2012 Fantasy Football Preview: Miami Dolphins

Contributed by: Zane Simon
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2012 8:22 AM

QB Matt Moore – Matt Moore was one of the few bright spots in a pretty bleak season for the 2011 Miami Dolphins.  He started 13 games and won six of them.  He scored 165 fantasy points.  Moore showed that he could still be a viable starter, which he hasn’t done since his breakout season in Carolina.  He’s competent, but he doesn’t show that big play potential that the elite quarterbacks do.

The biggest thing working for Moore in 2012 is the coaching change.  Joe Philbin is bringing the offensive mind that won a Super Bowl in Green Bay and instilling it in the struggling Dolphins.  The front office has also loaded Moore with weapons, despite losing Brandon Marshall.   And his offensive line is only getting better.

If Moore can be consistent 2012 has the potential to be the best season of his career. 

QB Ryan Tannehill – Let’s be honest, the starting quarterback job in Miami belongs to Ryan Tannehill.  Matt Moore is going to be able to hold on to it, as long he can win.  But the first back to back losses of the season and going to be all the reason Joe Philibin will need to make the switch.  The Dolphins took things from A&M to make Tannehill’s run at quarterback successful.  He has his former head coach, Mike Sherman, as his offensive coordinator.  He also has a familiar target in Jeff Fuller to throw to. 

Whether or not he’s ready for the NFL is to be seen, but the Dolphins are doing all they can to ensure they didn’t waste the eighth pick in the 2012 draft on a backup quarterback.

RB Reggie Bush – Reggie Bush made an impression last year.  He scored the 12th most points for a running back at 180.  It looks as though he’s secured his role as the Dolphins number one starter.  Bush still possesses the explosiveness to keep the starting job and to be fantasy point machine.  Philbin has the schemes that will allow Bush to work where he is at his best, catching the short pass and working the open field.  And a quarterback, in Moore, who is comfortable with throwing those short check down passes.

RB Daniel Thomas – Thomas had a rough rookie season.  He had a hamstring injury that kept him out for a few games.  He only rushed for 581 yards and no touchdowns, but 202 of those yards came in 2 successive games—weeks 2 and 3.  Thomas showed his ability to be a stud in two years at Kansas State, in which he rushed for over 1,000 yards in each season.  He’ll be looking to rebound in a big way this year.

RB Lamar Miller – Lamar Miller was a beast at Miami (Florida).  He’s presumably the third starter behind Bush and Thomas.  I think he’s the perfect handcuff pick.  If Thomas has another unproductive season, or Bush gets injured, you can bet Miller will be looking to make some noise.  He could be in the same vein as some other great U running backs like Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee, or Frank Gore.  He’s got good size too, at 5’11” and 212 pounds.  And bringing some of that U attitude could be a refreshing spark for what’s been a stale Miami offense.

WR Chad Ochocinco – Chad Ochocinco, or Johnson, whatever he’s calling himself these days has had it rough the last few seasons.  He had an uninspired stint with the New England Patriots and ended his Cincinnati career with his worst statistical season.  Ochocinco still has the tools to be a number one receiver in the League.  If you need to fill a spot at receiver in the later rounds and Ochocinco is available he can be a good fit as your second starting reciever.  I don’t see him having a 160 point season as he did in 2009, but he is clearly Miami’s top receiver.
WR Davone Bess – Davone Bess is a solid slot receiver, though he regressed from 111 points in 2010 to 73 points in 2011.  Hopefully, some competent stability at quarterback will bring his numbers back up.  Bess is a beast who shines in YAC; he just needs the ball to get to him.  Honestly, barring injury, Bess can guarantee at least 80 points of the course of 2012.  He will make a good flex player or third receiver.

WR Jeff Fuller – Jeff Fuller has the potential to be exciting.  He put up good numbers at Texas A&M and in Miami he’s going to be reunited with A&M head coach, Mike Sherman, and possibly his A&M quarterback in Ryan Tannehill.  Fuller has the size, at 6’4” and 215 pounds, to be a solid NFL receiver.  He’s taller than Ochocinco.  I know he went undrafted, but so were Miles Austin, Victor Cruz, and Wes Welker.  He could be a great sleeper pick to pick up in the last couple of rounds.

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