There were a number of wide receivers that had big games during week four of the National Football League season, Roddy White, Jordy Nelson, Marques Colston, Torrey Smith all had big games this week; but no one had as big a game as Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline.
The former Ohio State Buckeye, who was just stating to come on to the fantasy radar, particularly in point per reception formats, broke out big-time last week with 12 receptions for 253 yards and a touchdown. He received a whopping 19 targets from Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
This is the second time this season that Hartline has had at least 12 targets and both times he had over a 100 yards receiving. In four games, he has been targeted a total of 48 times, or 12 times per game. With those 48 targets, he has caught 25 passes for 455 yards and caught one touchdown. His averaged yards per target equates to a solid 9.4. Normally elite fantasy receivers with a high amount of targets will reach the ten yard range but that is difficult to do, so reaching 9.4 yards per target on 12 targets per game is exceptional.
Sure it will be hard for Hartline to keep up this pace. We also thought the same exact thing last year about Victor Cruz. I mean the guy has to slow down eventually. My answer: Maybe he does and maybe he doesn’t.
One thing I do know is that Ryan Tannehill has proven that he can at least facilitate some decent fantasy numbers for his wide receivers and Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin is unafraid of letting his rookie signal caller throw the rock. So expect the targets to Hartline to keep on coming, therefore his fantasy production should continue, although I would not expect 253 yards on a weekly basis. WR2 fantasy numbers however, are well within reach.
Just to let you know, this week we have Hartline ranked at no.22 against the Bengals.
Another who is seemingly on his way to being a dominant fantasy receiver is Torrey Smith, who has gotten over 10 targets in each of his last two games and produced an average of six catches for 112 yards and three total touchdowns. It seems Joe Flacco has found a new favorite target and the biggest beneficiary if fantasy owners, who are lucky enough to have Smith on their roster.
There will be more to come on this week in fantasy but if you have any questions about wide receivers or about your lineup hit us up with your question on twitter @ThePPRExperts.