NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Start Sit Advice: Last minute Dolphins decisions

Christian Petersen

The Miami Dolphins are facing off against the Cleveland Browns in a little over an hour. What Dolphins players should you start today? Will any injuries change your plans? We give you the latest so you can make your best fantasy decision.

Are you trying to make that last minute fantasy football decision?  Are you trying to decide which, if any, Miami Dolphins players you should start or sit?  Then, you've come to the right place.

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Mike Wallace, wide receiver - Wallace will be an interesting play today.  He will be matched up against Joe Haden, who has done well against Wallace in the past.  However, the Dolphins will likely be looking to get Wallace involved in the game early, and Wallace has already called out Haden, saying that the Cleveland cornerback needs to get plenty of sleep before this game, because it's going to be a long day.  Wallace is not a bad play today.  I won't call him a must start, because Haden is a talented corner, among the best that aren't household names, but he should be able to get you a nice chunk of points today.

Lamar Miller, running back - Whether you have to start Miller today comes down to where you drafted him.  If you took him early, he's probably one of your two best running backs, and you don't have anyone more worthy of the start.  If your league let you wait longer to get him, you might want to look elsewhere today.  Cleveland's defensive strength is against the run, and, simply put, we don't really know how the Dolphins will use Miller.  I've got him starting in a number of my leagues, but sitting in others.  It really is going to be based on your other options, and it will probably stay that way until we know for sure that the Dolphins will be running the ball and that Miller will be able to carry the load.

Ryan Tannehill, quarterback - I'm really not against Tannehill starting in fantasy today, especially if you are in a league that allows two quarterbacks.  With the Browns' defensive strength in stopping the run, and the questionable secondary outside of Haden, Tannehill could be set up for a good day.  Last year, Tannehill threw for 431 yards against a Ray Horton defense when the Dolphins played the Arizona Cardinals.  I'm not telling you to start Tannehill over Tom Brady or Drew Brees, but he's probably not a bad start over the next tier of passers.

Dolphins defense - I am high on the Miami defense this year, and they are going late in drafts, if at all.  No one is talking about a defense that features three Pro Bowl offensive linemen, a Pro Bowl cornerback, a candidate for breakout star of the year at safety, and young, stud linebackers.  Add in the likelihood that Dion Jordan will be playing today, and the Miami pass rush should be impressive this week.  There are some question marks with the defense's chemistry still, with so many new players, but the Miami defense should be among the best in the league this year, and, with the emphasis on turnovers from the coaching staff, they should score more fantasy points this season as well.  The injuries to rookie cornerbacks Will Davis and Jamar Taylor are worrisome for the Dolphins, but will not impact your fantasy stats this week.

Sleeper - Brian Hartline, wide receiver - Hartline could be a sneaky good play this week.  Haden is going to be on Wallace all day, but that could allow Hartline, who caught 253 yards against Horton's Cardinals defense last year, to have a good day.  Hartline is probably available in your league, so if you need wide receiver help this week due to injuries, he might be someone you want to go grab right now and stick in your lineup.

For any other fantasy questions you may have today, check out SB Nation's Fantasy War room, live right now.  At 12pm, they will be adding a live video to discuss all your sit/start questions

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