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2013 Team Outlook: Miami Dolphins

A fantasy football preview of the Miami Dolphins this season. Profiled players include Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, Lamar Miller, Mike Gillislee, and Daniel Thomas.
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Update (8/21): At this point just who starts at TE for Miami week one is anyone's guess. On Tuesday OC Mike Sherman said if the season started this week they would go with H-Back Charles Clay, using him on the line, in the backfield and split out as pass receiver. At this point (until we see how the Dolphins plan to fill the void left by Keller), it may be best to avoid Miami's tight end on draft day.

It appears the rookie out of Michigan State will start the season opposite Keller in Miami's offense. At 6'5" and 285 lbs., it is likely Sims will be used as a blocking tight end and see very little action in the passing game. Should something happen to Keller, it is more likely we would see fullback Charles Clay line up as the receiving tight end than Sims. There is little value to be had here at this time.

Update: With the injury to Tight End Dustin Keller, somebody has to step up for the Dolphins. Rookie Dion Sims makes the most sense to us to fill in for Keller. He's had a good preseason and will need to step up and fill some pretty big shoes. Other names in the mix: H-Back Charles Clay. The Dolphins have primarily been using him as a fullback so there will be an adjustment period. Second year tight end Michael Egnew disappointed the team last season must improve his run blocking or he will never find his way on the field.

Update (8-16): The Dolphins waived Carpenter in favor of fifth-round rookie Caleb Sturgis, but don't expect the 27-year-old to be out of work for long. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this week that teams have begun checking in. Carpenter went 51 of 61 on field goal attempts over the past two seasons.
Carpenter may be listed as the Dolphins' number one kicker, but that could easily change come week one. Dan has a pretty hefty salary and his lack of production on the field is not helping his cause. Couple this with Miami's decision to draft Caleb Sturgis and one could infer Carpenter's days in Miami are numbered. No matter if it is Carpenter or Sturgis, the Dolphins' offense needs to move the ball into scoring range for these guys to be useful. Until we see just how well Miami's offense moves the ball this season, it may be best to look elsewhere for a starting kicker.

Update (8-17): It's not often teams draft kickers. Best of luck to the incumbent if they do. In this case, Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter is now ex-Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter. Miami waived the veteran in favor of Sturgis, a two-time All-American at Florida. The accurate booter made 24 of 28 field goals with the Gators last season. Nobody should count on the Dolphins right away, but Miami is certainly an AFC sleeper with interesting point-scoring pieces, so watch Sturgis for now.

With so many questions surrounding Miami's offense, this defense could find itself on the field way too much this season. While this could mean sacks and turn overs galore, it more likely means points allowed and few points for fantasy owners. With 20+ defenses ranked ahead of Miami, it is probably best to look at one of them to begin the season.

 
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Chris Weeks
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