Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore's fantasy football value has significantly increased as we enter the month of November.
An MRI exam Monday on the left knee of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill did not show any structural damage, but his status for Sunday's game against Indianapolis remains uncertain, according to The Miami Herald. The rookie Tannehill could sit out with a bruised quadriceps and, according to the Herald, a bone bruise in his left knee.
Moore stepped in on Sunday and did a fine job for coach Joe Philbin. Against the New York Jets, Moore went 11-of-19 for 131 yards and one touchdown with no turnovers. Even more impressive is that this was a must-win game for the Dolphins, as they fell to Gang Green at home earlier in the season.
Here we take a look at what Moore has done in Miami and the impact of his potential for the Dolphins if he remains under center.
What Moore is Capable Of
Last season Moore came into a rough situation for Miami, filling the role for Chad Henne.
Moore played in 13 games and the Dolphins went 6-7 during that span. By no means was that incredible; however, the guy did finish 2011 with 16 touchdowns to only nine picks and a 60.5 completion percentage.
In short, Moore has proven the capability of coming off the bench and getting the job done. His arm is stronger than he's often given credit for and he possesses solid mobility as well. Go back to what Moore did for Miami against the Jets, and that was simply a glimpse of what occurred last year.
New York sacked Moore only one time, and he spread the field to six different players. Considering that Moore only completed 11 passes, utilizing every dimension and weapon available to move the rock was quite impressive.
How Moore Can Succeed
Along with ability to spread the field, the Dolphins present the same dynamic rushing attack this season. In 2011, Moore was backed by a reliable ground game, with Reggie Bush gaining over 1,000 yards.
That has not been altered for 2012. The duo of Bush and Daniel Thomas combine for 648 rushing yards through seven games, and the Dolphins get 116 yards per game on the ground. Thomas produced 581 yards a year ago and remains the No. 2 complement to Bush.
This dependability only enhances the potential impact of play-action, as Moore is not a prototypical gunslinger capable of tossing for 400 yards a game. Still, he is better than a game manager, and every offense needs a rushing attack to help the pass.
Now when setting up from play-action, Miami also gives Moore the luxury of targeting guys like Brian Hartline, Davone Bess and Anthony Fasano. Factor in the versatility of Bush on screens, checkdowns and motioning to the slot, and Moore can widen zones by getting everyone involved.
Plus, if Moore continues to be at the helm he must use the field dimensions based on what lies ahead.
The Dolphins' Remaining Games
Obviously the 49ers and Seahawks will be the toughest of games because both are stellar defensively against the run and pass. Aside from Bush, don't anticipate much from any other Miami players in fantasy for those two contests.
This week are the Colts followed by the Titans. These are not nearly as tough of a challenge as the NFC West foes, as both Indy and Tennessee are vulnerable to the run and suspect against the intermediate passing game.
If Moore orchestrates Miami's offense his numbers can get inflated via yards after the catch. The same can be said when facing the Jaguars. Within the AFC East are both games against the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills.
Neither are capable of totally shutting down Miami's balanced attack because the Pats have allowed a 65.8 completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks. Buffalo, on the other hand, lacks a pass rush, and play-action will thwart the Bills quite well.
Provided Moore does remain under center for Miami, he can be a No. 2 quarterback. So, if you're in the need of a capable backup and/or filler for a bye week, his proven decision making and excellent field utilization skill set will pay good dividends.
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