Note: The point projections are based on a standard PPR league scoring (0.5 PPR) with fractional points
The Dolphins come back to Miami licking their wounds from a fruitless two-week road trip that was filled with moral victories, but no ACTUAL victories. A visit from the hapless Cleveland Browns is just what the doctor ordered as the Dolphins look to put a full 60 minutes of football together for the first time this year.
Jarvis Landry (WR) – Yahoo Fantasy Projection: 15.30 PTS
Landry did it again, even when the offense looked inept for half of the game. Landry is always pushing for that extra yard or chance to bust a routine out route into a game changing play. This mentality can sometimes lead to fumbles like it did vs. New England, but it generally ends in Landry tacking an extra 5-7 yards each catch. Landry racked up 137 yards on 10 catches against the stout Patriots defense. He will be carving up the Browns defense this week who have allowed an average 27 points per game through two weeks.
Ryan Tannehill (QB) – Yahoo Fantasy Projection: 20.51 PTS
The week has arrived that Ryan Tannehill should be slotted into your starting QB position. Tannehill actually did put up big numbers last week, but it was all done in garbage time when the Patriots defense had taken their foot off the gas. Tannehill did show that he can execute the hurry up offense with extreme precision. He spread the ball around keeping the secondary on their heels and with Arian Foster out, the offense will be firmly placed on Tannehill’s arm and legs this week.
Dolphins Defense/Special Teams – Yahoo Fantasy Projection: 8.36 PTS
The Dolphin defense was very impressive in Week 1 holding the Seahawks to 12 points and harassing Russell Wilson all day. In Week 2 they seemed to regress against the machine that is the Patriots fast paced passing game. Also the Seahawks offense made the Week 1 performance look less impressive by laying an egg in Los Angeles. But just as this trip home is good for the offense it is even better for the Dolphins defense. The Browns take a step down from the past two weeks with rookie Cody Kessler taking the starting role after Josh McCown went down with an injury last week. Suh and company should be able to get enough pressure on the young quarterback for turnovers to abound.
DeVante Parker (WR) – Yahoo Fantasy Projection: 11.61 PTS
Parker was targeted 13 times against the Patriots in his first game of the 2016 season. He was able to pull in eight receptions for 109 yards. It was pretty clear that Gase and Tannehill have big plans for Parker in this offense. Parker is a solid start in your flex position this week especially in PPR leagues.
Kenny Stills (WR) – Yahoo Fantasy Projection: 7.94 PTS
Well, Stills actually caught the touchdown that was laid directly into his hands this week unlike Week 1. The problem was its a garbage time play rather than a game changing play like Week 1. Stills was targeted five times reeling in two catches for 39 yards. Stills is most likely going to be a boom-or-bust option all season if the other receivers stay healthy.
Jordan Cameron (TE) – Yahoo Fantasy Projection: 6.50 PTS
Cameron showed signs of life against the Patriots in the second half nabbing five catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. We have to hope that the touchdown grab gives Cameron some much needed confidence as the season progresses. Cameron is worthy of a roster spot right now but I wouldn’t recommend a start until he puts a few games together of solid production and Tannehill trust.
Jay Ajayi/Kenyan Drake (RB) – Yahoo Fantasy Projection: 9.39/7.85
The Dolphins backfield is a real enigma at this moment. With Arian Foster lasting a whole five quarters (as expected) before being taken out by injury, there is a big hole that will be filled by either Ajayi or Drake. Ajayi’s Week 1 temper tantrum and Week 2 fumble isn’t doing him a lot of favors to claim the bulk of the snaps. Drake showed he has a lot of tools and a seemingly higher upside last week in New England. I expect them to go 50/50 on snaps this week and one of them may have a big game, but it’s risky to bet on either of them for a starting running back.