantasy owners need to stay as far away as possible. Unless someone ahead of Binns suffers a season ending injury, there is little value to be had here.
WR Rishard Matthews, MIA - Not Draft Worthy
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.Injury Status: Out -
TE Charles Clay, MIA - Deep-league Only
Update (10/21): Up till last week Clay was a nice bye week fill-in for fantasy owners and even last week's game wasn't all that bad. For the third week in a row Clay found the end zone. Unfortunately just when it looked like Clay was going to be fantasy worthy week in and week out he has just one reception on three targets. This could have been a fluke or it could be a sign of things to come. Owners should use caution when starting Clay these next few weeks. If Clay is only seeing two or three targets it may be time to cut him loose.
Profile: On Tuesday, OC Mike Sherman said if the season started this week Clay would be the Dolphins' starting TE. We're not sure that's how things will play out over the next few weeks, so it is probably best to hold off on drafting one of Miami's tight ends.
TE Dustin Keller, FA - Not Draft Worthy
One thing Miami did right this season was pick up free agent Dustin Keller. Not only did they prevent their division rival New York Jets from resigning him, but they added a nice offensive weapon to replace Anthony Fasano. Keller is a nice over the middle threat that could find himself in the end zone 8-10 times this season. In addition, Keller should make a nice outlet for Tannehill when he's struggling to move the ball down field. The potential for a very good season is there, we just need to see how often Dustin will be used in the offense.
Update: Dustin Keller sustained a serious career threatening injury. Very sad news as he was expected to be a big part of the Dolphins plans this year. Let's hope that the injury isn't as bad as it looked.