Fantasy Football Sit/Start Advice Week 3: Which Dolphins To Play

Reggie Bush has gone from a possible "flex" starter to a number 1 back and a top fantasy performer. Keep him active in ALL leagues despite going against a tough Jets D.


Nothing like Jets v Dolphins boys and girls, and despite the match-up on Sunday, don't forget to set your fantasy rosters in the morning so you can focus on this week's game with no interruptions. I mentioned last in week's post that the Dolphins should find a rhythm in week 2, and that they did, pounding out 263 yards on the ground and even QB Ryan Tannehill got in on the action finishing with 2 TD's and 0 turnovers.

Despite the inconsistency of the Jets offense, their defense continues to be the core of that team; look for a tougher challenge for our offense this week, especially considering the magnitude of this rivalry. The latest injury report states that Darrelle Revis will play which puts a huge damper on our passing attack. However, TE Dustin Keller has been ruled out, and this is very big for Miami considering Keller is likely the Jets best receiver, and Miami still has no idea how to cover tight ends.

Ryan Tannehill will face a much tougher task this week and I look for him more to be a game manager than a fantasy contributor. As much as Mark Sanchez will probably be pressured to making mistakes (much like his last 3-INT performance in Miami), I don't think New York can run on us at all, so I think Sanchez will look to put alot of balls in the air. I see him continuing to turnover the ball, however our secondary isn't the best and I think Sanchez might walk out with a TD or two in the air. I wouldn't start him on your team though, there should be more safer options available.

Unlike Shonn Greene, i think Reggie Bush will continue to be a good play this week. I don't see him putting up numbers like last week's, but Miami's offensive line has shown they can provide holes against good defenses (as seen in Houston) and i think with NY's secondary, Reggie will get plenty of touches as well as in the passing game. I have yet to see a good screen to Bush (although Daniel Thomas had a nice one week 1), yet I think that changes this week.

As far as receivers go, i think Miami should not take the Jets secondary for granted. Coming off a career-high performance, don't look for Hartline to be able to be a huge factor against Revis or Cromartie. I think the only wide receiver in Miami that could put up decent numbers is Bess, if he can take advantage of mismatches in the slot, facing nickel corner Kyle Wilson. I do believe Fasano and Bush will be more involved in the passing game this week, but I would shy against any of our wideouts in week 3. When asked last week who would get Miami's first receiving TD, Fasano was the top vote-getter with 28% and the CORRECT choice! He may get another this week as he looks to be Tannehill's safety valve.

New York has problems in their own in the passing game. I think Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill will get their targets, but I don't think either will have monster games either. However, both have good speed, so if Miami has any of their defensive lapses, both are capable of going for a big play. If Miami plays sound and provides pressure to Sanchez, their lack ofrunning game and the absense of Keller could make it a long day for their offense.

Overall, I look at this game as a defensive battle. Although they have both shown flashes, either teams are offensive juggarnauts so this may be a low scoring game that comes down to field position and much to Sparano's excitement....field goals. Look for Reggie Bush to be the only safe starter and look for Anthony Fasano, Davone Bess, Santonio Holmes or Steven Hill as possible options in deep leagues.

NFL Week 3 Starts of the Week:

QB- Drew Brees (vs KC), Matt Ryan (@ SD), Matt Stafford (@ TEN), Robert Griffin III (vs CIN), Mike Vick (@ ARI)

RB- CJ Spiller (@ CLE), Ray Rice (vs NE), Michael Bush (vs STL), Maurice Jones-Drew (@ IND), Trent Richardson (vs BUF)

WR- Calvin Johnson (@ TEN), A.J. Green (@ WAS), Julio Jones (@ SD), Reggie Wayne (vs JAC), Brandon Marshall (vs STL)

TE- Jimmy Graham (vs KC), Rob Gronkowski (vs NE), Brent Celek (@ ARI), Vernon Davis (@ MIN), Tony Gonzalez (@ SD).

Week 3 Sleepers:

QB- Joe Flacco (vs NE), Alex Smith (vs MIN), Andrew Luck (vs JAC), Carson Palmer (vs PIT), Andy Dalton (@ WAS)

RB- Alfred Morris (vs CIN), Donald Brown (vs JAC), Darren Sproles (vs KC), Benjarvis Green-Ellis (@ WAS), Michael Bush (vs STL)

WR- Malcolm Floyd (vs ATL), Michael Crabtree (vs MIN), Andrew Hawkins (@ WAS), Leonard Hankerson (vs CIN), Greg Little (vs BUF)

TE- Scott Chandler (@ CLE), Dennis Pitta (vs NE), Owen Daniels (@ DEN), Jermichael Finley (@ SEA), Mercedes Lewis (@ IND)

NFL Week 3 Sits of the Week:

QB- Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ CLE), Philip Rivers (vs ATL), Jay Cutler (vs STL), Peyton Manning (vs HOU), Russel Wilson (vs GB)

RB- Stevan Ridley (vs BAL), Doug Martin (@ DAL), Kevin Smith (@ TEN), Darren McFadden (vs PIT), Chris Johnson (vs DET)

WR- Miles Austin (vs TB), Steve Johnson (@ CLE), Marques Colston (vs KC), Danny Amendola (@ CHI), Eric Decker (vs HOU)

TE- Jacob Tamme (vs HOU), Kyle Rudolph (vs SF), Jason Witten (vs TB)

Week 2 Hits:

Start- Brees, Newton, Palmer, Ridley, Reggie, Spiller, Rice, Wayne, S. Smith, Gronk, Graham, Vernon

Sleepers- RGIII, Luck, Alf Morris, Trent Richardson, LaFell, Rudolph

Sit- Mathews, Murray, Brown, Lloyd, Decker, Jennings, Finley

Week 2 Misses:

Start- Brady, Cutler, Romo, Julio, Marshall, Hernandez (INJ)

Sleepers- Schaub, Dwyer, Cobb, Tamme, Davis (INJ)

Sit- Eli, Rivers, Pettigrew, Gonzalez

Not a great week for last week's selections, with a couple of injured players from the TE that I couldn't control. Had some good picks (Spiller, RGIII, Trent, Reggie, Morris) but also had some bad reccomendations (Brady, Romo, Cutler and Marshall). Hope to pick it back up this week; good luck to all your fantasy squads!

-B

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