WR Brian Hartline - Free Agent
|6-2, 195||Born: 11-22-1986||College: Ohio State||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2009|
2015 Week 1 vs NYJ (5 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Hartline was mostly quiet in this game, making only two catches, but both went for first downs. He made his first catch of the game from his knees while reaching behind himself near the sideline. Manziel had been flushed from the pocket and zipped the ball to Hartline while under duress. Hartline's second catch came on a comeback route where he went to the ground to reel in a low pass from Manziel. Hartline appeared to have a nice chemistry with McCown in the preseason. If McCown is out for an extended time, Hartline could have some more slow performances in store.
2015 Week 2 vs TEN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The veteran receiver did not make a catch in the game and he was targeted just three times. Hartline had a chance to catch the first target for a first down, but the ball was jarred loose by a defender before Hartline could secure the ball. Hartline has not been given much in the way of opportunities by Johnny Manziel in Cleveland's offense.
2015 Week 3 vs OAK (7 / 5 / 96 / 0 rec)
Hartline had a better game with McCown under center than he had with Johnny Manziel starting. It is clear that he and McCown have good chemistry. The connection paid off as Hartline made several big catches for the team in this game. Hartline made his first catch on third-and-six, picking up 17 yards to convert the first down. Hartline should have had a first down in the third quarter but McCown threw it behind him. Hartline came back and made a great catch on the next play. He originally bobbled the ball, but was able to trap it between his knees as he went down. Hartline also made an excellent over-the-shoulder catch in the fourth quarter that went for 41 yards and another catch that went for 19 yards on the team's final drive.
2015 Week 4 vs SD (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Hartline was not very involved in this game as he made only one catch. It came on a slant and converted a third down for the team, which has been his biggest contribution for the team this year. He should have better days in the future as long as McCown is under center. Hartline left the game with a thigh bruise.
2015 Week 5 vs BAL (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Hartline made his first, and only, catch in the second quarter. It looked like Hartline came down with a second catch in the third quarter, but it was ruled incomplete after Baltimore challenged the play. With the emergence of Benjamin, Johnson, and Barnidge, Hartline has become an afterthought in the Cleveland offense. McCown did look Hartline's way in the red zone on a slant, but the pass was broken up. Based on his reaction, Hartline thought he was interfered with, but no call was made. WR Dwayne Bowe ñ Bowe was a healthy scratch and did not play.
2015 Week 6 vs DEN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hartline didn't make a catch in the game. He was unable to corral his first target as it was thrown low and bounced off the turf before it got to him. Hartline didn't see his second target until the last minute of regulation where he was missed on a throw by McCown. Hartline felt he was interfered with on the play, but the call wasn't made.
2015 Week 7 vs LA (3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Hartline showed some of his veteran savvy in bailing Josh McCown out of trouble on his first reception of the game. Just as a defender was trying to bring McCown down for a sack, Hartline broke back toward the line of scrimmage for the catch. McCown went right back to him on the next play for a one-yard gain. Hartline and McCown did have a rare miscommunication in the second quarter where Hartline broke toward the middle of the field and McCown threw the ball toward the sideline. Hartline has settled in as no better than the fifth option in Cleveland's passing game.
2015 Week 8 vs ARI (10 / 4 / 32 / 2 rec)
Hartline had his best game as a Brown, reeling in two touchdowns in the first half for Cleveland. Utilized infrequently throughout the season, he benefitted from the absence of Andrew Hawkins and the fact that Travis Benjamin drew shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson for much of the game. Not all went smoothly for Hartline, however. The touchdowns masked the fact that the normally sure-handed Hartline dropped at least three catchable passes in the game. Hartline's first touchdown was a 10-yard reception on a post route where he put a double-move on his defender. The second touchdown came in the second quarter as he beat his defender coming across the back of the end zone. It wasn't until the second half when the drops became a factor. The first came on a sliding attempt and the second came after he went in motion away from McCown and didn't get his head around on time. In the fourth quarter he dropped yet another pass on the left sideline.
2015 Week 10 vs PIT (9 / 6 / 77 / 0 rec)
Hartline continues to be a solid presence for the Browns. He converted several third downs for the team throughout the game. Hartline saw Manziel's first red zone target in the first quarter, but the ball was knocked away by a Pittsburgh defender. He later made a big first down grab for the Browns toward the end of the first quarter. Hartline came close to scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but he bobbled the one-handed catch attempt before falling out of bounds.
2015 Week 12 vs BAL (12 / 8 / 74 / 0 rec)
Hartline did most of his damage in the middle of the field on short-to-intermediate routes with a wide receiver screen mixed in as well. He had one of his busiest games as a Brown, making eight catches on 12 targets. As he is known to do, he made several clutch catches for first downs. In the second quarter he caught a red zone target which went for six yards, ultimately being brought down before the goal line. Hartline also showed nice chemistry with Austin Davis, making three catches on five targets in the fourth quarter alone. He could be an interesting streamer next week if Davis starts.
2015 Week 13 vs CIN (11 / 8 / 83 / 0 rec)
Hartline turned in a second consecutive strong game for the Browns. He continues to make a difference on short and intermediate routes, generally in the middle of the field. Hartline was the intended recipient on Davis' interception in the second quarter. It looked like a miscommunication between Hartline and his quarterback as the veteran receiver was headed straight up the left side of the field and Davis threw as if he expected Hartline to cut toward the middle. Hartline saw a deep shot near the end zone at the end of the second quarter, but the pass was underthrown. With most of Cleveland's receivers injured, Hartline could be in line for a huge workload in Week 14.
2015 Week 14 vs SF (10 / 8 / 107 / 0 rec)
Hartline turned in another excellent performance for the Browns, leading the team in receiving and coming close to scoring touchdowns on several plays. He did most of his damage on short and intermediate routes in the middle of the field, but was able to pick up significant yardage with some nice runs after the catch. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken collarbone and will not play again this year. He almost had a touchdown reception in the first quarter but he was stripped as he was nearing the goal line. Fortunately for him he was able to recover his own fumble on the two-yard line. His best catch came in the third quarter as he made a one-handed grab on the run. The play went for 24 yards. Later in the quarter he added a 34-yard reception where he was wide open down the field. He was helped on the play by a great play-action fake which froze the secondary just long enough for him to get free. He came close to scoring a touchdown yet again on that drive, catching a ball on a quick slant from the seven yard line, but he was stopped two yards short.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Week 9 vs SD (7 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
Brian Hartline had one of his better games of his season on Sunday, but it was still lacking any sort of big play ability or red zone chops. It was the veteran's fourth game in eight this season receiving 7+ targets and just his third five-catch outing of 2014. Not to pile onto the former Ohio State Buckeye, but Sunday was just the second time he's hit 50 or more yards this season as well. In a closer game, one could argue that Hartline would've had a few more chances, but the writing is on the wall here. Even when the Miami offense is humming, Hartline is a possession receiver with a very limited upside. He's still sitting on one touchdown for the season, and Charles Clay and Jarvis Landry only seem to be gaining steam in the offense. In what amounted to his second most productive game of the season, Hartline can remain on the waiver wire, even with a few bye weeks left this season.
2014 Week 10 vs DET (1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Still the "starter" across from Mike Wallace in the majority of two wide receiver sets, Brian Hartline threw up another dud statline on Sunday vs. the Lions. That makes it six games this season in which Hartline has received 3 or fewer catches, and the once-dependable receiver for Ryan Tannehill has seemingly been passed by rookie Jarvis Landry and tight end Charles Clay. Of course, Hartline had a decent excuse in this one, as he ran the majority of routes against Darius Slay, a very good looking cornerback emerging in Detroit. Still, it's not shocking to see Bill Lazor essentially just let Hartline run his routes against Slay, while he looked to get matchups in the passing game for Wallace, Landry, and Clay. There's no really telling how the Branden Albert injury will really affect the Dolphins on offense, except for the obvious, "their offensive line gets worse" line. Will that force Lazor to use more timing routes and quick throws to get the ball out of Ryan Tannehill's hands? Hartline does excel in running those quick slants, as well the comeback and out routes on the boundary, so it remains to be seen if anything changes over the coming weeks. However, Hartline was droppable weeks ago and the Albert injury will only serve to speed up Tannehill's mental clock, looking inside and to the middle of the field more often to his other playmakers.
2014 Week 11 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 55 / 0 rec)
Brian Hartline had one of his better games of the season on Thursday night against the Bills. However, his 18.3 yards per catch on just four targets is an outlier as to how his season has been going, and maintaining that level of production is very unlikely. His 43 yards after the catch was more than he had in his previous five games combined. Limited to being a low-target possession receiver, Hartline has to make plays after the catch, which just isn't his forte. The big play he did make was on a shallow crossing route. He caught it about 5 yards from the line of scrimmage. The Bills had been playing off coverage on him, which allowed him to streak down the sideline for a 30-yard gain. Hartline is now just the third or fourth option on the Dolphins, and isn't even playing a full complement of snaps anymore. Nothing to see here.
2014 Week 14 vs BAL (4 / 2 / 11 / 1 rec)
Hartline saw the most targets he's seen in three weeks and scored his first touchdown since Week 3, but was still an afterthought for most of the day. On a day when Ryan Tannehill spread the ball around to nine receivers, Hartline won the game of roulette to see who would find the end zone for the Dolphins. Although any receiver on Miami likely could have secured the catch, Hartline likely saw the matchup on the single receiver side of the field because of his precise route-running and good hands. Hartline didn't look worse for wear after leaving Monday Night Football with a knee injury, playing the second most snaps to Mike Wallace. However, this is how it's been all season. He'll usually play the second most snaps of the Miami WRs, but he's lucky to be fourth in targets. Despite finding the end zone in Week 14, he was safely droppable weeks ago.
2014 Week 17 vs NYJ (6 / 5 / 94 / 0 rec)
Brian Hartline closed out a disappointing 2014 season with the best day of his season on Sunday against the Jets. It was a throwback performance to 2013, when Hartline led the Dolphins in yards, recording over 1,000, and often being Tannehill's go-to receiver. However, with the emergence of Jarvis Landry, and featuring of Mike Wallace for most of the season, Hartline was put on the backburner. His six targets in Week 17 were the most he'd seen in a game since Week 9. Additionally, he saw 6+ targets in just five games in 2014, a drastic decline from '13. However, it looked like Hartline could be a contributor in 2015 with the effort he put forth in Week 17. He did most of damage in the intermediate area, running precise routes on curls, comebacks and other 10-15 yard routes to turn Darrin Walls, Philip Adams, and Marcus Williams around. That had always been his bread and butter. With Mike Wallace sitting out in the second half, Hartline even got involved in the deep-ball game, converting a 30+ yard play over the top of Williams to jumpstart a Dolphins drive in the third quarter. With a ton of money due to Wallace, Hartline, and Gibson in 2015, decisions have to be made. While he didn't look like a fit for Lazor's offense, Hartline may stand the greatest chance of sticking around due to his rapport with Tannehill, willingness to block, and not being the headache that Wallace is turning out to be.
2013 Week 1 vs CLE (15 / 9 / 114 / 1 rec)
You could argue the Dolphins also overpaid Hartline, but it was likely a deal that had to get done. The chemistry between Tannehill and Hartline during the former's rookie season was rather brilliant. The timing on out routes and back shoulder throws was perfect and needed to be as Hartline struggles to create separation from cornerbacks. Their relationship seems to only have improved during the offseason. The touchdown pass was a seamless pitch-and-catch as Hartline didn't even need to toe-tap in the back of the end zone. Time and time again, when Tannehill needed a completion yesterday he would only end up looking one way. With Hartline seeing a weaker cornerback and single coverage often, he'll likely be the most targeted receiver in Miami's offense this season. He's already matched his touchdown total from 2012, and with the Dolphins starved for a red zone weapon, it will be interesting to see if Tannehill looks his way near the end zone. Could he best his 74 catches and 1,083 yards from 2012? If Mike Wallace commands double-teams and his quarterback has to throw the ball to make up for a below average running game, it's certainly possible.
2013 Week 2 vs IND (8 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)
Hartline continued to draw the eye of Ryan Tannehill against the Colts, racking up 8 targets in the win. That gives him 23 targets through 2 games, a huge number for someone who was supposed to be an afterthought in the passing game this season. The chemistry between Tannehill and Hartline cannot be understated. The comeback and dig routes that they routinely connect on are a thing of beauty. The timing on the throws makes it seem like the pair have been playing together for nearly a decade. Hartline continues to produce without an elite skill-set, and he should continue to get consistent looks as long as Mike Wallace is drawing some attention. It will be interesting when the Dolphins start their division slate. If Wallace draws the attention of Antonio Cromartie, Aqib Talib, and Stephon Gilmore (when healthy), how much will Ryan Tannehill look to exploit the likes of Dee Milliner, Alfonzo Dennard, and Leodis McKelvin. It's looking ahead, but they may be the weeks to give Hartline a start, especially during the bye week crunch.
2013 Week 3 vs ATL (6 / 4 / 56 / 1 rec)
Hartline saw just six targets on the day, but was able to capitalize by using a busted coverage to score a touchdown. He's already surpassed his absurd one TD on 74 receptions from 2012, so this can only be taken as a positive. He led the Dolphins in receiving for the second time in three weeks, so it doesn't look like he's going anywhere. He continues to have the best chemistry with Ryan Tannehill, making plays across the middle of the field and down the left sideline from his usual left wide receiver position. He was working on rookie Desmond Trufant for most of the game, but Trufant played him tough, often bumping him off his route at the line of scrimmage. Hartline will struggle against guys who can get a body into him and press him at the snap, but given that this was his worst week of the season, catches and yards wise, it bodes well for his value that he produced on the six targets he did receive. It should be pointed out, though, that he did play sporadically on the Dolphins' final drive. He might've picked up an injury in the final quarter, so that's something to watch for.
2013 Week 4 vs NO (4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Brian Hartline's run of good performances ended on Monday night as he saw just 4 targets from Ryan Tannehill. Early on, the chemistry was there between him and his quarterback, hitting on some chain-moving slants and in-breaking routes in the first quarter. But, Tannehill's interception in the second quarter caused him to look away from Hartline for most of the rest of the game. Hartline just wasn't able to get by Jabari Greer's press coverage for much of the night. That was another perfect part of Rob Ryan's defensive plan for the Saints. They can't stop the run at all, but once the offense puts up some points, Ryan can use press-man coverage on the receivers and bring blitzes from all sides, forcing the quarterback to make quick, and often poor decisions. Hartline should be due to bounce back after this poor display, but it's another reminder that he'll struggle against physical corners who play him at the line of scrimmage.
2013 Week 5 vs BAL (7 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec)
Seeing Jimmy Smith's press coverage all day, Hartline struggled to get on track. However, he and his quarterback still showed off their trademark timing on the routes they hooked up on, including a short quick hitter which Hartline shook his would be tackler and picked up an extra 20 yards. Hartline won't break many tackles, but he'll almost exclusively be working against one-on-one coverage every time he lines up. Additionally, he often won't see the opposing teams' best cornerback. Although he hasn't shown any big-time ability to beat press coverage, he'll usually be able to take advantage of a matchup where he sees a cushion. His quarterback will see that all day and look to Hartline often. Even with Mike Wallace seeing 16 targets, Hartline still saw 7 looks. While he may not offer much upside, Hartline remains the most consistent fantasy play in the Dolphins' receiving corps.
2013 Week 7 vs BUF (11 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)
The Tannehill-to-Hartline connection continues to be the most consistent in the Dolphins' passing game. The chemistry on their timing routes continues to be unmatched, and they'll usually hit on about 4 or 5 per game, giving Hartline the highest floor of any Miami pass catcher. There will always be a few duds along the way when he's matched up versus a physical press corner, but most of the time, that corner will be matched up on Mike Wallace. He doesn't do much after the catch, but with 10 and 15 yard slants, outs, and comebacks, his low YAC numbers aren't of too much concern. It's fair to say that Hartline will lead the Dolphins in targets, catches, and yards by the end of the season. Because of that, he's a weekly fantasy option.
2013 Week 8 vs NE (6 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Bill Belichick stuck his best active cornerback, Alfonzo Dennard on Brian Hartline for nearly all of Sunday's matchup. Tannehill only targeted his go-to receiver just six times, and they hooked up four times on their usual array of short crossing and comeback routes. Without Aqib Talib, Belichick gambled that he wouldn't get beat by Mike Wallace, sticking Dennard on Hartline. It worked. Dennard was lined up in press coverage on Hartline for most of the afternoon, following him wherever he went in the formation. Hartline struggled to beat the press coverage, and struggled to separate all afternoon. The six targets were still good for third on the team, but with Tannehill putting up 42 passes, fantasy owners were likely expecting more. It will be interesting to see if any other teams follow this blueprint laid out by Belichick. Put your top corner on Hartline, press him, and he'll struggle. Have a corner and a safety on Wallace, and see if Tannehill can beat you. With Brandon Gibson now out for the season, Hartline should expect a slight uptick in targets, but now there will be even more pressure on him to produce for a sputtering Dolphins team.
2013 Week 9 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
It was a slow day for Hartline on Thursday, as he saw just five targets in the passing game. His night was difficult due to the poor game-flow going for the Dolphins. After seeing a ton of the ball in the first half but using the ground game with great effect, Miami had very little possession in the second half. Hartline saw coverage from Adam Jones all night and struggled to separate again, but still came up big when the Dolphins needed him. His biggest catch of the game came on a 20-yard out late in the fourth quarter. It was the longest play on the game-tying drive for the Dolphins, and easily one of the better grabs of the season. Hartline barely toe-tapped on the sideline as he fell out of bounds, reminding fantasy owners that he is a dependable asset who Ryan Tannehill will look for, especially with Brandon Gibson on the shelf for the season.
2013 Week 10 vs TB (8 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
The always trusty Brian Hartline had another steady game as Ryan Tannehill's possession receiver. Early on, the Bucs had the quick-hitting slant game figured out. They broke up multiple passes. But, Tannehill and Hartline adjusted and started working the middle of the field. The 8 targets Hartline saw were his most since Week 7, and he had the most yardage since the Week 7 game against the Bills. He did see one high leverage end zone target, but his quarterback attempted to fit the ball into a small window and it was broken up. The Dolphins failed to get the run game going yet again in another loss, so look for them to reestablish that in the next few games. Ryan Tannehill will remain somewhat inconsistent, but Hartline is usually a good a bet as any to get anywhere from 45-65 receiving yards. However, with byes ending and the fantasy playoffs looming he's ideally the first wide receiver on the bench that owners can use in a good matchup or if another receiver goes down.
2013 Week 11 vs SD (13 / 5 / 65 / 0 rec)
Brian Hartline saw 13 targets from his QB on Sunday, a huge number considering Ryan Tannehill threw the ball 35 times. However, it didn't result in a huge fantasy day for the Miami possession receiver. The normally sure-handed and trusty receiver suffered a few drops, and was also not on the same page as his quarterback in a few situations. Seeing coverage from Derek Cox for much of the day, Hartline was routinely frustrated by Cox's press coverage, but was able to beat him on a few occasions. The drops were unfortunate, as they ended drives and kept Hartline from recording over 80-90 yards, which would've made his day a little better. But, something that the Dolphins have been doing a little more in the recent weeks is moving their receivers around the formation more. Hartline is an intriguing player from the slot because Tannehill can usually hit him on quick slants. It's a play that they know will usually work when called. While it won't balloon Hartline's value, he could get a few a more looks in the passing game.
2013 Week 12 vs CAR (5 / 5 / 78 / 0 rec)
Brian Hartline only saw 5 targets on the day against victimized rookie cornerback Melvin White, but ha hauled in all of them. Hartline, as usual, was Ryan Tannehill's go-to receiver on third downs, coming through with some chain-moving catches. It was odd that Hartline saw only 5 targets working against the struggling rookie White. Hartline was winning against him, but often times Tannehill had to escape the pocket to the right. With Hartline usually working on the left side of the formation, it was difficult for Tannehill to find his trusty receiver. Although he doesn't have any after the catch ability, Hartline is about as consistent as it gets. He rarely drops passes, and we often run crisp, smart routes. However, Sunday was the most yards he's had in a game since Week 1. He'll always be good for 4 or 5 catches per game, but with the byes done, he's a low-ceiling WR3 next week vs. the Jets.
2013 Week 13 vs NYJ (15 / 9 / 127 / 1 rec)
Brian Hartline was the main beneficiary of the Jets' struggling secondary, as Rex Ryan matched Dee Milliner up with Hartline for most of the day. Ryan Tannehill's go-to target didn't disappoint, running crisp routes and turning around Milliner all afternoon. Milliner made a few pass breakups, preventing a few more big plays, and overall held Hartline to just 4 catches on 9 targets when he was matched up on him, but the damage was still done. Hartline is often looked to as the chain-moving third down target, and Sunday was no different. Tannehill simply trusts Hartline to get open, via slant, out, or comeback route, and he can deliver the ball quickly and usually pick up a first down. Even after Milliner was pulled for Ellis Lankster, Tannehill and Hartline continued to connect, hooking up 3 times for 36 yards in the fourth as the Dolphins were closing out the game. Hartline's touchdown was a rare bit of after the catch ability from the Ohio State product, slipping two tackles and finding the end zone from 31 yards out. Sunday will probably go down as Hartline's best game of the season, as the 15 targets tied his season high from Week 1. It was the fourth double digit target game for Hartline in 2013, so it's conceivable that he'll see another 10+ look game this season. With the Dolphins pushing for a playoff spot, Hartline should see some value as a WR3, especially in PPR leagues, through the rest of the season.
2013 Week 14 vs PIT (8 / 5 / 51 / 1 rec)
Brian Hartline had a slow go of it in the first half on Sunday, but ultimately made some plays in the second half, which gave him another solid fantasy outing. After being shut out in the first half, Hartline came alive on the Dolphins' opening drive of the second half, catching consecutive in-breaking routes to help setup Daniel Thomas' touchdown. Hartline was the target on Ryan Tannehill's interception on the next drive, but there was little he could do to deter Troy Polamalu from making a play on the ball. He made amends quickly by making a beautiful toe tapping touchdown on the next drive to give the Dolphins the lead again. He has the Jordy Nelson characteristic of just knowing exactly where out-of-bounds is and being able to get both feet down no matter how difficult the play. He has touchdowns in consecutive games, which might be a little fluky, but moreover, has at least 5 catches or more in the last 5 games. He will always get looks from Tannehill because they will always find each other. For a fantasy team that has upside at lot of positions, Hartline is as a consistent WR3/flex option as there is in the league. Additionally, he has good matchups with the Patriots and Bills still left.
2013 Week 15 vs NE (8 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
Brian Hartline had a very typical Brian Hartline game on Sunday. There's absolutely nothing striking about how he plays the game; no blinding speed, no great size, but he runs very precise routes and Ryan Tannehill will find him more often than not. Tannehill and Hartline connected on their usual array of slants, in-breaking routes, and out routes as Hartline worked for he majority of the day on Alfonzo Dennard, who has turned into a very solid cornerback for the Patriots. Occasionally, Hartline would get caught up in Dennard's press coverage, but he was able to win at the line of scrimmage frequently enough to do his damage. It was another 8 target day for the possession receiver, just one behind Wallace and Rishard Matthews for the team lead. Hartline offers one of the most consistent floors for any WR3 in fantasy football and will continue to do so in the fantasy Super Bowl.
2013 Week 16 vs BUF (10 / 2 / 53 / 0 rec)
Brian Hartline probably had the worst day of his professional career on Sunday, battling multiple drops and Stephon Gilmore to haul in two catches on 10 targets. Hartline started the game without gloves, but suffered two awful drops early on. He then went to gloves, but the results were the same, as he got behind Gilmore and dropped a potential touchdown pass early on in the game. For most of the rest of the game, Hartline struggled to gain separation from Gilmore, an emerging shutdown corner in this league. On the curl, comeback, and out routes that Tannehill and Hartline have become accustomed to connecting on, Gilmore was always there to make a play. Funny enough, it took an injury to Tannehill and a brief exit from the game for Hartline to get on the board. Beating Gilmore deep again, Matt Moore threw a perfect ball down the sideline to his receiver. Hartline's only other catch came on the Dolphins' last drive with Moore back in at QB with the game decided. Just 22 yards away from surpassing 1,000 yards for the second consecutive year, Hartline's role shouldn't change much next season. He'll never burn fantasy owners with a 0 point day, but they should look elsewhere for higher upside wide receivers. Ideally, he's the first WR off the bench for a fantasy team.
2013 Week 17 vs NYJ (5 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
Brian Hartline cleared the 1,000 yard mark for the second consecutive season on Sunday, just before leaving with a potentially serious knee injury. Hartline came down awkwardly after a nice catch and run in the first quarter. It was a huge blow for Ryan Tannehill, as he then struggled to find a rhythm without his surest target. Tannehill and Hartline weren't exactly on the same page early in the game either, as there were a few missed opportunities and miscommunications between the two in the first quarter. Hartline didn't return to the game, so there's some worry about a serious injury. If he did indeed tear some ligaments in his knee, it would be a huge blow to the Dolphins as they head into another uneasy offseason. If Hartline is no lock to start the 2014 season, there will be even more pressure on Wallace, Brandon Gibson (who's returning from his own serious injury), Rishard Matthews, and Charles Clay to step up early next season. Hartline has turned into a very good NFL receiver, despite not possessing elite playmaking skills. He has been a vital part of Ryan Tannehill's development over the last two seasons. Hopefully he left the game as a precaution and will be healthy for the Dolphins' offseason program.
2012 Week 1 vs HOU (8 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Hartline was targeted often by rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Hartline ran a lot of quick slants and curls as the Dolphins worked to get some quick completions for their new signal-caller. His best reception came on a pass to the right sideline that gained 34 yards and represented the Dolphins' longest gain of the day. On the play, Hartline was able to quickly get off the line of scrimmage before cutting outside and finding a seam in the defense as he caught the ball. Hartline is hardly a flashy receiver but his route-running is much better than the other receivers on the Dolphins and he appears to already have developed a rapport with Tannehill. He is likely to be targeted often as the season wears on.
2012 Week 2 vs OAK (12 / 9 / 111 / 0 rec)
In the never ending quest for Wes Welker 2.0, we find ourselves looking at an impressive single game performance by Brian Hartline, a guy no one started this week. Hartline was Mr. first down in this game, getting open again and again on the sidelines, and Tannehill continued to roll out and extend drives with his legs, and Hartline's hands. That being said, there wasn't a concerted effort to get Hartline the ball all over the field, as he's just not that much of a weapon. He's not overly quick, and rarely made anything happen once he touched the ball. But against the Raiders, he did a great job of getting to a spot, and catching the passes that came his way for first down.
2012 Week 3 vs NYJ (9 / 1 / 41 / 0 rec)
Hartline's stat line was plagued by Revis' defense and some poor throws by Tannehill. The Jets made a conscious effort to stop Hartline after last week's big performance. However, Hartline made his sole reception count. In overtime, Hartline hauled in a 41-yard pass from Tannehill that set-up the game winning field goal attempt.
2012 Week 4 vs ARI (19 / 12 / 253 / 1 rec)
Hartline broke a franchise record for receiving he was so good today. It didn't matter if it was Greg Toler, Patrick Peterson or William Gay, nobody could cover Hartline in Arizona. His first pass was underneath for seven yards. He beat Patrick Peterson on a comeback down the right sideline. He ran another comeback soon after against off coverage. Hartline followed those comebacks with a fake against William Gay in the second quarter after Gay had been beat on the other side of the field by Davone Bess on a comeback. Gay shifted his weight forward which allowed Hartline to sweep past him. Hartline drew the flag for illegal contact and still made the reception for 30+ yards. He caught a 25 yard curl route against prevent coverage late in the second quarter that led to a touchdown for Lane. That was followed by a quick out on the next drive. Then an excellent reception deep down the field as he was running towards the sideline, with a defender following him. He caught the ball while falling out of bounds but showed good awareness to keep his feet in bounds. The Cardinals were sick of Hartline quickly and Greg Toler was penalized for pass interference again. He then ran a crossing route underneath, before catching the ball and turning upfield for 11 yards. His exploits were earning him off coverage and forcing the Cardinals into more zone coverage. He then punished those defenses with a quick slant and a massive 80 yard touchdown reception on a crossing route. Hartline caught the ball wide open down the left sideline, and was able to sprint past the pursuing Adrian Wilson to dive into the endzone. If Brian Hartline had been Jerry Rice today he wouldn't have done much more.
2012 Week 5 vs CIN (5 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)
Tannehill's favorite target the past three weeks, Hartline was 2nd on the team with five targets officially (with one being wiped out by a Terrance Newman pass interference penalty late in the game). However, Hartline led the team in catches with four, with a long of 30 yards. Working a come back route, Tannehill's extension of the play via the scramble allowed Hartline to redirect his route back up field for the longest play of the day for Miami. Most important on the play, however, was that continued cerebral connection between Hartline and Tannehill. Because of the symbiosis, Hartline was at liberty to abort the route without any fear of backlash. The score, however, didn't call for much from the passing game and Hartline's bottom line certainly reflected that. However, just like the 30-yard completion, there is an obvious and continued connection between QB and WR.
2012 Week 6 vs STL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
This was a tough matchup for Hartline and his stat line mirrors the struggles he was having during the game. Cortland Finnegan took him out of the game for large spans and Tannehill rarely looked in Hartline's direction after his pre-snap read. He was without a target for the entire first half. Hartline did contribute by drawing a defensive pass interference penalty. His lone target with a chance at a reception sailed right through Hartline's hands late in the third quarter. A game like this reminds fantasy owners that Hartline is a risk as a weekly starter because he will likely draw the opposition's best cornerback and can be shutout at any given time.
2012 Week 8 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
After squaring off against Darrelle Revis in Week 3, Harline had a much easier time getting open. During his team's first drive, Hartline ran a curl route and hauled in Tannehill's pass for a 12-yard gain. During his team's fourth drive, Matt Moore found Harline on a slant route for a 15-yard gain. Hartline showed impressive body control and the willingness to go over the middle make the play. This reception set-up Daniel Thomas's three-yard touchdown run. During his team's next drive, Hartline hauled in his last two receptions on out-routes for gains of nine and five yards, respectively. Given the lopsided nature of this game, Hartline made all of his catches before halftime. Should Tannehill miss time, Moore looked extremely comfortable throwing the ball to Hartline.
2012 Week 9 vs IND (12 / 8 / 107 / 0 rec)
Easily the Dolphins' WR1, Hartline stuffed the stat sheet against the Colts, catching eight balls on twelve targets for one hundred and seven receiving yards. Hartline's thirty-five yard haul on a go-route pass from Tannehill was an absolutely fantastic grab by the fourth-year man. Racing down the right side of the field with the Indianapolis secondary on him, Hartline exhibited tremendous focus in grabbing a perfect pass from Tannehill. There seems to be little room for argument that Hartline is Tannehill's favorite receiver in the passing game, as the rookie looks Hartline's way in many situations. Hartline's route tree is also the most diverse of Miami's receivers. While Davone Bess, Anthony Fasano, and others are relegated to short and underneath routes, the Dolphins send Hartline along a full spectrum of pass routes. Hartline did fail to reach the end zone - he has only hit paydirt once this year - but as the lead dog in a somewhat limited Miami passing attack, more standout performances are on the horizon, and the touchdowns will come.
2012 Week 10 vs TEN (10 / 8 / 79 / 0 rec)
Hartline worked on Jason McCourty almost exclusively in this game, and ended up catching eight of his ten targets against him. As I mentioned earlier, if not for a great defensive play by McCourty in the fourth quarter when the game was already well out of hand, Hartline would have reeled in a 19-yard touchdown, finishing with a 10-98-1 game. Although Hartline's numbers have been greatly inflated due to the franchise record performance against Arizona, in the last two weeks, Hartline has shown consistency in both getting open, as well as putting up consistent catches and yards. Against Indianapolis, Tannehill was able to find him deep on a consistent basis. While the deep ball wasn't open against the Titans, Hartline was still able to get open underneath, and net some decent yards after the catch, hauling in passes before the first down mark and fighting for the first down on multiple occasions. Without another outside receiver to make plays, Tannehill will continue to rely on Hartline to get the ball down the field.
2012 Week 11 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Hartline was second on the team in targets with seven, but only managed to catch four of his targets. Hartline had one of his tougher games of the season, turning the ball over in the first half and then picking up a late offensive pass interference penalty on Miami's final drive. Hartline's 2nd catch went for 17 yards over the middle, but after turning the ball up field, had the ball ripped from his hands by rookie Stephon Gilmore. The Bills recovered the fumble and turned it in to three points. Later, on the Dolphin's final drive, after two consecutive completions and with the Bills' defense reeling, Hartline ran a nice comeback route. However, as he turned to come back, he (ever so slightly) extended his arm and pushed off the coverage. Hartline made a nice catch on the sideline, but all for naught as the flag was thrown. Like Bess, Hartline doesn't have the top end speed to stretch the defense and the Bills were comfortable suffocating the shorter routes, giving Hartline little room to operate.
2012 Week 12 vs SEA (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Targeted five times, Hartline only mustered two catches for seventeen yards. The Seahawks put cover corner Richard Sherman on Hartline, and the latter's coverage all but neutralized the Dolphins' receiver.
2012 Week 13 vs NE (10 / 5 / 84 / 0 rec)
Hartline's game against New England was about missed opportunities for big plays. While the short receptions were routine for Tannehill and Hartline to connect, the bigger impact plays eluded the pair. Hartline got behind the coverage for a likely long touchdown, but Tannehill overthrew him by a few yards. Early in the fourth quarter, Hartline dropped an easy reception In the red zone, his best chance to score. He fully-extended in the back of the end zone to make a great catch, but was unable to get both feet in bounds for the highlight reel score. Despite the missed chances at a huge fantasy day, he saw enough volume as the de facto no.1 target to have a good performance in PPR formats.
2012 Week 14 vs SF (8 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Hartline's one long catch came by way of busted coverage, as Carlos Rogers let Hartline run right past him. Tannehill made a good throw right in to Hartline's hands, and had Dashon Goldson not made a diving tackle Hartline would have been in a foot race to the end zone. That was the extent of Hartline's day, as the receiver was only able to add a catch on a quick slant. Hartline was unable to separate whatsoever at any level of the field. Without the speed to get behind coverage or the power to muscle his way in to position, Hartline was left running covered routes. Even when Tannehill threw a perfect deep ball in to the end zone, Chris Culliver was able to elevate and make a diving play to knock away a pass that would have landed in Hartline's hands. His largest contribution of the 4th quarter was the drawing of a pass interference call when Culliver dragged Hartline to the ground.
2012 Week 15 vs JAX (6 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)
After catching just 2-of-8 targets for 34 yards last week, Hartline had another gloomy outlook in the first half against the Jaguars. In the first half, Hartline had zero targets. Miami involved Hartline immediately in the second half as he got loose in the secondary for a 37-yard gain on the first play in the third quarter. He was back to being the biggest weapon in the Miami pass game after that, making things happen regularly over the final 30 minutes. He found open areas behind cornerbacks and in front of safeties on two occasions. His lone missed opportunity came on a slant at the goal line, his best chance to score in the game. It was a tight window, but a catchable pass that Hartline failed to haul in. While Hartline surpassed 1,000 yards on the season in this game, he has just one touchdown on 67 receptions, one of the lowest touchdown rates in the league. Buffalo and New England in the final two weeks gives Hartline decent matchups to add to his career-best season.
2012 Week 16 vs BUF (7 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Hartline led the team in targets with seven, but could only manage two catches for 12 yards. Covered all day by top CB Stephon Gilmore, Hartline struggled to get open outside of one ten-yard out on the Dolphins' first drive. Hartline did receive one target deep down the field, but the throw was long and behind the direction of Hartline's route.
2012 Week 17 vs NE (7 / 5 / 69 / 0 rec)
Hartline closes a very promising season with a strong game against New England. While touchdowns eluded him, Hartline had nine games of 50 or more receiving yards and broke 1,000 yards on the season. In this game, Hartline was able to shake free of coverage on deep comebacks and quick out routes. He one missed opportunity for a big reception, which likely would have got him close to 100 yards on the day, was a go route against single coverage. Hartline got a step on the third-and-long play, but Tannehill's throw was just out of reach. In a game that featured few chances for Miami to make a big play, that was one that got away. Hartline has been the de facto no.1 receiver all season, but he has not had a 100-yard game since back in Week 9. On a team lacking playmakers on offense, expect Miami to be active in addressing the deficiency this offseason.
2011 Week 1 vs NE (7 / 4 / 47 / 1 rec)
He manages to get open and even scored a touchdown. The coaches love him but he has to be one of the least skilled starting WRs in the NFL. His speed is not sustainable meaning he's fast in closed spaces but once he is in the open field he seems to be tackled rather easily. He lacks size and doesn't play big, in fact he looks like one of the thinnest starting WRs in the league which doesn't help him break tackles once he gets the ball. This writer would like to see more Clyde Gates and less Hartline. He did have a nice game after missing a lot of last year but he is not a great starting WR.
2011 Week 2 vs HOU (7 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
Hartline was missed in the end zone when Chad Henne had to throw the ball on the move. Hartline was under-utilized in this game. There were times when he was the most open receiver on the field, but the coverage caused the ball to be thrown to another receiver with a favorable pre-snap matchup.
2011 Week 3 vs CLE (4 / 4 / 87 / 0 rec)
Great concentration on his reception as the ball was tipped and he made a move back to his QB to haul in the catch. His 2nd catch was a thing of beauty as Henne was lined up in the shotgun on a 1st and 10 before the 2nd half expired. Cleveland blitzed on the play and Miami was able to pick it up and create a pocket for Henne to step up and throw the ball which was well thrown but Hartline turned, extended his body and arms way over his head, caught the football and while he reeled it in he managed to pivot around towards the sideline and fall out while tapping his feet in for a 30 yard gain that was probably the highlight of the day for him. He later took Sheldon Brown to school on a fly pattern up the left and was wide open but had to wait for the ball otherwise he would have scored. Hartline was solid in PPR formats but won't be consistent enough week to week. Marshall against lesser DBs would have had a bigger day at Hartline's expense.
2011 Week 4 vs SD (5 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Hartline is an ok number 3 WR, but on a team that already has a lack of big play ability, you probably need to get a little bit more out of your number 3. Hartline is a guy that has limited time remaining as a receiver that guys playing time in this league.
2011 Week 6 vs NYJ (6 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Considering he wasn't targeted until the second half, Hartline was able to put together an ok day. Unfortunately, he suffered from what many members of the Dolphins struggled with which was a combination of Matt Moore locking onto Brandon Marshall and Moore being under a lot of pressure. Two of Hartline's receptions were first downs and one was a key reception as the Dolphins tried to struggle back to make a game of it. Hartline was able to get Jets CB Kyle Wilson to give him a bit of a cushion and plant himself just a bit past the first down marker.
2011 Week 7 vs DEN (2 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
he continues to make amazing receptions with his feet along the sideline. he had a beautiful reception early in the game where he tapped both feet in while extending for the catch. He may not stay in Miami but wherever he ends up going to next it would be nice to see him have a top level QB to throw him the football on a consistent basis. He caught both targets and maybe Miami should have dialed him up on a couple deep passes.
2011 Week 9 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brian was on the field but he was not targeted during the game. Miami got ahead and then had no need to throw the ball a lot.
2011 Week 10 vs WAS (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Had not caught a ball in a couple weeks. Is not getting a lot of targets right now. Was open in the end zone but Moore threw it way over his head out of the back of the end zone.
2011 Week 11 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Despite starting at WR opposite Brandon Marshall, Hartline was not really much of a factor in the game this week. He was targeted twice and brought in one pass for a 19-yard gain. The Dolphins only completed 14 passes in the game for 160 yards though so it's not like there was a whole lot of production to go around.
2011 Week 13 vs OAK (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
He caught a quick pass on the left sideline for a first down early in the football game as the DB gave him an 8 yard cushion. Nice long target on a 2nd and short up the left sideline but he was well covered by Chris Johnson.
2011 Week 14 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)
Had 1 target late in the game and made the reception. Hartline always shows a lot of promise but there simply are not a lot of balls to go around as he 4th or 5th option int he Miami passing game.
2011 Week 15 vs BUF (5 / 3 / 69 / 0 rec)
Hartline is the type of player who tends to fly way under the radar in the Dolphins offense. He doesn't get involved in that many plays but has a good combination of size and speed which allows him to make some big plays when the QB looks in his direction. That's exactly what happened this week as he had a beautiful 31-yard catch in the first half and then another nice 33-yard catch in the second half.
2011 Week 16 vs NE (8 / 4 / 72 / 0 rec)
On a 3rd and 9 early in the 1st quarter, Hartline used great concentration to streak up the right sideline wide open for a huge 39 yard gain which helped get Miami going and open up a 17-0 lead in the 1st half. Hartline stretched out on the play and made one of those receptions that makes you think he has a future in the NFL. He usually makes the most of his targets when Miami takes to the air. Later int he 1st he had a nice curl route that he broke back to the left sideline and took it up field for another 5-7 yards. He drew an incredible pass interference call in the 2nd quarter against DB-Devin McCourty. He had a long target up the left sideline late in the 2nd half but he was double covered and had no chance. Early in the 4th he caught a hook pattern and then limped over to the sideline, didn't appear to be too bad of an injury. On the next play Matt Moore dialed up Hartline again but the ball was intercepted by Devin McCourty on a poorly under thrown pass but Hartline had beaten the coverage.
2011 Week 17 vs NYJ (7 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Hartline was the unfortunate target of two Matt Moore interceptions and saw a ton of inaccurate balls thrown his way. While he only caught two, it was more about poor accuracy than Hartline not playing well, though he also saw some good coverage. On the first interception, the ball was thrown short and CB Antonio Cromartie did a good job keeping an eye on the throw so he was waiting when it arrived. On the second interception, the ball was thrown well past Hartline into S Brodney Pool's hands. On either pass there was very little Hartline could do to prevent the interception.
2010 Week 1 vs BUF (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hartline never got on track, as one catch in the red zone was nullified by penalty, another target from Henne was poorly thrown, and a third was dropped by Hartline after he initially seemed to haul it in. Henne had the time to find Hartline deep, but never tested the safeties by airing it out to the second-year receiver.
2010 Week 2 vs MIN (3 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)
Hartline made a nice touchdown grab in the back corner of end zone, and made another tough catch later on, stretching out to make the catch. He wasn't targeted often (the passing game overall was quiet), but looked really sharp when his number was called.
2010 Week 3 vs NYJ (11 / 5 / 84 / 0 rec)
Hartline saw a lot of targets in this game, as he was a frequent alternative for Henne when Brandon Marshall was covered. Hartline showed an ability to get open both short and deep and nearly had a catch for a huge gain, if Henne hadn't overthrown him. He also nearly came down with a key touchdown later in the game but could not come down in bounds.
2010 Week 4 vs NE (9 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Hartline did little in this game outside of drawing a 3rd down pass interference penalty on DB McCourty after a double move down the sideline. He clearly took a back seat to Davone Bess, Brandon Marshall, and the Maimi RBs. One of Hartline's three catches came in garbage time.
2010 Week 6 vs GB (5 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Hartline is dependable, and is shaping up to be one of those players that is incredibly valuable to his team, but almost useless to your fantasy team. He didn't get many looks from Henne, but the ones he did get, were clutch. On one third down catch, he had to come back to the ball, dive a bit, and scoop it before it hit the ground. Hartline is becoming a consistent possession receiver but with Marshall the obvious first read in all situations, and a balanced, ball control offense, there is not much left for him, at least fantasy-wise.
2010 Week 7 vs PIT (4 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Hartline continues to be Mr. Reliable. He actually fumbled his first catch, a quick hitch in which he tried a bit too hard to gain extra yards. But the Dolphins went right back to him, with almost the exact same play on the next drive, for an eight yard pick up. And from there, he didn't disappoint, catching only three more, but ensuring that the Steelers couldn't key on Marshall and Bess too much.
2010 Week 8 vs CIN (8 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec, 1 / 30 / 0 rush)
Thought he showed a lot of heart and energy considering he was passed on the depth charts. Brian had a very costly fumble in the Steelers game a week ago but he took it in stride and was ready to make plays when called on. He was instrumental on Miami's lone touchdown drive. Immediately after Marshall gained his 25 yards, Henne came back and found a wide open Brian Hartline on a 1st and 10 from the Miami 27. Hartline caught it on a short hook route, shook a tackler and then scampered up field for 24 yards. Same drive 2nd and 10 from the CInci 49 and Hartline takes a reverse and runs into a wide open field and if not caught by his jersey being pulled he would have scored. Ended up with 30 yards on the play and was a major part of that scoring drive. Hartline despite not getting the start saw plenty of targets.
2010 Week 9 vs BAL (5 / 4 / 85 / 0 rec)
He started as the WR2 and he did very well. He still looks like he is going to fumble it everytime he is hit but Hartline has very disguised speed and can be tough to grab once he is in open space. Hartline grabbed a pass near the end of the 1st half and turned it into a 31 yard gain up the sideline. Because of Marshall taking up 2 defenders Hartline is open a lot. He has decent hands although he can drop a very untimely pass here and there. He had a beautiful catch that overrode a PI call in the early 4th quarter on a deep pass along the right sideline that ended up going for 34 yards. A very nice play that showed great concentration. Hartline was a bright spot on a miserable day for the Dolphins.
2010 Week 10 vs TEN (5 / 5 / 98 / 0 rec)
Hartline did the bulk of his damage on a flea flicker. He ran a fly pattern and found himself wide open for a 54 yard gain. Hartline runs very good routes, and found himself open a number of times in the first half, as the Titans rolled their coverage towards Marshall and Bess.
2010 Week 11 vs CHI (6 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
One of the few that actually was making some plays to help his QB in the game. He did have an ugly end around exchange in the 1st quarter but after that he was on track and making plays. He does look like he is potentially going to fumble after he catches the football every time but overall he finds holes in the secondary and exploits them. He did everything he could to help out Thigpen but it just wasn't enough. Hartline showed a lot of heart.
2010 Week 12 vs OAK (7 / 4 / 75 / 0 rec)
Very impressed with Hartline who continues to carve holes into the defenses. In PPR leagues he has hit double digits 6 weeks in a row. Look at FBG for the upgrade/downgrade section this week with Matt Waldman but this writer thinks if he is available on your waiver wire and you need some help that you could do worse. Hartline still looks like he could fumble at any point after the catch and he is not smooth running down the field after the catch, but he gets open a lot.
2010 Week 13 vs CLE (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hartline had about five yards on his man on a sideline fly pattern, but Henne somehow managed to underthrew and it enough that it was intercepted. He had no catches in the game, in part because he was sidelined in the second half with a finger injury.
2009 Week 1 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
His first catch with 2:12 in the 3rd QTR was called for pass interference on a short sideline curl. He was an outlet receiver at the sideline for a seven-yard gain in the fourth quarter and he made a nice catch between DBs as an outlet on a roll out. He had 2 catches for 13 yards in this game, did not look explosive or route savvy. He was never even the first option on his three targets. He's not a player to consider despite the fact he took targets away from the other Dolphins receivers.
2009 Week 2 vs IND (3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Hartline had a few catches early, but he often left the field for Bess and Camarillo. All three will continue to short-circuit each others fantasy value.
2009 Week 3 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hartline appeared to have caught a long touchdown from Chad Henne, but the officials correctly ruled that Henne was well beyond the line of scrimmage when he made the pass, which negated the score.
2009 Week 4 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 17 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
All the rookie receiver did was catch a first down and his first career touchdown pass. Modest numbers, but he proved that he belongs on the field.
2009 Week 7 vs NO (5 / 3 / 94 / 0 rec)
Hartline is earning more playing time every week. He took a quick slant 67 yards to the Saints four-yard line after he broke a tackle, and showed strong running after the catch on another quick slant in the red zone that he almost scored on. Hartline was the most valuable fantasy receiver for the Dolphins today, and that trend could continue as we get deeper into the season because he seems to have the best combination of playmaking ability and consistency in this wide receiver corps.
2009 Week 8 vs NYJ (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hartline got a step deep early in the game, but Henne overthrew him, and it was a bad omen for the rookie in his first game as a starter, as he didn't get another target all day.
2009 Week 9 vs NE (2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Rookie wide receiver Brian Hartline had only two targets and one 18-yard catch that came in the second quarter. While once considered a promising sleeper, he is not on the field enough to have any real fantasy value this year.
2009 Week 10 vs TB (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Hartline only had one reception on the day, a 17 yard reception on a deep out route. He is currently the 4th receiver on the depth chart and only sees the field on 4-wide sets.
2009 Week 11 vs CAR (4 / 2 / 47 / 0 rec)
Rookie receiver Brian Hartline was the third receiver for Miami in Week 11, and his primary role was to stretch the field and pick up yardage in chunks, something he accomplished on a nice inside skinny post route in the second quarter for a big 36-yard gain. Hartline added an 11-yard grab in the third for his only other catch on the night. Hartline has solid receiving ability but right now he is too far down the depth chart and the Dolphins do not throw enough for him to have much fantasy value.
2009 Week 12 vs BUF (7 / 3 / 31 / 1 rec)
Hartline had one of the game's headiest plays when he correctly adjusted to a Henne improvised throw to the corner of the end zone. He also made a juggling catch on a high and outside throw, and once again used his brain to gain yards when he got up after a red zone catch when no one touched him. It's hard for him to have fantasy value in such a meager passing offense, but Hartline continues to improve each week.
2009 Week 13 vs NE (7 / 4 / 41 / 1 rec)
QB Chad Henne spread the ball nicely among his receiving core and Hartline was included in the mix. Hartline drew a pass interference call down to the nine yard line in the second half, and Henne went right back to him in the end zone a few plays later, but he was unable to get both feet in bounds for the score. However, he was the beneficiary of Henne's 2nd TD of the day, a 9 yard strike in the corner of the end zone.
2009 Week 14 vs JAX (4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Hartline started alongside Greg Camarillo and rotated with Ted Ginn for much of the day. Hartline ran good routes, coming back to snatch balls with his hands for Chad Henne. He also got himself open in the flat for a nice sliding catch to convert a third and short in the first half.
2009 Week 15 vs TEN (5 / 2 / 96 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Hartline is slowly becoming a bigger part of the Dolphins offense. On this day, he made some big plays with a limited opportunity. Hartline caught his first pass in stride for a big 39 yard gain, and later ran for a first down on a reverse. In the late going, he made a HUGE catch, stealing the deep ball from the cornerback (who appeared to have caught it at first) to set up the game tying score.
2009 Week 16 vs HOU (6 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Hartline finished the day against Houston with 3 receptions for 41 yards. Like Kevin Walter for the Texans, Hartline is used primarily outside of the hashmarks. That said, Hartline didn't have any targets on vertical routes against Houston as he did in last week's game against Tennessee.
2009 Week 17 vs PIT (4 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec, 2 / 20 / 1 rush)
They are finding ways to utilize Hartline more and more. He is literally all over the field: on a catch-and-run crossing pattern over the middle; running a reverse; catching one over his shoulder down the sideline; on slant pattern in the end zone. Speaking of which, he played that one perfectly and had his man beat, but the ball was thrown behind him and he had no chance on the play. In the 4th quarter, he scored his first career rushing touchdown.