INSIDE THE NUMBERS
I predicted here, last year on GetSportsInfo, that Reggie Bush would be a thousand yard rusher with the Dolphins. With 216 touches, Bush averaged 5 yards per carry, which is phenomenal. He ended with 1,086 rushing yards. Throw in 43 receptions for 296 yards, and Bush gains even more value in PPR leagues. Consider all of this occurred with rookie Daniel Thomas in the mix too and you have Bush emerging as the fantasy star of the Dolphins.
The Dolphins have the 18th easiest schedule, according to Vegas. And, because there’s always concern about warm weather teams having to play in cold weather locations, Miami usually has to worry about conference games in New York, Buffalo and New England. However, the road games in New York and Buffalo are in the fall, and all December games are warm weather-advantageous, except for week 17 at New England. With a schedule like that, there is little concern about the Dolphins schedule playing any role from a fantasy perspective.
As mentioned earlier, Reggie Bush, is the only fantasy stud on the Dolphins squad. He can be counted on as a RB2 again this year. The only concern, as always with Bush, is his injury history. Daniel Thomas would make an excellent handcuff for Bush, and should be considered a solid bye week and fill-in RB.
The entire Dolphins receiving corps has little fantasy value. Look elsewhere than South Beach for your fantasy points. Legedu Naanee and Brian Hartline are high on the depth chart, but neither will be contributors for your fantasy squad, even for bye weeks.
Since I must pick someone, I’m going to offer up Davone Bess as the best of the bunch. However, Bess comes with a caveat. He is best suited as a bye-week replacement and potential matchup play only. Bess had 51 receptions last year, but only scored 3 TDs. Those are very pedestrian numbers for a fantasy WR.
It was much publicized that a certain #85 had signed with the Dolphins, but after legal troubles Chad Johnson was cut by the Dolphins. He was one of the few new additions to a team that lost its best receiver, Brandon Marshall, to free agency. David Garrard arrives to add competition at the quarterback position, which takes us to . . .
Matt Moore put up decent numbers, passing for more than 2,500 yards and completing more than 60% of his passes. Moore is not a fantasy stud, but would be considered an adequate bye-week fill in, except for the arrival of rookie, first-round pick Ryan Tannehill. The former Texas A&M QB comes in with the fan’s support and will get plenty of action in preseason, and will likely be given every chance to win the starting job. In keeper leagues, I like Tannehill as a long-term investment. This year, I would expect very little from him, even if he does win the starting job.
Daniel Thomas is not a bad option for your fantasy squad. Even if you don’t handcuff him to Reggie Bush, Thomas can get enough touches, and potential goal line opportunities to warrant being drafted in the mid to late rounds of your draft. With the running back category being so thin, Thomas is definitely a nice bench builder.
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