The Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions kickoff this afternoon in a contest between two teams on three-game winning streaks. It's also a game with plenty of options for your fantasy football team. Who should you start and who should you sit?
Calvin Johnson - If you own the wide receiver, you are starting the wide receiver. After dealing with an ankle injury and missing game time, Johnson could be a step slow this week and may not put up his normal fantasy numbers, especially against a pass defense as highly ranked as Miami's, but there is no way to not start Johnson.
Mike Wallace - Miami's top offensive weapon is probably not your top wide receiver, but if you are looking for a WR2 option, Wallace should be in play. This game, despite two really good defenses, could come down to a shootout between Miami and Detroit passing games. Wallace should benefit from it.
Miami defense - The Dolphins get after opposing quarterbacks and force turnovers. Those mean extra points for your defense. Miami has one of the top defenses in fantasy this year, depending on your scoring system, and should be started here as well.
Jarvis Landry / Rishard Matthews / Brandon Gibson - The trio of Miami receivers all see playing time, especially Landry who is becoming more-and-more involved in the passing game as his rookie season continues, but none of them are sure things. If you have to find a bye week option, Landry could be considered, but there has to be a better option available somewhere.
Lions tight ends (Eric Ebron, Joseph Fauria, Brandon Pettigrew) - Injuries, injuries, injuries. That's the story of the Lions tight ends this year, and that has not changed yet. Ebron is doubtful, Fauria and Pettigrew are questionable. Don't use any of them.
Lamar Miller - Miami's running game has been a nice surprise this year, but Miller cannot be a must start. He has the tenth most rushing yards this year and nearly five yards per carry. Detroit, however, has the second best rush defense in the league, and is only allowing 74 rushing yards per game. Starting Miller could get you a decent day, especially if you need by ehelp in the RB2 or Flex areas, but it's a risk.
Ryan Tannehill - Which Tannehill will show up in this game? The guy who can throw for multiple touchdowns without an interception and a 100+ passer rating, or the guy who somehow ends up below 80 in the passer rating? I would absolutely consider Tannehill if your top starter is on a bye, but I would not call him a must start.
Charles Clay / Brian Hartline - Both the Dolphins tight end and second wide receiver have struggled early this year, but they both made strong appearances last week. If the Lions concentrate their coverage on Wallace, Hartline and/or Clay could benefit. But, it's a coin flip on which one it could be, and it's a big risk.
Matthew Stafford - He has not been producing at a normal Stafford rate this year, but he also has not had his normal offensive weapons. With Johnson and Bush back this week, he should start to put up bigger numbers. The matchup with Miami's defense, however, keeps this from being a must start option, though if you have him, he is probably your best choice.
Reggie Bush / Joique Bell - Both running back options for Detroit could be good plays if they were on their own in this game. With Bush coming back, Bell's value falls a little, but how much will Bush be able to play? There's no way to really know what will happen between these two this week, so you can take a risk and play one of them, but you are simply guessing which one will have the better day.
Golden Tate - Johnson being back will obviously hurt Tate's value. The Lions will likely look to get Johnson as many balls as possible this week, which will make Tate less a part of the offense. He's definitely not a sit candidate, but he cannot be a must start..
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