Brian Hartline: Fantasy Football Owners Must Claim WR After Monster Performance

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 30, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Brian Hartline #82 of the Miami Dolphins catches a 57 yard reception past cornerback William Gay #22 of the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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After putting up monster numbers in the Miami Dolphins' 24-21 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Brian Hartline is a must-claim in fantasy football leagues.

Hartline caught 12 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown, setting a franchise record for receiving yards in a single game as mentioned by SportsCenter's official Twitter page.

With an 80-yd TD pass to Brian Hartline, Ryan Tannehill now has 418 Pass Yds.Hartline has franchise-record 245 receiving yards.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 30, 2012

The Dolphins' receiver caught an 80-yard bomb that put him over the top for the record. The video of Hartline's explosive play is below.

Picking up a relative unknown like Hartline is always a risky proposition, especially when that player has only had one good week. But Hartline doesn't fall into the same category, since he had already broken the 100-yard mark once this season during Week 2.

That should be more than enough evidence to suggest that Hartline will be a major player on the Dolphins' offense and a top target for rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill.

To add more credibility to what Hartline did, it was against Arizona's pass defense which came into Week 4 ranked No. 9 in the NFL.

However, now that Hartline is on the map with this big game, fantasy owners must not wait long to make the move. Hartline will be one of the hottest commodities on the waiver wire for the upcoming week, so chances are he won't be a free agent for long.

On the flipside, many fantasy football owners—myself included—had Hartline sitting on their bench this week, and that proved to be a huge mistake. That being said, owners can't really be blamed since Hartline is playing with a rookie quarterback and the Dolphins were up against a tough defense.

Next week will be a chance at redemption, and fantasy football owners will no doubt look to right the wrong of the week before. Not to mention, the Dolphins will be going up against the Cincinnati Bengals' lackluster pass defense.

If Hartline isn't already taken in your league, make sure to get to the computer fast and claim this talented receiver.