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NFL Week 3 Fantasy Football Advice: Last minutes Dolphins sit/start decisions

The Miami Dolphins don't play until 4:05pm ET this week, but fantasy football lineups still need to be set early. Here's a look at some of the Dolphins you should consider starting, or sitting, against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Are you stuck trying to make that last minute fantasy football lineup decision?  Is there a Miami Dolphins player you should consider starting this week?  We give you our thoughts here.

Ryan Tannehill, quarterback - Just like I said last week, if you have Tannehill on your roster, he's probably your backup, with a great quarterback in front of him.  If you don't have one of those top tier QBs, however, Tannehill is probably a good play this week.  The Dolphins are clearly a pass first team at this point, and, while they will look to get the running game started today against the Falcons, Tannehill's right arm, despite the injury he suffered last week, will be the main offensive weapon for Miami this year. If you are starting someone else this week, but you have bye week concerns coming up, Tannehill is only owned in 16% of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues.  He's someone you should consider grabbing now.

Lamar Miller, running back - Miller had a better game in Week 2 than in Week 1, but that was not exactly hard to do.  Miami wants to run the ball, but the offense is built to pass right now.  They will continue to feed the ball to Miller and hope something pops, but, if you have other options, sitting Miller against the Falcons, who are 8th in the league in rushing yards allowed, is probably the right way to go this week.

Mike Wallace, wide receiver - The Dolphins got the ball to Wallace early and often last week.  They expanded his route tree, and found success in doing that.  Whether or not Wallace is a viable fantasy player this week depends solely on how the Falcons play him.  If they rotate a safety on top of him all game, he may not see nine receptions like he did last week, but the Falcons are 30th against the pass right now, so Wallace may not be a bad start either way.  I would start him, but you have to accept some risk there, since he will likely be the focal point for the defense.

Brian Hartline, wide receiver - Hartline's ownership dropped one percentage point this week, but he's still owned in 66% of the Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues, and rightfully so.  Wallace will continue to get the defense's focus, and Hartline will continue to take advantage.  If all your top guys are healthy, don't force Hartline into your lineup.  But, if you have injuries, or as bye weeks start next week, Hartline should definitely be a consideration.

Dolphins defense - Start them.  Seriously.  The Falcons offensive line is banged up, with players out and others moving around the line.  Steven Jackson is out.  This team is going to get after Matt Ryan today, and the league leading nine sacks (heading into the week - KC now leads at 15 sacks) will probably increase.  Brent Grimes is going to want to prove the Falcons were wrong in getting rid of him, so look for a good game there as well.  As dangerous as Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzaelz could be, injuries (Jones and White) could slow them down, and the Dolphins are going to be looking to prove themselves.

Sleeper: Charles Clay, tight end - I'll put Clay right back in the sleeper position.  Last week, I said Clay needs to be picked up, even if it's just to stash him on your bench.  He then backed up his Week 1 five reception, 54 yard performance with a five reception, 109 yards, one rushing yard, and a rushing touchdown performance last week.  Clay's jumped from 1% owned prior to last week to 26% owned this week.  Go get Clay.  He's going to pay dividends for your investment at some point this year, and it could be this week against the Falcons.

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