The night is always darkest just before the dawn. So, I'm hoping to just go 0 for 10 this week to get it out of the way. Brutal, brutal week for my predictions. In spite of my failings as a Fantasy Football Advisor, I have been smiling ear to ear this week because our beloved Miami Dolphins are relevant again. And with good reason. This is the best Dolphin team I've seen since Ricky Williams first season here way back in 2002. Speaking of way back when, let's take a look at what I said was going to happen last week. The Ingram call was spot on, but I failed to realize that Giovanni Bernard was injured, and it ended up being Jeremy Hill that dominated the Jags on Sunday. Right team wrong RB. Doug Baldwin caught a few passes and was the most targeted WR in Seattle, but their passing game just isn't very dynamic. Alex Smith was a serviceable bye week fill in and Mike Wallace produced some splash plays for the Dolphins on Sunday. I'll take a 2.5 out of 5. The Gutters were a whole heaping helping of bad advice. Allow me to introduce my trusted constituent:
Thanks again Bad Advice Cat. Can't wait to hear who you suggest to sit and bench this week! I went 1 out of 5 on the Gutters with Romo not playing due to having a broken back. The Cowboys November swoon seems as imminent as ever. Was glad to be wrong on Clay and it was great to see him get it going early. V-Jax played well, Denard Robinson is now a must start and Vereen seems to be the RB that will get the most run in New England no matter what the match up is. Yeesh 3.5 out of 10 is ugly and it has brought my season average to right around the 50% mark. Not very good my friends.
ON TO THE STRIKES!
Denard Robinson: From trash to treasure. I actually like the Jags a lot this week. Andre Ellington tore the Cowboys to shreds last week. Robinson is a very similar player.
Jeremy Hill: Well, the Browns managed to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look competent on offense last week. We all know that is no small feat. Bernard is injured, a favorable match up is on tap for the Bengals. Start Hill if you can.
Mike Evans: I know that I just got done bashing them. Hear me out... ATLANTA FALCONS DEFENSE ON THE ROAD. Also, this kid can play and Josh McCown is a better QB than Mike Glennon. If Mike Glennon were any good, Evans would have caught 4 TDs against the Browns. That's how badly he was beating his man.
Mark Sanchez: Hide your teenage daughters Philadelphia, the Sanchize is BACK!
Hear me out; 1) I was so bad last week that I am seriously questioning my own sanity. Picking Sanchez as a strike is doing nothing to make me feel better.
3) If you have Andrew Luck on Bye there's a lot worse on the waiver wire.
4) Imagine how gloriously pissed off Jet's fans will be if he succeeds. I hear they are actually clamoring for him right now.
Courtesy Dolphin Start of the Week, Juice Landry: My new favorite Dolphin has an awesome nickname. I think the passing game will have to get it going again. I look for quick hits to Landry to happen often off play action. I believe he creates the biggest match up problem for a very good Lions defense. I could see him finding the end zone again this week. I also think the defense is a solid play.
Terrance Williams: The "Not Sold on the Cowboys" parade continues. He's very Touchdown dependent. I am a believer in the talent, but don't see him having a big game, ESPECIALLY of Weeden is in there.
Panthers RBs: Take your pick, they will all be ineffective on Monday night.
Tre Mason: The Cardinals Defense should have little to no trouble stopping the Rams Austin Davis led attack. I don't see many yards in the future of this dynamic rookie. Which means, expect a huge game for Mr. Mason this week.
Ben Tate: After garnering my seal of approval and leading a respectable Cleveland Browns running attack since returning from injury, Ben Tate has seemingly remembered who he was and who he played for. The Bengals have been surprisingly susceptible to the run on defense this year, but I think we can officially say that Tate is not a Trustworthy back going forward.
Courtesy Dolphin Sit of the Week, Lamar Miller: Not thrilled about the match up, but the fact that he's dinged up is more worrisome. Always prefaced with "I hope I'm wrong on this one" but I don't think Miller breaks many decent runs on Sunday against that Lions front. I feel like he will be used enough to keep them honest, and hopefully we continue to see Tannehill get involved on the Read Option along with some carries for Williams sprinkled in there. This should be enough to get the job done, but i don't see big numbers for Miller on Sunday.
I've wallowed in self-pity enough, but the truth of the matter is that I couldn't be any happier with how this season has played out. Watching football on Sunday is fun. For the first time since, I don't even really remember. I feel like the Dolphins can beat anyone. Their performance on Sunday was as complete a Victory I've ever seen from them. Normally, I'd be terrified about going on the road to face the #1 ranked defense in the NFL. Now, I'm confident we will play well, and I actually feel like our defense may feel slighted and be even better than they've been (which I don't think is really possible, but it's exciting to ponder). Optimus Grimes vs. Megatron this weekend in Detroit should be an excellent match up. Can't wait!
Well, dude, sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you...