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Dolphins the 29th Ranked Team in Terms of Fantasy Football Value

Yahoo! Sports is going through and ranking the top Fantasy Football teams in terms of what teams hold a lot of value, and while they were the AFC East Champs a season ago, they don’t seem to value what the Fins bring to the table. Here’s Yahoo’s version of the Fins from a Fantasy point of view for 2009:

29. Miami Dolphins

No, we don’t normally use cheerleader photos here on the fantasy blog — even tasteful, artistic photos like the one above. But would you really be drawn to a fantasy preview of the Dolphins if it featured a shot of, say…Anthony Fasano?

Or Chad Pennington?

Or Tony Sparano?

It’s doubtful. And thus the issue with the ‘Fins from a fantasy perspective begins to reveal itself. Recall that the Juggernaut Index is not about wins and losses. Miami may have been an 11-win team in ’08, but they were not exactly loaded with high-end fantasy talent. The Dolphins had neither a 1,000-yard rusher nor a 1,000-yard receiver last year (or even an 800-yard receiver), and their quarterback finished 16th in per-game scoring. There simply aren’t many pieces of the offense that you’ll want to regularly start in your league in 2009, regardless of the scoring system.

Ronnie Brown will be the first Dolphin selected in your fantasy draft. He could also be the last if it’s a smaller two-receiver format. Brown is currently the 15th running back taken overall in an average Yahoo! league, with an ADP of 41.1. At that price he carries little risk — recall that Brown was the leading scoring at his position in ’07, prior to the ACL injury — and all the offseason reports have been positive.

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