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Offseason Primers: Miami Dolphins

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The Dolphins had an interesting season in 2012. It started with HBO's Hard Knocks and ended with a respectable 7-9 campaign. The new coaching staff under Joe Philbin proved competent, and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill made plenty of strides.

Now, the Dolphins have the chance to take the next step. The key will be the additions made this offseason with the Dolphins adding receivers Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson and tight end Dustin Keller.

2012 Touches Leaders
944 total touches (rush attempts + receptions)
Reggie Bush 262 (227 car., 35 rec.) 27.7%
Daniel Thomas 106 (91 car., 15 rec.) 11.2%
Brian Hartline 74 rec. 7.8%
Davone Bess 61 rec. 6.4%
Lamar Miller 57 (51 car., 6 rec.) 6.0%
All Others 384 40.6%

Tannehill needed weapons after he had 3,294 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and 48 carries for 214 yards and two touchdowns with eight fumbles. Adding some receiver help -- Brian Hartline and Davone Bess combined for two touchdowns as the starters -- is the biggest need, and Wallace, Gibson and Keller should help tremendously. Tannehill might also see time in the read-option offense, which would enhance his skill set and help his Fantasy value. He could end up as a reliable No. 2 Fantasy quarterback with upside.

Finding a starting running back is also important. Reggie Bush is off to Detroit this year, and the Dolphins have to decide if Lamar Miller or Daniel Thomas is the answer as the No. 1 option in the backfield (we like Miller as the favorite). Bush had consecutive seasons of at least 1,200 total yards and seven touchdowns, so whoever starts for the Dolphins has potential as a No. 2 Fantasy running back.

Lamar Miller -- Sleeper

2012 Target Leaders
504 pass attempts
Brian Hartline 131 25.9%
Davone Bess 105 20.8%
Anthony Fasano 69 13.6%
Reggie Bush 52 10.3%
Charles Clay 33 6.5%
All Others 114 22.6%

If the Dolphins don't bring in a big-named talent at running back then the backfield tandem in Miami will be Miller and Thomas, with Miller the expected starter. That bodes well for his Fantasy value. Miller had an unimpressive rookie season playing behind Bush and Thomas. He finished 2012 with 51 carries for 250 yards and one touchdown and six catches for 45 yards. But he has the skill-set to take off, which should have Fantasy owners excited. There's also production to be had in this backfield since Bush had consecutive seasons of at least 1,200 total yards and seven touchdowns. Going into the season, we consider Miller a low-end No. 2/high-end No. 3 Fantasy running back with upside, and he's worth drafting with a pick as early as Round 4 or 5. He should be on most sleeper lists, and the Dolphins are in love with Miller's playmaking ability. He could end up as a quality Fantasy option if he opens the season as the starter.

Reggie Bush -- Player on the move

Expected 2013 Draft Averages
Ryan Tannehill Undrafted
Lamar Miller 45-53 overall
Daniel Thomas 130-137 overall
Mike Wallace 63-69 overall
Brian Hartline 140-148 overall
Davone Bess Undrafted
Brandon Gibson Undrafted
Dustin Keller Undrafted

Bush signed with the Lions this offseason, and he's expected to share playing time with Mikel Leshoure. But make no mistake, Bush is the new starter for the Lions, and he has a lot of upside. Bush showed he can be a featured running back for the Dolphins. In 2011, Bush had a career season with 216 carries for 1,086 yards and six touchdowns and 43 catches for 296 yards and a score. He followed that up with a career-high 227 carries for 986 yards and six touchdowns and 35 catches for 292 yards and two touchdowns. Now, Bush goes to a Lions team that should involve him more as a receiver. He has at least 43 catches in five of seven years, and we know the Lions love to throw the ball. We still view Bush as a No. 2 Fantasy running back with upside, and he could total 1,500 total yards with about six touchdowns. He is worth drafting in all formats in Round 3 with the potential to be drafted in Round 2 in PPR leagues. This could be a big year for Bush in Motown.

Ryan Tannehill -- Late-round flier

Tannehill was part of the successful rookie quarterback class of 2012, but he was at the back of the room, well behind Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson when it came to performance. Tannehill had his moments with four games with at least 20 Fantasy points, but he had six games with eight points or less. We expect Tannehill to improve in 2013, especially with the upgrade the Dolphins had to their receiving corps. The Dolphins also want to use Tannehill in the read option more, which should showcase his running ability. Tannehill should be considered a low-end No. 2 Fantasy quarterback to open the season, but he's someone to keep your eye on. He might not get drafted in the majority of leagues, but he could turn into a quality playmaker as the season goes on.

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Hard to pin Josh Gordon's struggles on him
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6:19 pm ET) Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon hasn't been nearly the dynamic playmaker we expected since his return from suspension, as he put together yet another subpar performance in Week 16 against the Panthers.

Gordon had four receptions on seven targets to finish second on the team with 45 yards, but continues to disappoint Fantasy owners. Gordon, who was arguably the top receiver in the league a year ago, has just one 100-yard effort in five games, and has yet to find the end zone. Of course, it's not all Gordon's fault, as the Browns' quarterbacks have thrown just one touchdown in that time, compared to 10 interceptions.

Gordon made the most out of a bad quarterback situation last season too, but at some point, it is just too much to overcome. The Browns' quarterbacks have just 12 touchdowns to 15 interceptions on the season, production they almost have to improve on next season.

Gordon's upside remains tremendous, but it's awfully tough to rely on him heading into Week 17 against the Ravens. Owners in long-term Dynasty and keeper leagues shouldn't let five bad games with zero help from the quarterbacks dictate how they view him, however. 


Steelers' Antonio Brown surpasses 1,500 yards receiving in win
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:17 pm ET) Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had seven catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 20-12 win over Kansas City. 

With his first catch of the game, Brown crossed 1,500 receiving yards on the season, breaking his own Pittsburgh record he set in 2013 for most receiving yards in a season. 

Brown now also has 122 catches on the season, tying him for fourth all-time in a single season. He needs two catches in Week 17 to take over second place from Herman Moore (1995) and Wes Welker (2009).

He will get his chance next week against the Bengals. 


Saints TE Jimmy Graham registered another 10-TD season
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:17 pm ET) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham become the first player in franchise history with three seasons of three-plus touchdowns during Sunday's loss to Atlanta.

Graham came down with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees in the fourth quarter. He was targeted 10 times and finished with six catches for 53 yards and a score in a 30-14 defeat. He moved into second place in franchise history with 51 career touchdown receptions.

New Orleans will face Tampa Bay in Week 17.


Texans QB Case Keenum earns win in first start of season
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:16 pm ET) Making his first start of the season, Texans quarterback Case Keenum did just enough to help lead the Texans to a 25-13 win over the Ravens Sunday.

Keenum was the third quarterback to start for the Texans this seasons and he completed 20 of his 42 pass attempts for 185 yards. It was his first start since Dec. 15, 2013.

Keenum did not throw a touchdown pass and made an errant throw which intercepted by Darian Stewart in the first quarter. He also rushed for 19 yards on four carries.

The Texans host the Jaguars Week 17.


Two Bears combine for three catches in defeat
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:14 pm ET) A pair of Bears made the tiniest of contributions Sunday against the victorious Lions.

Wideout Josh Morgan caught two passes for two yards while tight end Dante Rosario snagged one for one yard.


Bears TE Bennett gains nothing in Sunday defeat
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:11 pm ET) Bears tight end Martellus Bennett had not been blanked in terms of yardage since Dec. 4, 2011. That is, until Sunday.

Bennett was targeted just three times and caught only one pass for no yards in the defeat to Detroit.

He still needs 143 yards in Week 17 at Minnesota to hit 1,000 for the season.


Steelers' Le'Veon Bell finds the end zone once again in Week 16
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:09 pm ET) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell had 20 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 20-12 win over the Chiefs.

Bell has struggled over the last two weeks, with 40 carries for 110 yards total, after three weeks of 204, 95 and 185 in the previous three games. 

Bell also had just one catch for nine yards, his lowest receiving total since Week 12 against the Titans. 

The Steelers take on the Bengals in Week 17. 


Saints RB Mark Ingram finds the end zone in losing effort
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:08 pm ET) Saints running back Mark Ingram found the end zone for the second consecutive week in his team's 30-14 defeat to the Falcons in Week 16. 

Ingram barreled his way into the end zone from 1-yard out in the second quarter. He finished the game with 13 carries for 38 yards and a score. He also caught all three of his targets for 17 yards.

He'll need 93 yards to crack the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. He'll look to do so Week 17 against Tampa Bay.


Bears WR Marquess Wilson has career game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6:06 pm ET) Bears wideout Marquess Wilson entered play Sunday with eight catches for 56 yards on the season. He more than doubled that yardage total against Detroit.

Wilson finished with seven receptions for 66 yards. He was targeted 10 times. He will try to take his momentum and run with it when the team concludes its season next Sunday at Minnesota.


Steelers' Roethlisberger throws for 220 yards and a touchdown in win
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:06 pm ET) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 18 of his 25 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's win over Kansas City Sunday.

Roethlisberger also got banged up when he got hit in the leg making time to find Antonio Brown in the end zone for a touchdown.

He went to the locker room to get examined but did not miss any gametime with the injury.

Roethlisberger now has 4,635 yards passing on the season, the most in any season of his career.

The Steelers will have a chance to win the division in Week 17 against the Bengals.


 
 
 
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