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You are in the midst of a heated fantasy football playoff battle, and you need to know who to start this week. Should there be any Miami Dolphins players on your roster this week? Does a match up against 27th ranked rush defense (giving up the 5th most fantasy points to running backs this year) and 13th ranked pass defense mean the Dolphins will have a good offensive showing?
We work our way through the Dolphins' players, and give you are start or sit advice for each of them.
Ryan Tannehill, quarterback - Flip a coin at this point, and you can probably predict which Tannehill you will get this week just about as well as anyone else. What is keeping Tannehill relevant in fantasy this year is, he is really good at picking up points in garbage time. This week, he should be able to find some success against a struggling Chargers defense, which gives some confidence in deciding to start him. I'll give him a conditional start grade this week, particularly if you are looking for someone to replace Andy Dalton (*cough, cough* me *cough*) or you are in a two quarterback league. Conditional Start.
Lamar Miller, running back - Miller only carried the ball 12 times last week, gaining 89 yards with two touchdowns. Interim head coach Dan Campbell said he thought Miller had re-injured his ankle, which is why the running back did not see nearly the expected number of carries in the second half, though Miller said after the game and during this week that he was fine and just had to have his ankle re-taped. Maybe that is a miscommunication that can happen when you have a coach in just his ninth game and who started the year as a tight ends coach. Whatever the case, Dan Campbell wants to run the ball and, as mentioned above, the Charger do not stop the run well. Look for Miller to bounce back this week. Start.
Jay Ajayi, running back - Even as Miller was limited in the second half of the game last week, Ajayi was not given the ball nearly as much as anyone would have wanted. He carried the ball just five times for 15 yards. Logic says Miami is going to run the ball this week, and they are going to want to see exactly what they have in Ajayi. If they decide to do that this week, Ajayi could have a big day. But, that does not seem likely when they continue to limit Miller, and, this late in the fantasy season, it is too late to take that risk. Sit.
Jarvis Landry, wide receiver - If you are playing in a PPR league, you probably cleaned up with the 11 reception performance from Landry last week. He now has 89 receptions on the year, one shy of the team record for a season. Landry is the Dolphins offense, and you have to keep riding him, even if he does disappoint with an 11-reception game that did not include a touchdown. Start.
DeVante Parker, wide receiver - Parker is going to be a special wide receiver in the NFL. He is not a special wide receiver yet. Parker looks a lot like a rookie with just a couple of starts under his belt, which is exactly what he is. The inconsistency is bothersome, but something that he can probably play through and out of by next year. That does not help you this year. Unless you are in a really deep league, or you want to take a risk on a flyer in a flex spot, do not play Parker. Sit.
Jordan Cameron / Dion Sims, tight end - The Dolphins appeared to be finally getting the tight ends involved in the offense early last week against the New York Giants, and it was good to see. They quickly disappeared again, however, and the did not exactly have the big day that it appeared they might in the early moments of the game. Both tight ends ended the game with three receptions, the second highest total behind Landry, but they only gained 35 yards for Cameron and 14 yards for Sims. The Dolphins continue to say they want to get the tight ends involved, but they cannot yet make it happen. Again, do not start a Dolphins tight end until they have two good weeks in a row - which means we are just about out of time for that to happen this year. Sit.