2013 miami dolphins Fantasy Preview
It was out with the old and in with the new this off-season. Plenty of new weapons (detailed below) to help second-year starter Ryan Tannehill flourish. He was better than anticipated last season, but still had minimal fantasy value. With Miami's changes, he's now a low-end No. 2 fantasy QB with upside. Miami let Reggie Bush walk, which is a huge statement about their confidence in Lamar Miller. He enters camp with a leg up on Daniel Thomas for the number one running back job, and it should stay that way as Thomas hasn't proven himself reliable enough to be more than a backup. Brian Hartline has a fat new contract, but outside of one great week in 2012 his fantasy value was pretty low, and now he's fighting for catches with at least three newcomers. I'm not high on him for 2013. None of their draftees look to have much fantasy impact this fall.
WR - Dolphins
Whom didn't the Dolphins sign in the off-season? Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and Dustin Keller all come in as Miami nearly totally remade their skill positions. Unfortunately for Miami, Keller injured his knee in a gruesome manner during preseason game against the Texans and will miss the entire 2013 season. Gone are Reggie Bush and Anthony Fasano, among others. Wallace is the big gun, of course, but Miami has always shown they're partial to involving their tight end in the offense, so TE Dion Sims will have the opportunity to step into the role intended for Keller. Gibson and Brian Hartline will likely split catches, so their fantasy value is pretty low. (But at least Hartline's rich!)
Keller may have been a decent sleeper pick had he been healthy, but I'm more excited about Miller. Look, Thomas can't stay healthy nor can he hold onto the football enough to be any more than a goal-line back. While that may cut into Miller's touchdown total, he's going to get the lion's share of the work. He has breakaway speed and will put that on display with nearly 20 carries per game. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping other owners see too many question marks on Miami's offense, and not really thinking there's that much of a difference between Miller and Thomas so I can snag him as my third RB. However a great summer would put him in the No. 2 fantasy RB category, and if that's the case he may be off the board by the end of the 2nd round/early 3rd. He can potentially have a season much like Trent Richardson's rookie campaign, with a few more yards but a couple less TD's. Call me crazy but I'm not sold on Mike Wallace suddenly becoming a star again. He's not a great route runner, and his best impact is when plays break down and he can find open field. Tannehill is not Ben Roethlisberger in that respect. I can envision talking about Wallace in December as one of fantasy's biggest busts of 2013. But still, he's Mike Wallace, with a new start on a team that wants to be dynamic. Are you not going to draft him? I'll still take him - but only if the price is right.
|QB||Ryan Tannehill||Matt Moore||Pat Devlin||Brock Jensen|
|RB||Lamar Miller||Knowshon Moreno||Daniel Thomas||Mike Gillislee|
|WR||Mike Wallace||Brian Hartline||Jarvis Landry||Brandon Gibson|
|TE||Charles Clay||Dion Sims||Michael Egnew||Arthur Lynch|
( ) Projected Round