2013 Fantasy Football Rookie Sleeper: Dion Sims

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The tight end position got even thinner for fantasy football owners on Saturday night, as Dustin Keller of the Miami Dolphins suffered a severe right knee injury and will miss the entire season.

The Dolphins will look internally to replace Keller, and rookie fourth-round pick Dion Sims will likely move to the top of the depth chart with Charles Clay and Michael Egnew behind him. Could Sims now become a viable option for fantasy owners this year?

Sims’ career at Michigan State was plagued by injuries and an off-field issue that caused him to be redshirted for his sophomore season, but his size (6’5″, 262 lbs.) helped him be an excellent blocker and he showed athleticism at the NFL Combine (4.75 40-yard dash, 35-inch vertical). His role as pass catcher expanded some in 2012, with 36 receptions for 475 yards and two touchdowns, so Sims clearly seems to have some untapped potential.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill did not grab the headlines of other rookie signal callers last year, but he started all 16 games for the Dolphins and wound up with solid numbers (3,294 passing yards, 12 touchdowns) considering the lackluster talent around him. It’s worth noting that tight end Anthony Fasano had 41 catches for 332 yards and a team-leading five touchdowns last season with Tannehill at the helm.

I don’t expect Sims to make a big impact in terms of production as a pass catcher in 2013, so it would be an aggressive (and frankly, overly optimistic) move to draft him in any single-season fantasy league right now. But he should clearly now be on the radar of those in dynasty leagues, if only as a potential late-round pick to stash for the future.

Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.


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