clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Miami Dolphins 3 things to watch versus Buffalo Bills

We take a look at three things to watch this week as the Miami Dolphins host the Buffalo Bills.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Editor's Note: FanDuel is running a $1,500,000 fantasy football league in week 3. The top 66,000 teams win cash with $100,000 paid to first place on Sunday. Join now!

The Buffalo Bills come to South Florida this weekend to face a Miami Dolphins team looking to find heir identity and their rhythm. The first two games for Miami did not go as anyone anticipated, squeaking out a win against the Washington Redskins and losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Miami has so many questions floating around them right now, but there are three things to watch this week for Miami.

Defensive line

All week, the story has been about the failures of the defense. That cannot be making All Pros like Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake happy. They should come out looking to take advantage of an offensive line that has struggled early this year - even with the presence of former Miami guard Richie Incognito. Cameron Wake has been dealing with a hamstring issue this week, but if he is able to play, the Dolphins' defense should be angry and looking to abuse the Bills. If they can is another question, but I would play the Dolphins defense in a fantasy league if they are available - it could be that kind of day for Buffalo's offensive line.

Fantasy impact: Dolphins defense could be a solid play this week. Wake's health could be the key to the defense scoring a lot in terms of fantasy points.

Tight Ends

At this point, it's not exactly clear if the Dolphins even have enough tight ends to make this category plural. Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims are both dealing with injuries. That leaves Jake Stoneburner as the lone healthy tight end. The Dolphins need to get the tight ends more involved in the offense, but they need them to get healthy before that happens. If Cameron and Sims are both unable to fully participate this weekend, look for Earl Mitchell to possibly be used as a second tight end in formations, mostly as a blocker.

Fantasy impact: Probably need to stay away from Miami tight ends this week. Jordan Cameron could be a good play if he is able to play, but it is a risk to count on him at this point.

Offensive line

The Dolphins will face a defensive line that features Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Corbin Bryant, and Jerry Hughes. This is an offensive line that may not have Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert, who has not been practicing due to a hamstring issue. The offensive line has struggled already this year, especially with trying to find running lanes. Now, facing the Buffalo defensive line while not at full strength, this could be an impossible task for Miami. Using tight ends (again, assuming it is a plural) and running backs to assist the offensive line, and quick passes from Ryan Tannehill may be the only hope the offensive line has this week.

Fantasy impact: The offensive line's biggest impact in terms of fantasy will be on Ryan Tanehill. If Miami can find a way to slow the Bills' defensive attack, giving Tannehill time to get the ball out of his hands, then the Miami quarterback could have a big day. The Dolphins have shown they are not afraid of turning the offense into a pass heavy, nearly one-option system, which would make Tannehill an even better play this week.

What are you planning to watch this week?