Fins Fantasy: Which Dolphins’ Players to Start in Week Four
I’m not even sure why I was commissioned to write an article this week, seeing as every Miami Dolphins fan is locked up in a mental institution right about now. Even I needed therapy after that game against the Bills, and I’m not a Dolphins’ fan. A lot of it may have been the mini stroke I had when it looked like the Colts would lose to the Titans and drop to 0-3, but I’m fairly certain it was a combination of the two. As bleak as things have looked the last few weeks, Phins’ fans, take solace in the fact that Tom Brady and the Patriots won’t be winning this week. Doesn’t it feel great?
This week’s matchup against the New York Jets in London figures to be a must win for the Dolphins as they near their bye week. Will Philbin’s squad rise to the challenge, or will they bastardize the game that we all love once again? Will Bill Lazor start making good play calls, or will he continue his descent as one of the worst offensive play callers in recent memory? Will the offensive line stabilize and keep Tannehill upright, or will they act like butlers politely opening the door for the Jets ferocious defensive line? Will Ndamukong Suh actually make more than 1 tackle? Honestly, I have no clue, but I’ll give it a shot in the dark.
Players to Start:
Jarvis Landry– Yeah he’s got a bad matchup. Yeah he doesn’t have a receiving TD yet. And yeah his potential for a huge game is limited even against poor defenses. However, Jarvis Landry is one of the most consistent wide receivers in the entire NFL because he has 100% confidence from his QB, and does most of his damage on short and intermediate routes, even in tight coverage. From a fantasy perspective he is a lock for 60 yards minimum every week, and a high floor for a flex or WR3 option can be pretty comforting. The point is, the kid is talented, and will be involved in the passing game no matter what. So if you’re in a PPR league he remains a solid WR2 option and a solid WR3 option for standard leagues. Plus, the law of averages states that he’ll get a TD sooner rather than later. I see him getting 70 yards on 8 catches with a TD to boot. Then again, I’m being rather optimistic.
Brandon Marshall– Brandon Marshall has had a resurgent season thus far with the Jets, outside of that ridiculous fumble anyway. Marshall’s sudden resurgence coupled with the engine of sadness fueled by the tears of young Miami fans, formerly known as the Miami Dolphin’s secondary is a recipe for another big game for the former Miami wideout. Oh, it’s a revenge game for him too.
Proceed with Caution:
Dolphins’ Defense/ST– Yeah they’ve been a mess, but they are playing the Jets.
Ryan Tannehill– Last week’s 3INT performance wasn’t as terrible as you might think by fantasy standards, as he did put up almost 300 yards and two TDs as well. Additionally, the Jets’ defense is simply too impressive to allow a big game from any Miami player. While I do consider Tannehill a borderline QB1 this season, I think it would be safer to keep him on the bench if you have a better matchup with a tier two QB like Derek Carr.
Rishard Matthews– Rishard Matthews has been, statistically speaking, the most impressive Miami wide receiver this year. Leading the team with 3 of Tannehill’s 5 TDs and two straight 100+ yard games (more than Landry has in his career) is undoubtedly impressive, but I would advise keeping him on the bench this week (unless your other options are terrible). First and foremost, Matthews is likely going to be getting far more attention this week as teams start to realize how much of a threat he is. The Jets may even lineup Revis against him on some plays, which doesn’t bode well for his fantasy statistics. Furthermore, there is a reason he started off the year as the 5th wide receiver on the depth chart. He was forced into service due to DeVante Parker’s slow acclimation to the offense, the coaches’ refusal to play the very talented Kenny Stills, and Greg Jennings’ general ineptitude. While I like his chances going forward, I don’t like them this week based on his matchup.
Players to Avoid:
Jordan Cameron– Jordan Cameron was rendered ineffective (16 yards) against the Bills due to his lingering groin injury. His questionable status this week leads me to believe that this week will be much of the same. Hopefully, he returns to normal form after the bye week.
Lamar Miller– Lamar Miller has been flat out terrible in terms of both fantasy and even real football (not that I care about any of that nonsense). This week’s matchup against the Jets might actually be his most difficult yet, and considering he doesn’t have more than 55 rushing yards in any game this year, I’m not too high on him this week.
DeVante Parker– Just because he was targeted 7 times last week doesn’t mean he’s a viable fantasy option… yet.
6 Around the NFL Matchups I Like:
Cam Newton vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Frank Gore vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Joseph Randle vs. New Orleans Saints
Eric Ebron vs. Seattle Seahawks
Keenan Allen vs. Cleveland Browns
Raiders Offense (Carr, Cooper, and Murray) vs. Chicago Bears
6 Around the NFL Matchups I Don’t Like:
Teddy Bridgewater/Kyle Rudolph vs. Denver Broncos
Matt Stafford/Golden Tate vs. Seattle Seahawks
Todd Gurley vs. Arizona Cardinals
Alfred Morris vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Jeremy Maclin vs. Cincinnati Bengals
St. Louis Rams Defense vs. Arizona Cardinals