QB Thigpen shouldn’t hurt value of Dolphins’ WRs

Posted Nov. 15, 2010 @ 3:22 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

While the appearance of a third-string QB would usually kill the fantasy value of a team's receiving corps, such is not the case in Miami.

When QBs Chad Pennington and Chad Henne both went down in Sunday's contest, Tyler Thigpen was called upon to go under center for the Dolphins. He proceeded to complete 4-of-6 passes for 64 yards and TD, and with the season of both Chads in jeopardy, it looks like Thigpen could be the club's signalcaller the rest of the way.

That's not necessarily a bad thing for Miami receivers, though. Thigpen very well could be the best No. 3 QB in the league. He started 11 games for the Chiefs in 2008, and while his record stunk (1-10), his numbers were impressive. He had an 18-12 TD-INT ratio and was a playmaker on the ground, rushing for 386 yards and three TDs on 62 carries. Offensive coordinator Dan Henning may have to tweak his system a bit to play to Thigpen's strengths, but the Dolphins' offense shouldn't slow down.

In fact, the passing game could pick up. Henne had been struggling recently, and it reflected in the numbers of WR Brandon Marshall, which have been down in every game but one. It's possible that Thigpen's escapability could help keep plays alive and allow Marshall to escape from double-teams. It's also possible that Thigpen will be more accurate than Henne was. Either way, the change could be a shot in the arm for Miami's attack.