A lot can be said about Miami Dolphin WR Brandon Marshall…on the field…off the field…and especially by me. But for the sake of this Fantasy Football preview, I will stick to the stats (for the moment). Last year playing 14 games, Marshall had 1014 receiving yards. While certainly, that is impressive for some FF leagues, his 3 TDs will only get you 18 points all year long in a score only league. Not looking so hot now huh? Now take the concerns at QB in Miami and couple that with being stabbed in the stomach (I said I would hold off for a moment) by your wife–it does not look like this coming season will be stellar for the 27 year old Marshall; Dolphins fans, nor Fantasy Footballers. The Miami receiver with the most TDs at 7 is Davone Bass. Bass ended the season with 820 yards. TE Anthony Fasano was up next with 5 TDs. Fasano’s rookie year was pretty exciting, not nothing much popping since then. Until the QB situation and run game situation improves and stabilizes in Miami…don’t draft Ike Turner, I mean Brandon Marshall too early.
With a disappointing running game last season, the Dolphins hope to rebound with the talents of rookie Daniel Thomas from Kansas State who is already slated as the starter going into this season. Last season was a terrible year and anybody who drafted Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams for their Fantasy squad had to be thoroughly disappointed. The Phins had a total of 8 total rushing TDs, with Brown leading the way with 5. Williams and Brown had been steady Fantasy players in the past for Miami, but it’s not likely that either will be back this season, which makes way for Thomas. In two years at Kansas St., Thomas rushed for 2850 Yards and 30 TDs. At 6’2′ 228 lbs, the JUCO transfer is a big guy with quick feet who also has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He runs with power and builds up speed as he goes. It’s Thomas’ job to lose, but he will struggle behind the weak offensive line, who will get help with the addition of center Mike Pouncey from this years draft. There are also HUGE QUESTIONS about who’s going to be at QB for the Phins. In my opinion, no Miami RB should be drafted.
Cameron Wake is how I’m going to introduce the DEF/ST. The man had 14 sacks and 90 yards lost for the 2010-2011 NFL season. The problem with the Dolphins is the secondary…specifically Chris Clemons. The disappointing part about this year’s draft for the Miami Dolphins didn’t select a CB until the last round. Shocking they didn’t make that a priority in a division with Tom Brady…I mean come on! They will give up a lot of points this year.
Who remembers the MNF Meltdown against the Patriots of all teams? Miami Special Teams gave up 21 points in a 41-14 loss. Simply AWFUL! So awful that Special Teams coordinator John Bonamego lost his job the next day with out anyone blinking. That was funny to watch unless you were a Dolphins Fan or you had Miami DEF/ST playing in your line up that night. Nothing much to talk about Fantasy Football wise here. They will be on the waiver wire until you need them during a bye week.
The Dolphins did not address their QB concerns in this years draft, which tells me, they have no QB concerns. That means Chad Henne is once again slated to be the man behind center. Henne threw for 3301 yards, 15 TDs, and 19 INTs. He also has Tyler Thigpen breathing down his neck. If you remember last year, Thigpen took the snaps when Henne and Chad Pennington had to sit down due to injuries and ineffective play. WIth Pennington probably out of football, Thigpen will be next in line if Henne goes out. But back to Henne, he had some flashes of Fantasy effectiveness. In 3 games last season, he threw for over 300 yards and 2 scores, so there are times when he can be viable depending on the matchup. He also has one of the best receivers in football with Brandon Marshall. However, he is very inconsistent and he tends to force the ball, especially to Marshall. He also has weak protection with his O line. Henne was sacked 30 times last season. OUCH!! There’s a good chance the Dolphins could snag a QB in free agency, but with the lockout still running the NFL, who knows. I cannot recommend Henne or any QB in Miami to be drafted. Don’t do it to yourself!!