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It is fantasy football playoff season, meaning you are scouring the internet for every piece of advice you can possibly find. Who will be that out-of-nowhere stud who will push you through the opening round of the playoffs and on your you fantasy championship? What players who have under-performed this season will suddenly turn it on? Which player who you have been riding the last few weeks could suddenly see a fall off?
This week is critical. When it comes to the Miami Dolphins' players, add in the fact that they do no play until Monday night, and you decision could be even more difficult to make. Should Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Miller, Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker, Jordan Cameron, or Dion Sims be in your plans for this week?
Ryan Tannehill, quarterback - Ryan Tannehill may be the most frustrating quarterback in fantasy football this year. One week, he will be amazing. The next week, with a better match up, he will disappear. It does not make sense, and there is no real rhyme or reason to why or when it happens. This week, the Dolphins have said that they feel the running game is fixed, while the passing game now needs to be get back on track. That should mean the team is going to be looking for Tannehill to do more against a defense that is allowing the fourth most points to fantasy quarterbacks this year and is dead last in the league against the pass, giving up 315 yards per game this season. Everything says Tannehill should have a great game. The question is, does that come to fruition. Starting Tannehill all depends on your other options, or if you are in a QB2 league. Conditional start.
Lamar Miller, running back - The Dolphins promised, with the firing of offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, turning the play calling over to quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, that they would run the ball more. That is exactly what they did against the Ravens, and Miller reached the 20 carries plateau for just the second time in his career. The Giants have allowed running backs to put up pretty good fantasy numbers this year, and, if Miami is actually planning to stick with the newly re-discovered running game, Miller will benefit again this week. Start.
Jay Ajayi, running back - Miami will likely continue to give more carries to Ajayi over the last few weeks of the season, trying to figure out exactly what they have in the fifth round draft choice who missed most of the year with broken ribs. That said, this is clearly Miller's running game, and Ajayi is just the combination punch to compliment the Miller jab. Ajayi is someone you could grab to stash on your bench in a keeper or dynasty league, looking for a payoff next year, especially if Miami is not able to keep Miller in the offseason, but he is not someone you need to have in your playoff starting lineup. Sit.
Jarvis Landry, wide receiver - Even after just two receptions last week, Landry is tied for sixth in receptions in the league this year. Landry was frustrated with the offensive output last week - as were most fans - and he tried to get the offense fired up, starting to take on a leadership role with the team. One of the other two players with 78 receptions like Landry is his former LSU teammate Odell Beckham, Jr., against whom Landry will play for the first time in this week's Monday night game. Beckham and Landry have both said they think the other is going to be trying to out-perform them on Monday, and it could make for a great show. Add in that the Giants have been pretty awful against the pass, and this could be a great game to have Landry. Start.
DeVante Parker, wide receiver - Since moving up the depth chart due to the Rishard Matthews injury, Parker has finally started to look like the player who Miami wanted when they selected him with the 14th selection in the last Draft. After a year in which Parker was limited due to a foot surgery in training camp and the preseason, then did not seem to trust his foot and was in catch-up mode with the rest of the offense, Parker is finding his stride now, and he could have another big performance this week. In the last two weeks, he has been targeted 15 times, with 7 receptions, 143 yards, and two touchdowns. He may not yet be a WR1 or WR2 option in your lineup, but he could be a decent WR3 or Flex option, if you have to fill those roles. Flex Start.
Jordan Cameron / Dion Sims, tight end - If you are even considering either of these two, something has seriously happened to your roster. At this point, I will take the chance that Rob Gronkowski is going to play on Sunday night football before I put either of these two into the roster (though, they may be your options if Gronk is ruled out of the game). The Dolphins continue to say they are trying to get the tight ends involved in the offense, but nothing happens with either one of them. To be fair, the Dolphins are using their tight ends as a sixth offensive lineman more than was expected when the season started, but that does not help your fantasy team win a championship. Sit both.