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Fantasy Football advice Week 9: Miami Dolphins edition

The Miami Dolphins will look to bounce back after a beatdown at the hands of the New England Patriots last week. Will their performance Sunday against the Buffalo Bills earn you some needed fantasy points?

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After two weeks of blowing out opponents, the Miami Dolphins found themselves on the wrong side of a lopsided final last week when the New England Patriots ran over, around, and through the Dolphins. Now the South Florida fanchise will be looking to rebound against the Buffalo Bills, a team that blew out the Dolphins in Week 3. Can the Dolphins turn the tables on the Bills this week? Will your fantasy team score points from the Dolphins trying to prove themselves?

Ryan Tannehill - Start - Despite being a Rex Ryan defense, the Bills this year are not getting to the quarterback, tied for 29th in the leagua with just 11 on the year. In comparison, Miami, who only had one sack through their first four games, have 13 this season. That means Tannehill should have the ability to find his receivers, which should mean he has a good day against the AFC East division rival. Add in the fact that the Bills have allowed multiple touchdowns in every game this year except one and that Tannehill put up a decent fantasy day against the Bills the first time despite a 41-14 loss, and everything seems to say start Tannehill.

Lamar Miller - Start - The Dolphins could not run the ball early against the Patriots last week, then seemed to completely abandon the idea of even trying, instead relying on the passing game to try to make up points. The team could not get a better example of what the running game means for the offense, and they should come out looking to establish the run early. Buffalo is sixth in the league against the run this year, allowing just 91.9 rushing yards per game, but, if the Dolphins continue to feed the ball to Miller, he should be able to find some space and pick up some fantasy points for you.

Jarvis Landry - Conditional Start - I love Landry and think he will absolutely be a stud for the Dolphins for a long time. That said, I think the Bills are going to try to shut down Landry and make Tannehill use other weapons. Landry could have a big day, because he is always one step from making another breakout play, but he could also find himself double teamed all game. If you are in need of a bye week starter (and with six teams on a bye, you could be in need of that starter), Landry is not a bad option, but if you are debating between two WR1s this week, maybe shelving Landry is the better bet.

Rishard Matthews - Start - Matthews gets the start here for two reasons: (1) if Landry is being shut down, Matthews should see the benefit and (2) whenever I say bench Matthews, he scores at least one touchdown. Landry is your WR1 option on this team, but Matthews is clearly a WR2 option, and probably should be in the starting lineup for you.

Jordan Cameron - Sit - Last week, I wrote, "Cameron has not been lighting it up, despite Miami's offensive success the last two weeks, and I am probably sitting him until he has a couple of good games in a row." That has not happened yet (2 receptions for 34 yards last week), so I will continue to sit Cameron.

Dion Sims - Conditional Start - I am more inclined to start Sims as a fantasy option over Cameron for one reason: touchdowns. Every couple of weeks, Sims seems to have a game where he becomes the redzone option for the Dolphins. After a one reception on one target for six yards performance last week (admittedly, against the Patriots who clearly know how to cover tight ends), this week could be the week Sims pops back into the game plan. There is still growth and development Sims needs before he becomes a must start every week, but in a week with six bye teams, Sims could find a touchdown or two for you.

Dolphins Defense - Sit - If Cameron Wake were in this game, I would absolutely start the Miami defense, because I think they are going to be looking for revenge for what Buffalo did to them earlier this season. Wake, unfortunately, is out for the year, however, which means the Dolphins defense just lost a player who currently ranks fourth in the league with seven sacks, 1.5 sacks out of the league lead. That is going to be hard to make up. Wake's leadership is probably even harder to replace. I think the defense will be better than they were last week or in the first Bills game, but I am not sure they are going to do enough to justify starting them this week.