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Fantasy Football Sit/Start Advice Week 2: Which Dolphins To Play

Davone Bess usually fairs well against his hometown team.
Davone Bess usually fairs well against his hometown team.

The Miami Dolphins have a better hand this week after going against a "full house" in week 1 against a potent Texans team in Houston. Miami has their home opener against a Raiders team, that may not be as polished, but still has plenty of playmakers on their team.

For Miami, this should be a game where the offense starts to develop a rhythm. It may be a bit early to risk starting some of Miami's players, but SOMEONE on this team will have to score ( or so we would hope) so keep an eye starting this week who is getting targets, especially in the red zone (or so we would hope we make it here).

Ryan Tannehill should have a better game and I look for him to get his first touchdown this week; as far as fantasy goes however, he should not even be a thought to start on your team. Reggie Bush continues to have the hot hand and is a solid safe play. Reggie should get more carries if Miami can stay in the game, and he is a lock for a handful of catches as well.

Davone Bess is a sleeper pick for this week. Bess is from Oakland, and usually plays well against Oakland, totaling 13 catches for 188 yards and a TD in his three career games against the Raiders. Judging by the fact that Bess is now the team's leading receiver and was on the field 28% more than any of the other dolphins receivers last week, I think if you need a flier, Bess might put up some decent numbers this week.

On the other side of the ball, Darren McFadden is a lightning fast RB who is a must start every week that he is active. However, I think Miami bottles up #20 for the most part. Miami played pretty well against the run against Foster/Tate last week, and I think Oakland is better suited to attack Miami in the air than on the ground. I wouldn't suggest sitting McFadden, but don't be surprised if he is held scoreless and under 75 yards on the ground. He's a solid start for a RB 2 but don't expect him to be your top scorer.

One Raider I do like this week is Darius Heywood-Bey. Denarious Moore is set to make his first appearance in 2012 at WR after missing Monday night with an injury. Moore could be a good start, but Miami secondary has had problems with speed before, and this is something that Heywood-Bey has plenty of. DHB could get his fair share of targets, and will probably get a few opportunities at some long balls from Carson Palmer. Speaking of Palmer, he has the opportunity for a good game; however I would be more comfortable starting him as a #2 QB this week.


Reggie Bush (RB 2)

Darren McFadden (RB2)

Davone Bess (Flex)

Darius Heywood-Bey

Carson Palmer (QB 2)


Ryan Tannehill

Brian Hartline

Mike Goodson

Now, as for the Rest of the league...

NFL Week 2 Starts of the Week:

QB- Tom Brady (vs ARI), Drew Brees (@ CAR), Cam Newton (vs CAR), Tony Romo (vs SEA), Jay Cutler (@ GB)

RB- Arian Foster (@ JAX), Adrian Peterson (@ IND), Stevan Ridley (vs ARI), C.J. Spiller (vs KC), Ray Rice (@ PHI)

WR- Julio Jones (vs DEN), Calvin Johnson (@ SF), Brandon Marshall (@ GB), Reggie Wayne (vs MIN), Steve Smith (vs NO)

TE- Rob Gronkowski (vs ARI), Aaron Hernandez (vs ARI), Jimmy Graham (@ CAR), Vernon Davis (vs DET), Owen Daniels (@ JAC)

All QB's listed above are looking to score a lot of points this week. Brees and Newton are looking to shake off a tough first week and should both put up good numbers. Romo should continue his hot hand and Cutler will be looking to key on GB's subpar pass defense. Foster and Peterson are not only healthy, but are playing against below average defenses. C.J. Spiller is looking to capitalize off Fred Jackson's absence (out atleast 3 weeks) and build upon his league leading fantasy points for a RB. The WR's above are all safe bets and I like both New England tight ends to abuse Arizona this weekend.


Robert Griffin III (@ STL), Andrew Luck (vs MIN), Matt Schaub (vs JAX)

Alfred Morris (@ STL), Jonathan Dwyer (vs NYJ), Trent Richardson (@ CIN)

Randall Cobb (vs CHI), Victor Cruz (vs TB), Brandon Lafell (vs NO)

Kyle Rudolph (vs IND), Fred Davis (@ STL), Jacob Tamme (@ ATL)

Is RGIII still classified as a sleeper? Look for him to continue a big week against the Rams. Alfred Morris is getting the majority of carries in Washington, and look for him to get plenty more carries this week. Randall Cobb is this week's pick up of the week, especially in leagues with points for return yardage. Cruz should shake off his rough week 1 outing and get back to business; Brandon Lafell should join Steve Smith with a big week.

NFL Week 2 Sits of the Week:

QB- Mike Vick (vs BAL), Philip Rivers (vs TEN), Eli Manning (vs TB)

RB- Ryan Mathews (vs TEN), DeMarco Murray (vs SEA), Donald Brown (vs MIN)

WR- Brandon Lloyd (vs ARI), Eric Decker (@ ATL), Greg Jennings (vs CHI)

TE- Jermichael Finley (vs CHI), Tony Gonzales (vs DEN), Brandon Pettigrew (@ SF)

Vick desperately needs to get his mojo back, but plays against the top defense in the AFC. Philip Rivers and Eli should win their games, however they most likely won't put up huge fantasy numbers. Mathews and Jennings are both a bit banged up for Tennessee and Green Bay respectively. Three good tight ends go against top linebackers and safeties this week and may have limited targets. Look for better options.

Week 1 Hits: Hit on 14/17 starters (everyone minus Cam Newton, Chris Johnson, and Antonio Gates had solid outings). Sleepers Robert Griffin III, Michael Bush, Pierre Garcon, Malcolm Floyd. Sit Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Greg Little, Fred Jackson, Isaac Redman, Cedric Benson, Gresham, Pettigrew, Fleener, and Miami Dolphins offense.

Week 1 Misses: Start Chris Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Cameron Wake (IDP). Sleepers Deangelo Williams, Titus Young, Fred Davis. Sit Peyton Manning, Frank Gore, Torrey Smith.

Good luck and go Fins!