With the Miami Dolphins season off to a good start following last week’s 19-17 win at Los Angeles, the team now turns its attention to the rival New York Jets. With the Jets in full rebuild mode this season, this game should not only be a good one for the Dolphins in general but also for those of us that own Dolphins’ players in fantasy football.
Going headfirst into this week, let’s take a look at the members of the Miami Dolphins that you should start and sit this week against the rival Jets.
Note: Point projections from FantasyPros.com and are for standard league’s only. Depending on league type, expectations may be adjusted for these picks.
Jay Cutler (QB) — Fantasy Projection: 14.4 points
Putting up 13.1 points in his Dolphins debut last week, Jay Cutler should have an extremely favorable matchup this week against the Jets. Add in a couple touchdown passes which I believe we can expect as well as around 224 passing yards — the Jets two-game average — and Cutler should exceed expectations this week, potentially knocking on the door of the top ten QB list for week 3.
Jay Ajayi (RB) — Fantasy Projection: 13.9 points
Going against New York’s last placed run defense this week, Jay Ajayi should be in for another 100+ yard performance. With Ajayi once again likely to see the majority of the offensive snaps, I firmly believe we could be looking at the number one running back in fantasy football this week. If Ajayi plays well, he could single-handedly lead your team to victory.
Jarvis Landry (WR) — Fantasy Projection: 9.1 points
Recording a whopping 13 receptions last week against the Chargers, Landry is a must-start in PPR leagues. Going against a weak Jets defense this week, Landry should also be able to add some serious yardage and potentially a touchdown to boot. While Landry is officially questionable for Week 3, his knee issue did not slow him down last week. A must-start in all league formats against the Jets.
Dolphins Defense/Special Teams — 7.9 points
Going against the lowly Jets this week, the Dolphins D/ST has been one of the most added units in all of fantasy football. Unfortunately, after last week, I feel the risk of playing them this week outweighs the reward. With Miami struggling to get the pass rush going and the likely garbage time result we will see at the end of this game, the Dolphins D/ST may be one of week 3’s biggest underperformers in terms of actual vs. projection.
Julius Thomas (TE) — 4.7 points
Recording three receptions for 26 yards last Sunday, Julius Thomas proved to many that he is indeed a boom or bust candidate for fantasy football. With the Dolphins targeting DeVante Parker and Jarvis Landry in the passing game, Thomas will lose out on overall targets. In the red zone, Thomas is unlikely to see much action as long as Jay Ajayi is in the backfield. Overall, a long-term sit right here.
Kenny Stills (WR) — 5.9 points
Despite recording a receiving touchdown against the Chargers, Kenny Stills remains a definite sit in fantasy football. With DeVante Parker proving to be Cutler’s favorite downfield option, Stills will be relegated to boom or bust plays going forward. While the potential for a boom week is there, starting Stills is just too risky at this point in the season.