Dolphins' Hartline headlines waiver wire targets following Week 4
A guy likely on your league's waiver wire put up the biggest fantasy game of the year Sunday.
Brian Hartline's stat line may not be topped the rest of the season, at least in PPR leagues. He caught 12 passes for a Dolphins-record 253 yards, including one 80-yard touchdown. In standard-scoring leagues that award a point per reception, that works out to 43 points. If you happened to start Hartline Sunday, you probably won your game on the strength of him alone.
In Week 5 of 2009, Miles Austin -- also in his fourth year at that time -- made his first start for the Dallas Cowboys. He caught 10 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Chiefs and was a top fantasy starter for the remainder of the season. Is Hartline's performance similar to an Austin-like breakout game?
Hartline, currently owned in 23 percent of Yahoo! leagues, should be your top waiver priority this week. If you use a system in which you have to outbid other fantasy owners for him, go big. He's going to be a solid start for the rest of the season. He's not foolproof, having caught just one pass for nine yards in Week 3, but even in that game Ryan Tannehill still targeted him nine times. Overall, Hartline has been targeted 48 times this year. He is the rookie quarterback's favorite target. He's going to keep getting those looks.
It's not the same scenario as Austin in 2009 -- Hartline started every game last season -- but Hartline is a top fantasy wideout who is probably available. You almost have to go for him.