Three and out: ‘Fins have no answers for fantasy owners

Dolphins won’t land Peyton Manning: Fans in Miami, you won’t have No. 18 under center next season. Manning told the Dolphins that he won’t be signing with them, leaving the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans as the favorites to land the future Hall of Famer. But where does that leave the Fish? Well, the best fantasy fit is Matt Flynn, who would be reunited with former offensive coordinator and new Dolphins coach Joe Philbin. If that doesn’t happen, the team could turn their attention to Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill in April’s draft (assuming he makes it past the Cleveland Browns). Worst case, Matt Moore will start again – he actually made a nice fantasy impact in 2011, but that was in an offense that included recently-traded wideout Brandon Marshall. Clearly, there’s a lot of questions that need to be answered before we can gauge just how much fantasy appeal Miami’s roster will have in 2012.

Mike Tolbert back in San Diego? The addition of Le’Ron McClain seemed to have put an end to Tolbert’s time with the Chargers … or did it? Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on his Twitter page that talks with Tolbert are now at a “critical stage.” From a fantasy perspective, I’d rather see the team sign someone like Jackie Battle and leave Ryan Mathews in more of a featured role. If the Bolts do retain Tolbert, however, it will be time to tap the brakes on Mathews as a potential fantasy breakout option next season. Stay tuned…

Eddie Royal signs with Chargers: While we don’t yet know Tolbert’s fate, we do know who Philip Rivers will be throwing the football to in 2012. The team added Royal on Thursday, giving them a core of wideouts that also includes Robert Meachem, Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown. Royal, a potential slot receiver, is the least attractive from a fantasy perspective. The Chargers wideout to target is Meachem, who is a nice fit for the offense and goes from one elite quarterback (Drew Brees) to another in Rivers. Whether he can make good in the stat sheets remains to be seen, but Meachem will be in a nice position to succeed.

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