Davone Bess: Why Picking Up Davone Bess May Save Your Season

Phil G@FuturePhilGCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 04:  Receiver Davone Bess #15 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates a touchdown catch with a fan against the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4 may be disappointing for Dolphins fans, but not for fantasy owners. 

Two potential starters emerged from the Dolphins loss to the Cardinals in Week 4. Brian Hartline, who likely earned player of the week honors, gouged a tough Cardinals defense for 253 receiving yards on 12 receptions. 

This was a great performance, but can we expect this type of production from Hartline on a week-to-week basis? Absolutely not, but is he a solid flex option? Yes, of course. 

However, Hartline isn't the only best kept secret on this young Dolphins team. Does anyone remember Davone Bess?

It may a ring a bell for some, but fans and fantasy owners alike have looked at Bess as a afterthought. If so, you are missing out on a golden opportunity. 

Bess could end up saving your season. If he's in your waiver wire, PICK HIM UP! 

Here are a few reasons why. 

Ryan Tannehill

Usually, the presence of a rookie quarterback not named RGIII or Andrew Luck means trouble for receivers, especially in terms of fantasy. 

However, from what we saw against Arizona, Tannehill and this Dolphins offense will begin to open up more. 

Tannehill recorded 431 passing yards against a stingy Cardinals secondary. This is the same Cardinals secondary that held the great Tom Brady to a 79.6 quarterback rating. 

Remember, Tannehill is playing for the same offensive coordinator that coached him while he was at Texas A&M. 

He may not be up to NFL speed, but his understanding of Mike Sherman's offense likely bests any other quarterback the Dolphins possess. 

How does this effect Davone Bess?

Well, expect Bess to see more targets. With the exception of Hartline, the Dolphins have no other threat at the wide receiver position. 

Within Sherman's offense, Bess is a perfect fit. In a West Coast scheme, having a reliable slot receiver is essential to success. 

The tight end is usually a rookies best friend, but in this case, Bess will have the most important role on this team. 


Yes, Davone Bess hasn't been the most consistent receiver this season, but that will soon change.

In the last two weeks, Bess has recorded 12 catches, with 209 receiving yards. That is elite production.

If Tannehill continues to air it out, Bess will be the biggest benefactor. 

In the Dolphins loss to the Cardinals, Bess recorded his first 100 yard receiving game. He posted seven catches for a total of 123 receiving yards. 

The week before, he recorded five catches for a total of 86 receiving yards. 

His production continues to improve as each game passes.

Punt Returner

Bess is now sharing punt return duties with Marcus Thigpen. Another great reason to pickup Bess. 

Based off past experience, Bess isn't a explosive punt returner, but he has all the tools to be great in this area. 

He is elusive, quick and surprisingly strong for his size. Don't be surprised if Bess takes one or two to the house, on top of the production you'll receive from his duties as a receiver. 

Davone Bess will finish as a top five fantasy receiver in 2012. Mark it down! Bess will be valuable in all leagues, whether it be standard or PPR.

What are you waiting for?