Walker's Fab 40: Nos. 17-20


ESPN.com’s Miami Dolphins page continues its series ranking the top 40 players on the team.

Next up is Nos. 17-20.

No. 20: Randy Starks

Position: Defensive tackle

2014 stats: 28 tackles, 4.5 sacks

Analysis: Starks, 31, has been arguably Miami’s most consistent defensive tackle over the past several years. However, he finally showed his age as he wore down toward the end of last season. Miami’s run defense completely fell apart, and Starks played a role in that issue. He is owed $6 million next season and could be a salary-cap casualty.

No. 19: Matt Moore

Position: Quarterback

2014 stats: 21 passing yards, zero touchdowns

Analysis: Moore hasn’t played much in the past three seasons. He is Ryan Tannehill’s backup, which is not the job you want based on Tannehill’s incredible durability. Tannehill has started 48 straight games. But Moore remains one of the top backup quarterbacks in the NFL. He throws a beautiful deep ball and is solid as a part-time starter. Moore is an unrestricted free agent and will be wise to shop around if he wants a chance to compete for a starting job.

No. 18: John Denney

Position: Long snapper

2014 stats: 16 games, two tackles, one fumble recovery

Analysis: I’m sure this will be a controversial selection. But consider this: When was the last time the Dolphins had an errant snap? Few players on the Dolphins are as good at their jobs as Denney. That's why he is the longest-tenured player in Miami. Bad snaps are costly and can change games. The Dolphins do not have that issue.

No. 17: Brian Hartline

Position: Receiver

2014 stats: 39 receptions, 474 yards, two touchdowns

Analysis: Hartline is another hard player to rank. He had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2012 and 2013. Then, his production completely took a dive in 2014 under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Hartline didn’t suddenly become a bad player. He’s simply not a fit in Miami’s current offense. The Dolphins have a decision to make with Hartline and his $5.95 million salary next season. It may be best for both parties to go their separate ways.