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Throughout the world of fantasy football, there are varying degrees of talent. Of course, it’s easy to point out the studs and duds each season. After all, studs end up drafted in the first round or two while the duds find themselves on your league’s waiver wire. However, the most important thing to remember is that fantasy football championships are won in the back-half of your draft. Finding quality depth for your roster is undoubtedly the most important (and difficult) thing for fantasy owners to do year in and out. With that being said, here is a look at one of many quality veterans who are being vastly undervalued in fantasy football drafts across the world and could help you win your league: Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline.

Hartline was drafted out of Ohio State University by the Dolphins in the fourth-round of the 2009 draft. Despite being plagued by injuries early in his career, Hartline has managed to bounce back and become the most consistent receiver currently in Miami’s core. In fact, Hartline has posted back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons over the past two years with Dolphins franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

That’s quite impressive given the lack of explosiveness in Miami’s offense over the previous several years. Additionally, Hartline broke the Dolphins single-game receiving record in 2012 posting a ridiculous 253 yards week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals. Unfortunately, not even a 250+ yard receiving game could place Hartline on fantasy football’s waiver-wire radar. It just seems like most owners steer clear of the former Buckeye despite his consistency and tremendous upside. Yet, this could end up being the season that changes. While Hartline obviously won’t be a WR1 in any fantasy football leagues this season, that certainly doesn’t mean he has no fantasy value.

Consider this, over the past two years, Hartline started 15 games each season and averaged 5 catches for 65+ yards per game. In PPR (point per reception) Leagues, that alone adds up to 11 points. Add in the fact that Hartline will be in a new receiver-friendly offense under former Chip Kelly protégé and current Dolphins’ Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor, along with posting a career-high 4 receiving touchdowns last year, and all signs point toward Hartline being a legitimate breakout candidate in fantasy football this year.

Non-believers need look no further than the tremendous red-zone production from Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper last season. After all, Hartline will be playing a similar role within the Dolphins offense this year, and might actually be more talented and reliable than Cooper at this stage in their respective careers. In the end, however, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for Hartline to duplicate Cooper’s 2013 touchdown production. That would put him at 8 end zone appearances this year. If Hartline can hit that mark and couple it with his consistent production yardage-wise, it would make the Dolphin receiver a solid WR3 or flex play with WR2 upside this season, particularly in PPR leagues.

Jarrod Patterson is a sports writer for Razzball.com and RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @J_M_Patterson or Facebook or follow him on Google

 

  1. Eric H. says:
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    @Jarrod: I have the 2nd pick in a 12-team PPR league. The only caveat is that there are 5-point bonuses for 100 yards rushing or receiving, a 5-point bonus for 300 yards passing and another 5-point bonus for 400 yards passing. Would I be out of my mind to take Drew Brees at #2 or should I stick with McCoy, Charles or Forte?

    • YUnited says:
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      @Eric H.: Is it 6 points per passing TD? If so, I’d consider Brees or Manning. If it isn’t, I’d still stick with McCoy. I think his PPR will generally surpass the QB bonus points.

      • Eric H. says:
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        @YUnited: Yes, 6-point passing TDs.

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Eric H.: Sorry for the late response! While it may be a bit overboard to say you’d be “out of your mind,” it’s probably not far from the truth (: In the end, there is a LOT of second-tier quarterbacks in the NFL right now fantasy-wise and each team (at most) will take 2 QB’s in their draft. So, for me — particularly in a 12 team league where starting RBs get scarce — I’d stick with a RB, especially if you’re in position to get a Charles or Peterson! Hope that helps, good luck!

  2. drew says:
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    Keep Le’veon for an 8th rd pick or Vereen for a 6th in full point ppr?

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @drew: this one might have answered itself recently but definitely vereen for a 6th, he’s looked incredible this preseason!

  3. Forwhomthejoiquebelltolls says:
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    It’s not possible for hartline to ever be overrated

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @letsgo: Agreed 100percent!!! STEALS with Lazor in town!

  4. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Quite possibly THE MOST underrated.

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: isn’t it crazy?? this guy has been a PPR STEAL the past year and a half!!

  5. Steve says:
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    10 team standard
    Looks like I have 3rd pick…so I will take RB
    But 2nd pick will miss all 3 QB and graham..
    I will look for best WR in 2nd rd…
    So will now have to wait for QB…..do I target Foles in 7th rd…or wait for Brady in 8th or9th and hope I don’t get caught..

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Steve: I like the value for either Foles or Brady in that area, would probably pull the trigger on Foles in 7th if he’s there, Brady is a solid backup plan though!

  6. Steve says:
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    Nick Foles and jordy Nelson OR
    Drew Bree’s and Knowshon Moreno
    10 team standard
    Thx!

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Steve: Tough call, but I’d have to say Foles and Nelson. Just not sold on Moreno in Miami, I think they still like Lamar Miller quite a bit. Good question though!

  7. Forwhomthejoiquebelltolls says:
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    He’s just one of those guys that you always consider starting week to week for if nothing else consistency

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Forwhomthejoiquebelltolls: Exactly! Plus, I think he’ll get his TD number up, making him more valuable in all league’s.

  8. Eds says:
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    Landed Hartline super late in a really competitive league. I don’t get it…

    12 team 0.5 PPR
    Start: 1 QB/2 RB/3 WR/Flex/TE/D/K
    9th pick

    QB: Kaepernick (9.105), Cutler (12.136)
    RB: Ellington (3.33), Spiller (4.40), Chris Johnson (5.57), Ivory (10.112), Dwyer (16.184)
    WR: Demaryius Thomas (1.9), Julio Jones (2.16), Kendall Wright (6.64), Maclin (7.81), Tavon Austin (11.129), Hartline (14.160)
    TE: Pitta (8.88)
    D: St. Louis (13.153)
    K: Hauschka (15.177)

    I wanted Olsen at 7.81 but he was grabbed at 6.72 — I went Maclin and grabbed Pitta later who I’m more than fine with.
    The only pick I didn’t really care for was Ivory but I guess I don’t completely hate it due to the Chris Johnson handcuff.

    If I hit on 2 of Ellington, Spiller, Johnson, I think I’ll be in very good shape.

    Thoughts?

    • Jarrod

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      @Eds: I’d keep Ivory around until we know what to expect out of the three headed monster in NY, but you should hit with CJ2K. I like Ellington and think you will hit there as well. You’re absolutely right about Pitta, definitely good there, and Maclin and Spiller could be absolute steals! I also think Kaepernick is going to have a “breakout”season fantasy-wise this year, and you know how I feel about Hartline! Nice draft! Good luck this season!

  9. Steve says:
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    Calvin Johnson,Brees and antonio brown
    OR Graham,monte ball,antonio brown
    Thanks!

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Steve: I’d take Megatron, Brees and Antonio Brown. While Ball has significant upside, he has yet to prove it on the field. Plus, Brees is top-2 in the league still

  10. Teddy Heater says:
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    Non PPR, would you drop Hartline for Gordon? You can’t have more than 4 RB’s or 4 WR’s so I can’t a defense or kicker for Gordon

    RG3
    Charles
    Stacy
    Marshall
    Garcon
    Pitta
    Mathews

    Bench
    CJ2K
    Sproles
    Edelman
    Wayne
    Hartline
    Big Ben

    • Jarrod

      Jarrod says:
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      @Teddy Heater: Personally, I wouldn’t drop Hartline for Gordon unless it’s a keeper or dynasty league. Even if Gordon is back by midseason, there is no gaurentee he will step right into rhythm with Hoyer or Manziel, whoever happens to be starting by then. It’s a delicate situation in CLE, Hartline on the other hand provides stability.

  11. Drussss says:
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    Hey Jarrod ,

    Not sure if you remember but I had asked you previously about keeping 3 players you had recommended Stafford over Gronk in a PPR league with 6pt passing TD! I did end up getting Gronk again in the 5th round!
    My team looks like this
    1 PT PPR LEAGUE
    QB- Stafford

    RB- A.Peterson, J Charles , Danny Woodhead, Chris Johnson, De angelo Williams

    WR-Crabtree, Kendall Wright, Reggie Wayne, Hartline, Kenny Stills, Amendola, Harry Douglas,

    TE- Gronk , Kyle Rudolph

    Where do you think I could get better?
    In our league its almost a tradition now that no trade happens once season starts! But a lot of trade happen before it! Should I make a move of any sort?
    Thanksss!!

    • Drussss says:
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      @Drussss: Also forgot to mention we have 2 RB, 2WR , 1W/T, 1 W/R/T slots! That is why I drafted more WRs!

      • Jarrod

        Jarrod says:
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        @Drussss: wow! first let me say, congratulations! you did a hell of a job managing your team with AP, Charles, Gronk, and Stafford all being top 5 at their respective positions! I also am a big fan of Rudolph and believe he will be borderline top 5 as well, there may come a point if Gronk stays healthy where you’d be smart to roll with 2 TE’s in your lineup. Plus Crabtree should have an even better year! I’d stand put for now if I were you and enjoy the envy of people who only WISH they could rock AP and JC as RB1 and RB2 this year!!

        • Drussss says:
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          @Jarrod:

          Thank you Jarrod :) I was targeting Greg Olsen based on your rankings at Razzball but somebody else reached for him . I was happy to get Kyle Rudolph though! iI just though my WR are weak for a PPR league!
          Appreciate all your help :)

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