Brian Hartline: Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Is a Must-Start in Fantasy Football

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IOctober 5, 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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Brian Hartline had a huge Week 4 for the Miami Dolphins and that's why fantasy football owners must start the wide receiver this week.

Hartline racked up a fantasy football dream game against the Arizona Cardinals last week after catching 12 passes for a franchise-high 253 yards through the air. To make his feat more impressive, Hartline did it against a tough Arizona Cardinals defense.

In Week 5, the Dolphins will be playing the Cincinnati Bengals, who have been known for solid defense the past few seasons, but haven't lived up to those expectations this season.

Cincy's defense is ranked 17th against the pass this season, which is worse than Arizona's defense, which came into Week 4 ranked No. 9 in the league. So logic would dictate Hartline could very well have another great game—maybe not the record-breaking kind from last week—against a lesser defense.

Just in case you were worried about how Miami's rookie quarterback would fare, the Bengals' past games this season prove they haven't been all that impressive against first-year signal-callers.

Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns lit the Bengals up for 322 yards and two scores in Week 2. After that, Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins threw for 221 yards and a touchdown in Week 3.

You can throw that, "I'm not sure if Hartline can do well with a rookie throwing to him" thought process out the window this week as it clearly doesn't apply when playing Cincinnati.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is quickly making Hartline his favorite target this year, as evidenced by Hartline's stellar numbers through four games. That means these two will be hooking up more often than not.

The 25-year-old has more catches (25), yards (455) and touchdowns (tied with one) than any other receiver on Miami this season. Hartline has also broken the 100-yard mark twice in four weeks and should do so more times down the road this season.

As Tannehill and Hartline continue to build a relationship during the 2012 campaign, Hartline's numbers will go up, and thanks to some favorable matchups, you have all the reason in the world to start the Dolphins receiver on your fantasy team this week and beyond.