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WR Brian Hartline - Miami Dolphins

6-2, 195Born: 11-22-1986College: Ohio StateDrafted: Round 4

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Week 8: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Ryan Tannehill threw 25/32 for 277 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions in the hostile environs of Soldier Field last week. He relied on his usual array of targets - Charles Clay (five targets for 4/58/1 receiving), Mike Wallace (eight for 5/46/1), Jarvis Landry (five for 4/46/0) and Brian Hartline (three for 3/35/0). Tannehill is getting the job done heading into Week 8, though the team's spread-it-around philosophy is keeping any of Tannehill's usual targets from becoming an elite fantasy option. The Jaguars' pass D is ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 280.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores given up vs. just two interceptions (next-to-last in the NFL). The Jaguars do have a pass rush this year with 22 sacks recorded to date (second in the NFL) - they bring pressure to bear up front but the secondary isn't making things happen on the back end. Brian Hoyer struggled in the face of their rush last weekend, with 16/41 for 197 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown (with three sacks taken for -18 yards). Charlie Whitehurst was also sacked three times for -18 yards two games back while throwing 17/28 for 220 net yards passing with zero TDs or sacks). Though the Jaguars' pass D has improved of late, they are still suspect against better teams - advantage, Miami.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 at OAK 0 0 0 7 6 74 0 0
6 vs GB 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
7 at CHI 0 0 0 3 3 35 0 0
8 at JAX PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 3 * * *
8 at JAX PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 2 * * *
8 at JAX PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs GB (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Brian Hartline had one of his worst games as a pro on Sunday, failing to reel in either of his two targets. It was more a case of Hartline not being involved, as Jarvis Landry took full advantage of his fairly heavy snap load. Wallace and Landry saw 17 of Tannehill's 31 targeted passes, and with Charles Clay and Miller seeing another 8, there wasn't much in the way of scraps for Hartline. Arguably, with the Dolphins starting slowly on offense in nearly every game this season, hitting a few slants, comebacks, or quick outs to the consistent Hartline could be a way to pickup a few first downs and get into an early rhythm and tempo. The up-tempo attack, which Bill Lazor was supposed to bring with him from Philadelphia, has been mostly non-existent. One of Hartline's targets was Tannehill's second interception. It wasn't a great decision, as Tannehill was simply taking a shot down the field on first down with a few minutes left in the half. Hartline didn't really have a chance, as Sam Shields and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix were both in his back pocket. Hartline's struggles are really just a sign of his value eroding further. Landry can't be expected to take Hartline's job, but the Dolphins run plenty of 11 personnel, so it's certainly possible that the rookie out-targets the vet over the rest of the season. Over the last four games, Landry is besting him on looks, 25 to 24, on far fewer snaps. Hartline has never had a high ceiling, and now that he's not even the clear #2 option anymore, his consistency takes a hit.

2014 Week 7 vs CHI (3 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

There was an emphasis put on getting the ball to Brian Hartline and Charles Clay this week, but Hartline still looked like the #4 option in the passing game. After getting shut out in Week 6, Hartline did see an uptick in targets, hauling in all three he saw. Mostly matched up with Kyle Fuller, before the promising rookie had to leave with a foot ailment, the savvy vet did run some good routes against the rookie, crossing him up on a few comeback routes. It's a reminder that Hartline is a very good route runner, and is a reliable chain-moving wide receiver. In closer games, where the Dolphins may not have been leading by two scores for most of the game, his line could've been closer to 5/60 or 6/70. However, three targets will not sustain value for any receiver. Lazor and Tannehill won't make a concerted effort to get Hartline the ball either, so he's left as a very shaky option, even during the bye weeks.

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Latest News

Dolphins | Brian Hartline a forgotten man (Fri Oct 17, 05:33 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline has become a forgotten man in the team's offense after back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He is currently fourth on the team in catches (16) and third in receiving yards (161), and he's on pace for his worst statistical season since 2011. The Dolphins have basically stopped throwing his way; he was targeted just twice in Week 6 and was without a catch for the first time in almost two years. Tannehill has had the most snaps of any receiver on the team in every game this year, but only once was he targeted more often than WR Mike Wallace.

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Dolphins | Brian Hartline on injury report (Fri Oct 17, 05:21 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (finger) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7 against the Chicago Bears.

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Dolphins | Brian Hartline blanked in loss (Sun Oct 12, 06:05 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline had zero catches in the Week 6 game against the Green Bay Packers, and he was targeted just two times.

Our View: Jarvis Landry appears to be ahead of Hartline in the target pecking order at this point. There's no reason to hold onto Hartline with a low weekly ceiling if it also comes with a low weekly floor.
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Schedule

8@ Jacksonville Jaguars
9vs San Diego Chargers
10@ Detroit Lions
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Denver Broncos
13@ New York Jets
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15@ New England Patriots
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17vs New York Jets