Fins Fantasy: Which Miami Dolphins’ Players You Should Start in Week Two
Well, it’s week two of the season and I’d say about half of you are already eliminated from postseason contention. Never fear, our Around the NFL writer Christian Hunt and head honcho Max Himmelrich are two of those people, as everyone knows losing in week one essentially dooms the rest of your fantasy season. I lost too, but we all know that I’m special. After all, how can someone as knowledgeable, hilarious, and sexy as myself not have a great fantasy team? Now that I’m done patting myself on the back, I’ll get to this week’s analysis on the Miami vs. Jacksonville matchup’s fantasy implications.
From a fantasy perspective, this game against the Jaguars isn’t as easy as you may think it is. Sure, the Dolphins can already mark it as a win in their calendar, but if there’s anything that Gus Bradley has done for that team, it’s established a solid defense. If their offense didn’t consistently put the defense in bad positions, I’d actually call them a good defense. Yes, shocking, I know, using the word good to describe anything on Jacksonville’s team. But I speak the truth, Jacksonville is no layup from a fantasy perspective, especially considering the poor showing that Miami’s offense had against Washington last week.
Players to Start:
Jarvis Landry– One thing I noticed in last week’s game against Washington, is that Tannehill has very little chemistry with his wide receivers outside of Jarvis Landry, and to a much lesser extent, Rishard Matthews. Given that Matthews is technically 5th on the depth chart (even though it seemed like he got more playing time than Stills), thus he is not a viable fantasy option. Landry on the other hand, has remained Ryan Tannehill’s safety blanket, and seems to have improved his vertical ability… slightly. While his receiving output was by no means impressive last week (53 yards on 8 receptions) he did have a whopping 12 targets, not to mention a TD on a punt return. The kid is certainly talented, and he should get the nod this week, especially if you’re in a PPR league.
Jordan Cameron– Jordan Cameron looked very impressive in his first game as a Miami Dolphin. His fantasy output wasn’t spectacular (73 yards on 4 catches) but he looked damn impressive. He led the team in yardage, and looks to have both his burst and overall receiving ability back after being hurt for much of last year. All afternoon, it seemed like the only guy Tannehill could hit deep was Cameron, and I expect that trend to continue, assuming he stays healthy. One thing I would have liked to see was more red zone opportunities, but overall I’m very excited for Cameron’s prospects going forward. I can see him posting similar numbers plus a TD this week.
Dolphins’ Defense/ST– Do I really need to explain this pick? The Dolphins’ defense performed spectacularly last week, and the Jags offense… well they’re the Jags offense. I expect big things from this unit this week.
Proceed with Caution:
Kenny Stills– My least favorite thing about Bill Lazor’s offense is how under-utilized Kenny Stills is in this offense. The man was the most efficient deep threat in the league last year and is losing snaps to Rishard Matthews. Not to mention Tannehill has yet to develop any kind of rapport with him. There were definitely some missed opportunities where Tannehill overthrew him last week. I wouldn’t start Kenny Stills until I see positive signs out of Tannehill’s deep arm. Or at least until he moves up the depth chart.
Lamar Miller– Lamar Miller was OK against the Redskins last week (as I predicted, Rose to me for getting something right) and is likely to be slightly better this week. Either way, I’m still wary of the Dolphins’ over-commitment to the pass game, even when it was failing. Lamar Miller’s limited opportunities, relatively speaking, make it a little more difficult for him to post big numbers. If you have him you should probably start him, unless you have guys with a better matchup.
Players to Avoid:
Virtually every player on the Jags– If you have one in your starting lineup, you’re probably already 0-2.
DeVante Parker– As I’ve explained before Parker likely won’t become involved until midseason. The Dolphins are in absolutely no rush to thrust him into a starting role, as evidenced by his whopping 0 targets last week.
6 Around the NFL Matchups I Like:
John Brown vs. Chicago
Brandin Cooks vs. Tampa Bay
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins vs. New Orleans
Joseph Randle vs. Philadelphia
Baltimore Ravens’ Defense vs. Oakland
Donte Moncrief vs. New York Jets
6 Around the NFL Matchups I Don’t Like:
Jets’ Defense vs. Indianapolis
Latavius Murray vs. Ravens
Matt Stafford vs. Vikings
Markus Wheaton vs. San Francisco
Andre Johnson vs. New York Jets
Delanie Walker vs. Cleveland