Fantasy Football 2013: Who to Replace Miami Dolphins' Dustin Keller?

By Jim Heath
Dustin Keller Miami Dolphins
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The Miami Dolphins have lost tight end Dustin Keller for the season. Keller who signed a one-year contract in the offseason with the Dolphins appeared primed for a highly productive Fantasy Football season in 2013.

This is obviously devastating news for the Dolphins as Keller and second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill showed good chemistry through camp and during Dolphin preseason games.

The injury took place Saturday in a 24-17 preseason loss to the Houston Texans when Texans safety D.J. Swearinger’s helmet hit Keller’s knee in the second quarter.

Dolphins’ tight end coach, Dan Campbell has his work cut out for him down the stretch finding a replacement for Keller. The Dolphins currently have three tight ends on the roaster after Keller – Charles ClayMichael Egnew and Dion Simms.

Clay is the senior of the group drafted in 2011. In two seasons for Miami, Clay has 34 receptions for 445 yards and five touchdowns. Egnew was a third-round pick last season for the Dolphins. In 2012, Egnew played in two games for Miami recording no offensive stats.

Sims seems to be the wild card as he has the most upside of the group. Miami drafted Sims in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Despite being the rookie, Sims has taken the most first team snaps for Miami of this group.

He’s certainly not Keller, nor is he someone you should look to draft, as he should be a waiver wire guy after league drafts this season. But Sims is a guy that is worth your attention. He should win the starting tight-end position this preseason; the next question will be how fast can he and Tannehill get on the same page.

Reports on Sims are certainly glowing out of Dolphins camp. His work ethic has been commended and he is reportedly going the extra mile working outside the dolphins building on his off time.

They say that luck is when preparation meets opportunity. It appears that Sims has put in the preparation – now he has the opportunity.

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