Fins Fantasy: Which Dolphins’ Players To Start in Week Three
Hello, readers of The Deep End. While last week may have been the strangest week of football I’ve ever seen (given that the Jets, Jags, Bucs, Browns, and Redskins won), I imagine that this week will be much more predictable. At least I hope it will, being that I’ve really got to kick it in to high gear and make some money on Draft Kings so that I can afford to eat. I knew I shouldn’t have spent the last of my money on blue Mountain Dew and Cheerios. And yes, I DO eat my Cheerios with blue Mountain Dew; I am lactose intolerant after all.
I have a very mixed opinion on this week’s matchup against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills come into this game looking like the much better team, after blowing out the Colts (ignore my tears) and giving the Pats a run for their money. Meanwhile, the Dolphins are coming off a very unconvincing win over a talent dry Redskins squad in week one, and perhaps the most embarrassing loss in years to the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. But, with the amount of talent this Dolphins’ team has and the poise that Ryan Tannehill has shown, I can see Miami turning things around; assuming the coaching staff doesn’t get in the way.
Players to Start:
Jarvis Landry– You’re going to see Jarvis Landry’s name on this list just about every week from this point forward. While he rarely posts big numbers, he is the poster boy for consistency. Last week he caught 8 of his 10 targets for the first 100+ yard game of his career. The sheer amount of targets Landry gets makes him a worthy start each and every week as a fringe WR2 or flex option, especially in PPR leagues. Even though he really should be getting more red zone targets, the amount of trust Ryan Tannehill has in the second year wide receiver everywhere else on the field warrants a start virtually all of the time. I think he’ll end up with 7 catches for about 85 yards this week, and hopefully his 1st TD of the season as well.
Sammy Watkins– Let me preface this by saying that I know I’m telling you to start a player that’s on the opposing team, but I’m a fantasy analyst first and a Dolphins’ fan second. Oh wait… just a fantasy analyst.
Note from the Editor: Jacob is a Colts fan. His team is 0-2. Carry on.
Sammy Watkins has undeniable talent while the Phins’ secondary is pedestrian at best. Sure the unit has Optimus Grimes, but outside of him (and Reshad Jones) the secondary has looked awful. Thus, I can see Watkins tallying a 100+ yard game and a TD or two. Sorry, guys.
Proceed with Caution:
Dolphins’ Defense/ST– I still expect the Dolphins’ defense to be a top tier fantasy defense this year, but until I see improvement from the current mess that is Miami’s coaching staff, and in the play and attitude of Ndamukong Suh, I can’t say with absolute confidence to start Miami’s defense against quality offenses. These concerns, coupled with the Bill’s exciting offensive attack, warrant a second look at other matchups if they’re available.
Jordan Cameron– Jordan Cameron had another solid output last week against the Jags last week, but he’s listed as questionable with an injured groin. Cameron’s history of persisting injuries is a major red flag to me, for this week at least. If you have no other feasible options, then start him and hope Cameron’s talent is enough to get you decent numbers.
Players to Avoid:
Lamar Miller– Lamar Miller had a bad game against the Jags last week, and to make matters worse, he’s listed as questionable with an ankle injury for this week’s tilt against the Bills. The Bills also possess one of the league’s best run defenses, so even though he’ll probably play, I’d keep him on the bench this week.
Kenny Stills– Stills has been buried on the depth chart, much to my dismay, and likely won’t produce any significant fantasy numbers this week.
DeVante Parker– The Dolphins have been easing Parker into the offense very slowly, as evidenced by his 3 yards in two games. Keep him stashed on your bench until he seizes a starting role.
6 Around the NFL matchups I like:
Seattle Defense/ST vs. Chicago
Carson Palmer vs. San Francisco
Frank Gore vs. Tennessee
Deandre Hopkins vs. Tampa Bay
C.J. Anderson/Ronnie Hillman vs. Detroit
Donte Moncrief vs. Tennessee
6 Around the NFL matchups I don’t like:
Matt Stafford vs. Broncos
Vincent Jackson vs. Houston
Golden Tate vs. Broncos
Bishop Sankey vs. Indianapolis
Carlos Hyde vs. Arizona
Any Saints WR vs. Carolina