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WR Brian Hartline - Miami Dolphins

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Hartline was consistent as a PPR play last year, but seemed to fade into the background this year. Ryan Tannehill was about as comfortable as we've seen him all year, and some decent numbers for Hartline followed. He has bye/injury/emergency value.

Week 5: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 vs NE 0 0 0 4 2 26 0 0
2 at BUF 0 0 0 8 5 36 0 0
3 vs KC 0 0 0 7 3 25 1 0
4 at OAK 0 0 0 7 6 74 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs BUF (8 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)

Hartline shook off a few drops on Sunday to post a thoroughly mediocre line against the Bills. The notable part about his day was that he received 8 targets from Ryan Tannehill. That would normally be enough to get a team's #2 wide receiver on the fantasy radar, but in this case, probably not. Finding him on his usual handful of quick slants and comeback routes, it's a good sign that his targets doubled from Week 1. However, the game flow dictated the Dolphins throw the ball, so it's certainly not the greatest sign he could only muster 36 yards. Hartline had a chance to reel in a deep ball late in the fourth, which would've given a sliver of hope to the Dolphins, but the well thrown ball fell through Hartline's hands and incomplete. With all five receivers getting decent snaps (Hartline-66, Wallace-59, Landry-44, Gibson-41, Matthews-24), it'll be tougher for Hartline to put up some of the volume that put him in the WR3 conversation last year. And with Lazor always moving pieces around, looking for matchups to exploit, Hartline just isn't going to be peppered with 6-8 targets on a consistent basis. Even if he is, the ceiling is much too low to waste a roster spot on.

2014 Week 3 vs KC (7 / 3 / 25 / 1 rec)

Hartline reeled in two key third-down pickups early in the game, and caught the TD which briefly tightened the game, but was heard from little again. Hartline saw seven targets on the day, and looked like classic Hartline on Miami's first two drives. On the first one, he caught a quick slant to move the chains. Then on the second drive, he ran an inch-perfect comeback route to pickup 15 yards and a first down. On the third drive though, Hartline dropped a quick slant on third down, which would've given the Dolphins a first down in KC territory. He did well to get open from the slot on the TD catch, though. With Tannehill rolling right, Hartline was one of just two options for him as he moved toward the sideline. He won't be counted on a red zone weapon very often, so anyone who may have started Hartline in an injury crunch had to be pleased with the red zone target. Without volume, though, Hartline is a very shaky fantasy option. He's yet to clear 36 yards yet this season, and his ceiling isn't very high even if he does become a volume catcher. With the Miami defense capable of keeping their team in the game, Mike Wallace soaking up targets, and the offense struggling for consistency as it is, Hartline can hardly even be trusted as a bye week fill-in.

2014 Week 4 vs OAK (7 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)

Hartline had his best game of the season on Sunday in London, doing the most with the seven targets he received. Hartline was involved early and often, as he beat Chimdi Chekwa and T.J. Carrie numerous times for nice gains. Hartline was also the beneficiary of a few of Tannehill's best throws of the day. The prettiest was a seam route where Hartline ran right by Chekwa after lining up in the right slot. Tannehill delivered an on target seed to an in-stride Hartline for a pickup of 35. That was easily the biggest gain for the Dolphins this season and one of the better throws anyone could make. The majority of the rest of Hartline's catches were of the slant, comeback, or short dig variety. However, he did pick up multiple drive extending first downs with those catches. His 74 yards on the day was his first time over 40 yards in four games this season, so he still will represent a very inconsistent and low-ceiling option coming out of the bye. With Brandon Gibson continuing to suffer from drops, though, Tannehill may decidedly shy away from receivers he can't trust going forward. With the bye week crunch starting, it's conceivable Hartline could be a high floor type of play. Fantasy owners looking for any upside should stay away though.

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Latest News

Dolphins | Brian Hartline injured in Week 3 (Mon Sep 22, 01:56 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (elbow) hurt his left elbow in the team's Week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half and was attended to by trainers.

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Dolphins | Brian Hartline on injury report (Wed Sep 17, 06:24 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (back) practiced in full Wednesday, Sept. 17.

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Schedule

5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Green Bay Packers
7@ Chicago Bears
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