The more things change, the more they stay the same. This brand new NFL season is already starting to have a very familiar feel to it. The Dolphins looked no different on Sunday than they have over the past two seasons. It was nice to see big plays made at key times and both the offense and defense do their part to seal the victory. Around the NFL familiar things were abound. The Seahawks struggled in St. Louis. The Jags and Raiders continue to participate at an extraordinarily high level for being high school football teams. Let's not forget the Cleveland Browns..
Recapping my picks from last week we are greeted with yet another familiar theme. Sam Bradford didn't get the TDs you wanted, but the Falcons defense didn't disappoint allowing nearly 400 yards of total offense. Markus Wheaton didn't kill you as a flex play. Chris Ivory was a monster against the Browns and oustide of Juice Landry, Ryan Tannehill was the best Dolphins Fantasy option. So 3 out of 5 (half points for Tannehill and Wheaton, swing and a miss on Charles Johnson). The Gutters were fairly solid, my only bad call was Carlos Hyde. So 4 out of 5 for yet another 70% performance.
ON TO THE STRIKES!
Ameer Abdullah: The Vikings were a HUGE disappointment in week one. Carlos Hyde ran all over them. I see the Lions featuring their very talented rookie a good deal since Fratty Matty isn't very good.
Cole Beasley: Sneaky PPR play. I see a shoot-out brewing in this Eagles Game. With no Dez Bryant someone other than Witten is going to get Targets. He's not Julio Jones, or even Danny Amendola from a talent level, but I like his odds this week.
Marcus Mariota: Yeah, I know it was the Bucs. But this week its the Browns. Last year I believe Charles Whitehurst lit the Browns up when these two teams met. I see another stellar performance from a suddenly valuable fantasy commodity at QB. Which does lead nicely to my next point..
ANY SAINTS PLAYER: Not just the obvious Drew Brees play but I like Coleman, Ingram, Cooks. The Bucs... My god..They may have a worse defense than the Falcons. I'll need to consult the chart.
Courtesy Dolphin Start of the Week, Jarvis Landry: I feel like this is going to be a given every week so I wanted to stick him in here before he becomes too obvious for the column. He's clearly the number 1 option in the passing game, and the returns are a bonus if those count in your league. PPR gold.
Latavius Murray: Love the player. Love the talent. Hate the matchup, and hate the talent on the Raiders. The Ravens are tough and going to pissed for losing in the manner they did to Denver. Side note he's on my fantasy team.
Frank Gore: The Colts couldn't get going on the ground vs the Bills. Now they get the Jets. More of the same, I fear.
Torrey Smith: What even is Torrey Smith any more? he's definitely not worth starting in Fantasy this week.
Cleveland Browns: Remember the graphic that depicted my feelings on the fantasy relevance of the Jacksonville Jaguars last week? This is much, much worse than that. Stay away. Stay far away.
Courtesy Dolphin Sit of the Week, Lamar Miller: I mean, he's a must start now, no matter what. Right? I just feel like the Jags will give us a hard time in the run game on Sunday. if you have a better option, may be time to seriously consider.
There you have it folks; some very familiar themes already this year. Not the least of which is my solid C average. Best of luck out there. Go Dolphins!
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