Marlon Moore: Updated Fantasy Football Outlook & Analysis After Week 6 Breakout

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IOctober 14, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 16:  Marlon Moore #14 of the Miami Dolphins in action against the Oakland Raiders at Sun Life Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Marlon Moore of the Miami Dolphins is simply giving Ryan Tannehill another reliable receiving option.

Against the St. Louis Rams at home in Week 6, Moore had 46 yards on three receptions and the game's first touchdown.

Plus, this came against a Rams secondary that fields sound playmakers such as Cortland Finnegan and rookie Janoris Jenkins. After all, St. Louis had allowed just a 66.6 opposing quarterback rating entering the mid October matchup.

So, for Miami to have success via the air previously appeared like a ridiculous challenge. Well, the Dolphins are proving otherwise thus far, and we'll keep up updated on Moore's performance during the second half.

Along with that, though, here's a fantasy football perspective on the Dolphins' receiver.


Potential Impact

We're definitely seeing the ultimate potential of Marlon Moore in this game. Considering that he had six receptions for 128 yards in the 2010 season, he has certainly come out of nowhere.

Fortunately for Miami, Moore has emerged for Tannehill, which is key for the Dolphins' offense. Any time a new coach puts a rookie under center, he can never have enough dependable playmakers to target.

This is what Miami has proven to present around Tannehill, and Moore only adds to the depth. Although he's not as well-established as some of the Dolphins' other offensive weapons, performing well versus a tough defense like St. Louis is setting Moore up well for later in the year.

Not to mention he'll only continue to face single coverage with Miami fielding so many other playmakers.

Miami Receiver Depth

One of the key reasons for Miami's increase in consistency is the receiver depth, including tight end Anthony Fasano.

After Fasano and Moore, Tannehill has one of the better slot receivers around in Davone Bess and then a solid guy in Brian Hartline. Hartline is impressive at gaining yards after the catch, and Bess' reliability over the middle moves the chains quite often.

In short, the Dolphins have two standout receivers and a big tight end when you exclude Moore from the equation. We also, however, must acknowledge the dual-threat dynamic of running back Reggie Bush.

Bush is arguably the best receiving back in pro football and can occasionally line up in the slot as well. Now when we include Moore to Miami's formula, he's just a small piece of the puzzle, albeit an important one.

Nonetheless, from a fantasy viewpoint, Moore doesn't stand out enough by comparison just yet.

What Will the Schedule Dictate?

After the Rams, the Dolphins' schedule is rather favorable regarding opposing pass defenses.

Only the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers pose as the elite defensive threats, because both are well-versed against the run, bringing a stout pass rush that transitions into assisting the coverage.

Other opponents such as the Jets, Patriots, Bills, Titans, Jaguars and Colts aren't nearly as dominant Seattle or San Francisco in any facet of defense. Provided that Moore remains vital asset to Miami's offense, which he should, he'll be worthy of a fantasy flex spot at the very least.

With Bess and Hartline as capable No. 2 fantasy receivers, Fasano at tight end and Bush at running back, Moore's contributions are going to remain consistent. The Dolphins are a pass-oriented offense, and Tannehill dishing the ball around is imperative for his development.

If the Dolphins want to be in the AFC playoff picture down the stretch, they must utilize all available offensive talent. And that includes Marlon Moore.


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