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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 Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 22): 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. He'll be evaluated further on Monday.

Week 4: at Oakland Raiders

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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 PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs NE (4 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Game flow and planning went against Brian Hartline in Week 1 on Sunday, as he was just targeted four times by Ryan Tannehill. The consistent, if unspectacular wide receiver is clearly second on the pecking order among wide receivers for targets, and conceivably could drop to the third or fourth option in the passing game on offense with some of the things Bill Lazor wants to do. Hartline may run one of the better left-sideline comeback routes in the NFL, but now that Mike Wallace is moving around the formation to exploit some favorable matchups, the opportunities for Hartline will almost certainly go down. Sure, there will be some games where the Dolphins are forced to throw the ball, but by in large, the offense is not set up to be a high-volume passing game. So, whereas Hartline could probably see 6-8 targets per game last season, often resulting in high percentage comebacks and slants, his numbers are almost certain to fall this season. His trust with Tannehill is still probably the highest on the team, so he'll be a trusted target on third downs, but it's not setting up for him well this season. It may be a knee-jerk reaction to his Week 1, but it's possible Hartline belongs on the waiver wire right now.

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.


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.

Dolphins | Brian Hartline has matchup edge (Sun Sep 14, 12:09 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline has a matchup edge against CB Buffalo Bills CB Stephon Gilmore (groin), who is hindered by a groin injury Sunday, Sept. 14.

Our View: Hartline still seemed to take a backseat to Mike Wallace and the running game in the game plan last week, so if he can't make an impact this week, he'll be droppable.
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