Pat McManamon, ESPN's Cleveland Browns staff writer, believes that wide receiver Brian Hartline will have a better statistical season than teammate Dwayne Bowe. This assertion is based off of the fact that Hartline is only one year removed from a career season, whereas Bowe's last meaningful season came in 2011. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Hartline is also two full years younger than Bowe. The consensus believes that Bowe will be top dog in the Browns passing game, considering he inked a two-year deal worth twice as much as Hartline's. Regardless of who has the better season, it is a good bet that neither warrants more than late draft consideration, as the team's bread and butter will be the running game this season.
The Browns are going to sign free agent wide receiver Brian Hartline according to CBS Cleveland radio personality Dustin Fox. (Source: Dustin Fox on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hartline will instantly become the Browns' number one receiver, but he still isn't much more than a low-end WR3 for fantasy purposes. He will likely draw more targets than he did in Miami but will also be less efficient with them.
The Chicago Bears hosted free agent WR Brain Hartline for a visit Wednesday. The former Miami Dolphin was released to clear cap space after catching 39 passes for 474 yards. Hartline posted back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in 2012 and 26013. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: The Bears are looking to upgrade at the slot WR position and the addition of Hartline would not be seen as a replacement for Brandon Marshall. Marshall has been the subject of trade and release rumors. Hartline would be an upgrade over Marques Wilson and Josh Morgan at the WR spot, regardless of what Chicago does with Marshall.
After six seasons, the Miami Dolphins have released wide receiver Brian Hartline. The move was expected as the team is making moves to clear cap space. Hartline's release clears $5.95 million.
(Source: Sun Sentinel)
Fantasy Impact: Hartline has been a consistent contributor for Miami. He had over 1,000 yards in both 2012 and 2013. But the emergence of Jarvis Landry (with his obvious upside potential) limited Hartline's on field opportunities resulting in a hugely disappointing season. His release is a practical move both financially and personnel wise for the Dolphins. It shouldn't be hard for Hartline to find another team.
After going off the grid for the last two weeks with no catches, Brian Hartline caught 5-of-6 passes for 94 yards in a losing effort against the Jets, leading all receivers. Sunday was his best game of the season. Season stat line: 39-474-2.
Fantasy Impact: This is the lowest yardage output for Hartline since joining the Dolphins five years ago. Coming into 2014, Hartline had gained over 1,000 yards in receiving for two consecutive seasons. It's hard to say what's going to happen to Hartline in the offseason. He may regain some value if he leaves the Dolphins and finds a team that will target him - something Tannehill did not do.
Ryan Tannehill threw one touchdown on Sunday in the loss to the Ravens, and it was a three-yard bullet to Brian Hartline. He was targeted three more times, and only caught one more pass for eight yards.
Fantasy Impact: Hartline's second score of the season probably didn't help anyone. Imagine Wallace and Landry owners looking on helplessly as he caught a beautiful strike from Tannehill. Season stat line: 34-380-2.
Tannehill threw two passes to Hartline and he caught them both for 39 yards in Miami's Week 12 loss to the Broncos.
Fantasy Impact: Hartline's stats don't do much from a fantasy perspective, but one of Hartline's catches was a big 18-yard catch and run, that helped set up the third score of the day to put the Dolphins up 21-10 in the second quarter.
Brian Hartline was released from the witness protection program for Sunday's game against the Chargers. He was targeted seven times and caught five balls for 50 yards, which moved him past the 4,000 career receiving yards mark. His performance also places him at eighth for most receptions in franchise history. Season stat line: 25-265-1. (Source: Dolphins.com)
Fantasy Impact: While it was a good day for Hartline personally, he currently lacks fantasy relevance. However, Hartline becoming more active on gameday is important for the growth of Ryan Tannehill - someone who is present on fantasy rosters. Hartline was one of the ten recipients today of a Tannehill pass.
Brian Hartline was targeted four times, but caught only one pass for 19 yards in Miami's win over Jacksonville on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: Another quiet weekend for Hartline who now has only four catches over the last three games. The Dolphin offense did not operate effectively for much of the game, which didn't help Hartline's already downward trend.
Brian Hartline had his streak of making at least one catch in 30 consecutive games going until Sunday's matchup with the Green Bay Packers. Statistically, he failed to make a catch, while in reality his only catch of the day was wiped off the board due to a Dolphins penalty. (Source: Sun Sentinel)
Fantasy Impact: Hartline has led the Dolphins in catches the past two seasons and has led the team in yards per reception in each of his first five, which has made him a popular draft day target in PPR leagues.
However, drafting Hartline this year hasn't reaped much benefit. He's currently 4th on the team in receptions (16) totaling 161 yards with one touchdown. At the moment, there are better fantasy options out there.
Brian Hartline caught 6-of-7 targets for 74 yards, leading all receivers in both categories. Hartline has made a reception in each of his last 30 games extending a two-year streak. He now has 275 career receptions, the 9th most in franchise history. (Source: Dolphins.com)
Fantasy Impact: Hartline was PPR friendly today as Tannehill spread his 23 completions amongst nine players with Hartline as the main beneficiary. This was Hartline's best game of the season in receptions and yards. He was targeted eight times vs Buffalo. It's likely Hartline is only on deep league rosters, which is appropriate at this point.
If Hartline amasses 1,000 yards in receiving in 2014, it will be for the third consecutive year - making him the first Dolphin receiver to do so. (Source: Andy Cohen - The Finsiders)
Fantasy Impact: The six-year veteran will be playing with his fourth offensive coordinator in six years. There are lofty expectations for high-volume receptions for all under current coordinator, Bill Lazor. Hartline has traditionally been more attractive in PPR formats than standard leagues. That shouldn't change this year.