Coming from behind to defeat the Atlanta Falcons last week, the Miami Dolphins have currently established themselves in the Jekyll and Hyde column of the NFL. Playing a really, really ugly first half, the Dolphins returned in the second half of last Sunday’s game as a new team.
Trailing 17-0 at one point, the Dolphins offense would gradually come alive. Scoring two second half touchdowns, the Dolphins would later convert a field goal late in the fourth quarter to take a 20-17 lead. Using a tremendous defensive play from both Cordrea Tankersley and Reshad Jones, the Dolphins iced the game and took home the 20-17 victory.
Going against the rival Jets for the second time this season this week, it will not only be interesting to see if the whole team can continue to impress going forward. Moreso, the biggest question for some will be whether or not this could lead into a fantasy success for the Dolphins players? While I don’t know the exact answer to that question, I’ll do my best with this week’s Miami Dolphins Start/Sit.
Note: Point projections from FantasyPros.com are for standard league’s only. Depending on league type, expectations may be adjusted for these picks.
Jarvis Landry (WR) — Fantasy Projection: 8.6 points
Despite a slow and poor first half from the Dolphins offense as a whole, the team and Jarvis Landry turned it on in the second half. Recording a total of 12.2 points, Landry has now exceeded expectations in two straight weeks. While DeVante Parker’s status is unknown, I still expect Landry to top expectations this week as Jay Cutler’s number one receiver.
For the time being, Landry remains a must play wide receiver in both Standard and PPR leagues.
Dolphins Defense/Special Teams — Fantasy Projection: 8.2 points
To me, this one is extremely borderline. While the Dolphins defense has been extremely impressive this season, the Jets offense has been much better than many initially thought. While I do believe the defense can make up numbers with a sack or two and a forced turnover, this pick is touch and go. If you don’t have a better option, go with Miami’s defense this week.
Jay Ajayi (RB) — Fantasy Projection: 12.4 points
Again, my apologies for keeping the start’s the same as last week, but I just believe these are the best options for this weeks matchup. As far as Jay Ajayi goes, last week was only the second time this season that he exceeded expectations. Considering that Ajayi had the look of a man on a mission last week, I firmly believe we could be about to see a breakout game for the Dolphins workhorse.
Jay Cutler (QB) — Fantasy Projection: 12.3 points
Going against a Jets defense that has proved to be a handful at times this season, Jay Cutler remains a player that should not even be considered for your roster. With DeVante Parker either out or not at full strength, the ceiling for Cutler remains extremely low with an even deeper fall to his potential floor. If you only listen to me once this season, then listen now. Stay away from Cutler.
DeVante Parker (WR) — Fantasy Projection: 5.3 points
While I firmly believe that DeVante Parker will not play this week, this pick is more of a PSA should he end up dressing on Sunday. No matter what, Parker will not be at 100 percent come Sunday and will be more of a distraction piece on the offense. Until he gets back to a somewhat normal practice schedule, stay away from Parker.
Kenny Stills (WR) — Fantasy Projection: 5.8 points
Scoring a touchdown last week, Kenny Stills recorded a point total of 10.9. While some folks might quickly buy into Stills here, I still don’t see him as a weekly option beyond a desperation boom-or-bust start. Until Stills starts becoming more of an every down player and not just a touchdown threat, keep away.